Do not know what they’re? Havaianas are the modern flip flops from Brazil – those with the Brazil flag on the straps. There appear to be a whole lot of methods individuals say and spell them, from Havanas – just like the Cuban capital – to Have-i-anas and any mixture attainable. The proper means although is Hav-i-annas, spelled Havaianas. The title truly has nothing to do with Havana and is to do with the Hawaiian Islands, effectively the title at the least. In Portuguese Hawaii is written Havai and havaianas is the plural for feminine Hawaiian.
It is price realizing a little bit of historical past concerning the product. They could be a extremely widespread style merchandise nevertheless it’s taken greater than 40 years to get to this standing. The primary pair of Havaianas was made in 1962 and the design was based mostly on Japanese sandals, which is why the underside of Havaianas has a rice-type sample.
Within the following 3 many years they have been bought in small retailers and native shops for a low worth, and weren’t the flashy or modern designs, as on at present’s fashions. Pairs from the early 90’s have been fairly easy – with a white higher sole and no flag on the straps. They have been known as “chinelos de pobre” (poor man’s flip flops) and it wasn’t till the mid 90’s when the corporate determined to revamp their model of low cost flip flops and prolong the vary.
They ditched the white higher sole and determined to make them in additional colors, additionally altering the form of the only real as effectively. In addition to this they launched a variety with the Brazil flag on the highest to rejoice the soccer world cup. By the flip of the millennium they have been gaining extra reputation in Brazil and no person is aware of for certain how they made the leap to ‘world domination’ – after 30 years promoting solely in Brazil nowadays yow will discover Havaianas in over 60 international locations.