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PM 004: Michael Dally on EarthRunners, Barefoot, Earthing and Minimalist Footwear

Michael Dally Earthrunners

In this episode Michael Dally, founder of EarthRunners, talks about barefoot living, minimalist, footwear, earthing and much more. 

I have always had an interest in how things work along with and a curiosity of the phenomena that make up our human experience. These traits have naturally steered me in the direction of health, fitness, and engineering.

I grew up playing soccer which evolved into a passion for running and the outdoors. Throughout my childhood I found much enthusiasm in my creative projects and knew that this type of lifestyle would not only yield the most happiness for me but also provide an outlet for me to share my gifts. I studied mechanical engineering at San Diego State University where I developed my skills and focused my dreams. While in college I was constantly refining my work and exercise regimen in an attempt to find homeostasis. I quickly learned that trail running was the key factor in my routine that allowed me to harmonize my lifestyle. In my free time if I wasn’t out in nature I was researching ways to optimize my health and way of life. After graduating I took a year off to find out what was most important to me.

During this time I was fortunate to receive inspiration to develop Earth Runners, which has given me the opportunity to unite my skills and passion into a career that I am excited to share with the world!

Favorite sandals: The Alphas are my favorite compromise of function and comfort.


Show Notes

  • [01:30] Interview start
  • [06:30] Strength and flexibility
  • [16:40] Michael’s fitness journey and the start of EarthRunners
  • [29:00] An introduction to earthing
  • [32:35] Financing EarthRunners
  • [36:46] Vibram’s involvement
  • [38:50] EarthRunners range of sandals
  • [43:49] The benefits of barefoot/minimalist footwear
  • [53:10] When not to wear minimalist footwear
  • [56:15] Earthrunners range of socks
  • [01:00:48] Pricing


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About Michael

Michael Wilson is the founder of Paleo Minds. He has been following a strict Paleo lifestyle ever since Paleo transformed his life in 2010 – from medicated, sick and suffering from autoimmune diseases to happy, fit and healthy. Michael is currently studying towards the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification and battling with various cultural and language difficulties as he lives a Paleo lifestyle in Japan. Thank goodness for Apps that automatically read Kanji!

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