Forgotten Huaraches From the Valles Centrales

Recently I found a couple of traditional but now rare Huarache styles, hidden away in Huaracheria Luz at the Mercado de Abastos in Oaxaca, owned by María Santiago Martínez and her husband.

María Santiago Martínez

Huaracheria Luz Oaxaca

Both are styles from the nearby Valles Centrales, but are rarely made nowadays. In fact you won’t find them for sale at the main Valles markets of Tlacolula and Ocotlan.

The Huarache “De Punta” with the traditional pointed toe that was typically worn by men in Etla, apparently no longer sells because locals now prefer less traditional styles.

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The original “Oaxaca” Huarache is nowadays another a rarely made style due to it’s high weave count which makes it too expensive to sell at market retail. Worth noting is that the increasing cost of vegetable tanned leather has also contributed to raising Huarache prices.

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SECOND ARRIVALS – The úkata “Pihuamo” by Huaraches Martínez – The Finest Pihuamo Huaraches in Mexico

The design of these classic Huaraches originally comes from the small town of Pihuamo in southern Jalisco.

José Martínez makes hands down the best quality “Pihuamo” Huaraches you will find anywhere. They’re very far from  your typical transmission oil/diesel dyed field Huarache.

José Martínez leather lines all his Huaraches with a thinner and softer leather using a traditional pedal powered sewing machine. In fact none of his Huaraches are made using any electrical tools. The only use for electricity is to power the radio. What’s more, given all the natural light that fills the “Taller” workshop during the working hours even the lights are hardly ever turned on, making the carbon footprint from his business minimal.

He also organically tans all the Huarache leather himself to his exact specifications and thickness for a consistently high quality. Personally tanning each batch with tree bark for 4 months compared to 3 weeks for industrial vegetable tanned leather and 1 day for chrome tanned leather.

Echoing other traditions as making fine wine, or whiskey, the thick insole leather of Martínez Huaraches is tanned using local Encino Oak bark. I can’t think of a more natural material to be walking on.

By popular request I’m offering some “Pihuamo” style Huaraches from Huaraches Martínez which you can buy HERE and also in size Mens US 12.

$30 DHL shipping to USA, Canada and Mexico.

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The outsole is made from the most hard wearing central treaded part of a truck tire. Soles made from the central part of tires are nowadays rare because modern tires have metal belts that cannot be cut. To maintain his high standards José Martínez searches out only old school tires that use chord belts and doesn’t compromise by using lower quality sidewall rubber for his Huarache soles.

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Huaraches in Talpa de Allende, Jalisco

Talpa de Allende is another pretty Mexican Mountain town and a good place to escape the summer heat. The town is famous for its Virgin of Talpa Shrine that attracts many pilgrims, Chitle the original pre-hispanic chewing gum made from the local Zapote rubber trees and its Huaraches.

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With a good flow of tourists in Talpa de Allende and because tourists are always been eager to buy local crafts as souvenirs, the local Huaracheros haven’t struggled as much as in other parts of Mexico. It was refreshing to see the rare sight of young Huarache making artisans in a small workshop/store at one side of the main church.

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The typical Talpa Huaraches have a distinct “grain ear” weave and a very short tongue.

The same style is made with more, or fewer weaves and with a strap for the traditional field working design.

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The more rugged field version with strap has big staples securing the insole to the outsole. This is because it uses fewer nails.

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The soles are constructed in an unusual way where the insole and outsole are first nailed and stapled together after which the huarache upper is woven on. Notice that there are no nails in the sole near the woven parts of the Huaraches.

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Huarache Blog on el Facebook

Huarache Blog is also on Facebook to offer a community based platform for sharing information, pictures and stories relating to Huaraches.

It will also be a good place to find information and contact Huarache retailers who are increasingly adding their own Facebook pages (in case you were looking to buy Huaraches).

To visit Huarache Blog on Facebook click HERE
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Será tambien un lugar para encontrar informaciónes y contactar las tiendas de Huaraches que están agregando cada vez más sus propias páginas en Facebook.

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Handmade Huaraches – A video By VULTURE COMPANY

In this a short video Huarachero Melquiades Robles Jara shows how to make a basic “Petatillo”, or “Zapatilla” Huarache.

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The Huarache Directory – El Directorio del Huarache Mexicano

Huarache Blog often receives requests for wholesale orders on the Huaraches it photographs from Mexican and International readers.

Introducing the  The Huarache Directory created to facilitate contact between buyers and Huarachero artisans.

Huarachero Artisans will be able to post a number of images of the Huaraches styles that they specialize in, followed by a brief personal profile, production capacity and contact information. Buyers will be able to select the Huarache styles they prefer and directly contact the Huarachero without making the long trip in search for Huaraches.

Click HERE to visit The Huarache Directory

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Huarache Blog recibe muchas solicitudes de pedidos al por mayor de huaraches.

El Directorio Del Huarache Mexicano esta creado por Huarache Blog, para facilitar el contacto entre compradores y Huaracheros.

Los Huaracheros podrán publicar sin costo una serie de imágenes de los estilos de Huaraches que se especializan en, seguido de un breve perfil personal, la capacidad de producción y la información de contacto.

Los compradores podrán seleccionar los estilos Huarache de su preferencia y ponerse directamente en contacto con el Huarachero sin hacer el largo viaje en busca de huaraches.

Si usted conoce a un Huarachero por favor darles a conocer esta nueva oportunidad.

Cualquier artesano interesado en publicar su trabajo en El Directorio Del Huarache, hay 3 maneras de dejar su información de contacto.

1. Dejan un mensaje en Leave a Reply ubicada en la parte inferior de la página
2. Envíen un correo electrónico a thehuarachedirectory@yahoo.com
3. Ponganse en contacto a través de Facebook buscando Huarache Blog

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Updated Huarache Blog Tumblr Page – Huarache Blog en Tumblr

Huarache Blog Tumblr is a page of other Huaraches images collected during travels and the web. Click HERE to visit Huarache Blog Tumblr.

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