Huaraches Martinez-Huaraches from Mazamitla.

I had heard from a few Huaracheros that there lived a good Huarachero in Mazamitla, Jalisco. In fact I also almost bought a pair of his Huaraches in San Juan de Dios Market in Guadalajara (see that post).

So I came to Mazamitla in Jalisco to see his work first hand.

Walking through this doorway I met Senor Martinez and Senor Martinez a father and son team of Huaracheros who make probably the finest rustic Huaraches.

Although rustic in appearance, the quality of these Huaraches is very high. Senores Martinez  vegetable tan all the leather themselves (the process takes 4 months) and for the soles they use only the central part of the tyre tread that is the hardest wearing.

Although the Martinezes know how to make over 10 styles of Huaraches, they specialize in 4 which are their most popular selling styles. The simplest is the ‘Pihuamo’ style. Which is undoubtedly the finest pair of Pihuamo’s I have ever seen (my photography does the quality of craftmanship little justice).

The second style is the ‘Cruzado’ with 7 vueltas.

The third style is the ‘Cruzado’ with 10 vueltas (also called the cien clavos, for all the nails used in the sole).

The ‘Doble’ with 67  vueltas.

Here is an older pair of the same style Huarache where the leather has been darkened by exposure to the sun.

All of the Huarache uppers are leather lined, here you can see the clean lining stitch which also passes underneath the ‘vueltas’ (strips of leather).

Senor Martinez also had a jar full of Garbancillos (well preserved in oil). He no longer uses metal Garbanillo tacks (also known as ‘Estoperoles’, the Spanish for stud’s) on his 3 layer leather Huarache soles as they provide little traction and are noisy on hard floors and the asphalt and concrete covered street. An interesting fact is that Garbancillos in Mexico were traditionally also used on wooden boards too scrape the corn off the cob.+

In English Garbancillo is known as Hobnail, or Boot Stud. They were commonly used on leather soles for outdoor use up until maybe the 1950’s. Today they are still used on army boots during some marching parades.

To contact Jose Martinez call:-

0138.253.80602, or 0138.253.80252


11 Comments on “Huaraches Martinez-Huaraches from Mazamitla.”

  1. Raul Gonzalez says:

    Bendigo alo talavarteros de mi Mexico lindo por tan Maravilloso trabajo

  2. mazamitla says:

    Nice Pictures! Thanks!

  3. Benjamin says:

    I would really like to own one of those Pihuamo’s but in a little darker tone

  4. Russell Verdin says:

    would you have Mr Jose Martinez’s mailing address?
    And dose he speek any english?
    Russell Verdin

  5. Debrayando says:

    I talked with Mr. Jose Martinez looking to buy garbancillo in Mexico, but he told me that there is no where to buy it in Mexico, maybe in the U.S.

    Know any company that produces and sends them to Mexico?
    Platiqué con el señor José Martínez buscando comprar garbancillo en México, pero él me comentó que ya no hay donde comprarlo en México, que tal vez en Estados Unidos.

    Conoces alguna empresa que los produzca y los envíe a México?

    • huaracheblog says:

      I don’t think there are any Huaracheros left in Mexico who still buy Garbancillos. As such I doubt anyone sells, or imports them for Huarache use.

      However Garbancillos were never Huarache specific. For example they were also nailed to wooden boards and used to grind corn off the husk. I think Garbancillos were originally upholstery tacks. Maybe you can find them in an upholstery shop that restores antique furniture.

    • huaracheblog says:

      The English name for Garbancillos is Hobnails, or Boot Studs. You can find some for sale online.

  6. Adonai says:

    Hello to all

    I tried to call at his home, and is true, he still make the Huaraches, really is a very nice job.
    I going to buy ASAP, a pair my son and I


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