I've been wearing Bedrock Sandals for the better part of two years. I don't need to talk about my whole journey into minimalist footwear, but in this post I'll be discussing the advancements in this year's version of the Earthquake/Syncline sandal, and why I think they're the best huarache sandals on the market so far.
I'm wearing the Earthquake 6mm model, with modified prototype 3/4" webbing. Usually if you purchase the Earthquakes the webbing is 1/2," but I was given early access to thicker straps around a year ago, and I just swapped them with the new sole.
First off, the new star of the show is the synthetic hemp material footbed. Albeit a little stiff when you first put on the sandals, it quickly molds to your feet and provides enough traction to minimize slippage. Sometimes the edges of the footbed can irritate the skin, but my feet got used to it very quickly.
Non-slip footbeds aren't a new thing -- Luna Sandals has been advertising their Monkey Grip footbed technology for a few years, and while I own the OSO sandal, there's an issue of the footbed's delamination from the rubber. Bedrock Sandals solved this problem by peramiter stitching around the edge of the sole -- that way if some delamination did occur, it would only effect the edge of the sandal, and not end up removing the whole footbed.
This footbed. Oh my god, this footbed. One of my biggest complaints about the earlier models of this sandal, was its traction in wet surfaces. I'm a long distance trail runner, and I would hesitate at even the slightest thought of wetting my feet wearing the the 1.0 Earthquakes ... But no more! I can happily say that no matter what wet surface you throw at these sandals, the footbed maintains consistent grippy contact with your foot! It's like a miracle, I tell you.
Now, every Bedrock Sandals model comes standard with "Granite Straps," either 1/2" or 3/4" webbing (depending on the model you choose) with recycled bike tubes stitched on the inside. I found the straps to be more durable, and gripped wonderfully to my feet when I was pushing through mud and rain.
I'm so happy with the sandals that I've been wearing them exclusively on my bike tour across the coast of California. Now go out, explore, and check back here every two days for a new post!
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