If you are looking to break into the world of minimalist sandals, Shamma provides an economical option that - depending on the style you choose - look ultra classy. Furthermore, they offer options for both an elasticized heel strap and a full leather strap. Let me tell you, the full leather strap is thick and luscious around the feet. However, currently they only offer one thickness of sole at 6mm - so make sure you are getting them for fairly moderate terrain.
The Straight Dope: Shamma provides one of the most versatile sandal options out there at a totally affordable price. Furthermore, they have sandals that look good, too. Wear them on a trail run or to a casual work BBQ - it don't mattaaaaa!