of the Mercado Area
Quintessential Mexican huaraches possess soles cut from old tires. Therefore, the tire's zigzagging treads show plainly on the sandal's footprint. Good huaraches are sown with sturdy thread, else they begin coming apart very soon. Big-footed gringos often have problems finding huaraches to fit. However, some shoemakers -- usually found in little stalls somewhere in or close to a mercado -- will gladly outline your foot on a piece of cardboard, and provide you with just what you want the next day.
One special leather item to look for in arid northern Mexico is cuero piteado, leather intricately embroidered with a special cactus fiber.