Havaianas Slim Oceano Review
According to the explanation given on the official website, the name Havaianas is a Portuguese word that means Hawaiians. But the entire background in the making of the flip flops is much more diverse and multicultural than you think.
The first pair of Havaianas flip-flops was born in 1962, and they were made by the Scotsman named Robert Fraser. They were inspired by the traditional Japanese sandal known as the Zori, whose soles are made of rice straw, and the Japanese influence played a major role in the design of the shoes. For instance, the texture of Havaianas’ rubber soles is modeled by rice grains, which can be found in Japan.
So, a Scottish founder, that gave the Company a Portuguese name, and the products that he presented to the public were inspired by the shoes worn by the Far East. Oh and not only owned by 3 Brazilian banks, but they’re also manufactured in Brazil. The multiculturalism is alive and well in this company and it shows in the final product. The Havaianas flip-flops are the probably the most popular flip-flops in the world, with 200 million pairs being sold every year, and they’re a staple with every surfwear retail and surf apparel store around the world.
Easy slip-on design
Lightly cushioned, stationed insole
Not that stable
Runs a half size smaller
The logo is located on the heel area of the flip-flop, and just like the name suggests, there’s a bit of ocean in the midsole as well. A design of ocean waves splashes across the footbed and in between the waves small boats can be found just to add a touch of a nautical feel to the beachy ocean vibe. Oh, and the rice pattern mold is present in the footbed of the sandals, just to complete the look, and to help with the comfort of the foot. No wonder why surfers love them. For such simplistic design, they’re amazing and comfy slippers.
The easy slip-on design makes them not only comfortable and so easy to put on your feet, but they’re also very easy to be taken off the feet.
And everything about the Slim Oceano scrams –beachy. The waves that are scattered on the footbed’s entire surface, the boats that pass by or the entire model of the shoe. You don’t have to be on the Copacabana beach to enjoy them. They’re amazing in every occasion and all they require is your willingness to dress them up or down. The Slim Oceano will make a great nighttime outfit if you pair them with your favorite linen dress, or with your favorite bikini that’s just dying to be taken to the beach. Top the look with a pair of trendy sunglass and you’re good to go for drinking cocktails under the umbrella.
They’re also flexible, but they’re not the most stable sandals. The straps that hold the foot on the footbed are not that thick and sturdy, so the support and durability are not that great. With very low durability of the materials used in the making of the sandals, the longevity is also not that great eater, but for what they are (a cheap casual sandal) they sure won’t let you down.