Got the materials at the Big Island Rendezvous in Albert Lea, MN last weekend. $5 for each bit of thick, though black leather scrap and $5 for 9ft of leather strap. Took them for a 4.5 mile run last night and they're awesome! Not much wear showing yet at all and I'm curious how much mileage I can get out of these. I've wanted to try out a pair of leather huaraches for a while because I've come to believe that one of the big dangers to shod running is excessive traction. Horizontal braking forces have recently been linked to injury which rang true to me for how much "softer" running on paved surfaces feels unshod vs even super thin minimalist footwear. My theory is that leather has about the same traction as bare feet so you get a lot closer to feeling more like real barefoot.