Somos PALAPA, a direct-to-consumer footwear brand based in California, New York and Mexico, offering you handcrafted, artisanal sandals inspired by the rich history, nature, and slow- paced life of Mexico’s tropics.
The golden age of huaraches
A quality driven version of Huaraches, the traditional Mexican footwear, our sandals are made with 100% sustainable leather, providing women with beautiful, soft and comfortable shoes for any occasion.
Women should not have to sacrifice style for comfort
We founded PALAPA on the principle that women should not have to sacrifice style for comfort, and are committed to providing the highest quality, versatile shoe that honors its Mexican heritage while becoming an everyday staple in the modern woman’s closet.
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. Each pair of PALAPAs are handwoven by one skilled artisan to achieve a uniform, cohesive weave.
PALAPA takes pride in offering a product that is not only beautiful, but also sustainable. The brand’s leather provider is based in León, Guanajuato, and is one of the few in the world with a gold standard in ecological and ethical practices from the rigorous International Leather Working Group. The result is a shoe that is made of fully sustainable leather, treated with 100% natural components, metal free, and without chrome.