Why are they called huaraches?
The name huarache comes from the Tarascan word kwarachi from the Purépecha people in Jalisco, and refers to the popular handmade woven shoes. The initial versions of the shoe were mostly worn in rural communities by farmworkers and indigenous groups.
Are Mexican huaraches supposed to be tight?
Mexican huarache sandals are tight because they are made from leather, and they will stretch as you wear them. Try not to worry too much about this aspect. The great part of Mexican huarache sandals being made of leather is that they stretch and take their form from your foot.
What are huaraches called in English?
The name “huarache” is derived from the Purépecha language term kwarachi, and directly translates into English as sandal.