Product Type: Havaianas Hunter Original
Newest Review: ... a sore point between the big toe and first toe, but it hasn't happened with the Havaianas Brasil for me. There are two problems for me w... more
Cheap Quality, at a Price
Havaianas Havaianas Brasil
Member Name: northernlovely
Havaianas Havaianas Brasil
Advantages: Initially comfortable
Disadvantages: Dirty, just don't last, ridiculously expensive, look cheap
The Havaianas brand is a brand which is like the Prada of flip flops - literally, that's all they make, as far as I know. They can be found in higher end high street shoe shops - your Office, Jones and so on, rather than your budget places. The reason for this is probably the price tag - the RRP for a pair of these Havaianas Brasil flip flops is a whopping £22 - which is definately what I'd class as expensive for a simple pair of flip flops.
The Havaianas Brasil range are a range of pretty basic in my eyes flip flops available in a whole rainbow of colours. Mine are white, like the picture, as they go with a tan, and look good with jeans. They have a soft foam sort of sole which is ever so slightly thicker at the heel end, and a basic rubber toe thong. They don't look premium OR expensive. The only reason I bought them was that my old flip flops broke on holiday in Lanzarote and I had little choice - walk home with one flip flop on, or buy these! I reasoned at the time that they would last me but I am not so sure now.
Well, when it comes to looks, they do look quite dainty on the foot, the foam base is very thin, meaning it's not particularly comfortable for walking on rougher ground. For holiday use - round the pool, on sand, it's fine - pretty comfortable. Sometimes with flip flops for me I get a sore point between the big toe and first toe, but it hasn't happened with the Havaianas Brasil for me.
There are two problems for me with the Havaianas Brasil flip flop which mean that I don't think it's good value for money or a shoe I'd recommend.
Firstly the white flip flops discolour so easily, not from your feet as much, but from sand / dust. It ingrains itself into the rubber and makes them look dirty - literally after a week or so of use. So even though I paid £22 for these, I probably won't be taking them on my next holiday - yet some flip flops I paid " for in Asda are as new beacuse the rubber has a very practical shiny finish to it.
Secondly the rubber is so thin, that after only moderate use (I'm talking a week away, and then maybe two weeks of intermittent use over the summer) it flattens out especially in the heel (and I'm of perfectly average weight). This means there is now a 'dip' in the foam at the heel and big toe, most unsightly, and of course, the 'dirt' collects there. I have very clean feet, showering every morning as most people do especially before work, and yet a day of wearing these flip flops actually makes my feet look dirty!
Overall I went from thinking 'these are pricey' to 'these were a rip off'. Not only do they look a bit cheap, I have the suspicion they actually are cheaply made, as they just don't stand up to actual use like a sub £5 pair from Primark, a supermarket (heck I've even had ones off the market which have fared better) do.
I can't recommend the Havaianas Brasil at all - in fact save your money, buy a few cheap pairs of flip flops and a sangria on the beach, you'll thank me for it!