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Whilst in Brasil I travelled to the lovely Isla Grande, paradise island, as long as it doesn't rain...which it did on my first night. Rain it did, and continue to rain for about 12 hours, after which the streets were muddy water that went up to your ankles, my walking boots would just suck it all in. So I bought a pair of Havaianas, they would be my first ever pair of flip flops.
I had them for 8 months around South America, I put them through hell, dorm rooms, sunny beach town streets, beaches , rocks, you name it I wore them allot. My mrs went through two pairs of cheapy flip flops in the same time, they just fell apart, but my H`s just kept taking the punishment. What is more is that after a few weeks of wearing them I could see that her flip flops were moulding to her feet, initially becoming comfortable but then becoming thin looking and not really providing much protection for the sole after some time. I meanwhile did not have ANY of these problems whatsoever, after 6 months or so you could see a small residual outline of my foot - just. This shows you just how strong the rubber soles are, the rubber is such good quality that it doesn't imprint, it doesn't slash or rub on you, its like walking on comfortable foot tyres moulded to your sole.
The soft plastic straps are the classic style you see, just going through the big toe gap and over the foot with two anchors in the rubber sole. Simple, but the reason why I never really had flip flop before was because when I tried my friends ones the strap after a while would rub and chafe my foot and if you have to go for a log walk then it would be quite uncomfortable and create a graze. Not so with these, I feared this would happen as I actually went on some long walks in them, but it never happened, and at best only on the longest walks would I even start to feel it chafe a-little.
The strap on the right one started to rip slightly after 6 months of punishment, but it stopped soon after and there wasn't any more damage after that.
The flippies are easy to put on as you imagine and are so comfortable. They are allot heavier then most flip flops, and they hang off your feet, but that is the quality coming through.
The quality of the flip flops are undeniable , the colour doesn't bleach in the sun, doesn't wash out easily, I have red ones, with a two stripe yellow and white montage on the side of the flip flop, most of the H`s have a either one colour with no stripes (these are cheaper and I wonder if the quality is as good), and the classic one colour with the two stripe montage on the side. The genuine ones have a Brazil flag logo on the strap made from coloured rubber.
I paid only £8 for mine in Brazil, which is an expensive place for South America, but I think they cost about £18 in Europe, so if you know anyone who is going to Brazil , than ask them to get you a pair of these instead a some crappy t-shirt. Tell them to watch out for imitations, namely the Hawaianas , not Havaianas ! these imitations are much cheaper, more available and do not have the Brazil logo on the strap, and they are mush lighter. So watch out.
At £20 Havaianas are far from the cheapest flip flops on the market, many claim that you are paying an inflated price for the brand itself. I currently have two pairs of Havaianas and absolutely swear by them. Now there isn't as much I can review about flip flops but I've chosen a few select categories to wrote about below.
The Havaianas are simple and stylish flip flops. They usually come on one colour, or two colour (contrasting straps) and the range of colours is outstanding. The strap, or thong, has Havaianas written on them and a Brazil flag logo on them. This is a reflection of the roots of the Havaianas brand.
This is where the Havaianas really come out over other cheaper flip flops. The sole is very soft and spongy and nice on the feet no matter how far you are walking, the thongs are smooth and do not tend to rub on the feet, they are supple and this is a key factor in not getting blisters!
I am yet to have a pair break on me, I've had a Jack Wills pair that broke and also an A+F pair that disintegrated, the Havaianas have outlived them all and are still going strong. This makes a good return on the £20 paid out instead of buying 3 or 4 £5 pairs which break out you. The section that the thing meets the sole has popped out a few times, however the sole has never ripped and the base of the thong can simply be popped back in.
Not the cheapest flip flop but a durable, stylish option which should get you a decent return over the years these last you. Can't give them 5 stars due to the slightly inflated price, but a solid 4 stars for quality and comfort of every pair I have owned.
The classic Havaianas aesthetic is here for tiny feet / The toddler Brasil Logo features a smooth rubber thong and a spongy footbed to maximise comfort and an elasticated rear strap to keep them secure / Havaianas branding finishes this summer classic.