Comment from: Steven Sashen [Visitor]  
Steven Sashen

Great review, thanks (and, yes, you DO get a super-power once you've made your own shoes ;-) )

BTW, you might like one of the new "ultra-minimalist" tying styles I just posted at

07/13/11 @ 09:59
Comment from: Branca [Visitor]

That's definitely the most barefoot type shoe with protection from sharp objects or dangerous microorganisms. It seems like the lacing around the Achilles tendon would hurt. Has anyone tried the branca sandal at Anyway, the whole huarache idea is a very economical and good for those that want to try minimalist running.

07/13/11 @ 10:08
Comment from: Jesse [Visitor]

I've been experimenting with hand rolled Huaraches for walking. Being strapped for cash, I went straight to the homemade option, picking up a sheet of Cherry Rubber from a local leather and shoemaking supply company. $30 got me enough to make 3 pairs. Then I used some paracord I already had for this pair, I'll have to pick up some more before any future experiments...

So far I'm loving them, I use the slip on tying method as described on the Invisible Shoe video. After going through several iterations it just works the best for ease of entry and exit while still holding the sole firmly to my foot.

I highly recommend everyone interested in minimalist footwear making a pair to add to their quiver. Even if you're not that handy, just use the Invisible Shoe videos and this post as tutorials and go for it!

07/13/11 @ 10:39
Comment from: James [Visitor]  

@Branca - I have had no issues with the lacing at the heel, but I do prefer the strap on the Branca sandals. I've been running with Brancas for a few weeks now and plan to share my thoughts on them soon.

07/13/11 @ 12:22
Comment from: Aaron H. [Visitor]
Aaron H.

I bought some Equus huaraches from Luna Sandals a few weeks ago and love them. It definitely takes a little work to figure out just the best way to tie them and how tight to make them. Once you do, they are awesome.

One thing you may want to look at are the elastic leather laces from Luna. They are soft like leather (duh), but also have enough give that once you get your tie correct, you never have to tighten or change them again. They made it much easier for me to have them be both comfortable and secure it at the same time.

07/13/11 @ 17:44
Comment from: Mal [Visitor]

How does running in these compare to the Unshoes? I am interested in trying running in a pair of huaraches. Can you compare these with the Unshoes?

07/13/11 @ 19:51
Comment from: Aaron [Visitor]

I have a bit of a conundrum about huaraches. I have a pair of original Invisible Shoes, but because my feet are on the long side (size 12), the 4mm Vibram Cherry is floppy, and I feel like I will trip over it. Basically, I can't run in them. Also, I find the lacing of the Invisible shoes to be frustrating. Something so simple shouldn't be so hard to get just right.

Unshoes has a what looks to be a great design with the Feather, but a) nobody has yet written a good review and b) they look like they might end up being floppy as well. I love the idea of a wider strap vs. a string for securing the sandal to my foot. The Unshoes Feather strap design also looks super simple and user friendly.

Now, the folks at Invisible Shoes have released what looks to be the best huarache sole yet. It is curved and has a bit of toe spring that will supposedly hold it to the foot better, but they only use strings for securing. I wrote to Steven to see if he has any ideas.

What I really want to try is the new Invisible Shoes sole but with a strap/buckle fastening system ala Unshoes. Buying a DIY kit from Invisible Shoes and then buying strap material is an option. I'd love to get the Equus laces from Luna, but they are waaaay too expensive to justify the purchase (I imagine that's a big reason why the Luna Equus sandals are so expensive).

Anybody have any ideas or leads on a good source for the strap material?

Also, when building my Invisible Shoes, I found it pretty hard to push the laces through the holes I punched. I can imagine that strap material is exponentially harder to get through a small hole. Any ideas with that issue?

07/14/11 @ 17:00
Comment from: Jake [Visitor]

I've had huaraches for about a year now and I absolutely love them. I wear them all the time and they are extremely comfortable to run in. I have those and a pair of VFF Bikila's and I like the huaraches a lot better, and for the price they can't be beat.

07/14/11 @ 21:46
Comment from: Aaron [Visitor]

So, since my last post, I corresponded with Steven at Invisible Shoes who gave me some new minimalist lacing suggestions that worked like a charm. I was able to secure my 4mm Invisible Shoes to my feet and get out for a good run. It really was as close to running barefoot as I have experienced. Of course, I over did it (2 miles) and had some pain between my toes, but that's no big deal. I also ordered a new 6mm FeelTrue huarache kit. I can't wait to try them out.

07/19/11 @ 16:05
Comment from: Sam [Visitor]

Where do you buy the rubber sheets for the soles? Also, what would you recommend for a first timer for lacing?

I've been running in Vibrams for over a year now, but would like to have a cheaper, home-made alternative and these look like they fit the bill.

07/21/11 @ 13:07
Comment from: James [Visitor]

@Sam: I purchase my rubber sheet from Nordshoe on eBay. I recommend going with the slip-on lacing method first, but it is easy to experiment.

07/21/11 @ 20:30
Comment from: Ay and Jay [Visitor]
Ay and Jay

I agree. Huaraches are the best shoes out there, if you can call them shoes. We made a pair and love them! We can't even wear normal flip flops anymore. It just doesn't feel natural. Working on a nicer pair to see if we can get away with it at work!

08/09/11 @ 21:45
Comment from: Ken [Visitor]

I had a similar experience to Aaron regarding the floppy toe problem. My issue turned out to be that I cut the vibram a little too long. Once I trimmed it up, they where much better, but not yet 100%. I'll have to check out the other tying options. I do enjoy running in them. I regularly switch off between these, my NB Minamilist Trail shoes and just going barefoot.

08/11/11 @ 18:04
Comment from: Mbuna [Visitor]

Came upon this site when I decided to research toe shoes, and I'm impressed by the depth of your reviews (I'm so used to seeing blogger sites only talk about one brand). I consider myself super thrifty and that's been the reason I haven't picked any up yet, but upon reading this I'm super stoked in trying to make my own pair. Thanks for all your hard work, you make my research into this topic much easier.

08/19/11 @ 23:07
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]

Huaraches are awesome! I have had a pair since June 2011 and this site was really helpful. I have had injury issues with the cord biting in between my toes, but this really explains that. I had tried to find information on Invisible Shoes website and emailed Steven, but this was much better!

For more information on barefooting, especially with huaraches go to

I have information on my story from beginning barefoot with everything one needs to know about transitioning and picking out your first barefoot shoes!

10/12/11 @ 21:15
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]

To get the 3 mm chord that James is talking about go to the website below. You can order any color you want and can order it by the foot. I just got some mixed red myself. Enjoy.

10/19/11 @ 16:25
Comment from: aoil [Visitor]

the front of these huaraches will obviously catch and make you trip. not good. and dont call them huaraches. thats the name of those beautiful woven leather sandals.

11/25/11 @ 20:32
Comment from: Leo [Visitor]

Thanks for this! Just ordered.

Only $10,80 for shipping from USA to Germany - did not expect that. :-)

01/16/12 @ 16:07
Comment from: twofive [Visitor]

How does it feel to have a knot on the bottom of the Huarache under your feet? Is it annoying? Does the knot become perfectly flat eventually?

03/17/12 @ 19:37
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]

I just ran a half-marathon in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand and saw a fellow Invisible Shoe wearer! Hope you have better luck finding someone in a marathon wearing a pair James!

06/05/12 @ 21:59
Comment from: MuddyJ [Visitor]  

Thank you for writing a review on HOME-MADE Huaraches... last week I attempted to make my first pair for myself, and after a successful prototype I went on to make a functional pair from a 26" mountain bike tire. The curve of the tire provides some toe spring, so I was able to make a pair that's really nice to run in .. I have written about them on my site, ... What I was not prepared for was the amazing sense of satisfaction I got from making my own running sandal... and the attention they get from other runners...

07/24/12 @ 22:29
Comment from: Dino Guy [Visitor]
Dino Guy

James, do you think you can make homemade huaraches by adding a back strap to a pair of minimalist flip-flops? Thanks! :-)

06/02/13 @ 16:19

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