Comment from: Ted_S [Visitor]  
Ted_S

I read your review of the Shamma Warriors and ended up getting them, and then the Mountain Goats, for long hikes/runs in the mountains of southern California and the Sierra Nevada. The terrain is usually rocky, with a lot of pebble-sized pieces of sharp rock that make their way into the sandal and eventually leave. This isn't much of an issue if they leave fairly quickly with just a wiggle or two of the foot.

How do the Pah Tempe fare in this regard? Is it fairly easy to dislodge pebbles, or a struggle? Since the feet are tightly strapped in, it seems that it might be a lot harder.

08/21/14 @ 00:02
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Ted!

I'm glad you liked the review for the Warriors!

Which ones do you prefer for mountain trails?

While the Mountain Goats are made for more treacherous terrain, I still prefer the flexibility and nimble-footed speed of the Warriors.

With the Pah Tempe, you can simply give a quick shake and usually any small pebbles should come out without an issue.

Your feet are more strapped in, but those sections actually would prevent debris from getting underfoot.

Also, with Unshoes, you choose a near-custom template for your foot, so you are less likely to have excess sole to catch stuff on.

Hope this helps!

08/21/14 @ 16:25
Comment from: Scott [Visitor]
Scott

I purchased the original 4mm sandal and still love it...just not for running as the strap that crossed the bottom of my big toes rubbed blisters.

Do you see anything in the new standard sizing model that may reduce this from happening?

thanks
Scott

08/26/14 @ 14:05
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Scott,

The older Pah Tempe model did the same with my big toe.

If you take a a look at the comparison photos of the older model with the newer model, you will see that this new update provides a much wider splay and enhanced comfort because the where the straps anchor in. You basically get a handful of extra mm of toe space!

The sizing may be slightly different for you, but I have noticed that I wear the same size, but have much more space with the newer models.

08/30/14 @ 08:49
Comment from: Jack [Visitor]
Jack

Great review.

Between warriors and pah tempe,
1) which one more durable?
2) which one can withstand advanced bodyweight workout (eg burpee)?
3) which one is lighter?

Thanks.

10/03/14 @ 05:48
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Jack,

I would say that the Warriors are a but more durable as they use Vibram Newflex, which appears to be a little tougher than the Unshoes sole.

I would say both are fine for body building. They are both very durable sandals, but you may find that the Pah Tempe is more comfortable for that sort of workout due to the lack of a toe post.

The Warriors is lighter by almost an entire ounce.

10/30/14 @ 19:20
Comment from: Justis [Visitor]
Justis

My brother recently purchased the cork version with high hopes, but he found that the 'button' near the big toe on the footbed caused him discomfort while running. He ended up setting the sandals aside and purchasing a pair of Lunas (since he was hoping the Unshoes would replace his old Lunas that he enjoyed except for the toe-post). Have you experienced any discomfort with the 'button'?

Thanks.

11/02/14 @ 21:04
Comment from: Clint [Visitor]  
Clint

Hey Jarvis!

I have a pair of old Luna Monos which I'm satisfied with, but I'm looking to upgrade to something more durable for upcoming adventures. Between the Unshoes Pah Tempe and the Shamma Warrior, which would you choose?

Thanks,
Clint

01/14/15 @ 20:27
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Clint!

That's a tough choice!

The Pah Tempes have many "near-custom" sizes and shapes and are excellent sandals, but the Shammas are lighter and simpler.

If you find that you enjoy toe posts, I would go with the Shamma and if toe posts annoy the heck out of you, go with the Pah Tempe. Otherwise, they are pretty similar in use, ground feel, etc.

Justis, sorry it took me so long to get to your post! I didn't see it!
The "button" that you speak of does not affect my runs, but every runner is different! I believe that these updates are a huge improvement in comfort and fit over the old ones (I had some discomfort with the older versions). I did find that the wider sole takes a little getting used to, as the straps have to wrap around the sandal in that unique way, but they have a good return policy.

01/15/15 @ 12:30
Comment from: Jacob [Visitor]  
Jacob

Have you ever done a review on the Wokova Feather? They look like a nice light weight running sandal at a nice price only $48. Do you know how they compare to the Jerusalem Cruisers from Shamma?

01/18/15 @ 23:11
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Jacob,

I have not checked out the Wokova feather (or the normal Wokova), but birthdayshoes does have an older review of a previous version of the Wokova (back in 2011).

In terms of differences, Unshoes has done a great job of updating their entire line of sandals. The latest versions do not anchor underneath the sandal, instead they are sandwiched between the two primary layers of the sandal, the rubber and the foam topper, this should extend sandal life and allow for wear with wider feet.

I would say that Shamma Sandals have more durability (Vibram vs the Unshoes rubber), and are a little more stylish because of the goatskin toppers.

In terms of function, The Shamma Sandals and the Wokovas should be very similar, but the JCs and Warriors from Shamma Sandals are easier to put on, thanks to the simple velcro lacing.

They are all about the same weight as well.

Since I haven't checked out the Wokova (maybe we will reach out to Unshoes for a review!), I still like The Warriors best out of all the running sandals I've tested.

-Jarvis

01/20/15 @ 11:03
Comment from: Michael [Visitor]
Michael

Have you tried out the new Xero Shoes Amuri Z-Treks? I would be VERY keen to see a comparison review between them and the Pah Tempes. I see Justin just did a sneak peek on them, but as they are the only two models that employ the toe-postless strapping system I'd love to know the pros/cons of each of them. Thanks for your amazing insights on the footwear!

02/27/15 @ 13:57
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Michael,

We are actually going to be checking them out very soon!

We are also VERY interesting in seeing how these toeless huaraches compare!

I can already tell a few differences in the two.

The Pah Tempe is 3 oz in a size 9 and feature an EVA topper, but the Amuri Z-Treks are a bit over 6 oz in a size 10 and have a single-piece sole design. (according to the video from Xeroshoes).

The two sandals adjust at different points, with the Pah Tempe adjustment being around the top of the foot (middle "Z" section), while the Amuri adjusts around the ankle (top "Z).

The Xeroshoes has a heel cup, which contributes to the weight, while the Pah Tempes are completely flat in the main portion of its construction. Also, the Pah Tempes are made with a single loop of webbing, wrapping around the heel of the foot and forming the Z shape across the toes, while the Amuri has an extra adjustment using velcro behind the heel.

Unshos also has a dozen templates for foot shapes, while Xeroshoes has only two shapes, one for men and one for women.

-Jarvis

02/28/15 @ 17:26