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.