During my recent interview with Beverly Feldman, I asked her if she had a favorite, comfort shoe. She did. Havaianas flip-flops, or "the rolls royce of flip-flops," as she called them. When the name first came up, I mistakenly thought I hadn't heard of them. I guess, considering the source, I assumed they must be some exotic sandal that was only available on the beaches of Spain and to the likes of Ms. Feldman.
But, when Beverly Feldman tells you she loves a shoe, you listen and learn. So I did some more investigating. It turns out that the flip-flops I spent all last summer in were actually a pair of embellished Havaianas (the logo had been covered) and that in their standard form, run between only $10 and $20 per pair.
History of Havaianas Flip-FlopsCreated in 1962 and widely considered one of the most comfortable rubber flip-flops in the world, Havaianas sandals are made in Brazil using a secret rubber formula. The sandals were inspired by a style of Japanese sandal called the "Zori," and the name "Havaianas" (Portuguese for "Hawaiians") was used in homage to one of America's favorite holiday destinations.
While Brazilians were the first to become addicted to the simple sandals, their popularity has spread, and the little flip-flops that could have now been seen around the world on the pages of the hottest fashion magazines, and on the feet of some of the world's biggest celebrities.
More on Havaianas SandalsBelow are some of the best sources for more information on Havaianas. And whether you're looking for Havaianas flip-flops decked out in crystals or sporting football teams from the 2006 FIFA World Cup, you'll find what you need from one of the shopping sites below. (Buy Direct)
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