I made Huarache sandals again! Yay! Huarache sandals are so comfortable to wear and easy to make. After making Huarache sandals with cork soles and Huarache bathing shoes, I now made Huarache sandals with leather soles. Apart from soaking the leather soles, it just takes some minutes to make DIY huarache sandals. So grab some leather and yarn and make your own huarache sandals with leather soles! 😀
DIY Huarache Sandals With Leather Soles – Tutorial
- vegetable tanned leather – 1/16 – 1/8″ (2 – 3mm) thick
- linseed oil
- cord – such as leather cord or twisted cord made with yarn
- leather needle
- awl (or something similar like a knitting needle)
Cut Out The Soles
Use flip-flops or sandals as pattern for the shoes – I used my DIY Huarache sandals with cork soles as pattern.
Related: DIY Huarache Sandals With Cork Soles
Cut out the leather soles with scissors.
Soak Leather Soles In Linseed Oil
Let the leather soles soak overnight in linseed oil. Linseed oil makes the soles more durable.
Remove excess oil with rags.
Caution: One often reads of the danger of spontaneous combustion of rags soaked in linseed oil. My soaked rags didn’t begin to burn. But to be on the safe side, don’t put the rags into a pile, but let them dry flat or burn them.
DIY Leather Huarache Sandals
Mark three holes for the cord: One between your toes and two at the side of your foot.
Using a leather needle pierce the holes through the leather sole.
Then make the holes bigger with an awl.
Lacing The DIY Huarache Sandals
Now you can lace your huarache sandals.
Related: How To Tie Huarache Sandals
And your DIY Huarache sandals with leather soles are ready to wear! Wasn’t that quick and easy?
Related: DIY Huarache Bathing Shoes
Leather huarache sandals are lightweight, comfortable to wear and let you feel the ground – it’s almost like walking barefoot. The leather soles are flexible and more durable than cork soles. Even rocks and gravel roads haven’t damaged the soles yet – the leather soles are still like new.
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24 thoughts on “DIY Huarache Sandals With Leather Soles – Tutorial”
I’m going to try these. We’re traveling around Florida in our RV for the next six months, and you can never have enough sandals!
Thanks for stopping by, Julie!
Those look really easy to make! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop! Roseann
Thanks, Roseann! 🙂 The sandals are easy to make and so comfortable to wear!
These look like the next best thing to being barefoot 😉 Thanks for sharing @ Vintage Charm!
Thanks, Cecilia! These sandals are also called barefoot sandals and it really feels like walking barefoot! 🙂
These are perfect for the lake. I bet they feel like you have no shoes on except they protect your feet from rocks.
Thanks, Leanna! Yes, you’re right, it feels like walking barefoot!
Just the way Mother Nature intended our feet to be 😉 I love these Huarache sandals of yours Lina
Thanks so much, Michelle! 😀
I am always fascinated by your shoes Lina – I bet these are great on the beach too
May I ask if you orient the leather with the smooth side down or up when making these? I think from the photos that the smooth side is up, but am not sure. Thank you!
Yes, the smooth side is up. 🙂
Why have the smooth side up? For aesthetics? Or because the smooth side is slippery and you might fall?
Yes, for aesthetics and because I thought it might be more slippery. But it’s optional: you can also have the smooth side down. 🙂
What weight leather do you recommend for this? And what length would you need for leather cord apx. for the lacing?
I would recommend leather that is between 1/16″ (1.5mm) and 1/8″ (3mm) thick. For the lacing, you need two 30″ (75cm) long leather cords.
what kind of linseed oil do you use for soaking the leather? cold-pressed linseed oil from the grocery store (or health food store)?
I used cold-pressed linseed oil from the health food store. But you could also use cold-pressed linseed oil which is used to make linseed oil paint.
do you reuse the oil? how do you store it? refrigerator or freezer?
Yes, you can reuse the oil. I store it in the fridge.