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fullsoul runningpad® barely a shoe

fullsoul runningpad® Weniger Schuh geht nicht!

For all who love barefoot as the most original form of movement but want to avoid dirty soles, cuts and slanted looks! The fullsoul is an ultra minimalist and elegant "barefoot shoe", made from one piece of thin leather, no seams, no rivets, no glue. Through fine straps the leather sole nestles up against the foot like a second skin. Our sandals were invented by Prof. Dr. Martin Daumer and are crafted by master goldsmith and leather expert Barbara Ulsamer.


runningpad standard feet

one cut fits all Price: 129€ + shipping incl. tax


runningpad individual feet

custom-made Price: 209€ + shipping incl. tax

Jane Campion fullsoul runninpad

Jane Campion with her fullsouls, Paul Thomas Anderson, Denis Villeneuve, Steven Spielberg and Kenneth Branagh

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fullsoul runningpad and human motion

The idea for the fullsoul runningpad came from the passionate long-distance, mountain and barefoot runner Dr. Martin Daumer, inspired by the evolutionary-biologically based hypothesis that man is "born to run" - as a high-temperature forefoot long-distance runner who, with his extraordinary stamina, has been able to assert himself in evolutionary hunting. Over many years he developed and tested various minimal shoe prototypes. A first milestone was the ISPO Award 2012 for the heel-free model freeheel runningpad®. He received the second ISPO Award in 2016 in the outdoor segment for the current minimal shoe fullsoul runningpad. Within the scope of his professional research activities, Martin Daumer investigates, among other things, possibilities to quantify human movement in everyday life with mobile sensor technology.

Each custom-made fullsoul runningpad is unique, made to fit the individual foot shape. The minimal shoe is cut out of one piece of thin, resistant cowhide (100% vegetable tanned) with a computer-controlled cutting plotter and finished by hand. It weighs ultralight 70 g with shoe size 43 EU (9 1/2 US) and medium leather thickness.

Warning: Running barefoot is different

You don't just want to go barefoot, but also want to run with minimal shoes like the fullsoul runningpad? Please note: A too fast change from the typical heel-heeled running style to forefoot / midfoot running can lead to overstrain and serious injury. Muscles and tendons need time to adapt! Sports physicians, physiotherapists and orthopedists as well as suitable sources on the Internet advise and support you in this process, e.g. on .
For more information on the topic refer to the an interview with Dr. Martin Daumer on

Our recommendation for barefoot running

Start with short running distances and pay attention to how the body reacts. Then increase distances and speed very carefully. Also inform yourself about forefoot/midfoot running and healthy transition. You can find more orientation, information and scientific findings on the net. Our own research results show that during the transition phase the risk of running injuries is more than tripled:
On the measurement of running


Barfuss im PottCast 15.06.2022

Sehr spannend: Dr. Martin Daumer entwickelt als Physiker und Marathonläufer Minimal-Sandalen und bekommt sogar mehrfach eine Auszeichnung dafür. Die Runningpads von Fullsoul gibt es schon ein paar Jahre, aber jetzt sind sie uns erst über den Weg gelaufen. 2,5mm Sohle, die sich um die Ferse schmiegt und eine Einheit bildet. Dann noch nachhaltig und aus purem Rindsleder produziert. Sowie die Möglichkeit einer Maßanfertigung. Das lässt ja kaum noch Wünsche übrig. Drum hat Alex sie für uns getestet. read more
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Barefoot Runners Society Froum Clark 20.04.2022

I really like these sandals and am happy to recommend them. They’re easy to wear, very comfortable, offer no hindrance to foot motion, little reduction in ground feel, and do provide just enough protection to add a bit of confidence on uncertain surfaces. If ordering the custom cut, be very careful with your tracing to ensure a good fit. These sandals took a few wearings to mold to my feet, after which they're almost like a second skin. read more

Barefoot Runners Society Froum MacDiver 01.12.2021

I won these FullSoul Running Pads back in August and received them in September. I wanted to wear them for a little while before posting a review. My initial impression is that these are very well made. As an engineer I was impressed by the process in using a single piece of leather to make these sandals. I used these sandals for running on roads that I can not run skin to ground barefoot on and found that they provide good protection for chip seal and heavily cracked pavement. I considered wearing these for my marathon in November... read more

Anya's Reviews 22.07.2020

Anya's Reviews Running Pads are definitely the most minimal sandal I've ever worn. They weigh next to nothing and are so thin and supple, it feels just like being barefoot. They can be custom cut to the shape of your foot, or you can order a preset sizing. These are more expensive than the others I talk about here, but if you want a real barefoot feel these sandals are for you. has been an official shop for just a few months. They sell custom and preset sandals that are made from one SINGLE piece of leather (that means no seams to come undone). They are the lightest, most minimal... read more
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Samuel Müller 15.01.2020

Alle meine Erwartungen wurden übertroffen, und ich bin absolut begeistert! Sie sehen schon rein optisch wunderschön aus, aber auch das Material fühlt sich toll an! Genial finde ich, dass die Riemen auf beiden Seiten versetzt, d.h. nicht auf gleicher Höhe, angebracht sind. überhaupt spüre ich, dass hier wirklich Fachleute am Werk waren/sind, die Sandalen sind aber auch, so dünkt mich, mit viel Liebe zur Sache und... read more zum Detail gefertigt - sogar mit gelasertem Namen! Gelaufen bin ich noch nicht damit, ein spitzes Holzstück auf einer Finnenbahn hat mir gestern ein Loch in meine linke Fusssohle gezwickt... Das kann vorkommen, wenn man allermeistens barfuss unterwegs ist, zum Glück sind solche Missgeschicke aber sehr, sehr selten. Mit Deinen fullsouls wird mir dies nicht mehr passieren!

Priya Lorenz 22.06.2016

Running in these full sole running pads has changed the way I run and the way I experience 'barefoot' running. They are the epitome of minimalist running shoes and the provide the perfect amount of support and protection for the trail running I do. I have to be careful not to twist my ankles, as is the case with shoes or barefoot, but these running pads create a much-needed barrier... read more between the soles of my feet and sharp pebbles or sticks etc. I love the freedom they give me to run, leap, and even dance while on my runs and I will be using them for many years to come. As an added plus, they are very stylish as well.


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Martin Daumer

Prof. Dr. Martin Daumer
creator of the fullsoul runningpad®

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