I always wore Luna sandals as a casual shoe. I have two pairs the “Original” Luna’s with the leather foot bed and “The Equus”. I never run in the Equus, for me they just don’t cut it for running but are the ultimate casual shoe. I wear them all time, weather permitting, I even ride my bike and cruise on my longboard with them.
But the point of this post is to say I have really developed a comfort zone for running in Luna’s now. I never gave them the chance, but I think with all Huaraches you need to give them time to adjust to them. I never felt like I was relaxing my foot in them, but now that has changed. For running I go with the “Original” Luna’s with the leather foot bed, and leather laces. I do have the stretchy elastic laces, but for running I don’t like them, they are better for just casual wear, that’s my personal opinion.
I really like the leather foot bed because in time they make a nice molding of your feet, and fit really nicely in the sandal. I recently switched out the 1/4″ leather laces for the 3/8″ leather laces. I find the 3/8″ laces give me a more secure fit, and they work much better for running on trails. One thing about the leather foot bed is that when it gets wet it does become slippery, but I found with the 3/8″ laces you get more stability than with the 1/4″ laces.
I also changed the way I lace them, I always went with the slip-on method but out of curiosity I wanted to try the traditional method and I am happy I did. I ran for 2 hours with the traditional system for the first time yesterday, and encounter no issues at all. I found the traditional method of lacing easier,and quicker to tie than the slip-on method. The point of the slip-on method is just to lace them up once, and just slip the sandals on and off. I always untied them anyways when I used the slip-on method, plus with the traditional lacing I find I can dial in with a more secure, and comfortable fit.
Pictured are the “Original” Luna’s (leather footbed), 3/8″ laces, with the traditional lacing system.