Huarache is a Spanish word for “sandal,” but inhabits a particular point in Mexican history. The huarache, as opposed to just a pair of Rainbows or Jordan slips, was worn during the Pre-Columbian era (long before Europeans hit The New World). Originally they were made from leather with a thong, but eventually the soles were swapped out with rubber from old tires resulting in sandals that had a legit tread to them. For a while in the '70s, huaraches were used by barefoot running enthusiasts to approximate that feel. The Air Huarache is known for its foot hugging, stable, and uninvasive shape with a tread for more challenging terrain – like Mexican hills.