Miles:
6432 total / 1257 in 2014
Goal:

Let the body and the feet enjoy life and nature.

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Making huaraches from the insoles of a pair of unused watershoes.

  • Judy
    Judy

    you should get a patent. you could make some money with these.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Huy T P.
    Huy T P.

    Judy, yesterday I jokingly asked Kate whether she's ready for our shoe company. She replied, "Yes, so I can retire early!" :-)

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • April R.
    April R.

    Interesting idea. Doesn't the string bother you though? I always wondered about that with those kind of shoes. It would seem like the string would rub and pull on your skin.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Huy T P.
    Huy T P.

    April, not at all. The strings I used are the normal flat shoe laces. They are soft and just wrap around the feet, not too snuggly, that's all. Yes, it's "Like wearing nothing at all!" (Maybe I should register this slogan mark before opening the shoe company :-)
    Other kinds of strings available from huarache companies are round, polypropylene, nylon, leather, and elastic bands.

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Nico B.
    Nico B.

    I would buy a pair - Vibram's don't fit my toes. Very cool that you are making your own shoes!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Huy T P.
    Huy T P.

    Vibrams are fine if you want a barefoot / minimal feeling, but it still offers more protection in the soles, toes, and upper foot. As such, the foot is still confined and covered inside the layers. Huaraches give more freedom, are lighter, and less protection for the upper foot. As long as no thorns nor twigs could get to the upper foot, and you want a real close to barefoot feel and run, then huaraches match the job.

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Nico B.
    Nico B.

    I'm surprised that you used the insoles. Won't they wear through pretty quickly? Also, how did you decide where to place the laces and how are they attached? I'd love to hear anything you are willing to share about the making and the outcome.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Huy T P.
    Huy T P.

    Nico, I used the insoles as a test version for the thickness I was looking for, 2-3mm. The thinnest sole sold on the market is 4mm Vibram, which is durable but still a little thick to me. The thicker the less road feel. For lace holes, please see my other picture. I will post a picture on how they are tied to the feet. Thanks for your interest.

    about 2 years ago Like