Fiesta Feet

This Week We Celebrate Craftswomanship

Steve McKinlay

Here at Fiesta Feet, one of our core values is empowering without victimization. We love celebrating women and what they are capable of. Our huaraches are made with love and care by women in Mexico and we released a new video highlighting that (below). 

It is amazing to hear them laugh while they work, and the speed at which their hands move creating beautiful shoes.

A big reason we released this video is because we want our customers to be proud to wear something hand made, something made with incredible skill and speed. We want them to feel that appreciation for an old art form that rarely exists in todays society.

We know our social media following is small but we are new and growing quickly! We want our followers to tag women in their lives that are great at CREATING THINGS. Whether it be for a hobby or a full time job. The response has been great for our mighty small numbers and hope more people can jump in on the fun. Plus it is always fun to be recognized for something you do or a skill you have that you might not have known was just bad ass.

So cheers to the women in our lives that create with their hands!

 

The History of Huaraches (pronounced Wah-Rah-Chehs)

Steve McKinlay

Maybe Huaraches sound or feel new to you, but they have been woven into your psyche for years, you might not have realized it, known exactly what they were, or maybe you have faint memories of the word that you just can't put your finger on it.

"You'd see them wearing their baaaaggggiiiiieeees.... Huarachi sandals toooooooo"

Was a line from the Beach Boys Surfin' USA. Written in 1963 and if you haven't heard it, you might live under a rock. Or maybe you recognize the name from Nike's new running shoe line (more on that later).

A Huarache is a handmade woven sandal commonly found in Mexico made of leather and often rubber soles. Anyways, these (not always) cute shoes have been around since ancient times. They are believed to have come from the pre-Columbian era. Huaraches were widely worn in peasant communities and manufactured with what was left over from other products around towns. 

They didn't know it at the time, but they invented the perfect shoe. Breathable, soft, comfortable with a tough sole and an upper that molds and stretches to your foot.  In a little bit more modern times, the 1930's, (with the rise of rubber from the automotive industry) the huarache was made with black rubber soles and you might still see some made like that today.

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But with our shoes, we wanted to bring them to the 21st century, add a little twist and some beautiful colors, and we think the results are spectacular. Which is why we use a synthetic sole, its just tougher, and we can take advantage of a more durable material while keeping the principals of the principles of the product true. A particular feature that is very important for the huarache is the fact that it is hand woven. Which brings us back to Nike... Don't you just love it when corporations take a cultural icon (like the huarache) and just make it their own, without any history, without any recognition? Frustrating. So move over Nike! We got some people to educate!

Also an important announcement... We just launched our Pinterest page. So please go follow us there!

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Let's Talk About Birthdays

Steve McKinlay

This post is going to be a little serious for a bit, which maybe off tone for our company, but bear with me...

Think back to those early birthdays, your friends crowded around the dining room table, your mom pulling the cake out of the fridge, your dad lighting the candle and protecting the delicate flame with a cupped hand, the tight strap of the colorful cone hat around your chin as your mind starts racing for what your wish is going to be! So overwhelming! Not to mention the presents!

Even if you can check one of those things off your list. You are lucky beyond belief, don't ever take those moments for granted.

I think almost everybody knows that we donate for every pair of shoes sold to Casa Kamami, an amazing foster home in Mexico for girls that have been sexually abused. It is an awesome place and a great cause that give these girls so much of what they need to live a normal life... which is why we are hoping to bring more joy into these girls lives. 

We developed a new shoe, the Piñata Party, for this purpose. With each pair of these sold, we have built a special "birthday fund" with Casa Kamami. And all the money built up from the sale of these shoes will go to getting the girls gifts and the meal of their choice for their birthday.

PLUS LOOK HOW CUTE THESE SHOES ARE! These are one of our favorite styles and with the leather molding to your foot and the ankle strap locking it in for that extra gold bling they are just perfection. The colors are bright and bold but the green and navy tones make them conservative enough for every day use.

If you want compliments on your shoes... it is hard to do better than these. So let us know what you think in the comments, and lets get these girls some birthday memories!