Handmade with supple leathers on a leather sole, with a 3.75" slender heel, this gorgeous ankle boot can be worn cuff up, or cuff down. In keeping a strong alliance with our beloved Peruvian factory, we dedicate this simple, zip-up cuffed boot in memorial to the town of Yungay, and to the children's generations that keep the spirit of the Miracle in the Mountains alive.
On May 30, 1971 at 3:23 in the afternoon, the children of the small Peruvian town of Yungay were in attendance at a traveling circus being performed in the local stadium when the Huascarán mountain that overlooked the town split in two. The earthquake, which registered an 8.0 on the Richter scale and lasted only a minute, caused the north side of the towering mountain to collapse, sending an avalanche of ice, mud, and boulders 60 meters high, and a kilometer wide crashing into Yungay and covering the entire town. In what became Peru's single worst natural disaster killing all of Yungay's 25,000 inhabitants, the only survivors were the 300 children who were kept from harm by the stadiums strong, high walls.