You don’t need to be a hippy to wear huaraches, although this distinctive sandal was adopted by the counterculture in the 1960s. However, Mexican huaraches are a lot older than that, and the shoe dates back centuries, although its exact origins are unknown. During the 20th century, farm workers fashioned the shoes from discarded tires, which were easy to find and which made the shoes sturdier and longer lasting. It’s easy to find huaraches today in markets all over Mexico, although they originally could only be found in and around Jalisco and the Yucatan. If you want to make sure you are buying authentic huarache sandals, make sure the upper has woven leather detailing and that the shoes are handmade. In the 1990s several well known shoe manufacturers used the name huaraches, which of course only added to the humble sandal’s popularity.