Once upon a time…

Ted McDonald took off his shoes and started running. After a lifetime of being shoed and cast with modern footwear, it took him years to rehabilitate his feet and legs and establish himself as one of the forerunners (get it?) in the field of barefoot running.

In the spring of 2006, Barefoot Ted visited the Copper Canyons of Northern Mexico with a group of elite ultra marathon runners. It was there in the rugged Sierra Madre mountains that Ted met Manuel Luna, a local Tarahumaran, who helped him make a pair of traditional huarache sandals out of an old tire. The seed for Luna Sandals had been planted.

Manuel Luna making a pair of huaraches for Ted

Manuel Luna making Ted his first pair of huaraches at the 2006 Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon in Urique, Mexico

A few years later Ted found himself at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington, where he serendipitously met the Smuin Brothers: Bookis, an accomplished web designer, and Scott, a primitive tinkerer and aspiring survivalist. They were exactly what he needed to really get Luna Sandals off the ground.

Within 6 months they had moved sandal production out of Ted's garage and into a humble factory at 19th and Prospect on Capitol Hill, launched the Luna website, and, as they say, the rest is history.

Production Time Lapse at the Luna Sandals Factory on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington

Santiago disregarding traffic laws in Spain. Marco Decandia Brocca with his DIY Lunas. The tables and chairs may not be DIY. Rose Palmer showing Mt. Whitney who Bill Berry comparing his feet to sea stars in the Ketchikan, Alaska tide pools. Lou comparing his foot to a mountain in the Rockies. Lou "Took these puppies backpacking through the Sespe Wilderness.... getting ready to thru-hike the John Muir Trail in September wearing, you guessed it, Luna Sandals ;]" - Michelle Evans Kampanat Chittithaworn got a new PR in a 10k charity run for cats & dogs in Bangkok. Looking good right meow, Kampanat! Jens from Ireland cooling his feet after a 22k run (do not attempt with suede!). Luna sewing superstar Emily hiked up Chinidere
Mountain (mostly by foot). That Michael Wauters in East Timor running with some children. Race someone your own size Michael! :P Barry taking his commute one giant step at a time. Cole showing off his modern cranium technology and ancient footwear technology. YogaSlackers putting the "adventure" in "adventure sandals" on highlines in Golden, CO. Jeff Mihailoff sent this photo of a pair of Leadvilles in front of the Steve Prefontaine Memorial. RIP Pre! A truly inspirational runner. Piers running the  "butt clinchingly scary" running of the bulls in Pamplona. Haider Khan during a 10k race in Dubai. Beat the heat! J.L. hiking in the hills of Novato, CA... when he Robert Bird and his Leadvilles ran to a 2nd place finish in his age group on the 4th of July at the Daytona Beach Firecracker 10 Miler. Numbertastic! Stephan wearing his Lunas on his feet, in his garden, in Germany, on planet Earth. Barefoot Boise showing off a fine lookin

Shots of Lunas from around the world.

The Luna Philosophy

We believe that when we become more connected and in tune with our own bodies, as well as with each other, we can often regain a fundamental source of happiness and good health. Our bodies are not broken by design, and when we trust them, our instincts, and our desires, we often find a more genuine expression of who we are.

We are interested in the designs of traditional sandals from all over the world: sandals made out of natural, sustainable materials that are easy to make by hand with simple tools. Minimalist footwear traditions are part of our shared heritage and we should preserve them and encourage others to do the same.

Our sandal collection represents the best fruits of our experiences and experiments with old-school footwear and gleanings from insights that we have gathered from both our ancestors and our customers. Through small-scale, sustainable production, we give a growing audience a chance to try what we consider to be fine minimalist running sandals that happen to also be great everyday footwear.

We believe that building community, encouraging health, wellness, fun, and adventure is more important than a standard business model.

Luna Sandals has always been closely tied to the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, but now we're officially donating 1% of our online revenue to CCUM, the organization responsible for the race.

To donate or sign up for the race, please visit ultracb.com.

The Lunar Monkeys & Friends

The Luna Sandals Crew at the 2011 Leadville Trail 100 in Colorado

What's the big deal?

For more on Luna, check out our press page.

The Lunar Monkeys & Friends

The Luna Sandals Crew at the 2012 Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon in Urique, Mexico

What are people saying about us?

If you want high quality, low maintenance minimalist footwear get a pair of Luna Sandals.
Adventure World Magazine
Luna has taken it to the next level using comfortable materials and an advanced lacing system to provide a feeling as close as you can get to having nothing on your feet – without making you cry every time you go over a pebble.
Stuff.tv
The best type of huarache sandals are made by Barefoot Ted at Luna Sandals.
John Durant, well-known Urban Hunter-Gatherer
No company has come as close to paying homage to the incredible super-athlete Tarahumara as Luna Sandals.
Huarache Blog
Compared to Vibram Five Fingers, [Luna Sandals] are beyond minimalistic.
Pieter Joost
If you’ve wanted a barefoot alternative for a while but found that FiveFingers didn’t fit right, these are the way to go. Plus, you can call them your 'gladiator sandals'.
Matt at FreeFitGuy.com
The most comfortable, fantastic, handmade-by-a-friend sandals, and I can't stop running around in joy wearing them!
Callie McNew

The Monkeys

Barefoot Ted, Spokesmonkey

Barefoot Ted, Spokesmonkey

BFT is the founder, spokesmonkey, innovator, and troublemaker.

Bookis Smuin, Chief Monkey

Bookis Smuin, Chief Monkey

Bookis is CEO, Web/Tech Guru, and a Crazy Running Fool (CRF).

Scott Smuin, Ops Monkey

Scott Smuin, Operations Monkey

Scott is Head of Operations and a true lover of Peanut Butter.

Philip Stark, Ops Monkey

Philip Stark, Silverback Monkey

He thinks too much, such men are dangerous.

Tom Norwood, Sales Monkey

Tom Norwood, Sales Monkey

Tom is our Sales Monkey, but he's so much more than that.

Dylan Romera, Support Monkey

Dylan Romero, PR Monkey

Dylan is our PR Wizard and the only one of us with any real business training.

Jeff Smuin, Craft Monkey

Jeff Smuin, Craft Monkey

Jeff is a sandal-making fool. For realz. He's probably making you a pair right now.

Eli Duke, Makeshift Monkey

Eli Duke, Makeshift Monkey

Eli does a lot of things, usually involving a computer, a camera, or his HUGE head.

Marilyn Young, Distribution Monkey

Marilyn Young, Distribution Monkey

Marilyn makes sure that the right sandals go to the right places at the right time. Awesome, right?

Hannah Tyo, Stitching Monkey

Hannah Tyo, Stitching Monkey

Hannah is a sewing savant, creative costumier, and a big reason why your ATS laces look so snazzy.

Mothra, Mother Monkey

Mothra, Mother Monkey

Mothra keeps the factory cleaned and organized, and she packs our lunches. :)

Patrick Sweeney, Running Monkey

Patrick Sweeney, Running Monkey

Sweeney is our sponsored Lunar Monkey, a true lover of avocados and booze. He is Bourbon Feet.

 

Hand-crafted, minimalist sandals that preserve the age-old
connection between the Human Foot and the Earth