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Elite Ibex

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Elite Ibex

The Elite Ibex are our toughest, most capable hiking sandals. These sandals are all about traction and durability, both a necessity for the toughest trails. If you want to explore the backcountry, scale a mountain peak, or reach that undisturbed fishing hole then the Elite Ibex are your sandals!


What makes the Ibex soles so special is the Vibram® Zegama (6mm) Morflex (6mm) composition. Choose between our proprietary UltraGrip or Cognac Aniline Cowhide Leather footbed for a 13mm total stack height. Vibram® Zegama is an individually-molded rubber sole that uses Vibram’s MegaGrip soling compound. Known for its high-durability and good grip in wet conditions, the Vibram® Zegama sole employs an aggressive and open tread pattern. The deep 4mm lugs are perfect for gaining maximum traction on loose dirt, rocks, and mud. We couple the Vibram® Zegama with Vibram® Morflex to give these sandals a firm yet comfortable ride. Though on the thicker side, you will be surprised how flexible the Ibex are, matching the movements of your feet with ease. The Ibex soles have everything you need for adventure!

Elite Lacing System

The Elite Lacing System is the product of 10 years of relentless testing and development. This lacing system is designed with control, comfort, and performance in mind. Three independent adjustment zones - the heel strap, insole strap, and toe straps - give you total control over how the straps are adjusted to your feet. Velcro® fasteners make adjustment easy and secure. The Shamma Elite Buckle gives you the ability to fine tune your toe strap, where adjustment matters most. Our innovative and flexible heel posts keep the straps in an optimal position so you can focus on the road ahead. The Elite Lacing uses UltraSuede to create the highest levels of comfort available. If you want the highest performance laces, you want the Elite Lacing System!  


Just because you wore a hole in your sandals, it doesn’t mean you have to throw them away! Our modular approach to sandal-making means that worn out parts can be replaced with a pair of pliers at home. Why throw away what you can repair? Visit our Parts Page to learn more!

Made in the USA!

Proud to be made in the USA and we wouldn’t have it any other way! All of our sandals are made right here in Santa Cruz, CA by our small team. Follow us on Instagram and YouTube to get a glimpse of how we do it on a regular basis. 

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Jake A.
United States United States

Great sanda

Loving my new Elite Ibex! Also still loving my Old Goats and All Browns too!

Colin L.
United States United States

Nearly perfect shoe

Can't speak to longevity yet, but I love this sandal. Good width (so hard to find), secure fit, and great traction. My only real concern is the Velcro (which tends to wear quickly), but I do otherwise appreciate the highly customizable lacing system. Probably my favorite sandals yet.

Monica T.
United States United States

Finally a pair of sandals fit me well!

I love the Elite lacing system, it hugs my heels better than any other barefoot sandals I’ve ever tried on and it’s very comfortable! With the grippy footbed, my feet are very secured. This is also the first time a pair of sandals perfectly fit my foot shape! Even full splaying, my toes are not hanging outside! I just want to wear them everyday!

Revital W.
Canada Canada

Most comfortable sandals I own!

The sole is super flexible and comfortable. I love the adjustable straps. These feel very secure on my feet. I wish the straps would come in more colors.

Hardy F.
United States United States

More than just a pair of sandals

I wish I would’ve discovered the barefoot world sooner, but really glad I stumbled upon Shamma, truly an amazing company both in product and custom service.

Customer Reviews

Based on 53 reviews
Amazing quality and superb customer service

Got myself a pair of elite chargers and my dad the elite ibex over the small business week sale. The shoes felt really comfortable. The leather grip surface definitely stands out from other brands of barefoot sandals. I also got both of our size right in one go based on the info on the website. CS is really responsive as well and was able to ship out my order before I fly home! According to my dad, “these are really cool pair of shoes! I feel hip!”

Justin Sievers
These are an amazing sandal

The construction is very hardy and the straps are very comfortable.


I can walk many comfortable miles in these most excellent sandals. The customizable fit and zero drop sole are the best! I can't wait to but a m

Andrew R.

Its a bit too loose around the thong area, for I did notice that it tends to feel loose from side-to-side. Pretty good sandal but im looking to return them for that reason

Andrew R.

Its a bit too loose around the thong area, for I did notice that it tends to feel loose from side-to-side. Pretty good sandal but im looking to return them for that reason

Thinking of transitioning to barefoot running?