huaraches

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i am posting this for the simple reason that it is the first time i have used huarache sandals or huaraches.  not only is it the first time i have used huaraches (in my entire life) but i made this pair myself.  this being the first pair i have used and made, i expect to be using (and making) more in the days to come.  this is simply… for the record.

these are by no means the ‘real deal’ huaraches.  they are mere adaptations, made of low-cost and easily available materials: the soles are taken from rubber slippers (flip-flops) that were on sale at the local department store nearby.  i inverted the slippers because the top part was glossy and slippery (oh, is that why they’re called ‘slippers?’) so what appears on the picture is really the underside, which had better traction on my soles (for running.)  the thongs are made from old shoe laces i took from my long boots — they measure 6 feet in length (sufficient to make the thongs.)

‘real deal’ huaraches are made of leather, both soles and thongs; and obviously are more durable than my home made pair; (but, as i said earlier, i expect to be using and making more in the days to come — this includes making one completely from genuine leather.)  the modified huarache soles are made of various non-slippery materials (the few blogs i have read offer a variety of alternatives, from rubber car mats to pigskins)i have decided to go for old rubber tires; i have already asked for an old tire from a nearby garage (jeepney depot) and they would gladly give me one for free.  the two alternatives i will be using for thongs would be thick shoe laces (twice in diameter than what is in the picture) and (i hope i can soon find a nearby store that carries them) parachute cord or para-cord.

i have tried running barefoot, a few times, and have found satisfaction in it.  i would continue doing so, despite having suffered a minor incident — my sole took in a tiny splinter which kept pricking me as i jogged.  huaraches serve as a minimal barrier of protection against such splinters, or worse — sharp objects, as broken bottles or metal fragments (which can really do severe damage!)  huaraches enable you to run barefoot-style… with protection.

my average run (in my present overweight condition) is an hour (best run is an hour and a half:) my huaraches have been tested on concrete for that duration, and results are satisfying!  i have also ran (shod) a 10K off-road course which took me almost 2 hours (with two 5-minute pit stops.)  it’s a course worthy to be ran again on huaraches, to test if the construction of the huaraches is durable enough to survive the ordeal.

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