** The Traditional Venado and other traditional-style sandals use traditional laces and tying styles. If you're looking for a slip-on, simply adjustable lacing option, visit the regular Venado, Mono, Leadville, and Leadville Pacer product pages. **
The Traditional Venado (formerly the Traditional Luna) , handmade in Seattle, represents the best fruits of our experiences and experiments with old-school footwear and gleanings from insights that we have gathered from both our ancestors and our customers. It uses a 6mm Vibram neoprene sole (7-8mm with footbed) that is lightweight, comfortable, and has excellent ground feel. This sandal is great for running or walking on paved surfaces and moderate trails.
You can choose between a Pittards Premium Leather footbed and the MGT footbed. The leather footbed adds comfort, helps the sandals form to your feet, absorbs some moisture, and adds strength to the side holes. The new leather footbed similar look and feel to the copper Brown suede footbed we used to sell, but is superior to the suede in most weather conditions. The MGT footbed is still the ultimate in wet weather running, however the Pittards footbed offers a natural and beautiful looking alternative.
Our MGT (Monkey Grip Technology) footbed maintains the black, low profile, look of the naked top Lunas while improving traction and durability.
The 1mm vegan footbed adds reinforcement to the toe and ankle holes without significantly increasing total sole thickness or detracting from ground feel. Lunas with the MGT footbed are more slip resistant on trails and in wet conditions.
We'll no longer be selling naked top sandals as the MGT footbed eliminates the need for them, but all DIY Kits will still come with naked top or suede options.
Traditional Venado Weight (single sandal, men's size 9, 1/4" leather laces, either footbed): about 3.8 oz
Traditional laces have been used for thousands of years on huaraches sandals. They’re secure, stylish, and infinitely adjustable with multi tying and wearing methods.
All sandals ordered with traditional laces are tied with a traditional overhand knot, but with our countersunk method the knot will sit deeper in the sandal making it longer lasting and less prone to abrasion. A washer is added between the knot and sandal to prevent the knot from pulling through the toe hole.
Traditional Ribbon laces are our most comfortable traditional lacing option yet. The ribbon is the same material used between the toes on our ATS laces, but for the entire length of the lace. If you love traditional laces, but have trouble with irritation from our thicker leather laces, give our Traditional Ribbon a try.
¼” traditional leather laces are a high quality wax impregnated latigo lace. These laces are strong and comfortable.
The ⅜” traditional leather laces are 10mm wide (all other traditional laces are about 6mm wide), adding extra security and strength to your sandals. These laces may not be as comfortable for those that are new to wearing huaraches as they are very thick and sturdy between the toes.
Braided hemp laces that are soft, comfortable, vegan, and get tighter when wet, giving them a distinct advantage over other traditional lacing in wet weather. Hemp laces do tend to break more often than other traditional lacing, making reties more frequent.