Comment from: Rob [Visitor]  
Rob

I like the idea of huaraches, I really do. In fact I have a pair of Original Lunas (Luna Sandals) that I use fairly regularly (or did, before I got injured so no running for a while, but that's another story). The problem I have with most of the huarache options is that, as a guy, I can't help but feel that they seem very feminine. I say that because they look very much like the very thin soled sandals that women wear all the time. Surely there's a way to make them look more masculine. I don't know how that's possible but I'm thinking that perhaps a thicker sole and thicker laces would help, perhaps a different fastening system as well rather than a bow tied in the front. Not sure....

09/02/11 @ 09:39
Comment from: chirmer [Visitor]
chirmer

Nice! I like that lacing option quite a bit... But the thick heel strap that's a walking advertisement is sadly just not for me.

Maybe this is just me, but once my Lunas wore in a bit the side straps do not touch the ground anymore, and after months of continuous wear and over 100 miles walking/running in them, my knot has BARELY any wear at all. The leather straps are quite durable.

Aw heck, despite disliking the strap and the shoe lace material, I'll probably end up picking up a pair to support another minimalist footwear company and to try out that lacing method...

09/02/11 @ 10:43
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@chirmer,

I think you'd be quite pleasantly surprised with these. I've got a pair of the leather prototypes, too, and they've really impressed me with their functional design. Easy to put on, they don't slide around. The double-laces out the "thong" point makes for a more secure fit (IMO) over huaraches, too.

@rob,

For casual wear I'm inclined to agree. I just have a hard time pulling off the thin-laced huaraches look (generally) in a casual setting. If I had my druthers I'd pair the thicker straps and plastic adjuster of the Unshoes Wokova with the overall design of the Branca for a one-two knock-out punch of a running sandal.

But aesthetics aside, the Brancas have really impressed me with their functionality. The elastic strap just flat-out works for a no-adjustment/locked on running sandal. Meanwhile, the laces are truly "set'em and forget'em," which I've liked in lieu of just trying and failing to nail the art of huaraches tying. I also get less "slop" (again likely because of tying error on my part with huaraches) in the Brancas thanks to the dual laces.

Function over form! And at the end of the day, it's pretty bad-a to be running around in minimalist sandals. However feminine or dainty they look -- it all just adds to the intrigue of what you're doing to third party observers!

09/02/11 @ 11:04
Comment from: James [Visitor]
James

I concur with the opinion that these sandals look a bit feminine. Choosing subdued colors helps a bit, and perhaps you could do something to minimize the bow of the laces.

09/02/11 @ 11:33
Comment from: Rob [Visitor]  
Rob

I agree running in huaraches is still pretty bad *ss, but I just think it would be super easy to make more of a "modern huarache". We have all sorts of examples to choose from. Just take some of the more popular Teva, Chaco, etc... brands and use the uppers or foot fastening systems as a template and use the traditional huarache soles. Why is the archaic lacing system such an integral part of the huarache? Some innovations in shoe technology can actually be helpful in this regard...

09/02/11 @ 13:34
Comment from: Aaron [Visitor]
Aaron

Huaraches are kind of like haiku poetry. All the different brands use the same basic concepts, but then use different soling and upper materials to create very different products, each with their up and downsides.

I have been running in a pair of the new FeelTrue soles from Invisible Shoes. While I absolutely love the new soles, I think the fastening system could be better (for me, at least). To that end, I am in the process of tinkering with them a bit. I studied huarache designs from Luna, Branca, Bedrock, and Unshoes and came up with a plan. I bought some 1/2 flat nylon webbing and ladder buckles and will attach them to the FeelTrue soles. I also have a good plan for securing and protecting the bit of strap that goes between the toes and comes out the bottom (props to Terral Fox from Unshoes for the advice). The end result should be something like the Bedrock sandals. If it all works out like I hope, the nylon webbing will fit, feel, and function better than the stock nylon laces from Invisible Shoes. If not, I'm only out about $7. I will post my findings and some pics when I'm done and have had a chance to run in them.

09/02/11 @ 14:51
Comment from: Eli [Visitor]  
Eli

Just curious, do they really send a pair a pair of originals for free if you buy the leather ones? I made my own huaraches, but they aren't holding up the best anymore. So if I got two for that price, that would be stellar.

12/17/11 @ 19:53
Comment from: james [Member]  

@Eli Well that was the offer earlier this year, but it doesn't appear to be true anymore.

12/17/11 @ 21:50
Comment from: Eli [Visitor]
Eli

@James Cool, thanks! That has helped with my decision making.

12/18/11 @ 12:53
Comment from: Spenglar [Visitor]
Spenglar

Are Branca still in business? Their website seems to be half-dead

09/30/13 @ 07:49