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Japanese star brand VISVIM released their Areni Folk footwear design for Summer 2012. The Areni Folk design appears a nice refinement of a traditional Mexican footwear called Burras and is made using Italian vegetable tanned leathers, a cork footbed and a Vibram Gumlite sole (the Suede Folk version).
Burras also known as Teguas are traditional hand crafted Mexican work boots and like Huaraches are usually made using vegetable tanned leathers and used car tyre soles.
Hand crafted Burras can be bought at most Mexican city markets in the geographical area between Colima and Queretaro (Central Western Mexico). I noticed some for sale as far away as Merida, but few were sold in Central Eastern Mexico.
The quality and designs vary, they can be as clean as this design from the Municipal Market in Morelia, Michoacan,
to funky like these Burras from the main market in Leon, Guanajuato.
I also found some nice Burras also in Irapuato, Guanajuato.
And in La Piedad, Michoacan.
Huarache Blog often receives comments from readers asking where to buy Huaraches and the first place I recommend is the Mercado Libertad also known as Mercado San Juan De Dios in Guadalajara. Located centrally in the modern city of Guadalajara the Mercado is very accessible and tourist friendly.
The Mercado San Juan De Dios is one of the biggest indoor markets in the world and probably sells the largest volume of Huaraches in all of Mexico. Below are only a few of the styles for sale at this phenomenal market.
There are many Huarache styles for sale here, from delicate women’s styles to thick men’s work styles (click on the images for larger size)
Huaracheria Ester was my first stop when I began Huarache Blog 2 years ago and the owner was very helpful in explaining some the different kinds of Huaraches.
From the most popular ‘Pachuco’ Huarache,
to the ‘Zapatilla’ Huarache.
From the ‘Correa Blanca’ chrome leather Huarache,
to the thick ‘Petatillo’ Huaraches ‘De Campo’ for the fields’ with used car tyres for soles.
Huarache leather is also dyed with used motor oil and typically the older the motor oil, the darker the colour.
But traditionally Huaraches are natural in colour like this ‘Petatillo’ Huarache style.
At San Juan De Dios there are also more traditional Huaraches for sale such as the ‘Recargado’ Huarache that can have up to 60 weaves passing through the vamp.
And Huaraches ‘Piquetitos’ for all the tiny slits which are punched on the vamp.
Below the white and brown Huaraches style which is typical from the South West of Jalisco.
The Huarache ‘Tejido Fino’ which is similar to the ‘Petatillo’ Huarache, but woven with much finer strips of leather.
Here you can see how the upper weave is also woven into the sole.
There are also various kinds of modern Huarache ‘Zapato’ styles, which as the name implies are all closed toe like a shoe.
And there are embroidered ‘Dos Tiras’ Huaraches, both machine and hand embroidered ‘Piteado’ styles using natural agave fiber thread.
Women’s Huaraches include the ‘Cerrado’ Huarache,
and the ‘Martha’ Huarache.
At the Mercado San Juan de Dios you can also see Huaracheros making Huaraches.
Since 1955 Senor Maximo Pellaio can usually found weaving in front of his Huarache stand.
I particularly liked his Huarache ‘Costeno’ also known as ‘Armadillo’.
Here was an old pair of ‘Pihuamo’, or ‘Tamazula’ Huaraches with a lot of character.
Senor Juan Saucedo is another distinguished Huarachero working in the Market. He has multiple University degrees and can be considered a philosopher as much as a Huarachero.
Senor Saucedo makes 268 Huarache designs, among the 40 or so styles in his shop this ‘Petatillo’ Huarache design which is quite hard to find in other parts of Mexico.
In the south of Guanajuato State is the agricultural area know as The Bajío (lowlands).
The Huaraches and Burras for sale at the main Market in Irapuato were mainly from neighboring Michoacan.
20 minutes further east in Salamanca, Huaraches also mostly came from Michoacan.
In Celaya there was a broad selection of Huaraches from central and eastern Mexico.
These ‘Petatillo’ Huaraches from nearby Dolores Hidalgo.
The ‘Armadillo’ Huaraches is sold in 2 versions, one open and one closed.
A common style around the Bajío is the ‘Capellada’ Huarache (Capellada means ‘Vamp’).
In Acámbaro the ‘Capellada’ Huarache is also sold closed.
Made without glue or stitching, these traditional Mexican work boots are very inspirational.
The external heel counter is riveted on.
Quality Burras from Local 17 at the Mercado Independecia.
Tap dancing Huaraches, how about that..The Little Old Man Dance (Los Veijitos) in Morelia.
Wearing ‘Árana’ Huaraches, or ‘Spider’ Huaraches as also found in the Museo de Estado of Morelia.
‘El Cajon’ Huaraches used for farming rice.
Notice the heel construction.