At long last, I’m very pleased share my Huaraches exhibition at the stunning MAP museum in Mexico City from Feb.28th to May 6th.
This unique exhibition will feature the finest and rarest bespoke traditional Mexican woven footwear.
The most complex leather weaves made by the most talented and few remaining Huarache Artisans.
This exhibition is a dream come true and I would like to thank @map_mexico museum very much.
Cenovio Ramirez also known as “Tarengo” or Sparrow, is one of the originators of finely woven Huaraches. He started fine weaving Huaraches as a personal challenge 30 years ago and has been the inspiration of many local artisans.
I have one sample available for sale made from natural non coloured vegetable tanned goat leather in size US Mens 8-8.5.
The “Plazero” style is a forgotten style from the past which Cenovio has made again after so many years. Its a very rare style and I can guarantee 110% that this Huarache doesn’t exist for sale anywhere.
The colour of the leather is still pale since the Hauraches are recently made. But as with all vegetable tanned leathers, these Huaraches will darken to a honey colour in a couple of months.
Antonio Granados is probably one of the 4 best Huarache Artisans in Mexico.
Recently he made a few pairs of rare traditional Huarache styles that his father in law used to make 20 or so years ago. Styles which you can no longer find in the shops.
I was able to snatch up those 8 pairs and have them for sale in my store HERE, or click on the “VISIT MY STORE” icon in the top left of the screen and go to the “SAMPLES AND SALE” section.
The TONCHEZ is a really creative twist to the traditional Ranchero Huarache.
And as soon as I wore them in the center of town so many people asked me where I had bought them, maybe because they look like cool Huarache High Tops. And of course you can also wear them the same way with your jeans inside.
This Huaraches style was invented by Antonio who is a traditional Haurachero Artisan and 2 friends also called Antonio, hence the name TONCHEZ, derived from “Tonio”.
For fun they even created a logo to emblazon the bold tongue and heel.
Until now the TONCHEZ was never made commercially because the large amount of leather used, which makes this style quite expensive to sell at normal Huarache prices. While traditional Huarache retailers will also shy away from such a radical style, although teenagers ask me where to buy them all the time.
Its such a cool design that should be available, that I asked Antonio if he would be willing to make a few pairs to share with Huarache Blog readers and he agreed that he could make this exclusive Huarache design to order.
These Huaraches are made in the rugged traditional Ranchero way and Antonio the Huarachero is as old school as they come. But instead of being made from bovine leather, they are made with thick goat leather that is softer and more expensive.
If you find this style fascinating like me, you can make a special order by clicking on “VISIT MY STORE” and then the “SAMPLES SECTION” section.
Or just CLICK HERE to order.
Because these Huaraches are made to order, if you prefer a heel, or a nailed instead of stitched sole just let me know in your Storenvy Order.
Only comes in natural un-dyed leather, the traditional way. No colours, although vegetable tanned leather will naturally turn into a delicious golden honey tan colour after just a few months of wear.
It will take about 10 days from order to shipping of these Huaraches.
Free Shipping to USA, Canada and Mexico Available – Takes 2 weeks from Mexico to the USA, or Canada. Or US$30 with DHL 3 day shipping.
Now and then when I’m on the road I come across some interesting Huarache designs, but can only buy one ore two because the Artisan has no more available. If you would like to buy some of these limited, random, but rare Huarache styles, I have just started the úkata SAMPLES AND SALE page in MY STORE that you can link to on the top right of this page.
Or click HERE
As always these are the most authentic and traditional Huarache designs in Mexico, which you are unlikely to find in big city markets and in some cases they are so expensive to make due to their construction complexity, that they can only be purchased directly from the Artisan.
A few weeks ago I stopped by to visit Don Salvador and his son Fernando Cisneros.
They proudly showed me that they had recently been featured in a Mexican style magazine and told me how a photographer had come all the way from Mexico City to take pictures of them.
They are very nice photos and its a pleasure to share them.
You can reach Don Salvador and Fernando by telephone at Tel. 372.426.0318 – Cel. 342.103.3152, or visit them in very traditional, pretty and authentic small town of Concepción de Buenos Aires in Jalisco.
To see more photos of their Huarache styles visit the Huarache Directory Website HERE, or simply search “Cisneros” in the “The Huarache Searcher” bar on the right side of this page to also see how their exceptional Huaraches are made.
Via Andares Magazine Grandes Maestros by Montserrat Cardona and photos by Erick Guevara
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With increasing Huarache Blog readers from outside Mexico, USA, Canada and Puerto Rico, I appreciate that the higher international shipping costs significantly affect the price of your úkata Huaraches purchases.
So this season to make úkata Huaraches more affordable to international readers living outside of North America, that also pay duty on Huarache orders, I can offer new, lower Huarache prices.
Unfortunately this also means adding a $30 fee for shipments to Mexico, USA, Canada and Puerto Rico. Essentially an even split, because $30 which is about half of the total DHL shipping fee from Mexico to the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico.
I appologise to all the international customers who have paid higher 2013 prices. To returning customers from outside Mexico, USA, Canada and Puerto Rico, I will gladly offer a $30 discount on your next purchase.
Still please bear in mind that úkata Huaraches really are some of the best and last, truly authentic Huaraches in Mexico and the world. Most úkata Huaraches are only made to order in the traditional way, so you won’t find even find them at retail within Mexico.
And last but not least, to all Huarache Blog readers and úkata customers, thank you for your continued business and support!
And thank you for your kind emails!
My huaraches arrived today. I had to let you know these are the best huaraches I’ve ever seen. In my crazy youth we would go to Tijuana and buy them. There is no comparison between those and the Cien Clavos. I bought the Cien Clavos to wear to my son’s wedding on a beach in Kauai in June, so I am breaking them in now. Thank you, and I wish you much success.
Very truly yours,
Rick H – Seal Beach
I just wanted you to know that my Tamazula huaraches arrived the other day and I love them. Exactly what I was looking for.
Thanks so much for finding these artisanal craftsmen and getting their work out to the world.
Russ M – Oakland
I love the Pihuamos so much I ordered a pair of the Cien Clavos. That way I can keep one nice and beat the other pair up like I know they can take it. Mexican tough. They feel awesome, just sitting there even. The breakin was minimal, no amazing. I understand when the weave is right all those straps make the sandal conform and support like no other footwear. And yet it feels like you’re walking around barefoot in them. Like walking or running on the beach sand feels good. And the leather feels better than the leather I remember, maybe its the lengthy vegetable tanning. As an importer of Mayan items for decades I can appreciate and love the work. I can see you do too. Thanks for making these available.
Dave G – Seminole
I just received my new “cien clavos” they fit terrifically and they are amazing.
Thank you for the great service!
Dan V – New Westminster
Incredibly well made. Original huaraches.
Yes! His effort is pretty commendable. He’s obsessed.
Ben B – New York
I received my Petatillo Huaraches, and I love them. They’re REAL huraches, and I’m sure I’ll have them for years.
Robert B – Morgan Hill
Thanks very much Markus.They are great.All of my Mexican friends are jealous.Tim G – New York
What a beautifully shot movie about 80 year old Huarachero Nicolás Lizares.
For more detailed photographs check out a previous post titled Nicolás Lizares – Maker of Fine Huaraches from Tapalpa, Jalisco
When Simone Righi isn’t being photographed by international men’s fashion magazines, or drinking an aperitivo with friend Scott Schuman from The Sartorialist, he dresses the world’s rich and famous from his prestigious menswear store Frasi in the heart of Florence.
Simone Righi is considered by many, one of the world’s most influential fashion trendsetters, and men travel to visit him from across the globe in search of the highest levels of style.
Now what if I told you that Simone Righi also sells Huaraches…
Photo Via Gentleman’s Gazette
Recently Simone kindly told me the interesting story of how he came across the Huaraches which he currently sells in his exclusive store.
It took Simone 12 years to find a sandal that he felt was the best suited for classic menswear. This happend one day he his own store when a young local artisan named Niccolo’ Pacini walked in wearing a pair of sandals which Simone noticed immediately. And when he asked Niccolo’ where he had bought them, as luck would have it Niccolo’ replied that he made them himself and so the fortunate meeting developed into a collaboration of made-to-measure Huaraches.
I hope to soon be able to share some more of Niccolo’s work that so skillfully combines the rustic look of what Mexicans call “Ranchero” leather with an original and elegant woven design.
In the mean time feast your eye’s on his Huarache Sandals brought to you by Frasi.
Notice the simple knotted side closure.
For more information please visit Frasi Simone Righi online.
Or when in Florence at Frasi in Via de’ Federighi 7.
Its truly remarkable and exciting to see that Huaraches are also part of the highest levels of fashion. Which reminds me that if you would like to see more images of luxury Huarache inspired footwear I wrote a post a few years ago titled “Huaraches; From Rural to Runway“, or check out Huarache Blog on Tumblr.
And it recently occurred to me, after seeing so many local men wearing scruffy sneakers on these dusty Mexican streets, just how classic and timeless huarache designs are. Huaraches that unlike so many other kinds of footwear, despite their age and wear, continue to look good, if not better. And yet in Mexico where interesting and original Huarache designs are so easily found, men still prefer wearing sneakers. I guess its probably just a case of “the grass is always greener”.
Sr. Magaña is one of the friendliest and soft spoken individuals I know. Its a real pleasure to sit with him in his workshop and to talk about the traditions of Huaraches in the small town of Tonila in Southern Jalisco.
Like most Huaracheros in Mexico, Sr. Magaña is the last remaining one in Tonila. His sons Enrique and Telesforo still help out, but have recently found more stable factory jobs to support their families.
Nowadays the door to Sr. Magaña’s workshop is mostly closed, business is very slow. Although he still gets orders from retailers in Colima for his special Huaraches with white uppers, the profit from those 5 pairs barely covers his gas costs so he turns them down. He makes a few Huaraches for local customers and the odd leather repair on saddles and chairs, but mostly he works on his small plot of land just outside town.
Then before the town fiestas he and his sons make mini Huarache key rings to sell to tourists and relatives visiting from the USA, or other Mexican cities.
Mini Huaraches that are all woven the traditional way on tiny whittled lasts.
The workshop is full of signs that Sr. Magaña once lived and breathed the craft of Huaraches.
He still stores old dusty Huarache designs from back in the day before the use of rubber soles.
Huaraches that were once sold in separate parts at the market and the wearer would weave their own upper at home over their foot instead of a shoe last.
Because these Huaraches are no longer used, nor made and because they seem to be the bridge to the modern Huarache weave, it was important for me to document them as best as I could.
I asked Sr. Magaña if he would show me the process and so he kindly set about cutting a pair of rubber tyre soles for me.
To allow weaving into the sole, slits are first cut into the sides, then animal fat it spread over the surface where the weaving holes are to be punched from. This design prevents the leather strips from contact and abrasion with the ground.
Once the holes have been punched into the top surface of the sole the Huaraches are ready to be woven.
The vegetable tanned leather is cut into strips which are soaked in water for weaving.
The Huaraches de “Gamarra” as they are know are then woven onto the foot and are worn until the leather dries.