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Spending days riding my beach cruiser in a sundress and huaraches around town was a normal part of my early 20s living in Newport Beach California. But like most of my beloved accessories, the impeccably woven sandals had a backstory with roots in Latin America. My best friend had a massive shoe collection and introduced me to the Mexican footwear that dominated her trove called Huaraches. “You know, like in Surfin U.S.A.?,” she once explained. The shoe was a new discovery to me, but I loved the 60s hippie vibe they gave my outfits and the fact that almost every boutique in Orange County carried the style year round. Once I did my research, I realized that they were, in fact, quite popular in the 60s and how the design has evolved through the years. 
Huaraches date back to Pre-Columbus days and in translates to “Sandle” in Nahuatl. The sturdy shoe-like design kept feet protected in the rocky terrain, ideal for those living in the the warm Mexican region where it became very popular hundreds of years ago. The original and authentic Huaraches were hand woven by craftsmen called Huaracheros using only leather. Different iterations began to take form in the 1930s, when synthetic rubber soles made from recycled tires became more accessible. Huaraches peaked in popularity in the 1960s, when they became the shoe of choice Baby Boomers who were a part of the hippie movement. 
Today, there are so many different takes on huaraches that I can’t keep up. From a colorful classic flat style to a fashion forward flatform, here are five incredibly awesome takes on huaraches.