My Running Huarache Sandals Evolution RevisedPosted: June 26, 2012
A few weeks ago I posted photos of my Running Huarache Sandal Evolution design, with recessed strap grooves in the sole. This groove design in the sole permits the use of straps made from many materials, because it eliminates the abrasive ground contact between strap and running surface.
On the latest latest revision of my Running Huarache Sandals I have added polyester straps salvaged from a used basketball jersey. This jersey mesh material is not only softer and much more breathable than the salvaged bicycle tyre inner tube rubber I was using, but polyester also wicks moisture away from the skin, providing a new level of comfort.
I expect the jersey mesh will probably stretch a little over time, but the straps can easily be tightened when the time comes.
This ongoing study in barefoot running footwear is proving interesting for 2 reasons.
1. I’ve been able to systematically develop my understanding of natural running footwear and what is functionally necessary and essential.
2. It provides an insight into the emerging design philosophy of democratization. In this case the democratization of running footwear, footwear which is available, affordable and can be made according to precise consumer requirements.
Today’s run was cooler than yesterday’s.
…..And my most recent version with a 3mm vegetable tanned leather footbed. I altered the forefoot strapping layout to keep the sole slightly closer to my foot.
And my latest pair using an old cotton t-shirt for the straps.