Huarache Running Sandals – Vibram Cherry
Homemade sandals. Bought a sheet of 4mm Vibram Cherry sole material off eBay and 1/4″ poly rope from Ace Hardware.
Around 30 miles (May 2009)
My first huaraches were from Barefoot Ted. They were sold as “6mm Neoprene” at the time but are actually 1.2 cm thick! (Ted has since corrected that.) Nonetheless, they opened my eyes to this bizarre and amusing footwear. There is something really fun about running with the tops of your feet exposed, feeling the wind. But I was eager to thin out the sole material.
I found a sheet of 4mm Vibram Cherry material on eBay and was very pleased with how thin and flexible it is. As I was hunting around locally for more latigo lacing, Andrew came through with perfectly timed posts on the huaraches list about using 1/4″ poly rope and a cooler tying method that allows for slip-on wear. The results so far have been good:
The soles are much more thin than my originals, though still not as thin as FiveFingers or Feelmax. But they have a nice flexibility to them to navigating rocky trails, and just a bit of grip for the downhills. They tend to flop around more than my other pair because they are so thin and flexible – it sounds odd, but isn’t really a problem. So far my only complaint is the size of the knot under the sole. I am feeling a bit of calf discomfort after I run with them, and wonder if that knot is part of the issue.
They handle puddles well and are not a problem to run in while wet. They also of course dry out quite quickly. Will definitely be running more in these over the summer.