The Most Comfortable Huaraches That Don’t Squish Your Toes – Now Available!

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A top down view of Origo Huaraches by Anya in a barefoot wide toe box shape in sandal and slip on version in 4 colors spread out on the ground

Ever since barefoot shoes and stronger feet kicked my chronic pain to the curb, I’ve been on a mission to spread the word. Why can’t more shoes reflect the natural shape and function of the foot? That mission led me to develop a new version of a shoe close to my heart – the traditional Mexican huarache!

Origo Shoes and I have been working together the past year to bring you a new take on an old tradition. We are thrilled to announce that the Huarache by Anya is now available – same classic style but they won’t pinch your toes!

The huaraches will be restocked frequently in small batches! That means if your size is sold out all you need to do is register for restock notifications and wait for the next batch.

I Couldn’t Find Comfortable Huaraches

A pair of tan woven leather huarache slip ons designed by Anya. They are unworn, leaning against a rusted metal pole and a narrow cement wall. One shoe is flat the other is leaned up to show the Toe box shape which is wide
Upgraded huaraches with a natural shape.

Huarache sandals are one of my favorite styles, but the pointy narrow shape always hurt my feet! My half-Mexican mom also loves traditional huaraches, but with bunions they were uncomfortable for her too. We used to blame our feet, but then I thought “why not change the shoe?”

Since then I’ve made it my life’s work to find comfortable alternatives to shoes that hurt. So for the past few years I’ve been on the hunt for craftspeople who would be interested in reimagining this traditional shoe with a natural foot shape. I wanted huaraches that actually fit wide feet!

That search led me to Diego and Cristina, a Colombian husband and wife duo who founded Origo shoes – a brand built on the same ideals as Anya’s Reviews!

A portrait of Diego and Cristina, founders of Origo Shoes
Diego & Cristina

We combined forces and began the process of prototypes and planning so that we all can enjoy this beautiful style without our toes being squished. After a year of working with local Mexican artisans and weavers we now have beautiful foot-shaped huarache sandals for you!

A Little Huarache History – The woven huarache (wa-ra-chay) design is indigenous to Mexico and born from Aztec culture. Hundred of years ago they were worn as a work shoe by farmers because they can be repaired repeatedly and are breathable for long hot days!

The Huarache by Anya

two straight lines of Origo Huaraches by Anya barefoot sandals and slip ons in leather in 4 colors - white, black, brown, and tan

$110 | Available in two widths in sizes US women’s 6- men’s 13 | Leather | 8mm Stack Height

Use code ANYA for 10% off your purchase.

Our huaraches are made in the traditional way in Michoacán, Mexico – but with a few upgrades! Instead of a pointy, narrow toe they have a natural shape to them with space for the feet to spread out. Plus, a lighter and more flexible sole than is typically used.

The shoes are entirely made of leather with a flexible rubber outsole on the bottom. All the leather is vegetable tanned and chrome free so you can safely wear them on bare feet. The flexible 3mm outsole is made of natural rubber with texture for grip. Elegant simplicity.

Sandal Version With Buckle

The sandal variation of these huaraches has a buckle strap that keeps the foot securely in place, making them adjustable for a variety of foot types – these ones fit my low volume feet and narrow heels best! The Huarache Sandals comes in black, cinnamon, tan and white in sizes US women’s 6-11.5.

One person standing in a line up of 3 pairs of shoes, wearing the middle pair. The wide legs are showing off the Reddish Brown leather Sandal Huaraches by Anya. The black sandals are on the left, and the tan are on the right. All pairs have adjustable ankle straps and anatomical toe boxes

I wear mine on the tightest buckle and gave them many miles of testing all over European cobble stones. They are incredibly comfortable! If you also have low volume feet and/or narrow heels, this might be be a more secure fit than the slip-on.

Slip-On Version

The most traditional version of the huarache – the slip-on – comes in two widths and the full range of sizes for both men and women! This shoe can be worn during spring, summer, & fall with everything from shorts & jeans to dresses.

A side by side collage of a woman's feet and legs wearing slip-on Origo barefoot Huaraches by Anya in white - the left image showing them with a tie and the right showing without the tie
With ankle tie (left), without ankle tie (right)

Because slip-ons can be a little harder to fit, and we believe a good fit is important for healthy walking, we have provided an optional ankle tie in the regular width. You can wear it with the tie for extra security so the huaraches don’t slip off your heel, or you can remove the tie and wear them as a true slip-on. You can also add a heel grip to the back for a more tailored fit (this is what I do!).

The Huarache Wide Slip-On

Two pairs of feet standing side by side on wood floor, each wearing one Origo Huaraches by Anya barefoot slip-on shoes with the other foot bare to show the difference between the regular and wide width
Regular Huaraches (left), Wide Huaraches (right)

The wide version of the Huarache slip-on has an overall roomier fit than the regular version and comes in larger sizes, so is better suited for wider, higher volume and larger feet. This model also has a few extra leather pieces woven in so it covers a little more of the foot on the top and the sides than the regular, and it comes with the optional ankle strap. You can find the wide slip-on huaraches in black, tan, cinnamon, and white! Let’s dig a little deeper into the sizing and fit for each of these models.

Huarache Sizing & Fit

The two Huaraches widths each have a unique fit.

Regular Huaraches

Top down view of a woman with wide feet wearing 1 Origo Huaraches by Anya Sandal in Reddish brown woven leather and one bare foot to show the anatomical toe box

The regular Huarache by Anya is available in the Huarache Sandal and Slip-on in sizes US women’s 6-11.5, and fits as follows:

That means these shoes should fit both average and some wide feet well.

Wide Huaraches

A top down view of a man's foot wearing wide Origo men's barefoot huaraches with one shoe on and one shoe off to show that it follows the natural shape of the foot

The wide version of the Huaraches by Anya is available in the Slip-on style in sizes US women’s 6.5 – men’s 13 and fits as follows:

  • Mostly true to size, but slightly big overall
  • Wide to extra wide
  • Medium to high volume

The Huaraches in wide are wider in the toe box, slightly longer and higher volume compared to the regular width. This means that this version is best for thick, wide, and high volume feet.

See below a size chart for exact dimensions of both versions!

The Origo Huarache Wide size chart detailing the length and width of the wide huarache slip on line

Why are they so snug?

Like in traditional huaraches, the leather will mold to your feet as you wear them so it’s ok if they feel snug when brand new. Because of this stretching and molding of the leather many people with extra wide feet will able to get a good fit as well! If you have low volume feet and narrow heels the sandal variation with the buckle will likely be the best option.

I am able to wear a size 6.5 regular width in these, which is my usual US shoe size for this style of shoe. If you have low volume feet and/or narrow heels I would consider erring on the smaller side so they feel secure, particularly in the slip-on variation.

A pair of feet wearing Huarache by Anya and Origo Shoes in tan leather with the optional ankle strap tied around. An orange dress hem is visible at the top of the pictures and you can see the zero drop flexible outsole on the Huarache Slip Ons

Ordering

The Huarache by Anya is available to purchase from Origo Shoes and ships from the US to North America, Europe, UK, and Australia. Or if you live in Mexico you can shop Origo Shoes here and enjoy shipping from within Mexico.

You can use code ANYA for 10% off your purchase at any time, and on any of the models that Origo sells.

These huaraches are made in small batches by artisan shoemakers – we will be restocking them frequently but there is a high chance that popular colors and sizes will sell out. Just make sure to register to be notified when your preferred color and size comes back in stock!

We can’t wait for you to try these barefoot huaraches that are so dear to our hearts.

A woman wearing tan barefoot huaraches by Origo and Anya and smiling at the camera

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122 thoughts on “The Most Comfortable Huaraches That Don’t Squish Your Toes – Now Available!”

  1. I am so glad to have found these. I am stumped on sizing though. The size chart says a 7.5 is 24.6 cm long. My foot measures 24.7. Would a 7.5 still work or would it be better to size up to an 8 (25.1 cm)? For either the sandals or the slip on? Thanks!

      1. Is there still a plan to expand the offering of the Huaraches this year?
        I would love to get a pair if they are offered either in Men’s sizes or a unisex product with some longer and wider options than are currently available.
        Looking for EU 45 or US Men’s 12 (regular or wide, depending on shape).

          1. Awesome! Thanks for replying! I’m signing up for Origo’s emails and I’ll keep an eye on your site for updates, too. Looking forward to some comfortable style this summer!

  2. Hi, I love these but before ordering them, I would like to know if they stretch a lot? I have severe bunions and usually need a width of approx. 10cm on size 7 or 7.5. On Origo’s website, the size chart says the inner width is 9cm for a size 7.5. Do they stretch?

    Also, slip-ons usually don’t stay on my feet. Is the optional ankle tie good enough for holding the shoe in place or should I opp for the buckle?

    1. Hi Julie, they do stretch quite a bit both per my experience and the experience of lots of previous customers. The ankle tie is enough to hold the shoe in place (I also have slim heels and usually have trouble with slip ons) but the buckle is more comfortable. I also wear my slip ons with a heel grip

    2. Such a great creation/collaboration, Anya! I was so glad to see the unisex wide version of your Huaraches available on Origo’s website today.
      I very quickly double-checked the size chart and placed my order for a pair of the cinnamon ones!
      I could also see my wife liking these in either the tan or white color for herself, so we may have another order after mine arrive!

  3. Hi, you say these would fit wide feet. My feet are 10 cm wide and 23,7 cm long so I would need size 38 in length but 9 cm is too tight around the widest part. Would really like them with a wider option. Do you think that be made an option someday?

  4. Oh and I have to use the tightest notch on the straps, otherwise the strap area is flabby. It seems that if my feet are too “high volume” for these sandals, the hole on the straps that I’d have to use would be out toward the end rather than the tightest.

  5. Thank you! This is a great price point, too. I have been asking my favorite huarache small brand to make black ones for me for four years and they won’t do it. It’s been so frustrating, I was going to dye a pair this year, but it looks like I’ll be trying these instead. The only construction I offer is please think about offering mules. They’re my go-to in the summer. The top comes up higher on the food and is a more secure fit than some other huarache slides I’ve seen (that just appear to be regular huaraches without the heel bit.

    1. I’m not sure why it says these are suitable for wide feet, I ordered my usual size and I could barely squeeze into them. Having looked at the measurements I would need to go up a size or two and they’d be way too long. I appreciate that a wider version is in the works, but I wish I hadn’t bought non-returnable shoes that don’t fit me because the website said they were fine for wide feet. I can’t even try to wear them in, just having them on is painful. So disappointed.

      1. Hi Megan,
        They should be returnable, unless you wore them outside! But you also might want to browse the Barefoot Style FB Group for other customers’ experiences. Many who at first had the same struggle of feeling like they were way too tight around the opening found that they stretched to fit. And others who got them on the looser side found that they stretched and became even looser.

  6. How much space would you leave at your toes? A finger width? A thumb width? Or purchase them more snug to your toes and let them stretch? Do they even stretch?

    My foot size is 23.9 cm. I am stuck deciding between the size 7.5 and size 8…

    (Please delete my first comment, sorry)

    1. If you have a very thick, high volume foot then you could go for a finger width of space in the front. But because theses shoes do stretch quite a bit many people are having the best success with them when they fit snugly when brand new. I wore them in both my smaller size and my larger size and the larger ones ended up stretching enough that they became too loose.

      1. Thanks! That is helpful! So you think at 23.9 cm, the 7.5 would likely be okay? It is crazy to think this because I wear a 9 in Altra, and an 8 in Raum is too small for me…

  7. Hey there! Since you released this style I’ve been so excited to get them sometime this spring/summer- they are gorgeous. I had a question about sizing; I have a medium volume, slender foot with roman toes. My longest toes are 24.9 cm (big toe and second toe are the same) and my third toe is about 24.5 cm and I typically wear a size 9. My foot width is about 9 cm. I want to try the slip on with the strap and I am considering an 8 which is 25.1 cm. I saw you said they stretch out so I’m thinking this would be a best. I’d love your thoughts, thanks!

    1. That seems like it might be too close to your actual foot length to be comfortable. It is true that your feet are on the slimmer side, so they could end up feeling floppy in the next size up, but I personally wear mine longer than that and find it more comfortable.

  8. Will you make the wide in smaller lengths and with the ankle strap? My feet are 22.6cm long and about 10 cm wide with slim heels. I have the Shapen Ivy boot in a size 37 that are 24cm long and 9.3cm wide and they are comfortable. I cannot find a size that seems right in the huaraches and since they stretch and I have slim ankles, I may have to wait for wide with an ankle strap.

    1. Hi Donna! Thank you for expressing interest in the Wide width in smaller sizes. We are open to adding more sizes in the future, yes.

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I first discovered barefoot shoes after a long history of foot issues. By changing my footwear and strengthening my body I was able to completely transform my life. Anya’s Reviews is my way of sharing with the world that healthy feet are happy feet!

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