Bedrock Sandals was started by two geologists fresh out of college with an idealistic vision of creating the ultimate minimalist footwear to match the adventurous outdoor lifetsyle. We started in 2011 with the novel idea building a huarache sandal with nylon straps and a backpack buckle in lieu of the traditionally used huarache sandal knot and leather laces. Since our kickstarter in 2011 we have dedicated our company vision to creating performance and quality driven minimalist sandals - all in our small manufacturing facilities in the USA. After 3 years of product and company growth, we released our latest product line - Bedrock 2.0 - in August, 2014. We are dedicated to bringing our customers the best quality products, warranty, and customer service available on the market.
We are proudly based in Oakland, California where we manufacture Bedrock Sandals in our small Tree Fort Inspired Factory. Each year we donate one percent of our sales to help conserve and restore the environment through 1% for the Planet. In March 2013, after two years of improving and refining our sandal technology and materials, we introduced our "We Got You Covered" Rock Solid Warranty. Join our community and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
Dan Opalacz (Co-Founder)
Dan is a nomad who from 2011-2013 lived in his 86' Subaru Powered VW Vanagon while traveling around North America, living simply, and always on the hunt for new trails, fly fishing streams, and surf spots. Dan did web design work for Patagonia remotely, in the back of his van, while growing the Bedrock Sandals customer base and working on new sandal designs. In January 2014, in pursuit of a new adventure, Dan traded in his VW van for a small boat in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved out the Bedrock Factory to Oakland, Ca. From September 2014 - January 2015 Dan was en route through the entire country of New Zealand in Bedrock Sandals by foot, bike, and canoe with Bedrock ambassador Naresh Kumar. Follow Dan and his travels through his instagram account, @specialopz.
Nick Pence (Co-Founder)
Nick is an artist, geologist, and designer who runs sandal design and production at Bedrock Sandals Headquarters. He has a love for all things simple, useful, and mechanical and designs Bedrock Sandals with these very principles in mind. Nick lives simply in a tiny home in Oakland with his wife Erin! Nick has a knack for trail running and you may find him with a smile on his face running around the hills in Oakland or Charlottesville, Virginia. Nick believes deeply in environmental conservation and protection and is in charge of our giving to 1% For The Planet environmental non-profits. Follow Nick on Instagram, for a glimpse into our factory (Fort Bedrock) and behind the scenes at Bedrock HQ.
Naresh Kumar (Bedrock Adventurer and Chief Experience Officer)
Naresh is an ultra marathon athlete and long distance adventurer who likes to travel far in Bedrock Sandals. In 2011, Naresh finished the Vol State 500 Kilometer race unassisted in first place - a feat that took him 5 days. A true minimalist at heart Naresh runs and lives simply. Watch Naresh run 120 smokey miles along the John Muir trail and learn about how he started running minimalist. From September 2014 to December 2014 Naresh will be hiking the 3,000 Kilometer Te Araroa trail through New Zealand in our new Bedrock 2.0 Sandals. The Te Araroa is a 3,000 kilometer trail - spanning the entire country of New Zealand and traversing through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Follow Naresh on instagram for true Bedrock inspiration, @iamarunr.
Waseem (Bedrock Sandal Craftsman)
Waseem immigrated to the US from Afghanistan with his family in 2013 and began working for Bedrock shortly after. Waseem is a gifted sandal craftsman and proudly builds Bedrock Sandals each day with our small manufacturing team. Take pride in knowing that Waseem hand built your Bedrocks with care and dedicated intention.