Pinel & Pinel and the mysterious case of the $547 Havaianas flip flops

So, Havaianas. They’ve always been pretty pricey, given that they’re just rubber flip-flops, same as all the rest, haven’t they? And before you start with the “don’t knock ’em until you’ve tried ’em”, YES, we have tried them. They’re just flip-flops. Sure, they’re comfortable. So are all the other flip-flops we’ve tried. Sorry, Havaianas lovers…

While we’ve always thought Havaianas were overpriced, however, the “normal” Havs suddenly start to look really, really cheap when you compare them to these ones. Because these ones are $547. Yes, that’s FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS. For rubber flip-flops. This makes us want to weep for humanity.

Here’s why they’re so expensive:

1. The thong is made of crocodile skin. As people have pointed out in the comments, Greenpeace will surely love that!

2. They’re DESIGNER. But of course! So that fashion victims can feel superior! In this case, these are a collaboration between Havaianas and Pinel&Pinel.

3. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these will go to Greenpeace.

Well, OK, charity is always good. Unless about $540 of the sale price is going to charity, though, we still call this Daylight Robbery. In fact, the only thing that could make it more blatant would be if people were to wear them with those $500 socks we showed you last month. What do you think?

(P.S. There’s just a couple of days left to nominate us in the Cosmo Blog Awards!)

8 Comments

  • August 2, 2010

    Minka

    Isn’t it a bit weird that they use crocodile skin for making these and then justify the enormous price tag by giving money to protect the environment that is (most probably) being destroyed, because they need crocodile skin, so they could make these and put an enormous price tag on them? I’m confused now.

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    • August 2, 2010

      Rebecca

      That’s EXACTLY what I thought. I imagine Greenpeace would be like “Hey guys, thanks for the donations, real cool, but could you stop using our name in conjunction with overpriced flip-flops made of dead crocodile skin?”

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  • August 2, 2010

    Moni

    Excuse me, WHAT?! They kill crocodiles and make shoes (in the loosest sense) out of their skin, so they can give the money earned by selling these shoes to Greenpeace??! This is SICK! I’d rather give 500 $ to Greenpeace as a donation if Havaianas promised to stop making this awful product.

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  • August 2, 2010

    Monica

    There are so many things wrong with these. 1) The price 2) The look 3) The use of crocodile skin 4) The contradicting nature of the donation to Greenpeace. Despicable.

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  • August 2, 2010

    Ana

    I’m from Brazil and Havaianas are from Brazil as well. Let me tell you a funny story. In Brazil, till mid-90, Havaianas were flip-flops used by the poor. They had soles that were white on top and the bottom of the sole and the thong had a color. The TV add had a comic character from a famous Brazilian comedian, and this caracter was a drunk soccer player. Then, they came up with a new design where the whole flip-flop was one color and they put famous and pretty Brazilians actors/actress/musicians/top models to play in the adds. Boom, everybody wanted one and they became fashion!!

    They are way cheaper there, at least the basic one color model (probaly la little less than US$10.00). The ones with some design are also not that expensive. But last time I was there I wanted to buy one with a little adorable brooch with cristal applied on the thong but then the price was around US$40.00!! I thought it was ridiculous so I din’t buy them. And they were way prettier than these one you posted here.

    I also have to say that make something out of crocodille sking and give the procedures pro Greenpeace is like selling real fur and then give the procedures to PETA. Does no make any sense!

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  • August 2, 2010

    Ana

    Since I’ve been living in USA for so long I thought to check the Brazilian website for the prices (http://www.loja.havaianas.com.br/sandalias/femininas/c1578+c1581+p1.html). The prices are in reais which, right now, are around 2.00 US dollars so you can see how much cheaper they cost there. I think I’ll start to bring some pairs from brasil and re-sell here ;-P

    BTW, Melissa is also a Brazilian brand that used to made plastic shoes for little girls in the 80ths. Now they are fashion and expenive even for Brazilian 🙁

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  • August 2, 2010

    kookakicha

    BIG FAT NO to them. Let’s just give our donations to Green Peace directly and leave the rest of our money for something more useful.

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