The first pair of Havaianas was born in 1962. It was inspired by the Zori, typical Japanese sandals made of fabric straps and rice straw soles. It is for this reason that the foot-bed of all Havaianas have a textured rice pattern, one of its many unmistakable features. Today you see little of rice straw soles parading up and down our beautiful coastline - but you do see plenty of Havaianas. If there was ever one thong to rule them all - this is it.