6th Huarache Competition – Sahuayo, Michoacan 2014

Every 12th of September the Mexican town of Sahuayo in Michoacan, Mexico hosts it annual Huarache competition.

The competition is organized by the local government to celebrate the Mexican tradition and craft of Huarache  footwear.


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A Huarachero checking out the competition.


Ing. Oscar Casillas the Director of Sustainable Development for the town of Sahuayo and organizer of the 6th Huarache Competition. He did ask me if I was going to enter, but I had forgotten to bring any of my designs..Maybe next year..


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Huaraches can have up to one thousand holes punched in the sole for the upper to be woven through.

This year Antonio Granados who is probably one of the best, if not the best Huarachero in the world, created a “Zapato Huarache” design with his signature diamond pattern design. His design won first prize.


Its worth mentioning that the upper design of woven Huaraches is not prepared flat and then pulled around a last and glued like regular woven footwear.

Woven Huaraches are made by weaving a single strip of leather sequentially into the holes in the sole. The pattern slowly emerges as the weave goes back and forth through the various holes in the sole. If at any point the leather strip is not woven correctly, the whole design ends distorted and must be unwoven up to the point where the mistake was made and can be corrected.
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My personal winner Huarache design was this “Petatillo” done with a more open weave, by Efrain Chavez.


3 Comments on “6th Huarache Competition – Sahuayo, Michoacan 2014”

  1. Catherine says:

    Can these be bought online anywhere? I got the most beautiful old pair of rope and tire huaraches on eBay and am trying to find another equally beautiful and full of character pair to replace them when they inevitably wear out. I walk a lot.

    • huaracheblog says:

      Sorry Catherine, the Huaraches in the competition are one of a kind and only made for the competition. Unfortunately Huarache artisans are so traditional that most don’t use the internet.

      • Catherine says:

        Well that makes me very happy for them and sad for me. Someday I’ll get back to Mexico but in the meantime I’ll keep trolling ebay;) thanks for your beautiful blog!

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