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Lady and the Tramp: A Grounded Take

Some of you may not remember this film, or may have never even seen it, but the name lingered on. Definitely catchy. In our world at pluggz, we have become very fond of this phrase. We are of course speaking about the classic Lady and the Tramp, but in the world of grounding shoes, tramp is abbreviated for trampoline, as in our trampoline heel. This is a core feature in our grounding shoes, also called earthing shoes. So what’s this all about?

Trampoline heel groundedThe trampoline heel is actually an original, well-engineered classic heel design. Over the years many shoes have been constructed boasting new and elaborate technologies and special exclusive features. We’ve gone the other way, back in time, however. We believe that tried and true “classics” are good – and always “in”. The custom designed cut-out in the bottom of all pluggz grounding ballet flats (also called earthing ballet flats) allows the heel bone — the calcaneus bone — to stay centered because of the soft spot in the center of the heel. This cut-out has a “trampoline effect” and offers cushioning during one’s heel strike and takes weight away, rather than adds to the load of solid rubber. This also makes our shoes more comfortable to wear.

The sole in all pluggz grounding shoes and earthing shoes made with this heel design is that they have the benefits of a wedge since the medial side/inside of the sole is filled-in, while keeping the look of a heel on the lateral/outside of the shoe. This helps support the foot and keeps it more stable. As a result of this design detail, there is no need for what’s called a shank and this keeps the shoe lighter and softer.

The simple version is, the trampoline heel designed in all pluggz shoes makes for a “light step” while supporting your heel bone at the same time. Some have shared with us this has also made a huge difference in how they stand (now straighter up without leaning to one side). Others have reported the reduction of full absence of back pain they used to have when wearing other shoes.

Further on the classic old news front is even what is more special about pluggz shoes. (We were saving best for last). In fact it goes back to ancient times, when man and woman first set foot on earth. It’s called grounding or earthing. What this is all about is quite simple to understand. It is also scientifically substantiated in numerous studies as well. The earth is an electrical body and has potent natural energy inside it in the form of electrons.

Our bodies, too, are electrical fields, and we were meant to have the flow of this natural energy in to our bodies when we first came on this earth to have a normalized body state.  This happened when we went barefoot much of the time and also wore leather skinned soles on our shoes. We don’t do either much anymore.

Over many centuries leading to the advent of modern times, most of us have lost this direct and constant connection to the earth. As a result, we are not getting this revitalizing energy in to our bodies. Put in other terms, we are “electron deficient”. So what, you say? Well, the so what is, this is not great for your body. Existing reports show that being more electronically balanced — which happens when you get grounded, helps recue inflammation, lower stress, increase circulation, boost vitality, make you more balanced – even happier. Who wouldn’t settle for some of this, let alone all?

So, here’s to the Tramp — and to the past. What’s old is fast becoming new.




We agree!  You want pluggz for:

  • Fashion

Have you seen the pluggz footwear line? They include the most adorable ballet flats or loafers, with full-grain leather, suede, flannel or linen.  Some have patent leather toecaps. And the ballet flats?  They’re feminine and upscale–with just the right amount of “toe cleavage” to accentuate your legs.

  • Comfort

Whether you go for the ballet flats or loafers, all pluggz footwear has an insole that is moisture wicking and antimicrobial.  These insoles feature memory foam, under the heel and arch of the foot, for added comfort and support,

The heels all have the “trampoline effect,” a cut-out in the middle of the heel that adds extra comfort for the foot while supporting the ankle joint, maintaining a neutral position for the ankle joint and creating foundation for the entire body.  As a result of this design, there is no need for a shank, which further lightens the weight of the shoe and increases overall softness and flexibility.

  • Health Benefits

Have you heard of earthing, or grounding?

Here’s the theory: The Earth is a powerful, natural energy source. When we walk barefoot, we absorb the Earth’s energy through our feet in the form of electrons. This reduces the buildup of protons in our bodies, bringing us into balance.  Walking barefoot allows us to become grounded on a daily basis. Grounding is good for our bodies and makes us feel incredible.

Our ancestors walked barefoot; ever notice how slim and healthy-looking they were?  Well, we can’t do that because our lifestyles require us to wear footwear almost everywhere we go, and the soles of most modern shoes are made of rubber and plastic, which completely insulate us from the Earth beneath our feet.

Pluggz to the rescue!

Pluggz footwear offers us the comfort of a modern rubber sole with the unique addition of a carbon and rubber plug that ensures contact between our feet and the Earth’s surface.  This technology makes wearing pluggz the equivalent to walking barefoot.