hua·​ra·​che wə-ˈrä-chē How to pronounce huarache (audio)
: a low-heeled sandal having an upper made of interwoven leather strips

Examples of huarache in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the finishing details, wayfarer sunglasses and huarache sandals complete any summer wedding look. Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 19 Aug. 2023 Thanks to their woven construction, the huaraches are just as breathable as an open-toed sandal, but with a more elegant design. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 2 Aug. 2023 Traditionally, huarache sandals have a leather or rubber sole. Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 7 July 2023 Mephisto took the huarache and modernized them for pure comfort. Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 7 July 2023 Similarly on point is Kindall Houston Almond’s costume design, which showcases such a variety of fashions from different periods and aesthetics: bright, flowing robes, a black baseball cap with a Basquiat-style crown, huaraches, a.k.a., the unofficial shoes of every Caribbean man of a certain age. Maya Phillips, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Mexican Spanish, from Purépecha kʷaṛáči

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of huarache was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Huarache.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


hua·​ra·​che wə-ˈräch-ē How to pronounce huarache (audio)
: a sandal made of leather thongs woven together

Mexican Spanish

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