Our Story



Bedrock Sandals began during outdoor field work jobs in Northern California. We wanted a premium quality sandal that freed our feet and held up to the heavy wear + tear from our adventurous lifestyles.

We launched a Kickstarter in 2011, grew Bedrock slowly, and kept making our sandals better while living simply in vans and sailboats.

We’re the type of people that bikepack, thru-hike, and climb snow-capped peaks...in sandals. So it’s no surprise that over the next five years, we continued to push the limits of our design and manufacturing, making Bedrock Sandals more durable, adjustable, and capable than ever. 

We hope you strap on a pair and unlock a new way to explore.


The Bedrock HQ and Factory

We proudly manufacture Bedrock Sandals in our Richmond, California Headquarters.

True to our roots, we donate one percent of our sales to help conserve and restore the environment through 1% for the Planet. Join our Tribe and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

 


Our Footwear Design Theory

We design Bedrock Sandals to let you go further and freer than ever before. As outdoor footwear designers, our overall goal is to harness our natural human-inherited flow of movement. Our sandals combine grippy lightweight Vibram® outsoles with our intelligent strap system to strike a harmonious balance of performance, durability, and comfort. 


Company Bios and History

Dan Opalacz (Co-Founder)

Dan is a traveller and innovator who is always hunting for new adventure and ways to improve our products. Shortly after founding Bedrock in Arcata, California - Dan moved  into his 86' Subaru Powered VW Vanagon and travelled around North America.  Along the way Dan hiked trails, fly fished streams, and staked out surf spots. During this early period of Bedrock's history, Dan did web design work for Patagonia remotely (he built the original Worn Wear), in the back of his van, to help keep gas in the tank.

In January 2014, Dan traded in his VW van for a small boat in the San Francisco Bay Area and Nick + Dan moved out the Bedrock Factory to Oakland, Ca. Since then Dan has hiked the Te Araroa trail, and bike toured through parts of the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest. Check out his latest adventure touring + surfing along the West Coast

In 2016, Dan was named one of the 30 Under 30 in the outdoor industry to watch. Follow Dan and his travels through his instagram account, @specialopz.



  

Nick Pence (Co-Founder)

Nick is an artist, geologist, and designer who co-founded Bedrock and currently runs operations at Bedrock Sandals Headquarters. Nick has a love for all things simple, useful, and mechanical and designs Bedrock Sandals with these very principles in mind. In 2011, Nick hand built many of our first 300 pairs of Bedrocks out of a friends cabin along the Lost Coast of California.

Nick lives simply in a tiny home in Oakland with his wife Erin and new baby girl, Brynn. Nick has a knack for mountain biking and trail running. You may find him with a smile on his face running around the East Bay Hills. 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 the first place - a feat that took him 5 days. Naresh uses his big adventures to raise money for charities around the world. 

In fall of 2014, Naresh hiked the burly 3,000 Kilometer Te Araroa trail through New Zealand, all in Bedrock Sandals - watch the short film. Follow Naresh on Instagram for Bedrock inspiration, @iamarunr


 

Matt McAdow (Bedrock Artist and Graphic Designer)

Matt is an artist and outdoor enthusiast who has been an avid Bedrocker since 2014. Joining the team in early 2016, Matt enjoys giving our customers the best damn service while simultaneously doodling up the next Bedrock graphic for eco-groovy sandal boxes or stickers.

A transplant from the plains of Oklahoma, you can find Matt soaking in as much of California's goodness as he can on weekend surf trips along the coast or up in the Sierras for a quick overnighters. Follow him @campillustrated


 

Carmen Morfin (Lead Bedrock Maker)

Carmen is our lead Bedrock Maker and helps manage our sandal making team here at Bedrock Headquarters in Richmond, California. Hailing from Oakland, Carmen has been with us since the early days at our old Bedrock HQ - "The Fort" - a sandal-making fortification we built within a warehouse in West Oakland. Carmen has a eye for detail and a true skill for crafting - we are proud to have her as a big part of our team.

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