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Elite Alphas

The Elite Mountain Goats have been renamed to the Elite Alphas! The name has been updated to be more consistent with our other sandals. The product has not changed, so you are still getting the same great sandals as before!
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Elite Alphas

Elite Alphas are adventure sandals that are perfect for anyone who wants all the benefits of a zero-drop barefoot sandal, but isn’t sure about being on the ground with no protection for their feet. With a more protective and thicker sole, the Elite Alphas give you the confidence you need to start your minimalist journey. With a firm stable platform, your feet will be free to relax so you can focus on the adventure!

Sole

Alpha soles are composed of 5mm Vibram Newflex and 6mm Vibram® Morflex. This creates a sole that provides excellent protection for your feet while still being light and responsive. The aggressive tread of the Vibram® Newflex makes navigating rough terrain and trails a breeze while the Vibram® Morflex gives you a firm yet cushioned place to rest your feet. Alphas have a 12mm total stack height. Choose the UltraGrip footbed for use in the harshest elements. For more comfort in drier conditions select Cognac Leather.

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!  

Recraftable

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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WM
06/10/2024
William M.
United States

Superb Experience

I’ve been wearing various brands of running sandals for around 5 years now. They’ve become my go to footwear for pretty much every activity in the summer time (runs, work, hikes, grocery shopping, casual hangs, weddings, etc.). While I haven’t gotten the chance to put the miles on this pair yet, my initial impression is only positive. They’re super lightweight without feeling cheap while wearing, the micro adjustability is awesome, and your customer service is top notch. I’ve really enjoyed the Shamma experience so far! Thanks y’all!

KD
05/09/2024
Katie D.
United States United States

take the time to get used to them

I've been wearing flip flops for many summers, thinking they were helping me develop an arch, but now that I know they're not good for my feet, I'm exploring minimal shoes like Shamma's sandals. It's taken me some time to get used to these and especially to find the perfect strap adjustments (there are three on each sandal) that feel right for my feet and gait. Don't give up--keep fiddling with them till they feel right.

JC
05/07/2024
JOSEPH C.
Hong Kong Hong Kong

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RD
04/23/2024
Ruth D.
United States United States

Elite sandals

So far so good. Really like the way they can adjust.

JS
04/17/2024
Jeremy S.
United States United States

Why did I wait so long????

So, I've been contemplating trying Shammas out for several years, but for whatever reason never moved forward with a purchase. Until now. I was in the market for some new running footwear and I have been tired of my little toes pounding the inside of my previous shoes (yes, they were wide, but not sandal wide). After purchasing a pair of Elite Alphas for my wife for her everyday summer footwear, I decided to go ahead and snag a pair for myself and just commit to using them for my go-to footwear whenever close toed shoes are not required. I have been super pleased from the moment I got the straps dialed in. I have only gotten out to run in them once (5k distance), but was very happy with the experience. They're super comfortable without being "pillowy" and they seem to be very well made and I anticipate getting some decent longevity out of them. I'm grateful for the quality and care that Shamma puts into this product and have been impressed with their customer service, as well (I reached out with a question pre-purchase and the response was quick and very helpful). I definitely recommend these and look forward to putting more miles on them!

Shamma Sandals Elite Alphas Review

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Ruth D.
Elite sandals

So far so good. Really like the way they can adjust.

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Jeremy S.
Why did I wait so long

So, I've been contemplating trying Shammas out for several years, but for whatever reason never moved forward with a purchase. Until now.

I was in the market for some new running footwear and I have been tired of my little toes pounding the inside of my previous shoes (yes, they were wide, but not sandal wide). After purchasing a pair of Elite Alphas for my wife for her everyday summer footwear, I decided to go ahead and snag a pair for myself and just commit to using them for my go-to footwear whenever close toed shoes are not required.

I have been super pleased from the moment I got the straps dialed in. I have only gotten out to run in them once (5k distance), but was very happy with the experience. They're super comfortable without being "pillowy" and they seem to be very well made and I anticipate getting some decent longevity out of them.

I'm grateful for the quality and care that Shamma puts into this product and have been impressed with their customer service, as well (I reached out with a question pre-purchase and the response was quick and very helpful).

I definitely recommend these and look forward to putting more miles on them!

J
Jeremy S.
Why did I wait so long

So, I've been contemplating trying Shammas out for several years, but for whatever reason never moved forward with a purchase. Until now.

I was in the market for some new running footwear and I have been tired of my little toes pounding the inside of my previous shoes (yes, they were wide, but not sandal wide). After purchasing a pair of Elite Alphas for my wife for her everyday summer footwear, I decided to go ahead and snag a pair for myself and just commit to using them for my go-to footwear whenever close toed shoes are not required.

I have been super pleased from the moment I got the straps dialed in. I have only gotten out to run in them once (5k distance), but was very happy with the experience. They're super comfortable without being "pillowy" and they seem to be very well made and I anticipate getting some decent longevity out of them.

I'm grateful for the quality and care that Shamma puts into this product and have been impressed with their customer service, as well (I reached out with a question pre-purchase and the response was quick and very helpful).

I definitely recommend these and look forward to putting more miles on them!

O
Omar A.
Arabic Sandels

Would you consider making and selling barefoot arabic sandals A lot of my friends would love to ware barefoot sandals all day everyday but the minimal looks of barefoot sandals in general is what's stopping them from making a purchase. Email me and I'll share some photos of Arabic sandals so you get what I'm talking about

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Omar A.
Arabic Sandels

Would you consider making and selling barefoot arabic sandals A lot of my friends would love to ware barefoot sandals all day everyday but the minimal looks of barefoot sandals in general is what's stopping them from making a purchase. Email me and I'll share some photos of Arabic sandals so you get what I'm talking about

Thinking of transitioning to barefoot running?