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UPDATE 2015: Sadly, Juil decided to close their doors earlier this year. I was SO bummed when they emailed me to say they were closing. They did not disclose to the public why they closed, other than they needed to regroup and decide what direction (if any) to take the company. Hopefully they will come back at some point in the future. I sure do miss them and their super comfy shoes. 🙁
For those of you who have been following my site for any amount of time, you know that I am a big fan of the shoes from Juil Earthing. You can read my review of their earthing sandals here.
Recently, the nice folks over at Juil sent me a pair of shoes from their brand new fall line (affiliate link). I was really excited about these because up until now, they only offered sandals and ballet flats. There really wasn't anything I could wear out in the colder months here in Colorado.
What is Earthing?
I'm not going to go into a lot of detail here about earthing, as you can read a long, detailed explanation in my first review of their sandals. But, here's the Cliff's Notes version:
Earthing, also called grounding, is the process of connecting to the Earth and absorbing energy from the Earth. Have you ever walked around barefoot in the sand or grass and just felt better, more at ease, even healthier? There is a legitimate reason for this. Studies have actually shown that maintaining a direct connection between our bodies and the Earth's surface is beneficial to our health.
The Earth is essentially a giant magnet that produces an endless supply of electrons. These electrons can actually be absorbed into our body and help neutralize and clear toxic free radicals from our body. Electrons are available in certain foods, vitamins, and other supplements, but the very ground we stand on is full of these happy electrons — completely free of charge too (pun intended)! If we don't provide our bodies with the electrons it needs, then the free radical buildup can lead to a host of health problems.
While we can help combat free radicals by reducing our stress and eating a real food, nutrient-dense diet, there are also other ways we can help our bodies deal with these nasty little guys.
Connecting with the Earth is at the top of the list.
When we stand barefoot on the Earth, our bodies absorb these electrons and help “turn the negatives we build up day-to-day into positives”.
The very best way to make this happen is to take off our socks and shoes and run around barefoot in the grass, sand, or dirt. That, however, is not always possible, so that's where Juil Shoes come in to play.
Juil Earthing Shoes Review
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I absolutely love my Juil earthing sandals, so I knew I'd love the shoes they sent me to try out. They have added quite a few styles to their new Fall line, but the one I selected is the Meera (pictured below).
The Meera is a moccasin-style boot that is really comfortable. I wear it without socks (to take advantage of the earthing points in the soles of the shoes), but you could easily wear them with socks if needed.
These shoes felt comfortable from the first time I put them on. The upper suede leather is very soft and the sole of the shoe is supportive to the foot. There are earthing points on the sole, though I'm not sure if my toes really line up with them.
Images courtesy of Juil.com
But Does it Work?
Do I think earthing works?
Yes, I do. I know for a fact that when I go outside and walk around in the grass without shoes or socks, I just feel better.
Back when I was first learning about Juil and reading other reviews of their products online, I noticed that some people said they were able to feel a sort of “charge” through the soles of their feet when wearing Juil's shoes.
I'm going to be honest — I have not experienced a reaction like that with either the sandals or the new moccasins. But, we're all different and I know that every little bit that I can do to get my body more in touch with the Earth is benefiting my health. While I still try to go out and walk barefoot when I can, their sandals have become my go-to footwear during the warmer months and I look forward to having the moccasins for the fall and winter.
Oh, and Juil is not just for the ladies! They offer footwear for men as well, so the boys are certainly not left out! 🙂
To learn more about Juil and their products, especially their awesome new fall line, please visit their site. You can also stay connected by subscribing to their newsletter. It's at the very top of the page on the right-hand side. If you want to check them out on social media, you can find them here:
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