SINCE 1962

A brand with spontaneity at its core, Havaianas believe that simplicity and style walk hand in hand.

Stylish, comfortable and durable - slip on a pair of Havaianas and you’ll instantly feel the joy and happiness of simply being yourself.
 
Since launching in 1962, Havaianas have become the summer style essential for everyone, anywhere, anytime: made for summer and made of summer.

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1962

Havaianas were created in Brazil in 1962 and inspired by the Japanese Zori sandal; a sandal with cloth straps and woven rice straw soles. Havaianas replaced the straw with premium Brazilian rubber, updated the design to look fashionable, and the rest is history! This is why the soles of Havaianas feature a rice grain print; one of the many design details that make Havaianas unique.

Our thongs were christened with the name Havaianas (which means “Hawaiians” in Portuguese) in honour of the glamourous holiday destination with endless summer vibes.

Since 1962
 

1964

By 1964 practically every worker in Brazil wore a pair of Havaianas. Traveling salesmen would sell Havaianas directly from their vintage Volkswagen Combi vans throughout Brazil. The vans were always greeted with excitement!

Havaianas Salesmen would sell Havaianas directly from their van


1966

Havaianas invented the original rubber thong and here’s our proof! In 1966, Havaianas’ parent company, Alpargatas, registered the patent of our now world famous rubber thong!

Havaianas Patent

1969

At first, Havaianas were only available in blue and white. But in 1969, 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 more colours; brown, yellow and black thongs!

The first pair of Havaianas

 

1973

People have been trying to copy Havaianas for decades. In the 70’s Havaianas launched an advertising campaign to reinforce the premium benefits of Havaianas thongs. The slogan read ‘Protect yourself from phonies’.

Protect yourself from phonies


1980

Havaianas was officially recognised as an intrinsic part of Brazilians lives by the Brazilian Government after they were included on a list of fundamental products (alongside rice and beans!) to control inflation. By this point, millions of pairs of Havaianas were being sold each year in Brazil.

Havaianas were officially recognised as an intrinsic part of Brazilians lives
 

Early - Mid 1990's

Did you know that a trend started where people flipped the white soles of their Havi’s upside down to create thongs of a single colour?

After observing this trend, Havaianas introduced single coloured styles and launched their first ever printed style featuring a hibiscus flower.

Many more printed designs continued to be released with new colour ways and new product developments (e.g. baby designs!).  


1998

To celebrate the ’98 World Cup Havaianas launched “Havaianas Brazil” – a style with a small Brazilian flag on the strap. Although the Brazilian team lost the Cup, it’s still one of Havaianas best-selling styles globally.

To celebrate the '98 World Cup Havaianas launch "Havaianas Brazil"


1999

Havaianas transcends into the world of high fashion after making a runway debut in French designer, Jean Paul Gaultier’s show. Havaianas soon after begins working with some of the biggest and greatest brands and designers from around the world.


Havaianas rapidly spreads throughout the world and official distribution begins in Australia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, England, USA, Dominican Republic and Japan. Nowadays, Havaianas can be found in more than 100 countries.

Havaianas rapidly spreads throughout the world

2000

As a light hearted nod to concern over the Millennium Bug, Havaianas released the first ever glow in the dark thongs!  

Havaianas Glow in The Dark Collection

2001

Havaianas  further develops the range by releasing a special collection of thongs with fine details, such as crystals and metal meshes, which are still to this day hand-sewn by artisans in Northeast Brazil.

Havaianas Swarovski Crystal Collection
 

2006

Enter the Havaianas Slim style! With a thinner and more delicate strap, women everywhere immediately fell in love with this timeless style.

Havaianas Slim Collection

In Australia, Havaianas enters the Guinness World Record Books for the first time for the most amount of people floating in a line (on our famous thong lilos!). Over 2,000 people gathered on Cottesloe Beach (Western Australia) to claim the record and raise funds for beach-side social projects. We still hold the record to this day!

Havaianas Thong Challenge
 

2010 

While Brazilians enjoy warm weather all year round and can wear Havaianas, other countries are not as fortunate. With that in mind, Havaianas launched the Soul Collection – a range of casual sneakers and espadrilles with the traditional and much loved “Havaianas soul” incorporated into the sole of the shoes.

Havaianas Soul Collection


2011

Havaianas launched a magical new partnership with Disney, featuring everyone’s favourite Disney characters on the sole of thongs.

Havaianas Disney Collection
 

2012

Havaianas celebrated its 50th birthday! We produced a commemorative limited-edition style with proceeds from sales donated to UNICEF.

Havaianas 50th Birthday

2018

In 2018, Havaianas made its runway debut at New York Fashion Week! Following the resurgence in popularity of Havaianas amongst influencers and editors attending fashion shows throughout Europe, luxury Australian designer Dion Lee sent models down his runway in Havaianas as he presented his Spring 19 Collection in Soho.

Havaianas x Dion Lee

2019

Havaianas collaborate with French Luxury powerhouse, Saint Laurent, for a limited-edition release of co-branded thongs.

Havaianas x Saint Laurent

What’s next for Havaianas you ask? Watch this space for more brand news & exciting new product developments!
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