The Youtube videos for making the huaraches were fantastic. Steve Sashen does a great job at detailing every step of the way. I disagree on a few of his methods like melting the knot on the bottom of the shoe. I think heating up the rope and melting it together may shorten the life of the rope. Am I petty or what? My other point of contention with Steve is that he suggests to make only 1 template for both the right and left feet unless your feet are noticeably different sizes. The shoes are so easy and fun to make that I opted for a template for each foot. Sorry Steve! I even colored each template a different color as to not confuse them.
Kudos to Steve for telling you that you should really have a leather hole punch. Granted, there are only 3 holes per shoe to cut, the leather punch is necessary. I tried drilling the holes and all the hole did was fill back in! For another $13, I own my own leather punch. Now I can be the defacto Bay Area go to guy for making Huaraches.
- Make a template for each foot by tracing your foot with a Sharpie pen. I used the fat one. Red & blue
- Even out the the template and make the edges rounded.
- Mark the 3 rope holes with a Sharpie
- Cut out the templates
- Tape the templates on to the Vibram block of tread.
- Cut out the shoes.
- Punch out 6 holes
- Thread the rope into the sandals
- Tie your Invisible Shoes
Tomorrow morning, I will give them a test run.