Definition of huarache in US English:


(also guarache)


  • A leather-thonged sandal, originally worn by Mexican Indians.

    • ‘O.K., her hair was long and she wore huaraches, bought bead earrings and Navajo bracelets, and liked embroidered Indian blouses and full skirts covered with stars or flowers.’
    • ‘She moved on, stumbling a little in ornate huaraches the priestesses made her wear.’
    • ‘Surf music, despite its associations with fun stuff such as huarache sandals and the Pacific Ocean, is often as ominous as it is festive, and it's the form's dark side that this group most evoke.’
    • ‘Today, the river is so dried up by rip-and-run logging that you can cross it without getting your huaraches wet.’
    • ‘Items such as sarapes (serapes, or shawls) and huaraches, as well as other clothing symbolic of Mexican American culture, were displayed and worn with pride.’
    • ‘She wore a blue-and-white flower print bikini, a matching sarong, and huarache sandals.’


Late 19th century: Mexican Spanish.