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.
During a recent visit to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto I was very privileged visit their archives and photograph these very old Men’s Zapatilla Huaraches from Uruapan, circa 1910.
Men’s Zapatilla Huaraches Courtesy of the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto.
They immediately reminded me of 15th Century Poulaine European footwear and also of the recent Mexican fashion of Botas Picudas – Pointed Boots.
I wish to thank everyone at the Bata Shoe Museum for a very special visit.
Tuxpan in Southern Jalisco is a small town well known for its Tacos “Tuxpenos” and less known for its unique Mid-Cut Huarache style and the artisanal maguey liquour (formerly known as Mescal, before the appellation of origin (DO) from the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1995 limited the commercial use of the the word Mezcal to only 8 states in Mexico).
Nowadays there is so little demand for the Tuxpan Huarache “Tejido con Talonera Alta” that it can only be made on to order by the only remaining Huarachero in Tuxpan, Armando Ortiz, whose other styles can also be seen in The Huarache Directory HERE
Its possible that maguey harvesting may have encouraged the creation of this high collar style.
At US$1,195 the Basket Weave Sandal by Proenza Schouler makes quite a statement not only for its heel, but for being probably the most expensive Huarache in the world.
What I don’t understand is why is it so hard for international designers and brands to give credit the the Mexican craft of Huarache footwear. Just a nod would do, I understand if they would rather not call their US$1000 footwear Huarache, but maybe call it something Mexican, or the name of the weave, that in this case is the “Harana” by Huaraches Cisneros from Concepción de Buenos Aires, Jalisco.
Huaraches Cisneros – Concepción de Buenos Aires, Jalisco
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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
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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!