If you’ve read Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book Born to Run then Barefoot Ted needs no introduction. If not, I’d recommend the book, and in short the brand came about after founder, Barefoot Ted travelled to the Copper Canyons of Mexico in 2003 to run a 50-mile ultra-marathon with the Tarahumara runners. While there, he became friends with Manuel Luna who made Ted his first pair of traditional huarache sandals made from tire. Ted loved them so much that back home he started designing and making his own sandals and, well, the rest is history.
Luna have somewhat of a cult following in the barefoot running / ultra-marathon scene but even if you’re not an ultra-marathon runner they do make for a great everyday huarache (I like styling mine with a summer dress).
And, they’ve just released their first women’s lifestyle model the Brujita, which looks amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair.