These “Tamazula” Huaraches are a real rarity and are today made on request by only one Huarachero in Mexico. I have been fortunate to be able to order a limited number of Men’s sizes and have them for sale in my úkata store which you can access clicking the VISIT MY STORE icon in the top right of this page.
Finding the Huarachero since seeing a pair of his Huaraches for sale in Tamazula, Jalisco (see that post HERE) was a real investigation, especially as he doesn’t even live near Tamazula and understandibly the none of the Huaracheria owners would just tell me his name either.
After I was able to find him, Sr. Solano the huarachero never gave me his phone number and though every time I visited him unannounced I always found him busy weaving Huaraches, with his seemingly busy huarache making schedule I was surprised to discover that he only makes Huaraches part time.
Like all Huaracheros he has his own workshop, his lasts, his sewing machine and has his retail clients, but surprisingly most of his time is taken up as the caretaker of his local church. Its a mystery to me why a Huarachero of such talent doesn’t chose to focus on making his remarkable Huaraches. Thoughts of miracles, vows and answered prayers go through my mind, but maybe for Sr. Solano money and Huaraches aren’t everything, after all he’s well into his 70′s.
It was touching to hear Sr. Solano talk about putting love into making his Huaraches, a philosophy so distant from today’s monetization and commodification culture even amongst other Mexican Huaracheros. Its clear that for Sr. Solano focusing on service and quality is very important. Maybe that’s why he offered to make me only 6 pairs of his unique “Tamazula” Huaraches, because he realistically didn’t have time to make me more.
Interestingly Sr. Solano’s Huaraches are made using the same vegetable tanned leather from Curtiduria Gonzalez in Colima and Sr. Solano is one of those crafts persons I wrote about who travel across state just to buy the right leather. Because not every leather can be cut so thinly so as to make his “Tamazula” 16 Vuelta Huaraches.
I’m excited to be able to trace and show you in detail the tanning process of the leather of these “Tamazula” Huaraches. Its not often that consumers are able to witness the tanning of the leather in their products. Check out the “Tamazula” Huarache artisanal and natural tanning process HERE
Like all good Huaraches the “Tamazula” sole is made from only the central/tread part of a recycled car tire (although the sole tread patterns are matched, the design on your pair of Huaraches may differ from the one in the photo).
The Huarache “Tamazula” is made entirely by hand and uses no glue.
The mysterious green colouring on the toe is a unique and traditional detail of the Tamazula Huarache. When I asked why it was there, I was told “that’s the way its always been”.
The fit of the “Tamazula” is little wide and are perfect if you have wide feet, or are a half size.
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What a beautifully shot movie about 80 year old Huarachero Nicolás Lizares.
For more detailed photographs check out a previous post titled Nicolás Lizares – Maker of Fine Huaraches from Tapalpa, Jalisco
When Simone Righi isn’t being photographed by international men’s fashion magazines, or drinking an aperitivo with friend Scott Schuman from The Sartorialist, he dresses the world’s rich and famous from his prestigious menswear store Frasi in the heart of Florence.
Simone Righi is considered by many, one of the world’s most influential fashion trendsetters, and men travel to visit him from across the globe in search of the highest levels of style.
Now what if I told you that Simone Righi also sells Huaraches…
Photo Via Gentleman’s Gazette
Recently Simone kindly told me the interesting story of how he came across the Huaraches which he currently sells in his exclusive store.
It took Simone 12 years to find a sandal that he felt was the best suited for classic menswear. Then one day he found them in no less than his own store, when a young local artisan named Niccolo’ Pacini walked in wearing a pair of sandals which Simone noticed immediately. And when he asked Niccolo’ where he had bought them, as luck would have it Niccolo’ replied that he made them himself and so the fortunate meeting developed into a collaboration of made-to-measure Huaraches.
I hope to soon be able to share some more of Niccolo’s work that so skillfully combines the rustic look of what Mexicans call “Ranchero” leather with original and elegant weaves.
In the mean time feast your eye’s on his Huarache Sandals brought to you by Frasi.
Notice the simple knotted side closure.
For more information please visit Frasi Simone Righi online.
Or when in Florence at Frasi in Via de’ Federighi 7.
Its truly remarkable and exciting to see that Huaraches are also part of the highest levels of fashion. Which reminds me that if you would like to see more images of luxury Huarache inspired footwear I wrote a post a few years ago titled “Huaraches; From Rural to Runway“, or check out Huarache Blog on Tumblr.
And it just recently occurred to me, after seeing so many local men wearing scruffy sneakers on these dusty Mexican streets, just how classic and timeless huarache designs are. Huaraches that unlike so many other kinds of footwear, despite their age and wear continue to look good, if not better. And yet in Mexico where interesting and original Huarache designs are so easily found, men still prefer wearing sneakers. I guess its probably just a case of “the grass is always greener”.
I recently came across the 1939 US Patent 2,161,472 for a Woven Shoe with a Huarache Construction (where the upper is woven into the sole using a strip of leather).
The illustrations show some details of the anatomy of a Huarache which I find quite interesting.
I also think the drawings show the construction process quite well.
Click on the images for a close up high resolution view.
To read the patent document click HERE
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Thank you to all Huarache Blog readers and úkata customers for your continued support! This is my first ever sale and I’m feeling quite excited!
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In a modernizing Mexico, traditional Huaraches like these might not be around for much longer, so snap them up while you can.
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IX Style is a new socially conscious fashion brand that currently sells Mayan style Huaraches, while donating 15% of profits to provide clean drinking water to Guatemalan communities that have none.
IX pronounced “eeks”, is the Mayan word for water.
Started earlier this year, IX Style will turn 15% profits to affiliated charities in Guatemala that run projects which create water filtration systems and wells. Not only does this initiative aim to offer a healthier life, but also to reduce the time spent collecting precious water from distant sources. Thereby providing people with more time to study, or work and a better chance to break the poverty cycle.
For more info check out the IX Style website HERE
A few weeks ago Bill Gates mentioned the importance of prioritizing the development and distribution of technology for basic things like “child survival” in the third world, over the projects of global connectivity proposed by Mark Zuckerberg and Google.
Its hard to side with one point of view because essentially all help is good help. But from the comfort of our smartphone interconnected world it can also be hard to imagine the daily hardships endured by about 90% of the world’s population. Hours spent walking for miles just to collect dirty water, or fire wood to cook with. How can anyone find time to study, work and least of all surf the web, when so much time is dedicated to the most basic needs?
Just the other day I wanted to add a Huarachero to the online The Huarache Directory, but surprisingly he told me he didn’t have a phone, let alone access to the internet. It never occurred to me that the average daily wage in Mexico is about US$4 per day, which means that some Mexicans are working for even less (like many others around the world). So assuming the internet will one day penetrate to the deepest and remotest parts of the planet, the question is will those living there be able to afford access to it?
Jamay is a small town on the eastern corner of Lake Chapala in Jalisco. It is known for its eyelet decorated Huaraches style especially for this one below called the “Guandarria Finito”.
I was able to find a small family “Taller” Huarache workshop, Father, Mother and 2 Sons all dedicated to the craft of making these Huaraches.
Like all woven Huaraches the “Guandarria ” can be made with different numbers of weaves and increased sophistication.
Also very sophisticated is the “20 Vueltas” Petatillo Huarache, which is woven exclusively by the lady.
Then there is the “Jamay Pachuco” that quite different to the similarly named Huarache style from nearby Sahuayo.
To make an order call Huaracheria Jamay in Jamay, Jalisco at Tel. 392.924.1230 (don’t forget the international dialing code for Mexico)