1962: It all begins
The name Havaianas is Portuguese for Hawaiians. The first pair of Havaianas was born in 1962, based on the traditional Japanese sandal known as the Zori, whose soles are made of rice straw. The texture of Havaianas’ rubber soles are like rice grains, one of the many details that make Havaianas unmistakable.
1969: A mistake that worked out
Havaianas were traditionally only available in blue and white. However, a production error produced a batch of green Havaianas, which ended up hitting the marketplace. The reaction was so positive that Havaianas seized the opportunity and started producing brown, yellow and black pairs.
1980: As basic as rice and beans
Havaianas officially became a fundamental part of Brazilians’ lives. By this time, millions of pairs of Havaianas were sold each year and Havaianas became already a basic for all Brazilians. In fact, they were even listed by the Brazilian government in a list of fundamental products to control inflation, just like rice and beans.
1999 to now a days: Havaianas crosses boundaries
Havaianas rapidly spreads throughout the world and they begin being officially distributed in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, England, USA, Dominican Republic and Japan. Nowadays, Havaianas can be found in more than 60 countries.