Our Story


Bedrock Sandals began during outdoor field work jobs in Northern California.

We wanted to make a premium quality sandal that let us experience the outdoors more simply and that held up to the heavy abuse of our outdoor lifestyles. We launched a Kickstarter in 2011, grew slowly, kept making our sandals better, lived in vans and sailboats, thru hiked trails, and crafted our sandals to match our adventurous minimalist lifestyles.

The Bedrock Factory!

We are proudly based in Richmond, California where we manufacture Bedrock Sandals in our small and awesome factory! 

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 Outdoor Sandal Design Theory

Our bodies and feet evolved through human history to walk, hike, and run incredible distances. As outdoor footwear designers, our overall goal is to harness our natural human-inherited flow of movementOur sandals combine grippy Vibram® outsoles with our adjustable strap system to strike a harmonious balance of performance, durability, and comfort. 

As a company, simplicity is our goal from inside to out. We reflect simplicity in the footwear we design all the way to the lifestyles we lead. Simplicity makes us and our feet happy. 

Company Bios

Bedrock Sandals Founder on Te Araroa Trail - Dan Opalacz Bedrock Sandals Founder Fly Fishing - Dan Opalacz

Dan Opalacz (Co-Founder)

Dan is a traveller 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 (he built the original Worn Wear), in the back of his van, while growing the Bedrock Sandals customer base.

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 by foot, bike, and canoe with Bedrock ambassador Naresh Kumar. 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.

Bedrock Sandals Founder - Nick Pence 


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 the 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. In fall of 2014, Naresh hiked the burly 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 wildly challenging and beautiful trails. Follow Naresh on Instagram for true Bedrock inspiration, @iamarunr


Matt McAdow (Graphic Designer and Customer Service Lead)

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. 


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