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What Materials Are Conductive?

What materials are conductive? It’s a good question to ask if you want to know how to practice earthing besides walking around outside in your bare feet. Take a look below at a list of both conductive and non-conductive materials to help you better plan how you will maximize your grounding time. It is our hope that after reviewing this list, you will better know what to wear, what to touch and where to stand to help you practice earthing throughout your day.

YES Conductive!


Leather is conductive so it is good to wear leather soled shoes. It is even more conductive when moist so if your feet sweat a little in your shoes, it’s a good thing. Leather shoes allow grounding after they have been worn long enough to absorb moisture from the environment. Conductivity of the leather increases with wear, as the shoes absorbe more moisture over time.


Copper is conductive which is why some earthing shoes have copper dots or plates, in the soles, to allow you to connect to the earth while wearing them.


Skin is especially conductive, right in the middle of the ball of your foot, as it connects to your whole body. This is why earthing is most effective by electron transfer through your feet.


Metal materials will allow electron transfer to flow. Earthing devices often use silver or carbon as a conductive agent because they are strong and last over time.


Concrete is moist and if poured directly onto the earth, can be used as a reasonable substitute to walking directly on the earth.


Beaches are great for conductivity because everyone walks barefoot on the beach!


Water is conductive and works quite well as our bodies are made up primarily of water, so it makes for a good connection.


Clothing made of cotton, wool or any natural fibre is conductive. Make sure it’s not too thick and your skin will still be able to connect to the earth.


Socks are conductive as feet naturally sweat. Silver lined socks are especially great for connectivity.


Blankets made of cotton, wool or any natural fibre will also allow earthing to take place.


Trees are living and connected to the earth so if you are touching a tree grounding can occur.


Vehicles can be considered conductive because they are made of metal so by using a conductive auto pad you can achieve earthing while driving.


Grass is especially conductive when it’s moist.


Dirt is of course conductive as it is the earth! So go on and get dirty! Play in the mud, work in the garden. The messier the better!

NO Not Conductive!


Pavement is not conductive so if you live in the city you’ve got to get to a nearby park!


Wood, once cut from the living tree, is no longer conductive so living in a stick frame house doesn’t allow you to practice earthing.


Plastic is also not a suitable substance for earthing so flip flops, most deck furniture and many other items are not conductive.


Rubber boots or soled shoes do not allow electrons to permeate through. There are specially made earthing shoes such as Pluggz that have black carbon and rubber targeted centre which are actually made to be conductive.


Sealer or painted concrete are non-conductive as the electrons don’t pass through the sealer or paint very well.

Synthetic Materials

Any synthetic material will not be conductive which rules out most common footwear such as running shoes, dress shoes, work boots etc.

Insulated Materials

Any insulated materials such as foam, glass, porcelain work the complete opposite as conductors.

With a better idea of what materials are conductive, you can begin to practice earthing on purpose today. Start with a pair of Pluggz shoes or natural earthing moccasins. If you cannot change your footwear try grounding pads, blanket or earthing bedding. The Earthing Store has a complete line of copper dot plated footwear as well as leather soled moccasins that are designed with earthing in mind. We have sandals and shoes for men, women and children so visit one of our product pages today for a great deal on some earthing footwear. You won’t be disappointed as we have great selection, remarkable prices, friendly service and fast shipping.

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How about natural Cork? Is cork conductive? Meaning I can wear cork shoes and be conductive? I love the shoes on but I don’t know if they work as earthing shoes.

The Brown Bear#2

In reply to MaryEllen White: We do not have a catalog at the moment but feel free to give us a call 855-273-2181. If you tell us what you are looking for we can recommend the right product for you.

In reply to Ken Higgins: Yes dead leaves would be conductive so long as they are still on the earth’s surface. If you were to pick up leaves and bring them inside on your wood floors, then no…

Eddie Floyd #3

Automobiles are not grounded. There are instances of high power electric lines on vehicles with no danger to the occupants. These lines are several hundred times higher in voltage than household current. If the vehicle was grounded it would be instant death


How do you define pavement? Pavement just means a surface that is paved so it could be concrete, brick, asphalt, etc. Thanks for the clarification.

Ken Higgins#5

Are dead leaves conductive?

MaryEllen White#6

Is there an online catalog with all your items in it? I don’t have time to wander throuh all kinds of things I don’t need or want.
Yhank you!

The Brown Bear#7

In reply to Steve: 😂

Steve #8

My friend Fred Flintstone’s vehicle is earthing

The Brown Bear#9

In response to Jay Davidson: I believe any rocks are conductive when you stand on them barefoot or with conductive shoes. Best thing you could do if you are not sure is get a earthing tester and stand on a rock and see.

The Brown Bear#10

In response to Jay: Please read our blog on grounding while driving:

Jay Davidson#11

What kinds of rock are conductive? If I put my bare feet on limestone for example, will that work for grounding? (Sandstone might be better as it is porous)


How can a vehicle be conductive? 1. the tyres are made of rubber and 2. the road is made of tarmac//bitumen which is not conductive for earthing.

The Brown Bear#13

In response to Josetay: the only size 14 footwear we have is SKU BB3107M, 1762W-R (shoes with copper rivet), BB495M, BB37597C-MO, BB4215M, 1461-N and BB11526BL

You can also insert erthe straps to any pair of shoes.

The Brown Bear#14

In reply to Kathyann:

I am not 100% sure if you would be grounded on Flagstone Rock. The best thing to do would be to get a ground tester and stand barefoot on the rock and see if you are grounded. Then you would know. It’s always best to be barefoot so leather may prevent the flow a little. Leather will certainly work on grass but not AS effective on rock or concrete. Copper is a better conductor than leather.


Hello, Can I ground through a natural flagstones rock that’s directly on the earth?
Thank you


Question so I wear a size 14 wide and I cant find any grounding footwear that size is there some speacial place or request I can do to get this size?thanks

Merrilie Cameron#17

I am going to make a grounding/earthing sheet and some mats and wondered if you had any instructions for how to attach the wire to the fabric and then onto a copper grounding rod. The fabric that I have found is Copper+Nickel+polyester fabric. Looks quite good and says it cuts and sews like fabric. Do you think it will be OK and how do I connect the wire cable to it?
Thank you


Question: Is it safe to wear earthing shoes in a fully electric car? Would you draw the positive energy from the batteries underneath?

Mariellen Rose#19

Do socks have to be cotton to ground you?

Hue T Nguyen#20

I use Nikken magnetic insole in my shoes

victoria williams#21

I am wondering why copper socks would not be good for earthing – I have seen copper and cotton socks – if silver is connective in socks why not copper?

Jan Parker#22

Is there any type of lounge chair that would work for grounding?


My question is similar to Maria’s. The rubber on the car insulate the occupants of the vehicle from ground. If you were to hang something that connected the inner cab with the outside ground, then you would achieve proper grounding. Otherwise you are grounding on a grounded surface. Though I think that might be considered a capacitor, which allows electrons to move in a different way, thus achieving a circuit with proper grounding…?


Question…My outdoor time mostly consists of caring for my 2 horses and a flock of Muscovy ducks and a couple of chickens. They all live mostly outdoors, but the area is quite messy (literally)and muddy, and I have to pass thru muddy areas in my working. I dug out an old pair of moccasins I’ve had for years to work in the garden today, since I’ve been wanting to experience earthing, having read the book recently, but agree that they would be ruined quickly if I used them in critter care. Do you have any suggestions how I could incorporate earthing in my outdoor messy time?

Ryan Moore#25

How about driveway paver tiles? They’re made from stone, brick and cement.


Hi;)i have a question..are sandals made with rope ok for earthing/grounding? Do they allow to conduct with earth?

Maria Cruz#27

Are you sure vehicles are conductive? Their connection to the earth is rubber via their tires.


If I live in the city for example Queens NY. What type of grounding equipment would be best to use since everything in queens except for far away parks is pavement?

The Earthing Store#29

Hello Ramona,

They will become conductive as your feet get some moisture and then reach through the fibers of the sheepskin and leather. It is the moisture created from your feet perspiring that make the leather soles become more conductive. Minerals in the perspiration from your feet also build up in the leather over time, making the soles even more conductive.

So to answer you question, I cannot give you an exact time frame, but the more you wear them they more conductive they will become.

Ramona #30

Hi i just ordered the winter moccasins and I was wondering how long it takes for them to be conductive as I will use them in snow this winter vacation where I don’t have any other way to get grounded. Thanks

The Earthing Store#31

Hello KC,

Unfortunately the tent would inhibit Earthing due to the synthetic materials. If you slept on a grounding pad with a grounding rod connected to the ground that would work. Or if you had a bottomless tent.

Thanks for you inquiry.


So if camping, a tent is thin but surely synthetic. So would there be zero earthing if sleeping on the ground in a tent?

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