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Behind the Scenes: 
The Making of Palapas

Visit the Palapa factory in Sahuayo, Mexico, and go behind-the-scenes of our huarache making process.
Behind the Scenes: 
The Making of Palapas | Palapa
Palapa sandals are mindfully assembled by hand in a 25-step process.
By Ana Marron

PALAPA offers women the option to wear handcrafted, artisanal sandals inspired by the rich history, tradition, and slow-paced life of Mexico’s tropics.


A quality-driven version of huaraches, the traditional Mexican footwear.

Palapa sandals are made with 100% sustainable leather, providing women the option to wear footwear with meaning that are not only beautiful but also soft, comfortable and ethically made. Palapa was founded on the principle to make the highest quality, versatile shoe that honors its Mexican heritage while becoming an everyday staple in the modern woman’s closet.

How they are assembled

Palapa sandals are mindfully assembled by hand in a 25-step process by highly trained cobblers in Sahuayo, Michoacán; a small town with a centuries-long shoemaking history. After the shoe is assembled it travels to Cojumatlán, Michoacán, a 20 minute drive from the factory, when a skilled women artisan weaves them from home. That means that each pair is woven by one single person making each pair of PALAPAS a one of a kind. 

The Forever Collection

All of our wear-everywhere sandals have a simple stripe pattern design that belongs to the tradition of huarache-making from Mexico. Our wonderful team of shoe designers alongside with huarache experts and artisans have honored de historic design while giving it a contemporary twist. 

PALAPA is the result of intense research into the history of Mexican huaraches that completed into defining our Forever Collection that consists of just three models. The Forever Collection is a result of two years of dialogues between tradition and modernity, technology and craftwomenship. ⁠


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