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Elite Warriors

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Warriors

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!

Sole

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!  

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. 


Customer Reviews
4.8 Based on 320 Reviews
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04/23/2024
Cynthia F.
Canada Canada

First Shamma Sandals

I bought these for beach walks because I love going barefoot, but sometimes you can’t . I walked over asphalt , hot sand, wet sand, pebbles and rock for hours each day in perfect barefoot comfort. I love my Shamma’s ( and now my husband wants a pair too ;)) Barefoot forever !

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04/12/2024
Sam H.
United States United States

Feetback - 10/10

I was skeptical about sizing. I usually wear an 11.5 and based on the Shamma sizing guide I ordered a 9.5. They fit perfectly and video on how to measure your foot for the sizing worked very well. My Elite Warriors are the perfect combination of durability and minimalist and will now be part of my essential trip packing for guiding in the Peruvian Andes. Hoping to try out the power straps at some point.

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04/04/2024
Rudi I.
United States United States

Way too wide

These are the right length, but way too wide for my foot, it looks ridiculous. Very strong chemical smell for a week after opening the bag. I haven't worn them and I forgot to return them. Really nice otherwise. I think I would enjoy them if they didn't look like clown sandals.

DG
03/25/2024
David G.
Singapore Singapore

mixed feelings

I am impressed with the sole. Thin and only one piece, no danger of ungluing. I would give a 5 star to the sole. But i have problems with the straps. First i am not fun of velcro for use outdoors because it tends to be filled with vegetation. Second the system rubs on my ankle quite badly. So i had to substitute de straps for those of my old lunas and now it works like a charm. I wish you sold your straps separately. I like how thin they are. It is a minimalist shoe, do not complicate it. All you need is a durable sole and a durable strap.

JH
03/16/2024
Jeffrey H.
United States United States

UL Sandals

Lightest sandals I could find for backpacking. The fit was good and they are more secure than I expected. They appear fairly robust for their weight. Time will tell.

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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!!

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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.

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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!

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Cynthia F.
First Shamma Sandals

I bought these for beach walks because I love going barefoot, but sometimes you can’t . I walked over asphalt , hot sand, wet sand,
pebbles and rock for hours each day in perfect barefoot comfort.
I love my Shamma’s ( and now my husband wants a pair too ,))
Barefoot forever !

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Sam H.
Feetback - 10/10

I was skeptical about sizing. I usually wear an 11.5 and based on the Shamma sizing guide I ordered a 9.5. They fit perfectly and video on how to measure your foot for the sizing worked very well.

My Elite Warriors are the perfect combination of durability and minimalist and will now be part of my essential trip packing for guiding in the Peruvian Andes.

Hoping to try out the power straps at some point.

Thinking of transitioning to barefoot running?