Havaianas Slim Oceano Review

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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.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Easy slip-on design

Lightly cushioned, stationed insole

Lightweight

Cheap

Cons

Not that stable

Runs a half size smaller

Outsole

Outsole

The rubber is heavily present in the outsole of the Slim Oceano flip-flop and not only it pairs well with the synthetic upper, but the upper also has the distinct rice grain pattern scattered on the entire surface of the outsole. The distinct pattern is there to provide some of the traction and to ensure that much of the rough terrain and weather conditions are not big of a concern. Yes, the pattern doesn’t offer a tremendous amount of traction, but it’s nice that it’s included so the flip-flops could become a lot more stable on smooth and slippery surfaces. The rubber used in the making of the outsole is with high quality, which will ensure the slipper’s longevity and durability.
Midsole

Midsole

Just like with the outsole, the midsole of the Slim Oceano model by Havaianas is made out of rubber. However, some interesting details can be found in the midsole as well, both in terms of design and structure. For instance, there’s lightly cushioned, stationed insole in these flip-flops which ensures the comfort is I high doses. The lining in the midsole is man-made, and the embossed signature logo detail is visible at the back of the midsole.

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.
Upper

Upper

Rubber is present in the Slim Oceano’s upper and you know what else is present there? The logo of the Havaianas Company and the waves previously mentioned in the midsole section. Yes, the waves are visibly present in the entire upper, and the logo can be found on both sides of the upper (depending if it’s on the left or the right flip-flop). The upper has a tong-like design with each strap of the flip flow perforating in the outsole. The outsole is the one that keeps the upper in place, and that ensures that don’t tear or damage easily after wearing them for a prolonged period of time.

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.
Comfort

Comfort

For a flip-flop style of slipper, the Havaianas Slim Oceano is surprisingly comfortable. The outsole is very thin, but the midsole is reinforced with slightly cushioned stationed padding. The padded midsole really ads to the comfort and you’ll be able to feel the comfort in every part of the day.
Support

Support

The flip-flops are not known by the support that they give out, but the Havaianas Slim Oceano does offer some. Unlike some of the flip-flops that are made with a textile upper (or any other natural material), the rubber used in the making of the upper takes care of the support in these shoes as well. The thicker, sturdier rubber in the upper rests more easily on the foot and adds a small dose of support to the entire foot. The walking becomes more secure and you’ll be able to feel that support, regardless of how small it is.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The support maybe wasn’t abundant, but the flexibility is for sure. The Slim Oceano flip-flops are one of the most flexible shoes out there. In fact, they’re so flexible you can bend the entire slipper in half and it will still retain its original shape. The flexibility found in the Slim Oceano flip-flops is all down the rubber used in the making of the outsole, and to the style of the shoe in question. Because this is a slipper, it’s meant to be a lot more flexible than the rest of the slippers, and it clearly shows. Your foot will be able to feel the flexibility of the flip-flops with every step that you take.
Stability

Stability

Because Slim Oceano flip-flops are flip-flops, the stability is not one of the strongest suits. Most of the upper is reduced to two connected thongs like strips, which doesn’t make a highly stable and reliable shoe. But for a summer-time shoe like a flip-flop, the stability is almost acceptable.
Airflow

Airflow

The amount of airflow that this flip-flop provides is staggering. First and foremost because it’s a flip-flop shoe, and the better part of your foot will be exposed to the open air. Which means, that in 99% of the time that you’re wearing the flip-flops, your feet will become aerated and ventilated.
Price

Price

Aside from being stylish and comfortable, The Slim Oceano flip-flop is one of the affordable slippers on the market. The usual price of the slippers is around 28 dollars, and it’s truly a bargain when it comes to a great pair of slippers that you’ll be wearing practically all summer.
Brand

Brand

According to multiple sources, Havaianas officially became a global brand in early 2000, despite other brands imitating its distinct style. A nice progression of the brand that manufactures a shoe that was formerly only worn by the working-class and was only made in a blue-and-white design. Yes, they became so associated with the poorer sector of society that they were listed as one of the fundamental goods by the Brazilian government. Now, not only that they come in so many designs and colors, they’re embellished with Swarovski crystals and the flip-flops are also integrated into high-end fashion shows. They’ve come a long way since the traveling merchants in Brazil sold them from the back of their vans.
Color

Color

The Havaianas Slim Oceano are a multicolored variety of flip-flops that have a wave patterns on the entire footbed. They symbolize the beach, the ocean and the laid back free-spirited lifestyle adored by so many flip flop aficionados. The waves on the distinct design are visibly much stronger as they move towards the heel area of the footbed and they look great.
Style

Style

The Havaianas Slim Oceano flip flops are the epitome of casual footwear. They’re easy to wear, comfortable and unisex summer footwear that looks fantastic on just about everyone. Regardless if you’re wearing them for your casual stroll or you take them out to your tropical vacation, the flip-flops will become your biggest asset. They’re so versatile that they look fantastic with your latest bathing suit and with your denim shorts.

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.
Bottom line

Bottom line

You can’t go wrong when choosing a flip flop, but you really can’t go wrong when choosing a Havaianas Slim Oceano. They’re versatile, affordable, unisex and comfortable. These flip-flops are reinforced with a tightly cushioned, stationed insole and rice grain effect on the rubber sole. You’ll be wearing them all summer long, but if there’s a need for stating the flaws, it would have been nice if the effect on the outsole was a lot more pronounced. With more pronounced grain effect, the traction of the flip-flops would have been much greater, and you wouldn’t worry about slipping in a pair of those.

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.