Thankfully I have an excellent guest post today from Susan who blogs at Beauty and the Beach. She'll be discussing another Springtime favorite (with no green thumb required): flip flops. I think you'll love it!
Flip-Flop Faceoff: Havaianas vs. iPANEMA
When it comes to summer footwear, a pair of flip-flops is definitely the most essential style. Even if you generally go for fancier footwear, flip-flops are a must-have for the beach, pool, running a quick errand or even a not-so-clean shower (yuck). But before you run out and buy your new flip-flops, you should get to know two of the most popular brands: Havaianas and iPANEMA. Read on…
The Havaianas brand was established back in 1962 and was created by Brazilian company, Alpargatas. The first pair was inspired by a popular Japanese style of flip-flop (the Zori) and to this day, Havaianas flip-flops still feature that same textured rice pattern from the ‘60s, which can be seen in the footbed. In addition to Japanese influences, Havaianas have always been inspired by the laidback Brazilian lifestyle and with each pair of flip-flops, the brand tries to capture its native country’s spirit. Every year, the brand comes out with new styles, designs and patterns, featuring every color under the sun. All Havaianas feature a firm rubber footbed that doesn’t lose its shape after just one wear. For women, some of the most popular styles are the “Top,” “Slim” and “High Look.” Most styles retail between $20-$30, but Havaianas makes styles for any and every budget; they even have styles embellished with diamonds and Swarovski crystals! For all of these reasons and more, Havaianas flip-flops have become one of the most popular brands in the world.
Like Havaianas, iPANEMA flip-flops were also born in Brazil. The brand was named after and inspired by the Brazilian beach town of Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro. Perhaps more than any other city, Ipanema showcases the true spirit of Brazil and iPANEMA flip-flops try to mimic that laidback beach bum state of mind. The textured flip-flop footbed even pays homage to the famous mosaic boardwalk in Ipanema! Unlike Havaianas, classic styles of iPANEMA flip-flops feature a softer, squishier footbed, although other styles have thinner, firmer styles. iPANEMA flip-flops come in assorted colors and their printed styles feature unique wrapped patterns that carry over the edges. But the best thing about iPANEMAs is that all styles are made from recycled MELFLEX material and are 100% recyclable. Custom MELFLEX appliqués and embellishments are added to certain iPANEMA styles to lend a flirty feminine touch to an ordinary flip-flop. The brand has already been established in fashionable cities all around the world, but they’re first starting to make their way into the states. Most iPANEMA flip-flops retail around $18-$25, making them one affordable and fully functional flip-flop!
So now that you know a bit about the two best-selling brands of flip-flops, what’s it going to be? Are you going to go for the tried and true Havaianas or be the girl from Ipanema with IPANEMA flip-flops? Either way, you can’t go wrong with summer’s hottest flip-flops!
Susan is a blogger for Beauty and the Beach, a swimwear and fashion blog by InStyleSwimwear.com. Check them out today!