Huarache Size Grading in Process

Every Huarache size has a slightly different weave, and the weave sequence for each size must be worked out so that the vamp and quarter weaves meet to create one continuous  woven surface.

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úkata+ under construction!

Since my post in June, Huarache Blog readers have been asking “whats coming soon?”.

The úkata+ website is now officially under construction and the social media links are set up to share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram with photos and insights about this new Huarache experience.

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Huaraches Work in Progress – Update

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Weaving Huaraches

A quick apology to readers of Huarache Blog for the slow progress and few posts during the last 6 months. Besides the fact that new Huarache related information is becoming harder to come by, it’s mainly due to another interesting Huarache related transition that I’m making.

I can’t reveal too much in this post besides the fact that although the journey has become a bit more challenging, the rewards just keep accumulating.

Despite my slow posting, I still sell the best classic Huaraches like the ones you see on my feet tapping away to the classic “Caminos de Michoacan” song.

They don’t make Huaraches like these anymore, not even in 99% of Mexico. The increasingly rare traditional 3-4 months tanning process makes them virtually last a lifetime and age beautifully. Its because traditional tanning is considerably more labor intensive and expensive that only a handful of people still continue the tradition. In recent months I’ve been very lucky to wear Huaraches made from such freshly tanned leather, that compared to regular leather has a unique glow and richness..by comparison it’s almost like the difference between a freshly grilled steak to an old dried up one.

I prefer such artisanal leather, unfortunately its un-industrially long processing lead times are not currently feasible in the traditional 50 point margin, low inventory, high volume business model.

Although footwear made from leather tanned with this 3-4 month pre-industrial method has become virtually impossible to find, you can still snap up the few pairs of Huaraches that are still made using this method HERE

Thanks for reading Huarache Blog and stay tuned as I hope to bring you some good Huarache surprises in the coming months!


FOURTH ARRIVALS – The úkata “Tamazula” by Huaraches Solano – The Last Tamazulas in Mexico

These “Tamazula” Huaraches are a real rarity and are today made on request by only one Huarachero in Mexico. I have been fortunate to be able to order a limited number of Men’s sizes and have them for sale in my úkata store which you can access clicking the VISIT MY STORE icon in the top right of this page.

Finding the Huarachero after seeing a pair of his Huaraches for sale in Tamazula, Jalisco (see that post HERE) was a real investigation, especially as he doesn’t even live near Tamazula and understandably none of the Huaracheria owners in Tamazula were willing to tell me his name either.

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And even after find him, Sr. Solano the huarachero never gave me his phone number. Although each time I visited him I always found him busy weaving Huaraches, with his seemingly busy huarache making schedule I was surprised to discover that he only makes Huaraches part time.

Like most Huaracheros he has his own workshop, his lasts, his sewing machine and has his local clients, but surprisingly most of his time is taken up as the caretaker of his local church. Its a mystery to me why a Huarachero of such talent chooses caretaking work over making his remarkable Huaraches. Thoughts of miracles, vows and answered prayers go through my mind, but maybe for Sr. Solano money and Huaraches aren’t everything, after all he’s also well into his 70’s.

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It was touching to hear Sr. Solano talk about putting love into making his Huaraches, a philosophy so distant from today’s monetization and commodification culture even amongst other Mexican Huaracheros. Its clear that for Sr. Solano focusing on service and quality is very important. Maybe that’s why he offered to make me only 6 pairs of his unique “Tamazula” Huaraches, because he realistically didn’t have time to make me more.

Interestingly Sr. Solano’s Huaraches are made using vegetable tanned leather from Curtiduria Gonzalez in Colima. Sr. Solano is one of those crafts persons I wrote about who travel across state just to buy the right leather. Because not every leather can be cut so thinly so as to make his “Tamazula” 16 Vuelta Huaraches.

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I’m also excited for this rare opportunity to show you in detail the tanning process of the leather of these “Tamazula” Huaraches. Its not often that consumers are able to witness the tanning of the leather in their products. Check out the “Tamazula” Huarache artisanal tanning process HERE

Like all good Huaraches the “Tamazula” sole is made from only the central/tread part of a recycled car tire (although the sole tread patterns are matched, the design on your pair of Huaraches may differ from the one in the photo).

The Huarache “Tamazula” is made entirely by hand and uses no glue.

The mysterious green colouring on the toe is a unique and traditional detail of the Tamazula Huarache. When I asked why it was there, I was told “that’s the way its always been”.

The fit of the “Tamazula” is little wide and are perfect if you have wide feet, or are a half size.

$30 DHL shipping to USA, Canada and Mexico.


Frasi By Simone Righi – Elegant Bespoke Huaraches Made in Italy

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…

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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.

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Notice the simple knotted side closure.

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For more information please visit Frasi Simone Righi online.

Or when in Florence at Frasi in Via de’ Federighi 7.

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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”.


US Patent 2,161,472 – Woven Shoe

I recently came across the 1939 US Patent 2,161,472 for a Woven Shoe with a Huarache Construction (where the upper is woven into the sole using a strip of leather).

The illustrations show some details of the anatomy of a Huarache which I find quite interesting.

I also think the drawings show the construction process quite well.

Click on the images for a close up high resolution view.

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To read the patent document click HERE


Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas Huarache Sale! – SORRY SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT – THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR BUSINESS.

MORE HUARACHES IN LATE JANUARY.

Thank you to all Huarache Blog readers and úkata customers for your continued support! This is my first ever sale and I’m feeling quite excited!

Only for this coming month and leading up to Christmas, visit the úkata online store HERE and get 20% off the best crafted, all natural, Mexican Huaraches.

In a modernizing Mexico, traditional Huaraches like these might not be around for much longer, so snap them up while you can.

$30 shipping to USA, CANADA and MEXICO.

Happy holidays and thanks again!

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