For the majority of the 20th century in the USA, sandals were not at all associated with the outdoor sport world. My dad grew up in the 1960's and remembers wearing leather soled huaraches to the beach. The leather soles looked great but they got slimy when wet and had virtually zero traction.
In the 1980's, the functionality of sandals began to change. Companies began combining ancient strap designs with modern rubber soles and nylon webbing. With these modern synthetic materials, sandals became much more practical and comfortable than shoes for a lot of our favorite outdoor activities like hiking, running, camping, and river swimming.
Although many different sport sandal brands existed in 2011 - none of them matched the premium quality with the lightweight minimalist feel that we wanted. We wanted to take what we loved from the minimalist running and premium sport sandal worlds and fuse them together to create our ideal outdoor footwear. Think huarache tire sandal meets rugged approach shoe. Half the weight, twice the functionality, and superior grip on trail.
From these ideas we created the world's first minimalist outdoor sandals in 2011. Since our founding Kickstarter campaign, Bedrock Sandals® has expanded our line to include models with varying sole thicknesses and two different strap systems.
We combine our industry leading strap system with the most technical Vibram® sole ever custom designed for a sandal. Our world class Cairn Sandal is ideal for those looking to replace their heavy, thick soled sport sandals for a lighter, more versatile alternative.
Our Cairn Sandals are the product of Bedrock Sandals R&D over the past five years to create the ultimate outdoor sport sandal. Built not too thick, not too thin, and with the perfect balance of comfort, rugged traction, and durability. Our patent pending strap system takes the difficulty completely out of the adjustment process - the Cairn straps feature three unique strap adjusters for perfecting fit.
The Cairn is the first minimalist outdoor sandal truly designed and built for big adventure on the trail and river.
The Cairn excels on trails, in all bodies of water, and is super comfortable to wear all around town too because of its 8mm thick cushioned Go Far midsole.
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Our classic minimalist sandals find strap design inspiration from the huarache running sandals of the Copper Canyon's Tarahumara Tribe. We created our classic minimalist line to make a better sport sandal with superior groundfeel and packability all inspired from the simplicity of this ancient time-tested huarache design. We offer our classic barefoot lineup in three models, letting you choose the sole profile you prefer.
The Syncline Sandals are the mid range thickness from our classic line and represent a great balance of barefoot feel and sole durability. The Syncline comes with a 9mm blown rubber Vibram® sole and offers more protection and durability than the Earthquake Sandals with not much added weight.
The Gabbro Sandals use wider straps and a 10mm thick foamy Vibram® sole with trail ready lugs. The Gabbro actually weighs less than the Syncline Classic model because of how lightweight the Gabbro's Vibram® sole compound is. The Gabbro has the most plush and comfortable feel underfoot of all our classic sandals.
The Earthquake Sandals, at 7mm thick, are our most minimalist and most barefoot feeling footwear that we manufacture. Wearing the Earthquakes feels like you are nearly barefoot but with a bit of sole protection from beneath. The Earthquake Sandal is ideal for those looking for the most authentic barefoot running experience or the lightest weight footwear to carry in their pack on a thru hike or long adventure.
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Our unique sizing is unisex and based on a Centimeter scale; our size 9/10 means that the sandal is roughly equivalent to size 9 for men, and size 10 for women. Some people find our sizes run slightly small especially in our smallest sizes. If you are deciding between two sizes we typically recommend ordering the larger one.
Print off the size outlines for the Cairn Sandals or Classic Sandals to most accurately find your ideal fit. Please note that you must change Printer Settings to print 100% Scale. Double check this by verifying the ruler on each outline. Give yourself ~1 cm of space inside of the outline to ensure a good fit!
Please consult the graphic above in conjunction with the tracings for more help and/or e-mail us a picture of your foot on the correct outline to get our expert opinion. If you have any additional questions e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not have access to a printer, please consult our sizing chart below and note that the lengths on our chart are the ACTUAL sandal dimensions. We advise measuring the length of your feet and ordering a size that is 1-2 cm longer.