Ralph Lauren has been designing Huarache styled footwear for several seasons. For 2013 the Huarache aesthetic was also introduced to the Vachetta Huarache Stirrup Bag.
I’m very pleased that Ralph Lauren acknowledged the design inspiration as coming from Mexican Huarache Footwear. And I consider it a complement to all Huaracheros that their craft is being applied to the highest levels of fashion.
Some examples of past Ralph Lauren Huarache inspired fashion footwear.
For more Huarache inspired fashion footwear check out my post titled “Huaraches; From Rural To Runway” HERE
For more Huarache inspired design click HERE
I was lucky to drop by Taller workshop of Huarachero Antonio Granadas last week to see a few new Huarache styles that he makes.
The recent wins at the yearly Huaraches Competition in Sahuayo had earned him a few orders some which he was busy finishing.
Below is the Huarache “Peinetón” named after the Hair Comb type leather tongue.
The Huarache “Petatillo Cerrado Combinado” is another example of how he also weaves different coloured strips of leather.
The Huarache “Marta Combinado”.
The Huarache “Pachuco 20 Vueltas”.
For more Antonio Granadas Huarache designs and contact details click HERE
Huarache Blog often receives requests for wholesale orders on the Huaraches it photographs from Mexican and International readers.
Introducing the The Huarache Directory created to facilitate contact between buyers and Huarachero artisans.
Huarachero Artisans will be able to post a number of images of the Huaraches styles that they specialize in, followed by a brief personal profile, production capacity and contact information. Buyers will be able to select the Huarache styles they prefer and directly contact the Huarachero without making the long trip in search for Huaraches.
Click HERE to visit The Huarache Directory
Huarache Blog recibe muchas solicitudes de pedidos al por mayor de huaraches.
El Directorio Del Huarache Mexicano esta creado por Huarache Blog, para facilitar el contacto entre compradores y Huaracheros.
Los Huaracheros podrán publicar sin costo una serie de imágenes de los estilos de Huaraches que se especializan en, seguido de un breve perfil personal, la capacidad de producción y la información de contacto.
Los compradores podrán seleccionar los estilos Huarache de su preferencia y ponerse directamente en contacto con el Huarachero sin hacer el largo viaje en busca de huaraches.
Si usted conoce a un Huarachero por favor darles a conocer esta nueva oportunidad.
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Probably the most well known Huarachero in Mexico, with a client list of many famous “Tapatios” (Guadalajarans); Nicolás Lizares crafts Huaraches from his richly decorated ‘Taller’ in the historical mountain resort town of Tapalpa, Jalisco.
Like all fine Huaracheros you cannot find Sr. Lizares’s Huaraches in stores. He only makes Huaraches to order and during my brief visit he had some “Recargado” and “Petatillo” Brick Weave Huaraches awaiting pick-up.
If ever you’re near Guadalajara, be sure to visit the beautiful cobble stoned mountain town of Tapalpa and the workshop of Huarachero Nicolás Lizares.
The workshop is located on Zaragoza 16, Tapalpa, Jalisco, 049340, Mexico. Tel. 343.432.0376
Although I did not ask him about it, its worth noting that if you would like to purchase/order a pair does of Huaraches, but do not have time to return to pick them up most Huaracheros offer 2 options:-
1. To ship the finished Huaraches to the customer.
2. The unspoken option of selling an already finished pair which is awaiting pickup by another customer. Because the poached pair can be made again the following day.
The Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City’s Historic Center is a new and beautiful museum showcasing the best of the many Mexican crafts. The 5 floors cover almost every kind of traditional Mexican craft, from fine weaving to elaborate pottery.
The museum has kindly allowed Huarache Blog to contribute to this wonderful collection by lending 2 pairs of Huaraches made by Don Salvador and Fernando Cisneros from Concepción de Buenos Aires, Jalisco. Here is a preview of those 2 designs before they are shipped to the MAP.
The “Arana” Huarache.
And the “Recargado” Huarache.
The “Recargado” Huarache is made with 64 overlapping weaves in the vamp and a total of about 42 meters of leather strip is used for every pair.
Next time you’re in Mexico City visit the Museo de Arte Popular, on block from the Alaaeda at Revillagigedo N.11. Free on Sundays.
For more information about the Museo de Arte Popular also known as MAP, check out their website HERE
A few years ago I posted many photos of their fine Huaraches in a post titled “Huaraches Cisneros, Un Huarache De Lujo – Luxury Huaraches from Concepción de Buenos Aires“.
Recently, I was able to spend the morning with Don Salvador and Fernando Cisneros and document some of their daily Huarache making routine.
For many generations the Cisneros have been making some of the best Huaraches in Mexico. Ask anyone in the know and they’ll tell you of Concepción de Buenos Aires, Jalisco and of it’s exceptional Huaraches.
Work begins at 9.30 am with the Huarache upper which is cut out freehand and draped over the last to make sure it’s the right shape.
To determine where each hole is punched, lines are marked out on the upper with the back of a blade and a compass.
While Fernando is cutting the upper, Don Salvador his father cuts the leather strips and skives them by hand. It usually takes a couple of passes until they are dead straight and of a consistent thickness.
Fernando in the mean time punches holes in the upper with a chisel.
Every now and then a customer will also come into the ‘Taller’ workshop to get a trim and Don Salvador puts down his knife and lends his excellent cutting skills to clipping hair.
A couple of Huaraches woven yesterday still need to be lightly hammered to smooth out the leather weave, this is called “Asentar”.
The upper punched and cut, Fernando hand stitches the “Fuerza” strip on the vamp using an interesting wooden leg vice to keep the upper from moving.
After which the sole is traced directly off the last and the holes are punched out. The process is all done by eye and no stencils are used.
Then the holes are first marked lightly on the leather sole with the punch and if they all line up they are punched out. Animal fat is spread over the area which is punched to make the hole cut cleaner.
Once one sole is punched it is overlaid to the other and the holes are marked onto the other sole. Each sole is punched twice this is construction technique specific to the Cisneros. Punching a slit into the side of each hole, to guide the direction of each leather weave as it makes its way back up the last.
The upper lining is stitched on and by 3pm the upper is ready to be woven.
For more information about Huaraches Cisneros click HERE
With over 200 Huarache workshops and factories there are a lot of Huaracheros in the town of Sahuayo, Michoacan.
Last week I discovered a few of the finest.
As the price of Huaraches continues to drop, the quality of most Huaraches is lessening and they are being made faster with fewer weaves. Not because the Huarachero Artisans prefer this, but because most Mexican consumers aren’t willing to pay much more than $10-$15 for a pair. Unfortunately in a modernizing Mexico the lack of branding and the simple market retail locations do little to promote and elevate this sophisticated craft.
Luckily a few Huarachero artisans remain committed in maintaining their high standards despite the lessening demand for fine Huaraches.
Sr. Gerardo Seguro is one of a select Huaracheros in Sahuayo still making finely woven Huaraches. The ones below are called “Ranchero” Huaraches.
Sr. Antonio Granadas who lives across town also continues making the finest woven Huaraches.
The style below he calls Huaraches “Marta”. Keep in mind that woven Huaraches are all made from a continuous strip of leather that is gradually woven around the last and into the sole. This unique footwear construction process naturally secures the upper to the sole without the use of glue, knots, or nails.
He also makes the “Petatillo” Huarache for men.
And the “Petatillo Finito”, a Huarache so finely woven that the heel counts 45 layers of leather strip woven through it! Click on each photo for a closer high resolution look at these details.
Sr. Granadas is known for his creativity and for making unique Huarache designs.
His custom made “Piramidal” Huaraches below are some of the most interesting Huaraches I have seen.
These are his personal pair with a more traditional sole.
For anyone wanting to place an order, Sr. Granadas can be reached at 353.532.0996 and Sr. Seguro at 353.531.7265.
Presenting úkata, Huarache Blog’s online store selling rare Huarache designs crafted by the most skilled artisans.
The name úkata means ‘craft’ in Purepecha an ancient language from Central Mexico where Huarache Blog began. Fittingly the indigenous Mexican Purepecha are considered the finest craftspeople in Mexico and are especially well known for their weaving abilities.
úkata hopes to offer readers around the world the opportunity to wear and experience the best Huaraches. Unique footwear where both footwear and leather are handcrafted, in some special cases by the same artisan. Timeless footwear design that has been made the same way by the Huarachero and his family for 2, 3 and sometimes 4 generations.
úkata aims to support Huaracheros by selling their Huaraches in periods of low sales and in limited quantities, so as not to disrupt any existing trade which they maintain with existing long term retail partners.
Talented Huaracheros who are being sidelined by the rise of branded factory footwear, increasing costs of leather and the declining prices of the local Huarache market. úkata will promote their craftsmanship to a global audience with the long term objective to help elevate the craft of Huaraches by selling only the finest examples. Increasing exposure and demand for high quality Huarache design to encourage highly skilled artisans continue refining their craft and grow their business, hiring employees and passing down their Huarache making knowledge to future generations.
A few weeks ago Huarache Blog published some Dolce & Gabbana photos of runway models wearing woven “Tejido” Huarache designs which were part of the 2013 Men’s Summer Collection.
It’s always interesting to see international brands using traditional Mexican Huarache inspiration in their footwear line.
Below is a first look at the Dolce & Gabbana Vesuvio Woven Crust and Leather Sandals which will be available this coming March 31st.
For more international brand Huarache inspiration check out my other posts titled :-
For the past 3 years Huarache Blog has been documenting and promoting the craft of Mexican Huarache footwear. This year I will also be developing a specialty e-trade business to offer more immediate support to the craft of Huaraches.
Introducing úkata, an online Huaracheria selling only the best Huaraches in Mexico. Rare designs crafted by the most talented Huaracheros. Timeless Huarache styles that have been made the same way by the artisan and his family for generations. Footwear with a low environmental impact, made with naturally processed and recycled materials.
Click back in February for a more detailed post on úkata and to visit the online store.
Durante los últimos 3 años Blog Huarache ha estado documentando y promoviendo la artesanía de los Huaraches Mexicanos. Este año voy iniciar un negocio de comercio internet para ofrecer un apoyo más inmediato a los Huaracheros y a la artesanía de los Huaraches Mexicanos.
Presentando úkata una Huaracheria en línea de los mejores Huaraches en México. Huaraches excepcionales hechos por los mejores Huaracheros.
Si algúno Huaracheros talentosos quieran vender sus huaraches en el internet, por favor pónganse en contacto con Huarache Blog escribiendo un comentario con sus correo eléctronico en la parte inferior de este artículo (Enter your comment here…).