Our Story

Espiritu is more than a brand. It is a vision, an aspiration first awakened on a journey through southern Mexico. The heightened sense of connection we felt with the Earth in that defining experience is what gives us purpose and drives us forward.

The products we wear reflect not only our own identity but also our relationship with our environment. And there is no garment that so fundamentally grounds us and represents our connection with the Earth as our footwear.

The Mexican huarache sandal is believed to have origins in the Nahuatl-speaking farming communities of Jalisco, Michoacan, Guanajuato, and Yucatan. While ancient huaraches were made of cotton, the contemporary braided leather strap construction first emerged from Spanish cultural influences. It is upon this craftsmanship that Espiritu shoes are styled.

Every Espiritu shoe is meticulously handmade in Mexico by members of the ancestral communities where the huarache was born. Starting with the highest-quality leathers and vegetable dyes, we have optimized the traditional huarache form with our very own lightweight Crepe rubber soles to set a new standard for comfort.

Your Espiritu soles don’t just join your feet to the ground—they unite your soul with the natural world around you.


  • To be a global shoe and apparel brand
  • To be an innovative pioneer in ancestral footwear design
  • To help preserve the traditional Mexican craft of huaraches
  • To promote cultural and spiritual awareness
  • To foster a great work environment that exposes multicultural art and music

FOUNDERS: Francisco Alvarez & Oscar Yapor