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Havaianas - are they worth it? Has anyone had any success with the fake ones on the High Street?

(29 Posts)
ButtercupWafflehead Tue 30-Jun-09 13:04:49

That's it really - mouse hovering over "buy" and wanted some advice!


macherie Tue 30-Jun-09 14:00:38

Very nearly bought havaianas this morning for 28 euro, but thought I'd have a look around and ended up buying lovely flip flops on sale in gap for 5.99 smile

I have them on now, they are really comfortable!

EldonAve Tue 30-Jun-09 14:33:39

I think they are worth it

I have Havaianas and Cariris ones, I would say the Cariris are comfier, Rubbersole are fab for delivery too.

missmelly Tue 30-Jun-09 15:04:48

I love Havaianas. I bought mine in Brazil in 2004 and literally live in them every summer and they're still going strong, although a little thinner in the front. Well worth the money. They have black and white plain ones on Asos right now for £14.75

squeaver Tue 30-Jun-09 15:10:28

Why EldonAve and missm? Are they more comfortable? Isn't a flip-flop just a flip-flop?

[genuinely interested]

EldonAve Tue 30-Jun-09 15:50:05

I think it's something to do with the rubber they make them out of

Kammy Tue 30-Jun-09 16:00:54

Another vote for Havaianas - and I was very sceptical untill I actually bought a pair (Amazon special, £8). They are somehow more comfortable, feel more substantial, and don't wear out so quickly. Oh and for some odd reason they don't make the area in between your toes sore!

ButtercupWafflehead Tue 30-Jun-09 16:02:52

Hi everyone and many thanks for the responses!

Have decided to give the Cariris a whirl, as they are so bargainous on the site that WTWTA linked to - (many thanks WTWTA!!!) so hope they're ace!

ButtercupWafflehead Tue 30-Jun-09 16:03:29

<hopes she doesn't regret the downgrade!>

squeaver Tue 30-Jun-09 18:27:40

Hmm, think I will get them then

HuffwardlyRudge Tue 30-Jun-09 18:31:19

I was VERY sceptical. Thought a flip flop was a flip flop and anyone daft enough to spend £££ on a rubber flip flop because it was trendy miust have more money than sense.

Then I got a pair.

Am a complete convert.

For the first time in months my feet don't ache at the end of the day. They are fantastic and I will never be without a pair again.

I am now saving up to get a second, slightly more sparkly pair.

squeaver Tue 30-Jun-09 20:42:03


missmelly Tue 30-Jun-09 20:49:42

it's the rubber they're made of, Im not sure, but that's why they dont rub, wear out quickly or squeek when you wear them. I doubt you'd get 5+ years of use out of a cheap pair. Everyone, from rich to poor wears them in Brazil.

The thing is though they are really cheap in Brazil, but because slebs are oft papped sporting Havianias, they are now stupidly expensive in the UK.

Cariris are also made in Brazil, and I think have been made for longer than Havianias, and they are bloody identical but a fraction of the price as they don't have the same endorsement.

Roobie Tue 30-Jun-09 21:39:08

I hate mine as they rubbed between my toes so badly last summer that I still have the scars to show for it this year. I'm happy with my lovely cheap Joe Brown specials.

Sunshinemummy Tue 30-Jun-09 21:52:24

Love them. They are unbelievably comfy. I wear mine all the time - have 5 pairs.

ThePhantomPlopper Tue 30-Jun-09 21:59:23

Toe post rubbed me too.

Gave them to a mate.

ButtercupWafflehead Wed 01-Jul-09 15:38:14

Hi everyone, just reporting back!

WELL I am impressed with the service - ordered my Cariris yesterday just before 4 and they turned up this morning, so would definitely recommend the shop linked to below.

However, they HURT!!!!! perhaps I have strange toes but they hurt from the first moment I put them on. Too rigid, painful toe post - gah!

And because I didn't shell out for the real ones, I can't even put them on eBay. Gah!

missmelly Wed 01-Jul-09 16:04:28

oops! grin

missmelly Wed 01-Jul-09 16:06:50

maybe you should wear them for a couple of days - my feet are a little delicate at the beginning of summer and take a few days to get used to wearing flip flops again

ButtercupWafflehead, sorry I feel guilty now, maybe you could take comfort in the fact that the toe posts are identical in both types.

You might need to wear them in a bit if you are not used to wearing them.

ButtercupWafflehead Wed 01-Jul-09 21:29:40

Not your fault WTWTW - I was going to go for the pricey ones anyway!

Anyone want a pair of blue Havaina-look-a-likes, worn once?


MrsSpringsteen Wed 01-Jul-09 21:32:25

i had reals and was a bit hmm

whats the deal with them?

i found them a bit 'heavy 'tbh

lizandlulu Wed 01-Jul-09 22:15:36

i have just bought my third pair off ebay for £12. i think they are real, i dont really know how to tell the difference but bought one of the pairs with the heel strap and they are the same as the others i got for £12 too.
i am 29 and only jsut trained mt feet to wear toe post ones, and am over the moon now i can. i have a bit of a fetish!

i tihnk the confyness( if thats a word) comes form what they are madeo f and where the strap ends at the side of the foot. i have them where it goes too far under my foor iyswim and they rubbed

i just bought a violet pair, cant wait to get them!

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