Comment from: Tavis Allen [Visitor]
Tavis Allen

Thorough review, as always! I am a minimalist minimalist footwear person. I bought the original Luna Sandals (Venado) back in 2012-13, the 4mm Xero Shoes DIY kit in early 2014, and the 9mm Bedrock Sandals in summer 2016. I wear Vivobarefoot shoes for work.

I finally (2019) retired the Lunas, as the toeposts are beyond further repairs, the sole in front is worn down, and the heel is compressed and too thin. It's interesting to check out the wear pattern, as the arch areas are barely worn.

Anyway, of the footwear I have listed, the Lunas have been my favorites. The Xero Shoes are great for running, but only that. The Bedrock Sandals, with their Gumlite soles, took a long time to become comfortable. The strap system needs adjustment more frequently than should be necessary.

Shamma Sandals, I had decided, are what is next for me. I live in Osaka, Japan, far from trails that the Warriors would be happiest on, so Chargers it will likely be. Especially welcome is that Shamma Sandals have kept prices reasonable, whereas Luna Sandals' prices have risen in line with their popularity.

You mentioned that Vibram has tweaked the Morflex rubber, but from appearance alone, it doesn't look different from my Luna Sandals, nor the older Chargers you have for comparison. As my Lunas wore out, so did their grip, so much so that the combination of smooth sidewalk tile and rain was dangerous.

09/04/19 @ 00:38
Comment from: [Member]

Hi Tavis!

I also wear Vivobarefoot for work! (also cycling Carets and Prime Trotters!)

While lots of my friends have enjoyed Xeroshoes with my recommendations, their sandals are a bit too narrow for my feet.

By the way, there will be a new Bedrock Sandals review coming up (and Carets as well!)

In terms of the Morflex used in Shamma sandals, the molds they are using are a bit more pyramid shaped instead of flat squares and it feels like a slightly revised formula for just a tad more density, but that might just be my imagination.

You should hopefully be able to see the sole comparison in this attachment.

I find that Morflex is great for a lot of different situations, but if you want slightly better grip, you can try the Warriors' Newflex sole, which is more aggressive and denser.

Since you mentioned gumlite, you might like Earthrunners as well--Shamma and Earthrunners are excellent choices for your adventures in Japan!


Posted by Jarvis
09/04/19 @ 10:24
Comment from: Tavis Allen [Visitor]
Tavis Allen

Yes, the close-up better shows off the tread pattern. I was just reading an article about tire tread patterns for cyclocross and gravel bikes, and manufacturers really want consumers to believe it makes a difference!

09/10/19 @ 01:48
Comment from: [Member]


I'm sure some of it is change for the sake of change, but sometimes, the change is worthwhile. It is up to the consumer to find that value for themselves!

09/10/19 @ 12:10
Comment from: Tavis Allen [Visitor]
Tavis Allen

True, true, and true! Anyway, thanks for the friendly banter, and I'll be sure to check out your upcoming reviews.

09/11/19 @ 01:14
Comment from: [Member]

Aw, thanks, Tavis! (sorry I called you Travis earlier!)

We truly enjoy our community, so please stay active and enjoy the reviews!

09/13/19 @ 10:10
Comment from: Peter [Visitor]  

Hello Jarvis,

Love your reviews, thank you for all of them!
My question: could you elaborate a bit more on the uppers in this sandal? I am hesitating

The reason I'm asking is I'm torn between the synthetic upper and the leather option. What would be better against sweaty feet?

Thanks !

02/13/20 @ 10:13
Comment from: [Member]

Hi Peter!

In terms of the uppers, for the best durability and versatility, the nylon webbing is the way to go. It is very strong, while still being comfortable and soft, dries very quickly and can generally handle more situations than the leather uppers of other models.

The leather option is excellent for leisure and everyday sandals, but it does wear out more over time and is more difficult to dial in the best fit as the leather can catch on the buckles and adjustment pieces.

For sweaty feet especially, I would recommend nylon. It lasts longer, does not hold liquid or bacteria as much and is sleeker for performance-related activities.

I love wearing my ALL BROWNS in the summer, but the leather does not last forever, even with regular oil treatments; that's just the tradeoff of leather under pressure.

I have yet to wear out any of my nylon Shamma sandals, and that includes some pairs I've had since 2014!

Hope that helps!


02/13/20 @ 10:45
Comment from: Peter [Visitor]  

Thanks for your very quick reply! OK, that's clear. And what about the footbed(if I may)- can you compare the synthetic versus the leather footbeds?

I have a pair of sandals I made myself, the sole is rubber with a leather footbed, which is very comfortable (absorbs sweat, molds to the feets) but it can "gooey" after prolonged wear.

On the other hand, synthetic footbeds don't absorb anything from the start....

What are your thoughts on foodbeds, please?

BTW: again my compliments to this site and all the work you put in. I've been a barefoot (weather permitting) and 'minimal' walker and runner for over 15 years; when I discovered Birthdayshoes I felt less weird :-)

(I guess the forum on this site was taken down because of too much spam? I understand you don't have the time to deal with all that nonsense).

Keep up the good work please!

02/13/20 @ 11:52
Comment from: Sascha [Visitor]

I can’t decide between this one or Earthrunner Elementals. Any advice?

03/01/20 @ 10:32
Comment from: [Member]

Hi Sascha!

I would say it would depend on the sole choice.

The Elementals I previously reviewed use a more aggressive Vibram Gumlite sole, while the Chargers I reviewed here use the more simple and smooth Morflex sole.

Both sandals can have either sole, so that can be a matter of preference.

I would say that given the new Shamma strap arrangement, they are more durable and comfortable for most users, however, the Earthrunners sandals do wrap around your foot a bit more, so they can be slighter more locked in when worn.

The shamma sole shape is also a little wider from top to bottom, while Earthrunners is slightly narrower.

I would say you cannot go wrong with either one.

03/02/20 @ 12:33

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