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Elite Warriors

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Our best-selling sandals, the Elite Warriors are the standard bearer for minimalist design and performance. Combining zero-drop and a wide toe box into an ultralight platform, the Elite Warriors are a popular choice for running and high-intensity activities. These ultrathin and flexible sandals mold perfectly to your feet to get you as close to barefoot as possible. Get ready to burn up the trail!


Warriors use a 5mm Vibram® Newflex sole coupled with your choice of our UltraGrip or Tobacco Brown Goatskin Leather footbed for a 6mm total stack height. Vibram® Newflex is a blend of rubber and EVA that forms a durable soling material with an aggressive tread for superior traction on the trail. The tread accounts for approximately 2.5 millimeters of the sole thickness making it very flexible. The aggressive tread allows for excellent traction and enjoyment of the sandals at any speed. 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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Jessie K.
United States United States

Husbands 4th pair

Bought these for my husband who is on his 4th pair. The shoes are great but the processing and shipping time is too long.

United Kingdom United Kingdom

Excellent sandals, plenty of adjustment

I’ve run a bunch of 5k and 10k runs in these and they’re my go to for any footwear needs. They’re sturdy and comfortable I have yet to find an adjustment that means the buckles are not rubbing slightly against the top of my feet, I’ve followed the adjustment instructions and videos. I’m sure I’ll get there at some point and look forward to getting another pair as soon as I can :)

Rachel L.
United States United States

Soooo comfortable - Worth the wait!

I ended up exchanging the Warriors for the limited edition Rose Quartz Elite Maximus. My new sandals have a slightly thicker sole, which I like, but I was really seduced by the color. These sandals are very well made and I'm sure I'll be owning more as the years go by. Great customer service too.

Nancy N.
United States United States

Great barefoot sandal!

The shamma warriors have so far been a great sandal for me. The most common problem I've run into with running sandals in the past has been irritation caused by the thong strap between the big toe and second toe, but the design of these has prevented that irritation almost entirely! I can wear them all day and forget they are even on, which is ideal!

Stephan F.
United States United States

Love it

This is my second pair and I will eventually get 3(no for a long time).

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Ordinary Guy
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First pair of running sandals. Perfect on trail and road. Mainly use for trail and they have been phenomenal. Was a bit worried at first because the sole is so thin as this is my first pair of minimalist sandals but they are by far the most comfortable footwear I own. The sole is extremely flexible and makes me feel like I'm running with the Earth. Only gripe is the lacing system. It is extremely comfortable and very easy to adjust but it rains in my area a lot and sometimes I have to run through calf deep water in certain sections of my nearby trail. So far the velcro has been holding up well but I do worry about it sometimes in terms of long term damage. With that said, if you aren't in knee deep water when you're running there is no worry at all and you can disregard everything I said. These hold up great in light to moderate rain as well. Even if your feet are wet, the insole is still very grippy. I am also very fond of Shamma for offering individual parts for their sandals so you are pretty much free to make any hybrid version of sandals and using any lacing or soles with the parts that Shamma offer which is extremely cool and accommodating. About 100 miles in and so far so great.


I wear Xero HFS pretty much everywhere. For the summer, I wanted sandals that were thinner and grippier. Even though the sole of Xero HFS is 1 mm less than the Warriors, the Warriors feel much thinner. They are also more flexible and much more grippy.

Apryl Martinez
So good!

I don't usually leave reviews, but these were exactly what I wanted!! I wanted to feel barefoot but with just a layer of protection. I've taken them through many creeks and rivers and up 3k feet of elevation gain. They have not disappointed and I feel so connected with the earth. Thank you for making these!!

Liz M
Love them!

These are so comfortable on my high volume wide feet. I'm not a runner but use these for everyday wear. I've had them for about a week and worn them daily with no issues.

Ivan Suminski
Immediately my favorite shoe

I didn't know it was possible for sandals to feel so secure on your feet, while also feeling lightweight and freeing. My one concern right now is friction at the heel posts, but I suspect it will jus take some wearing in/getting used to. At present I do not feel the need for power straps for runs, but have not gone any great distance or on particularly difficult terrain, as I am still adapting to barefoot running technique. One particularly nice feature is the footbed, which I expected might be slippery when wet but so far I have not had issues with it at all. Basically I tend to wear these every day as long as the weather permits!

Thinking of transitioning to barefoot running?