I don’t know if this is the case worldwide, but everywhere I travel and where it’s at least a bit sunny, I see someone wearing Havaianas flip flops. They come in so many different colors and patterns, but are all recognizable by the textured rice pattern on the foot bed. This refers to the Japanese sandals made of fabric straps and rice straw soles that inspired the Havaianas.
I bought my first pair of Havaianas flip flops during my very first trip to Barcelona, when I was 18 and ‘let loose’ by my parents. I’d only brought sneakers on that trip and as it was the middle of summer, I soon had – yes, indeed – sweaty feet. The thing is that when I was 18 I still thought my feet were two sizes bigger than they actually are (don’t ask) and so I bought my Havaianas too big. I wore them a lot that vacation, but when I realized (this must have been when I started wearing heels and sliding forward in my shoes) that I actually needed shoes two sizes smaller, the flip flops from Havaianas disappeared to the back of the closet.
Havaianas review: back to Barcelona with flip flops
So many years later it was time to make up for my mistake. But how? As some things just happen to occur at the exact right moment, I received an email from Havaianas asking if I’d be interested in reviewing their footwear. This was the perfect opportunity to give these flip flops the chance they deserved. Especially since I had a second trip planned to Barcelona just two months later.
I asked for the right size this time (a European 37), but as it turned out, the Havaianas flip flops I’d ordered only came in 37/38. Would I be flipping around thongs – as they call them in Australia – that were actually too big again? I’d just have to wait until it was time to test them…
Saved by the flip flops
I always check the weather reports before I leave for a trip and as they predicted both rain and sun for Barcelona, I decided to play it safe and not only pack the Havaianas flip flops, but also some sneakers (and a rain jacket!). It’s a good thing I did because drops frequently fell out of the sky while we were there and one day it just didn’t stop raining.
Because of that I was forced to wear my sneakers quite a lot, but then my heel started hurting. I didn’t get a blister or anything, but the point were my sneaker kept pushing into my heel whenever I took a step had turned blue and swollen. I think it got a bit infected on the inside and as I really couldn’t wear those shoes anymore, I turned to the flip flops hoping it would stay dry the next day.
And it did. It wasn’t really warm, but I couldn’t have been happier that I brought the Havaianas. I was a bit afraid that they wouldn’t give enough support to walk around on all day, but they actually did. Of course it’s not the same as wearing sneakers or a walking shoe, but the sole is rather thick and the material gives you a kind of natural bounce, so that you’re knees are taken care of.
The size turned out just fine and although I was worried that the flip flops would be a bit to wide (I have very slim feet), the width was perfect.
Havaianas review: the verdict
I can only conclude this Havaianas review on a positive note. Honestly, I think everyone should have a pair of these. They’re not only great to just ‘hang around’ with in summer or wear in hostel showers, but they’re firm enough to walk around on in a city for an entire day (and believe me, we walked around). Another great plus is that they take up almost no space in your (carry-on) luggage.
I also think they’re rather elegant and if you pick a basic color you can wear them with just about anything. Verdict of this Havaianas flip flops review: very favorable!
Havaianas offered me a pair of flip flops to review, and I’m glad they did as they truly saved my day in Barcelona. This post contains affiliate links. That means that if you buy something through these links I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Please know that, commission or no commission, I only recommend products I genuinely like.