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Havaianas Facts

12 Things Every Sandal Enthusiast Must Know About Havaianas

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Havaianas didn't become the most popular flip-flop overnight. The Brazilian brand has a rich history that slowly generated its worldwide name recognition — from the early days in lower-income communities to the runway.

Today, it's virtually impossible to find someone who doesn't own a pair of the trendy, Summer-ready sandals. But how much do you really know about them? Read on to discover 12 interesting facts, straight from Havaianas itself.

  1. They were created in 1962.
  2. They were the first-ever rubber flip-flop.
  3. They're owned by Alpargatas.
  4. Their unique name stems from the Portuguese word for "Hawaiians," havaianos.
  5. They were originally only available in blue and white.
  6. They're inspired by the zori, a traditional Japanese sandal.
  7. In 1980, they were officially listed as a product that controls inflation in Brazil (along with rice and beans).
  8. For 1998's FIFA World Cup, they introduced a sandal with a mini Brazilian flag on the strap, showing their support for the national team.
  9. In 1999, Jean Paul Gaultier became the first designer to feature them on the runway.
  10. They launched a sell-out collection with Missoni in 2010.
  11. In 2011, they created a Disney-inspired line.
  12. They have an ongoing philanthropic partnership with Conservation International to help save marine life.
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