By Meghan Cass
No matter how modern and polished Comfortista’s personal style is during the rest of the year, summertime always seems to call for something a little more relaxed, earthy and bohemian. That’s why I’m loving the continuation of the huarache trend! For a few seasons now, designers have been riffing on this traditional Mexican sandal, adding their own unique twist and plenty of comfort technology to a historic construction.
“Huaraches have a boho vibe to them, they look artisanal and hand-crafted,” said Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.
“Fashion often looks to folk culture dress for a sense of authenticity and tradition.”
But why is the look so popular now? Semmelback explains:
“The boho look really reacts against the Lady Gaga and Alexander McQueen aesthetic in fashion. It’s the direct opposite of that. It feels more humble. It’s about getting back to basics.”
While early huaraches featured soles made of basic leather or rubber tires, today’s styles combine a traditional woven upper with a contemporary sole.
SoftSpots has their eye trained on the trend, offering up sweet huarache styles like the classic Trinidad, sweet and sassy Tatianna, and peep-toed Tela. All their versions feature the brand’s unique Pillow Top™ foam that cushions and conforms to the shape of your feet.
Brand X is another label embracing the look, presenting a full collection with treaded rubber outsoles for traction and stability. ThePachuco is exploding with popularity, and they’ve also got the Ranchero style for men!
The last time huaraches were a part of mainstream American fashion was in the seventies, on the heels of the over-the-top disco trend. So if the summer season has you feeling more back-to-the-land than back-to-the-future, give these chic shoes a try!
Check out FootSmart’s wide selection of huarache styles here. And share your huaraches stories in Comfortista’s comment section below. Happy shopping!