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.


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 center 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 moccasins for earthing. If you cannot change your footwear try grounding pads, blanket or bedding for earthing. Healthy & Grounded 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 footwear for earthing. You won’t be disappointed as we have great selection, remarkable prices, friendly service and fast shipping.

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I work in a laboratory where we have liquid, chemical waste containers. If the containers are plastic (HDPE) and sitting in a stainless steel drip pan, and the drip pan is sitting on a rubber floor, does the drip pan need to be grounded?

kevin neigh April 25, 2022

Faux leather would not be conductive. Faux is made from a plastic base(pvc) and is not breathable, but is usually stronger that real leather. Faux leather can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth.

The Brown Bear April 25, 2022

How about “faux leather”? I found some sandals the other day that have an outer sole of “faux leather”, but i suppose it is made of a “pvc or vegetable oil” base as i read somewhere else and as for breathability it is classified as “low” compared to real leather which is classified as breathable.

TF March 10, 2022

In response to Kasha:
“Is the bamboo & cork sandals are conductive and good for earthing?”

Yes they are good for earthing because it’s the copper rivet that we manually insert into the sandals that makes them grounded. The rubber sole without the rivet is by itself is an insulator.

The Brown Bear May 12, 2021

hi, Could u answer if the bamboo & cork sandals are conductive and good fro earthing? Thanks.

kasha April 23, 2021

Hi, I’m interested in finding a yoga mat that I can use outside that will be conductive to grounding.

Kim Webb March 11, 2021

Vehicles are not conductive to earth as they run on rubber tyres!

Michael Rose October 15, 2020

Yes, cars are made of metal which is conductive. However they sit on tires which are rubber and are not conductive. Grounding yourself to the metal in the car is useless as it is not grounded to the ground. That is why you are not electrocuted if a power line lands on your car – unless you touch both the car and the ground simultaneously. I talked to an electrical engineer and he said if you had a metal thing attached to the car dragging on the ground, then the car would be grounded – however that has issues in creating sparks and is not advised.

Lois Kolbet September 24, 2020

In response to Maria: These are some very interesting shoes but they have a rubber sole, which is definitely not conductive, and cork works as an insulator, so unfortunately not conductive as far as we can tell.

The Brown Bear September 24, 2020

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

Maria August 14, 2020

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…

The Brown Bear December 19, 2019

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

Eddie Floyd December 19, 2019

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.

Leslie December 19, 2019

Are dead leaves conductive?

Ken Higgins December 19, 2019

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!

MaryEllen White December 19, 2019

In reply to Steve: 😂

The Brown Bear November 21, 2019

My friend Fred Flintstone’s vehicle is earthing

Steve November 21, 2019

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 October 10, 2019

In response to Jay: Please read our blog on grounding while driving: https://www.theearthingstore.com/blogs/articles/74363907-earthing-while-driving-is-it-possible

The Brown Bear October 10, 2019

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)

Jay Davidson October 10, 2019

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.

Jay October 10, 2019

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 July 31, 2019

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.

The Brown Bear July 16, 2019

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

Kathyann July 10, 2019

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

Josetay July 10, 2019

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