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Elite Maximus

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The Elite Maximus are perfect for someone who wants a little more protection without sacrificing ground feel. These sandals are durable and share the same aggressive tread pattern as the Warriors with a slightly thicker sole. Elite Maximus are designed for those needing the protection of a more rugged sandal without sacrificing minimalist demands. Whether you are in the gym or out on the trail, the Elite Maximus are a great choice in all environments.


The Maximus sole uses an 8mm Vibram® Newflex sole coupled with your choice of UltraGrip or Tobacco Brown Goatskin Leather footbed for a 9mm total stack height. Vibram® Newflex is made from a blend of rubber and EVA to form a durable soling material with aggressive tread. At 3mm thicker than the Warrior sole, you will get a much more rugged sandal that is capable of diffusing the feeling of rocks, sticks, and the like from underfoot. The Maximus sole is suitable for a host of situations from the trail to the gym. Pair with the UltraGrip footbed for use in the harshest elements, or select the Goatskin Leather for more comfort in drier conditions.

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 Toray® 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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Christiane P.
Germany Germany

Sandals for the summer

This is my first pair of Shammas. And I have to say after a short while of getting used to them I love them be they will be my go to sandals for the summer. I only use them for walking around town or in nature. They are really comfy and easy to put on. It took a short while to get used to the thin sole. But I am also practicing flexibility and strength for the feet so that helps. Can highly recommend!

Jignesh T.
United States United States

definitely buy again

Wonderful experience with this sandal Amazing

Shamma Sandals Elite Maximus Review
Jo L.
United States United States

Sadly had to return, and was disappointed in the return process

I was very hopeful with these shoes. When they arrived they didn't fit and were far too wide for my feet. So when I went to return them, unworn, I was disappointed to find out they don't refund the total amount paid. It seemed in the wording under the shoe description, that you could return easily and fully. Sadly, this means I won't be trying to find a shoe with Shamma that fits.

Johnny J.
United States United States

Ok but not great

I love the foot bed. Hate the strap between the toes. Very uncomfortable.

Mickey K.
United States United States

Great Customer Service

They have really great customer service and stand behind their product. I was having an issue with a damaged sole(I live on wet/muddy steep terrain). They answered all my communications quickly and sent out a replacement sole right away.

Customer Reviews

Based on 203 reviews

My new everyday sandal. Very secure and comfortable.

Steve M.
Very secure! Perfect for me

I feel so free, but at the same time secure! I haven't taken them on any crazy hikes yet, but the way they feel, I know I'd feel better in them than the Cruzers. Might try a little jog with them too... They feel amazing!

Stephanie Quandt
Just a busy mom, no elite athlete here!

Love Elite Maximus; it’s the sandal I grab when I am running around, shuffling kids here and there, walking the dog. I will say my feet start to hurt due to the lack of padding when walking too much in our paved world, but they’re AMAZING on softer ground/yard/trails. I’ll plan to eventually get one of the thicker padded Shamma sandals for pavement journeys. I was surprised and pleased with how secure they feel! Have not yet tried the power straps.

Jignesh T.
definitely buy again

Wonderful experience with this sandal
Amazing 😻

Jignesh T.
definitely buy again

Wonderful experience with this sandal
Amazing 😻

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