I have been wearing Luna Sandals since 2010. In fact, for about 9 months I was the CEO of Luna Sandals while also serving as the CEO of Born to Run. This has given me a unique perspective over the last few years as I have seen Luna grow and develop both their products and their company.
It has been no wonder to me why we can never keep Luna Sandals in stock at Born to Run stores or online. Quite frankly, there is nothing like Luna sandals on the market. Of course there are, technically speaking, a few running sandal competitors, such as Xero shoes and Unshoe, but neither of these have ever been able to hold a candle to Luna Sandals. Part of the reason is that Luna‘s are simply the real deal.
Many of you know the story about Barefoot Ted, in the book Born to Run, when he went down to the Copper Canyons of Mexico. While there, one of the legendary Tarahumara runners, Manuel Luna, made Barefoot Ted a pair of huarache sandals out of a piece of used truck tire and a long strip of leather for the lacing. So intrigued, Barefoot Ted, came back to the U.S. with his head spinning about how to make a running sandal using more modern materials and processes, while sticking to the simplicity of what Manuel Luna had made.
Of course, Barefoot Ted decided to name the sandals after Manuel Luna and thus was born Luna Sandals. After many years of tinkering and selling Luna’s on a small scale, in 2010, Ted teamed with the Smuin brothers to really get his sandal company off the ground. The result has been the creation of the most authentic and high-quality running sandals on the market.
The recently released Luna Venado isn’t really all that new. In fact, it’s just the most recent iteration of the Original Luna, with the same 6mm Vibram footbed. But just because it is based on the original doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been vastly improved upon. First of all, the lacing system on Luna’s just gets better and better. The current lacing system does the best job of being easily adjustable and staying in place while keeping the friction low between the toes. Second, the uppers are a big improvement. The Monkey Grip Top, or MGT, is amazing in wet conditions and keeps the foot planted at all times. The Pittards goat leather is my particular favorite. Though it is not as good when wet, it has the right balance of stickiness and comfort for me.
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The Luna Venado is definitely my favorite footwear during the summer months. Also a Born to Run staff favorite, the Venado is a versatile sandal that can be worn while running marathons or just as a great minimalist sandal for every day use. Hopefully Luna can keep up with the incredible demand so that we can be sure to sell you a pair whenever you decide to drop by our store or site!