Despite championing the incredible Mexican craft of Huaraches on at least 6 blogs and microblogs and with well over 1000 tagged images and posts about Huarache footwear, I’ve noticed that Huarache Blog doesn’t feature in Google searches for Huarache, Huaraches and Huarache Sandals. I’m not sure why this is when no other website comes close to the amount of quality information about Huaraches which exists on Huarache Blog?
I wonder if someone someone could please advise me how I can make Huarache Blog more visible on Google. Thank you, Markus 🙂
– Huarache Blog is featured again in Google search and on page 2 ! 🙂 If someone fixed this for me THANK YOU very much!
Its taken me a long time to get here, but I finally have some úkata+ Jalisco in stock.
All vegetable tanned leather upper and sole, handmade and handwoven.
Women’s sizes coming soon.
For limited time I will be selling the úkata+ Jalisco for $80 with free shipping to the USA, Canada and Mexico from my store on the top left of the page.
Or CLICK HERE
I was recently interviewed about Huaraches by Put This On, a process which I enjoyed very much.
CLICK HERE to read the full interview. Thank you Derek.
The úkata+ Oaxaca are probably the softest woven Huaraches you’ll ever wear and not only, they will also mold to the shape of your feet.
It’s my first Huarache design and took me many samples to fine tune, mostly because soft woven leather surfaces don’t like to keep their rounded shape (this footwear is unlined). This I learned also depends on the last shape and the weave angle. My first last supplier lost patience threw in the towel after about 6 rounds of revisions, I revised the weave angle in about double that number of samples and will post photos of each unique iteration soon, pointed lasts, textile strips etc.
Its taken me over 1 year to get to this stage, not only because of sample making (these Huaraches really are woven from one single continuous weave), but also because I also source only the best materials myself. Walking the surreal tyre recycling neighborhood in North Guadalajara to find a supplier for a 5mm recycled truck tyre sole, to finding the softest leather, tanned in a drum with Acacia tree extract and water solution. The last 2 years have been one long treasure hunt and how many tales I have to share. Now all thats left is some grading for other styles, QC, negotiating pricing and production schedules.
The ukatamas website is also almost ready, but for the next few months or so I will be selling small quantities of úkata+ Huaraches from MY STORE in the top left of this page as a sort of preview of what things to come.
The úkata+ Oaxaca Huarache last was designed especially for an anatomical barefoot fit with no heel, its unique shape also allowing the soft leather weave to expand evenly to accommodate even wide feet comfortably with no pressure spots, or ugly sudden changes in appearance of the weave. The traditional Oaxaca Huarache weave was adapted by me also to fit my rather wide feet (as you will notice in the photos).
I included some traditional and sometimes forgotten features that make Huaraches better; a lasted the heel for a better fit, that is also taller and easier to grab when putting on the Huaraches and of course the hand carved symbols traditional on Oaxacan Huaraches.
And from the same woven strip of leather I also added a loop as part of the upper weaving sequence, to easily put the Huaraches on quickly.
Warning: These Huarache will mold to your feet and you may never want to take them off again. I’ve worn mine almost every day for the last 2 years and not just in warm climates.
If you have narrow feet, please order half a size smaller.
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At this time I have only mens sizes, but more sizes and a nice website are expected this Summer 🙂
I recently returned from a trip to Russia and I noticed many similarities between Russian and Mexican culture and not just their strong traditions of distilled drink.
I also discovered many very interesting traditional crafted footwear, but specifically I was able to purchase a few pairs of woven shoes called Lapti.
Its fascinating how the upper and the sole can be woven as one part.
This design is called Stupni and also exists in Finland called Tuohivirsut made with birch bark.
This one is a traditional Lapti made with Linden bark.
Read the full post on 74FDC HERE
Maybe a little unrelated, but this short video about Tim George, rawhide braiding craftsman from Oregon is very inspiring.
Not only, but the rawhide braiding tradition arrived in the USA from Argentina, through Mexico and watching this video I felt a very strong connection between western rawhide braiding and Huarache weaving.
I have posted about the traditional Mexican Burra Footwear already a couple of times on this blog and consider Burras another fascinating area of footwear research. These Burras I was lucky to photograph also at the Bata Museum in Toronto, their origins are from the 1950’s Uruapan area of Mexico. Although I have never seen a similar Burra design during my research in Mexico.