What's the difference between Havaianas and other slippers?

Philippines
May 2, 2010 5:39am CST
Well, aside from the brand, of course. I've noticed that a lot of Filipinos are getting into the Havaianas and other branded slippers ever since they came out in the market. You see, they are 'branded' slippers, which makes them way too expensive for a slipper (I think the cheapest would be at Php 700). I mean, aren't they still slippers? I have nothing against the it as well as with other brands but the point is, why are they so expensive just for a slipper? Yes, maybe it's in the materials or something. But come on, they are still slippers. You can already buy nice and durable pair of shoes with its amount.
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12 responses
@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
2 May 10
I can't be one of those who are crazy for Havaianas. I prefer the same old Spartan and Beach walk because they have the same use as the more expensive ones. People got crazy for expensive things. I was given a free havaianas and it did not have any difference fromt he Spartan and Beachwalk.
@mitchann (303)
• Philippines
2 May 10
I agree!Spartans are more comfortable than Havianas. The latter's sole is hard.Yet expensive.CHeaper slippers are more comfy to step on.
@greyz7 (860)
• Philippines
12 May 10
i dont but expensive stuff and i have no plans pof buying havaianas or any other expensive slipper.. id rather but alot of cheap ones than just 1 ex[ensive one
@ybong007 (6658)
• Philippines
4 May 10
If they can afford it then i guess it's their right to patronize any brand they want. Tsinelas or flipflops or as what it is common known today has been around ever since i can remember. The difference is only the poor wear it before. It only became a craze when it was worn by holywood celebrities and Filipinos suddenly become a fan of it. I have a colleague who patronize the brand and she claim that it's really sturdy which goes to show that she's not in it for the name but for the quality. I can see people lining up just to have a pair of this sandals. But personally this is really a manifestation that the filipino's colonial mentality is still ever present even with the younger generation.
• Philippines
4 May 10
Most Filipinos make slippers as a status symbol. They're doing this to make a gap between who's posh and who's not and I think it's stupid.
@evepin (723)
• Philippines
3 May 10
not really much i guess, maybe because of the brand (ergo status symbol) and the designs? you're right, they are too expensive for those kinds of slippers. i mean way way back those slippers are available and they dont cost that much. if i remember those are even less than a hundred. but i guess it's more on the brand, like what i said. that if you're wearing that, then you're the ones that can afford. it is a luxury, and maybe a luxury that even middle class can afford, which makes it sort of appealing to some.
@delrene (158)
• Philippines
3 May 10
The problem with our fellow Filipinos is that wearing a branded item makes them look classy. I agree with you that there are slippers made here are more durable and comfortable. It's just like spending big bucks on coffee in StarBucks. You can't argue that their ingredients are the best but it just ends there. It is just a coffee. Havaianas is also just a slipper.
@reco13 (605)
• Philippines
3 May 10
For me, there's no any difference aside from the brand itself. I can't even say that these Havaianas are more durable since we also have cheaper slippers which are a lot durable than these. I believe it is all in the mind. Some people prefer these Havaianas because they think that they are more comfortable wearing a branded slippers. It may also give them a sense of confidence, but who cares if you're wearing a cheaper slippers? Well, what matters is how you bring your clothes and stand out in the crowd.
@unuzzz (1274)
• Indonesia
2 May 10
hey hunterkim_07.. oh my, it's also happening in my country.. it's not the first time i saw my friends wearing a havaianas, but that time was my first time realizing how silly this thing can be.. my friend wore that sandal in a black color,with a gold havaianas logo..i didn't realize it's an expensive one until we met another friend that time.. he suddenly said to my other friend in a loud voice, " oh my goodness ! you're wearing a havaianas..how cool is that ! " that's the first time i notice about this brand, and just discover about the price in the capital city the week after..lols you're right, i also prefer to get a cheap sandals in plain black in the supermarket, it's just a slipper..if i can say, bags have more value to show for it's status than just a slipper.. thanks ! :)
• Philippines
2 May 10
Havaianas are flip flops made of Brazilian rubber which are dubbed by people as the most durable in the world.I am not really a fan of Havaianas.I got a pair, but I bought it because it is more durable for my feet.I am not really an addict who collects all styles and colors available.also,people see Havaianas as a status symbol.they think they're rich because they're wearing expensive flip flops.
@krisnel (498)
• Philippines
2 May 10
havaianas has no difference with any other slipper. the difference is it is only expensive. when it comes to comfort it is as same as those cheap slippers. the mentality of some filipino is when there is a trend in a fashio or other gadget. they want to have it just to be say that they are trendy.
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
2 May 10
That's what I think before I was persuaded to buy a pair of Havaianas slippers. I always told them that I can buy a much cheaper slippers and I don't need those super expensive ones. But what changed my mind is the fact that its already been 2 years and its almost the same as when I bought it. I'm using it everyday. Its really durable. Usually other slippers will only last for a couple of months for me. I don't know for other people but for me its really worth it.
@stanley777 (7177)
• Philippines
2 May 10
I strongly agree with you- I also don't get why many Filipinos want to buy those 'branded' slippers. Even my eldest daughter buys those expensive Havaianas. I don't really find them special or more unique than other slippers-I prefer Islander if I would choose a branded slipper, they are much more useful even though simple.