** The Traditional Leadville 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 Leadville, Mono, Venado, and Leadville Pacer product pages. **
This rugged sandal is designed for hardcore trails. Barefoot Ted put the Leadville through rigorous testing on the 2010 Leadville Trail 100, where they performed exceptionally well.
The Leadville takes the edge off all those sharp rocks that otherwise can bruise and tenderize the bottom of your feet. The sole of this sandal is a 10mm Vibram neoprene rubber (11-12mm when combined with a footbed) that is lightweight, durable, and has an aggressive tread pattern. Each pair of sandals are cut and assembled by hand for each order.
Our new 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.
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.