How to tie huaraches barefoot sandals – Xero Shoes

Hello! Steven Sashen here, or once again
Steven Sashen’s right foot here to show you the Xero Basic tying style. This is sort of a hybrid of a minimalist tying style that we have. It starts with the basic huarache pattern
where the strap comes from the toe hole, to the outside ankle hole, around the
heel to the inside ankle hole, and it’s really really simple and
straightforward as I mention on some of the other videos the first thing you want to get is the tension on this toe strap right. You don’t want it too tight, you don’t want it too loose. There’s a personal preference; some
people actually like the strap to come all the way across really tight to the outside ankle. Some people like it a little looser which allows you to change the angle so you can make this strap come back a
little straighter which for many people is a bit more comfortable. And then the heel strap. You want that to be snug, not again tight – you don’t want it so tight that it pushes your foot forward, but you need it snug because if it’s not, either your heel can slide off the sandal, or sometimes even if your foot is sliding off it’s because the
heel strap could be too loose. So let’s make that a little snug. Here we go. And now we do the actual tying part. It starts by just going over the toe strap, and then around and back underneath. And you can see that when we tug on this, that changes the tension
and the angle of this toe strap. Lena likes to say
there’s a “sweet spot” for the time… some people find it right away, some
people it takes them a day or so till they get the tension where feels just
right, and then once you do you pretty much never have to re-lace them in the slip-on
slip-off tying styles. I have some shoes that I have been wearing for years. I’ve literally never tied them more than just once. Anyway, so now we’re going to make a knot here at the top it’s a…well I’ll make it a contest: If you know the name of the knot that I tie put it in the comments below. So you’re going to come over this inside ankle strap, and then under this part, what’s now becoming the outside ankle strap then you’re going to take the lace and feed it through this big loop and pull that tight. That’s the knot that I’m talking about. Now, you’ll see one of the ultra-minimalist tying styles we have this is all you do. You just trim this off right here and you’re done. But what we’re doing now is we’re going to take the lace and go back around the foot; one more pass that makes it just a little
more comfortable when you have two strands of cord going around your whole foot. So to do that, first we come under the heel strap. Pull that tight. Now we’re going to make a loop by coming under just the bottom strap here. When tighten that it sort of just locks this whole thing in
place. And then we come around the heel we do the same thing on the outside. We come under what’s now the outside ankle strap and we’re gonna make
a loop by coming up underneath just this bottom piece, like so. Now for the next part I have to take this shoe off because I can’t do this
with this on my foot. So you just slide out, and you’ll see: that’s how you slide in and out. And then just loosen up this knot and take the lace and just push it through there so you’re making the lace go parallel to the toe strap. And tighten that knot up again. Now, you’ve got some extra lace here there’s a number of things you can do
with it, one is just cut it off. Another is do some decorative tying around either of the ankle straps. If you want, by the way, to put a charm or
some beads on here you can do that as well. But for right now I’m going to leave this as-is, so you can see it and now you’ll see how easy it is to slip
these on and off, just grab the knot, put your toe in, slide up around your heel and you’re done. You’re ready to go out
for a run, a walk, a hike, paddle-boarding; whatever you do in your Xero Shoes. Most importantly feel the world and enjoy!


  • That, is two half hitches!

  • why can't I hear the sound???

  • Got me… the sound is there.

  • I believe it's a Lark's head; a.k.a. lark's foot; a.k.a. cow hitch.

  • Thanks it is almost warm enough to take outside, darn Alberta winners

  • lark's head

  • Larkshead knot.

  • I made a $4 pair of huaraches out of half-price Lands End flip flops and two 5 foot lengths of paracord from Michael's. This tying method has worked great for just walking. Tomorrow I'll see how it is to run in them.

  • I call that a cow hitch or a ring hitch. There are different common names, but in the Ashley Book of Knots it's #5. It's also #56, #59, #244, #1184, #1673, #1694, #1698, #1700, #1802, #2163, #2164, #2168, #2175, and #3317.

  • Kind of looked like a partial bowline knot

  • I use that kind of knot on my macrame!

  • It is two half hitches, but it's called a Larks Head Knot, also known as the Hero's knot if it's made out of a loop of webbing/cord/rope instead.

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