“Profit and tradition in rural manufacture: Sandal production in Sahuayo, Michoacan, Mexico” – PhD Thesis by Victoria Forbes Adam

A few weeks ago Ana Alicia a reader of Huarache Blog kindly pointed me to a 25 year old PhD Thesis about Huaraches Production in Sahuayo, but which I wasn’t able to download.

But then following this post a few days ago I received a message from Alex who was able to very kindly download the Thesis for me.

I have just start reading it and it is very interesting, but also so very well written that I feel both kindred and a bit jealous of Victoria Forbes Adam’s perspective and talent. It appears to be very thorough research about the History of Huarache making in Sahuayo, from process to politics. Why the footwear making process in Sahuayo never fully industrialized like other parts of the world and why cooperatives never succeeded. So far I have read many points that based on my personal experience are still very relevant today, and I think that local government and Huarache workers in Sahuayo would also do well to learn about to develop this unique business further.

However to download the Thesis is not easy because you must first access the ProQuest thesis library/database which requires an affiliation with a University.

But as soon as I have read the Thesis, I will publish some excerpts which I think are the most interesting and relevant. In the meantime if you would like to find the Thesis to download yourself, the link below should take you straight there.

Adam, Victoria
ProQuest Dissertations Publishing:1994
ISBN:9781339558356

Thank you to everyone for your kind help.


úkata+ Campeche Supernatural Huaraches – In Stock

Colourful like the streets of Campeche in Southern Mexico and Supernatural because footwear doesn’t come much more natural than this.

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Buy them at MY STORE on the top right of the page, or CLICK HERE

  • Women’s Sizes.
  • Free shipping to the USA, Canada and Mexico.

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Antonio’s Woven Wonders – On Sale

Antonio Granados is probably one of the 4 best Huarache Artisans in Mexico.

Recently he made a few pairs of rare traditional Huarache styles that his father in law used to make 20 or so years ago. Styles which you can no longer find in the shops.

I was able to snatch up those 8 pairs and have them for sale in my store HERE, or click on the “VISIT MY STORE” icon in the top left of the screen and go to the “SAMPLES AND SALE” section.

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The úkata+ Oaxaca Huaraches

Oaxaca

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.

designed to form naturally

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.

Oaxaca Tan 34 top

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.

Probably the Softest Huaraches

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.

ukatamas Oaxaca Tan 3

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 🙂


The Art of Huarache Sample Making

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Just getting the final touches right.

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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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