I saw them!! There they were in the shoe section of my favorite department shoe. I knew immediately what they were. They were something I wanted badly as a young girl. I
called my husband’s attention to them. “They’re what?” he said. “Huaraches,” they are huaraches.” He didn’t seem very impressed and neither was my father when, years ago I had coaxed for a pair. He didn’t even go for the “but everybody is wearing them” line. They would be bad for my feet, was all he said, and that ended the subject.
My father wasn’t one to be coaxed into anything and it didn’t matter if all the girls were wearing them. He took one look at the flat soles, and no arch support and that was it, there was no more talking about it. Today, kids go with the trends, girls are now wearing the Leg Veil skirts. I can hardly believe my eyes when I see girls wearing these. And it seems cost is no factor. The four of us, I had two brothers and a sister, didn’t get lots of things, many times because we couldn’t afford them. When I was a kid, modesty was more of a consideration,too.
Getting back to the huaraches. I must explain that the huaraches I’m talking about are
Mexican huaraches. When I saw them on the shelf I immediately recalled wishing I had a pair and here they were looking just as they did in the 1940’s and back in style in 2014. I’ve learned since, that they were also popular in the late 1950/1960’s when they became part of the hippy lifestyle and it was then that they gained in popularity. That’s when I was having babies and raising my children and not much aware of shoes styles..
Some of you may even have a pair of these tucked away in your closet, because they were made to last. ( I’m surprised my father didn’t consider this aspect of the shoe since it was a quality he often considered.) In fact, that was why our clothing was bought several sizes too big, so it would last.
If you decide to look up huaraches, you’ll find that many styles of shoes are so named. Some with thick rubber soles and only woven-string
tops are called huaraches. But there is no confusing Mexican huaraches. They are a type of Mexican sandal and are pre-Columbian in origin. They are simply made of all-leather with hand-woven uppers and to be authentic are hand-made.
I wonder what my father would think of many of today’s popular shoe styles. He would take one look and say that they are bad for the feet and he would be right! For example: many flip-flops fall into this category. Ballet flats have no arch support and stiletto heels are killers to more then your feet. They say that high heeled boots can cause nerve damage in the knees and I hate to mention those comfy sheepskin boots, like Uggs, which lead to a build-up of fungus. Funny, but I’m sounding more like my father.
Now you are wondering if I’ll get a pair of huaraches. There’s no one to stop me. But, I inherited good common sense, from my father,so I probably won’t get a pair! By the way, you can only imagine what my father would think of flip flops.
What would you do? Maybe you already have a pair of huaraches, maybe you’ve always worn them, buying them straight from Mexico. I’d love to hear from you.