Soiyl Flamingo
I love the summer brights of Soiyl’s Flamingo huaraches!

Every summer until I was about 13 years old, my mom would take me to pick a new pair of summer sandals and every year I would go home with a shiny new pair of huaraches. Maybe it was my Mexican roots, maybe it was growing up a California girl listening to the Beach Boys, but their intricately braided leather and classic look have always screamed summer to me. So you can imagine how excited I was to discover a huarache sophisticated enough for a grown up, yet full of the fun summertime vibe that drew me to them as a child.

Made from luxe leather by artisans in LA, Soiyl huaraches are designed by Venice-based Dolores Melgoza who drew from her Mexican ancestry and travels in Latin America and Asia to create the colorful collection. With names like Samara and Brasilito the collection conjures visions of exotic south-of-the-border beaches with many designs incorporating traditional Latin textiles for a pop of color.

Each pair flirts with the $100 mark, but show their worth with their made in the USA  stamp and substantial upgrades from my childhood shoes like rubberized tread attached to the traditional leather sole, so you won’t slip and slide! Feel good bonus: a portion of the proceeds from each pair sold is donated to RainCatcher, a non-profit organization committed to providing clean water to impoverished regions around the world.

I’m particularly obsessed with Flamingo and was bummed that they had sold out of my size when I saw the shoes at UniqueSF. Hopefully I’ll have chance to snap up a pair before summer 2012 is over, but if not, I can take a lesson from my young-self: huaraches never go out of style. There’s always Summer 2013!

PHOTO: Soiyl

3 Comments on Fawkeshunted: Soiyl Huaraches

  1. Natalia
    December 28, 2012 at 11:22 pm (5 years ago)

    Don’t bother buying a pair. I purchased mine about three months ago and they tore real easily. They also gave my feet crazy blisters too. I tried getting a hold of the owner but she was not very helpful or kind.

    • fawkeshunter
      December 29, 2012 at 3:42 am (5 years ago)

      I’m sorry they were such a disappointment, Natalia. Thanks for letting us all know!

      • natalia
        December 30, 2012 at 12:55 am (5 years ago)

        Do not get me wrong asthetically they look great online. Once I received them they did look more handmade in person than the pictures depicted. I should have looked into their return policy before having purchased them. As it turns out there is none posted on their website.They do not offer half sizes in these shoes, and the only solution I got was to wet them with water so they’d stretch. Trying to squeeze my foot into a half size smaller shoe was no fun which might have been the cause of my shoes falling apart. The shoe is not very forgiving on the heel either. If you do decide to purchase a pair it may be best to buy at a store so you can try them on before you commit to the $200 price tag. Or like I said earlier save the money and hassle.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment *