I still can’t understand the enthusiasm in collecting ridiculously priced rubber slippers but I know of people who are much into the whole thing. Though it’s true that apart from the Ipanema pair I have, I am fond of wearing Havaianas. Both brands offer comfort and a certain level of style to the wearer but the fact that these flip-flops are expensive hasn’t changed. Then again, my interest in collecting Havaianas simply isn’t there so that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad thing. Yes, I admit that I do own several and I’ve only bought (on separate occasions) 3 pairs out the lot; the rest were gifts. I guess it’s just like any other hobby wherein the value cannot be fully quantified to derive a generally acceptable rationale. So for you folks who just can’t get enough of the said brand of rubber slippers, here’s what’s in store for Summer 2011: the Havaianas Slim Doll Collection.
I’ve got to hand it to them for coming up with the cutest design concepts. I’m quite enamored with this Kokeshi Doll that came with the pair of Grey Silver slippers, a gift from Havaianas Philippines. A bit of trivia about the doll — “Japan’s oh-so-cute Kokeshi dolls.. are said to have originated in Tohoku in Northern Japan, an area popular for its hot springs. Some believe that Kokeshi dolls, which were first made by kijiya (woodworkers) in the early 19th century, were given to tourists for luck and happiness.”
Earlier today, as I ran a few errands, I took their advice and added a little romance to my walk as my feet (complete with toes that is in need of a pedicure, I noticed) wore the pretty and delicate Havaianas Slim Kokeshi in Grey Silver. The charm of the tiny metal Kokeshi charm on its slim strap — greatly reminded me of the fun I had with personalising a pair during one of the MYOH events I had attended — and the cuteness of the dainty prints inspired by the same traditional Japanese doll were simply beguiling. Perhaps what added to the enjoyment is the idea that I was gifted with something that I learned are symbols of happiness and longevity. I’d like to take it as a warm wish which I’m especially grateful for and it doesn’t hurt that it came in a preferred shade (at the moment, at least). It also comes in Baby Lilac, and Sand Grey/Golden Sun.
Also part of the collection are the Havaianas Slim Brazilian in Lemon, Lavender Blue and White; and the Havaianas Slim Matryoshka in Sugar Coral, Dark Brown/Golden Sun, and Navy Blue. Of course, these come in their own special charm as well.
The Havaianas Slim Doll Collection is available in All Flip Flops, Celio, Duty Free Philippines Fiesta Mall, Gas, J&S Surf Shop, KidSports, Manila Polo Club, Manila Yacht Club, Moana, Nail Spa, ROX, Rustan’s, Stoked, Tick Tock Flip Flop NAIA Terminal 3, and Urban Athletics.
So which one will you be getting or are you planning to collect them all? If you get around to getting a pair yourself, do let me know!