I Love Flips: A Havaianas Review

by Amanda Hearn · 3 comments

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I am a flip flop kind of girl, you know the ones who wear them everywhere unless there’s snow on the ground… in Ohio. Yea, that’s me.  Since I love my flip flops, I’m sort of choosey. I want comfort, quality, durability, style, affordability and sustainability – which brings me back around to quality & durability.

When I was given the opportunity to try a pair of sandals from Havaianas I have to admit that even though they were being provided for free,  I was a unsure about reviewing them. I don’t like to waste products, and I limit the items I review to products that I feel will have a value for you, the reader.  Havaianas look a bit like other sandals that are not made from great materials, upset my skin and really aren’t all that comfortable. I had nearly decided against them when I happened to see my sister-in-law wearing a pair. I completely trust her style and know that she makes quality driven choices. Without even needing to ask, I knew that there was something different about this brand.  I decided to give them try and I am so happy that I did, because they have fast become my favorite pair of flips.

Havaianas offers a wide range of styles, colors and even patterns. I chose  the Flash Sweet style they offer because it has a delicate braided looking band, and the sand/golden color combo appealed to the me that’s trying to be a bit more fashion conscious. The fact that these are made with natural rubber is a big bonus to me, as plastic styles are not only bad for the environment but they wreak havoc on my skin and make for a very poor quality shoe in my experience.

Havaianas features were beginning to grow on me, but the true tell was slipping them on for the first time. The rubber they are made from is so soft. The soles are firm enough to give support, but the rubber is soft to the touch and so are the straps, no weird resistance and hard pieces to irritate my skin. They do have a slightly raised logo in the center of the foot path, but within a day I didn’t even notice it. I actually feel a bit bad for my old flips because they were my favorites, but have been sitting in my closet most of the time since these Havaianas arrived at my doorstep. I like my favorite items and I tend to stick with them, so to give them up this quickly says a lot to me about how much I like my Havaianas.

The sizing is a bit funky on these, so be sure to consider carefully if you are between sizes like I am. I am generally an 8.5 and decided to go with the 7/8 as opposed to the 9/10. The 7/8 size does fit well, but I think I could have been just as happy with the 9/10. I know many people who I’m sure would prefer the up size, so if you’re between sizes, think about how you like your shoes to fit and choose up or down from there.

I’m really happy that I gave these flips a chance. They retail for about $30 (though others start lower) and I’m not sure that I would have ever made the purchase without a chance to try them on first. After wearing them I am very pleased with the look and feel, and from what I can tell and have experienced, they are also durable. I have had a few instances of clumsiness and kids stepping on me that I was sure were going to produce a torn flip flop and didn’t – so that’s great for my confidence in the product as well.

You can check out all of the styles on their website, where they offer $8 flat rate shipping and free over $50, or you can also find them in the Amazon Havaianas Shop with many styles available with Prime or Super Saver shipping to save you a few bucks! If deals are your thing, I suggest joining there almost 895k fans on Facebook (wow!) and keeping an eye out for new events, styles and promotions.

I enjoyed browsing Havaianas seemingly endless style options, it was really pretty hard to choose! Have you ever tried their shoes? What are your favorite styles?

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Amanda Hearn

Amanda Hearn

Founder of The Eco-Friendly Family, design geek, serial tanktopist, content creator, mother, coffee addict, & lover of fun. I am also a partner at Green Child Magazine & Put A Cup In It!
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Andrew Tovey February 25, 2016 at 4:31 am

I have two suggestions for you.

Firstly go to the Wikipedia entry on polyurethanes and scroll down to the section on health concerns.

Secondly, read this link http://www.tangaroablue.org/amdi/indigenous-rangers/356-mapoon-smashes-the-cape-thong-record.html

Mike November 24, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Note that Havaianas are made from natural rubber, a renewable resource, not polyurethane. I like Havaianas…they are one of the better flip flops out there. Most models are a slimmer fit that takes some getting used to. Wearing the proper size they seem “small”, but if I wear even one size too large I find the strap is a loose fit and the shoes fly around as I wear them.
All day wear at Disneyland? Depends. I would only do that if I wore an already broken in pair. You would also have to be “used” to doing that much walking in flip flops or your legs would really hurt about halfway through the day. I wear flips all the time so I know I could do it…that said I would think a supportive pair of Birkenstocks might be a better choice..they make cool thong models now.

Josh June 28, 2017 at 1:53 am

I already broke three pairs. I messaged my local distributor and they refuse to sell replacement straps because it is against their policy

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