The original Brown huarache sandals is a Pre-Columbian hand-woven leather strapped sandal. It was once worn by farm workers living in the following communities: Yucatan, Jalisco, Michoacán, and Guanajuato. The sandal is made with the woven leather straps and has a standard leather thong structure around the big toe.
Yesterday’s Huarache sandal was made with 100% leather. They eventually evolved to include thin wooden and string soles. Finally embracing modern developments, they are now made with rubber soles. As time passes, the meaning of Huarache is blurred and now, Nike and other manufacturers use the term loosely to refer to one of their lines of sneakers and other shoes.
Brown huarache sandals made today may cling to the traditional appearance of the original shoe or they may only be a partial imitation of the first version. The common leather weaving technique that creates the shoe’s upper varies based upon the design. Shoes based truly on the original design will have the Big toe thong, while those veering away from tradition may even have a closed toe or some other design for the open toe.
The term “Huarache sandal” is so widely used, it has become part legend. The term has been included in at least one popular song like “Surfin U.S.A.” by the Beach Boys; and included in stories and books such as John Fante’s “Ask the Dust”, Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”, and Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help”.
What type of people wear the Huarache sandal? It appears campers, joggers, and casual walkers wear this sandal. It is comfortable and it fits snuggly so it can be worn by active people. Now, that it is available with leather, wooden or rubber soles, it has a lot of versatility.
You will even find that some people have the boldness to make their own huarache sandals. In fact, the Huarache sandal or a simplified version of the Huarache sandal is the most common type of do-it-yourself footwear that is made.
True shoemakers put a lot to thought into the design of a Huarache sandal. To make a new brown Huarache sandal, for instance, a drawing would be submitted to the shoemaker’s executive design team. Upon, deciding to release the design, the next step is to construct a sample. Using the sample size patterns, a sample in a size 6 or smaller is constructed. When completed, the shoe fit model will try-on the sample and comment on the fit and feel of the shoe. If the huarache passes all the scrutiny, it is put through, it will be made into the full line of sizes and colors and sold to the public.