FAQs

Pre-order model

How does your pre-order model work and what are the timelines?

We launched Bahé on a pre-order basis, and now there is a chance to order from the limited amount of stock we'll be receiving in December 2022 / January 2023.

Launching via a pre-order model is the quickest way to get our shoes to you, allows you to guarantee your favourite colour/size and allows us to operate more sustainably.

  1. Guarantee your colour and size - A pre-order model allows us to accurately gauge demand as a new business. Without this model, we may under-order a popular colour or size and you as the customer may miss out!
  2. Quickest way to get your shoes - A pre-order model is the only way for us to bring our brand to life and bring our grounded running shoes to you!
  3. Less waste - We purchase exactly what we need to fulfil the pre-orders and some additional holding stock. A small amount of the holding stock is for exchanges/returns and the rest is to fulfil future demand, which is accurately forecasted based on the pre-orders. This model allows us to reduce waste and only produce the amount of shoes we believe we need.
The current pre-order window will be open for a limited period, once the window closes we’ll stop taking new orders and place an order with our factory.

Your shoes will then be made to order and will be delivered in December '22 / January '23 (it’s difficult to give an exact date at this stage) we’ll keep you updated at every step of the way of your shoes journey through production and delivery.

Whilst initially operating a pre-sale model, all consumer rights remain and orders can be cancelled at any point prior to delivery and all orders are subject to a 30-day return policy after delivery as long as they are unworn and  in saleable condition.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to direct message us on instagram or email us at reconnect@bahe.co

Grounding and Green exercise 

What is the difference between grounding and earthing?

There is no difference! They are synonymous terms for having a physical connection with the earth.

Can you guarantee the benefits of grounding?

While we and many others believe in the documented benefits of grounding and green exercise, we can’t guarantee the effects. Every human is different.
We believe that exercising in nature and having a greater connection with our earth is beneficial for everyone. 

Are there any dangers of wearing conductive shoes?

Humans have been barefoot or worn leather-soled shoes (naturally conductive) for many years, so there is nothing inherently dangerous about wearing conductive shoes. However, electrically conductive footwear should not be used if there is an obvious risk of shock from any nearby electrical apparatus or electrically live parts.

What surfaces can I be grounded on?

You can ground on any natural surface that is connected to the earth, this includes the following:

  • Grass
  • Soil / Earth 
  • Sand
  • Gravel
  • Cement
  • Rock / Natural stones (including paving)
  • Water (Ocean, lakes & rivers)

Synthetic surfaces such as tarmac, asphalt and polyurethane running tracks are insulated surfaces and not suitable for grounding.  When training on these surfaces we suggest you incorporate some post exercise  stretching on natural surfaces to experience the benefits of grounding.

We’ve also found that when the ground is wet or damp, conductivity is enhanced, so now you have a reason to get outdoors even if the weather isn’t perfect!

Can’t I just be grounded by being barefoot?

You absolutely can and we encourage you to do so when possible. Our shoes were designed to be an extension of barefoot grounding, not a replacement for it.

As mentioned above, the more grounding the better, so Bahé was created to allow grounding to be integrated into your normal lifestyle or training regime where going barefoot may be uncomfortable or unsafe.

Will wearing socks prevent me being grounded? 

In most cases, wearing socks will not prevent you being grounded. 

As you exercise, your feet will perspire and this perspiration will allow for a connection to be made between your foot and the in-sock via your socks.

We’re tested on all different types of socks and we recommend thinner socks to allow for a connection to be made more quickly, but thicker socks should work fine.

Will I feel anything when I’m grounding?

Some people claim to ‘feel’ different while being grounded, while others feel nothing. Everybody is different. Many people do however, feel better right away. They sleep better, have more energy and less pain. But some individuals can feel temporary symptoms of detoxification as the body starts to function more efficiently. These are generally people with some disease or with chronic inflammation and pain who have not been grounded for many years.

What is green exercise?

Coined by researchers at the University of Essex in 2003, ‘Green Exercise’ refers to engaging in physical activity whilst simultaneously experiencing nature, and has sometimes been referred to as ‘exercise squared’. The concept blends the psychological, physiological, social, and other benefits of exercise, coupled with the nature-based environments such as parks, woodlands, and countryside.

Acute green exercise participation has shown to benefit cognitive functioning. Such improvements are relevant for workplace and educational performance. 

Sustainability

Are the shoes as sustainable as ‘sustainable shoes’?

Our aim is to combine performance and sustainability, creating a shoe that delivers incredible performance with a lower impact on the earth. 

Most of the materials used in the shoe are either plant-based or use recycled plastics. More detail about the materials and processes we follow can be found here. We will continue to innovate in materials science to push the boundary of sustainable performance.

Are your shoes as good as ‘normal’ running shoes?

When designing our more sustainably made grounded shoes, our main goal was to never compromise on performance. We wanted to prove that high performance didn’t have to cost the earth. 

Our shoes are specifically designed for running, from the way it’s constructed, to the materials used.

Our Recharge runner is a crossover shoe for daily running between the pavement and the trails.

Made from 30% recycled polyester, the engineered mesh upper is structured and supportive but also extremely light and breathable. As well as delivering a minimal aesthetic the upper panels also provide additional structure to the shoe and keep splash-prone areas of the shoe dry and easy to clean, if you get caught in the rain.

The sugar-cane infused midsole is perfectly tuned to help avoid fatigue in the legs and keep you going on your more difficult runs. It has superb energy return, the sweet spot between a racing flat and an ‘easy-day’ shoe. The midsole is topped with a plush bio-based in-sock, which In addition to containing conductive elements to maintain a connection with the earth, it feels like you’re stepping on marshmallow!

Finally, made from 65% natural rubber, the full coverage outsole provides versatile grip whether you’re on the road or hitting the trails.