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Vesuvio Woven – Dolce & Gabbana Huarache Sandals for Men

A few weeks ago Huarache Blog published some Dolce & Gabbana  photos of runway models wearing woven “Tejido” Huarache designs which were part of the 2013 Men’s Summer Collection.

It’s always interesting to see international brands using traditional Mexican Huarache inspiration in their footwear line.

Below is a first look at the Dolce & Gabbana Vesuvio Woven Crust and Leather Sandals which will be available this coming March 31st.

DOLCE E GABBANA VESUVIO WOVEN CRUST & LEATHER SANDALS

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For more international brand Huarache inspiration check out my other posts titled :-

Huaraches; From Rural To Runway

Huarache Inspired Men’s Fashion Footwear

Punto Pigro – Huarache Inspiration

Adidas Originals Huaraches by Jeremy Scott


Kwarachi Machine – Providing Quality Cut Huarache Soles

According to Mexican designer Alejandro Curi every year 25 million vehicle tyres are thrown away in Mexico alone, of which only 5% is recycled. The former FIT design student saw the great potential of re-purposing such a high quality and abundant material and so developed the Kwarachi Machine.

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Kwarachi Machine is project where press and sole cutting dies would be placed in marginalized and impoverished areas around Mexico, where many still cannot afford shoes. Such a set up would provide locals with a basic resource that they could use to make their own Huarache Footwear, but which they could also use to make Huaraches to start a small business and generate income.

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úkata – Coming Soon

For the past 3 years Huarache Blog has been documenting and promoting the craft of Mexican Huarache footwear. This year I will also be developing a specialty e-trade business to offer more immediate support to the craft of Huaraches.

ukata coming soon WP

Introducing úkata, an online Huaracheria selling only the best Huaraches in Mexico. Rare designs crafted by the most talented Huaracheros. Timeless Huarache styles that have been made the same way by the artisan and his family for generations. Footwear with a low environmental impact, made with naturally processed and recycled materials.

Click back in February for a more detailed post on úkata and to visit the online store.

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Durante los últimos 3 años Blog Huarache ha estado documentando y promoviendo la artesanía de los Huaraches Mexicanos. Este año voy iniciar un negocio de comercio internet para ofrecer un apoyo más inmediato a los Huaracheros y a la artesanía de los Huaraches Mexicanos.

Presentando úkata una Huaracheria en línea de los mejores Huaraches en México. Huaraches excepcionales hechos por los mejores Huaracheros.

Si algúno Huaracheros talentosos quieran vender sus huaraches en el internet, por favor pónganse en contacto con Huarache Blog escribiendo un comentario con sus correo eléctronico en la parte inferior de este artículo (Enter your comment here…).


Don Miguel’s Huaraches

Don Miguel is a car mechanic and part time Huarachero.

Because making Huaraches is currently a low paying and unstable profession to be in, as with many talented Huarachero’s in Mexico Don Miguel has had to look for work elsewhere.

But in his spare time Don Miguel still continues weaving leather Huaraches as he has been doing for the last 60 years.

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Manuel y Ramon Rodriguez, The Huarachero Brothers of San Gabriel, Jalisco

The small farming town of San Gabriel sits on fertile plains just North of the Nevado de Colima. Market day is on Monday when the locals stock up with their week’s supplies. The market however doesn’t sell Huaraches. For those, the people of San Gabriel go to the workshop of Manuel and Ramon Rodriguez the last remaining Huaracheros in San Gabriel.

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Their ‘Petatillo’ Huaraches design has a regional brick weave design different from the ‘Petatillo’ Huarache from the southern Guadalajara area.

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The ‘Aranita’ Huarache.

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The ‘Aranita’ Huarache design comes in different leather weave thicknesses depending on use and price.

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Another ‘Petatillo’ Huarache variant.

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A ‘Zapatilla’ Huarache.

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And two ‘Petatillo al Reves’ Huaraches.

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All of the Rodriguez’s Huarache designs also come in children’s sizes.

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Women’s styles include the ‘Mariposa’ Huaraches

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and the ‘Cadena’ Huaraches, all made strictly from one continuous leather weave.

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San Gabriel makes a nice day trip especially on Monday market day and while you’re there be sure to visit the Huarache workshop of Manuel y Ramon Rodriguez a few blocks from the central plaza at:-

Independencia #15,

San Gabriel, Jalisco

For orders and further information contact Manuel y Ramon Rodriguez Blas at Tel: 343.427.0298.


Huaracheria Aquino in Yalalag, Oaxaca

Nestled into the Sierra Norte mountains of Oaxaca is the small town of Yalalag.

Yalalag is very precious town, not only for it’s strong Pre-Hispanic traditions, but also because like only a handful of other small towns in Mexico, most of the Yalalag population is still dedicated to the traditional craft of Huarache making.

Huaracheria Aquino is the largest ‘Taller’ workshop in Yalalag and they are well known for their high quality Zapotec Huaraches.

What also sets this family run business apart from most other Huarache makers in Mexico is that their crafting process begins at their in-house tannery, where they vegetable tan all their leathers to their precise specifications.

Huaracheria Aquino is famous for their traditional women’s Zapotec Yalalag sandals (the only existing traditional women’s leather sandal/huarache style in Mexico).

Photo of young Zapotec Woman in Mitla, by Guy Stresser-Péan, 1957

Their ‘Tejido’ Huarache also stands out for the fine attention to detail.

And the ‘Cincho Forado’ Huarache is the finest of its kind.

Interestingly the seemingly modern thermoplastic coated “Oscaria” leather which is very popular in this area of Mexico has been used for over 40 years.

Inside the Aquino ‘Taller’ workshop hangs a framed picture of the Aquino Great-grandfather and founder of Huaracheria Aquino.

It’s not uncommon for Huaracheros to still use lasts that are over 80 years old. The wooden lasts are made of Mesquite not only because it was once the most readily available material with which to make lasts, but because the Mesquite does not expand very much from contact with the wet leather.

Most Huaracheros still prefer using wooden lasts to plastic because they say there is reduced bounce when ‘asentando’ (hammering to flatten the leather upper to the last) .

To contact Huaracheria Aquino directly please visit their Facebook page, or email them at huaracheriaaquino@hotmail.com.