I first heard about huaraches like most other runners – from reading about the sandals that the Tarahumara Indians wore in the barefoot running book Born to Run. Then I found Huarache sandals in which Steven Sashen sells both do-it-yourself kits and pre-made customized huaraches. I originally just wanted to interview Boulder-based Steven for Barefoot Running, but after our phone chat, he offered me a pair of my very own huaraches, and I couldn’t say no! In a few days, my kit arrived in the mail – a sheet of black 4mm Vibram Cherry sole material and 2 purple laces (you can choose from a few colors).
I got everything together and went to the website for easy step-by-step instructions and videos.
After walking around in them a couple times, I have to agree with Steven that it could be the “closest thing to barefoot.” The first time I walked around in them, I felt a little floppy, but after trimming them a bit and adjusting the laces, they felt great! The thing I like the best is that they look stylish, and can be modified for men or women.
A DIY adult kit is $19.95 or $24.95 for a large (larger than a Men’s size 10), while custom-made huaraches are $49.95 (you have to send Steven your foot outline & he does the rest!). There is a kid-sized kit available as well for $12.95. Check out all the barefoot running sandals on offer and get yourself a pair!