Luna Sandals – 700 Miles Later

I bought my Original Luna Sandals in July last year since then we’ve been great buddies. I had to send in a tracing of my feet and order the custom version since running barefoot has made my arch more pronounced and my feet wider (and meatier)! With over 700 [mostly] trail miles logged on these sandals in the last 8 months, I guess it was time to say goodbye.

Luna Sandals

Luna Sandals - Punctured Heel

Luna Sandals – Punctured Heel

I wrote a review of the Original Luna Sandals a little after I got it and despite the lack of treads at the bottom, I really haven’t had much issue with trail running. Did you know that Ted McDonald (aka Barefoot Ted) came up with the idea when he met Manuel Luna, a local Tarahumaran who helped him make a pair of traditional huarache sandals out of an old tire? Well, I ain’t no Tarahumara, but just love the feeling of running with open toed sandals. Running downhill was the tricky one, but I think I’ve got that one figured out after many hill repeats and experimentation. Since I got my first pair, the Lunas have been with me in over six races. But now it’s time to say goodbye. I ran a 10-miler this past weekend on the PG&E trail in Rancho San Antonio and was coming down fast on the descent. Around mile 8, I felt a sharp rock jab my heel and it hurt like hell for a few moments, but I kept going. When I got down, I found that the rock had almost punctured through the sandals and I was so glad that it wasn’t my flesh.

I just ordered the new Mono’s (12mm sole with an awesome Monkey Grip footbed) thanks to the quick help from Dylan Romero, one of the Luna Monkeys. Can’t wait to try it out, especially since I’ve got a 30K coming up in just a few weeks.

Do you run with the Lunas? How do you handle the downhills?







 
 

 

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  • Lillian Muir

    I’m surprised that you only got 700 miles out of your Originals. I have over 2,000 miles on mine and they are still going strong. They did a great job of saving your foot!

    • http://freeradical.me/ kowsik

      Lillian, that’s cool you got 2000 miles on them! Where do you usually run? I do a lot of trail running with my Lunas and I do wonder if they would’ve lasted longer but for that rock that tore right through one of them.

      • Lillian Muir

        Just like you, I run mostly trails. If not for that incredibly sharp rock, I bet you could have doubled your mileage in them. Now that I know this can happen, I’ll have to be a little more careful with my landings on the technical trails.