Humans have been wearing huarache sandals since practically, well, there have been humans.
They’re the simplest form of footwear — something to protect your foot, and some way to hold that protection onto your foot.
So, not surprisingly, people have been doing almost anything in their huaraches:
- Running (pretty much every distance, from 5K runs to 256K ultra marathons)
- Walking (we’ve had people stroll on the beach, in cities, and everywhere in between)
- Hiking (I know hikers who’ve done the PCT, the AT, and the Camino in huaraches)
- Daily wear (’cause, why not?)
- Yoga (it’s like having a yoga mat under your feet whenever you want one)
- Working out and CrossFit (perfect for deadlifting and squatting)
- Spas and locker rooms (a great post-hot tub or shower shoe)
- Recovery (let your feet enjoy active recovery after they’ve been overused)
- Travel (so lightweight and thin, they take up no room in your bag)
- Rafting and Kayaking (great for portaging or for letting your feet relax at the end of a day)
- Skydiving! (seriously, we have photos to prove it)
I don’t recommend huaraches for activities with a lot of lateral movement, like tennis, because the basic design isn’t perfect for that.
But, otherwise, there’s a LOT you can do. And I’m sure you’ll do things we can add to this list.