The start of the week isn't the best time to bask in the sun, sand and sea's choice of footwear. However, I want to share about the Havaianas event that I got to attend last week.
Aside from the 50th birthday joy, the Havaianas event was also a store-warming party to celebrate their newly opened space in Ngee Ann City (B1-38), just beside Cedele.
In commemoration of its 50th anniversary milestone, Havaianas decided to allow their fans to get creative and create their own pair of Havaianas! It starts from customizing the style you want, to the color and even some personal touches with their very adorable plugs.
The store space was bustling with people pondering over what to get, watching their flipflops being assembled or just mingling around.
The huge crowd meant that some (like us) were stuck at the entrance for a bit but all was good since we got to read and also write messages on Havaianas's birthday wall!
The birthday wall also acted as a really cute photo-op background!
After the crowd had eased (since we arrived after work, in the later shift of the event), we shuffled in to check out the options available for the custom pair.
The instructions were pretty simple and come on, it's a pair of flip flops, how complex would you want the steps to be?
There are 2 'styles' available, Top and Slim. According to the design and sales assistants, females typically opt for the Slim cut (due to the slimmer more stylized strap) while guys would go for Top (with the thicker and more classic strap).
But there's no hard and fast rule! Guys can get Slim and girls can get Top if they wanted to.
Slim strap on the left, Top strap on the right!
Aside from the colorful array of straps, the soles themselves come in a good variety too! It's really up to you if you want to be all matchy-matchy or artsy with your combination.
And the straps!
With the colors and combinations available, you could say I was completely lost for choice.
After I finally settled on the combination of my sole and strap, I was met with another 'headache' when they mentioned we could pick 2 pins of our choice.
This was truly difficult because I love a good bunch of them yet piling on the bling isn't the way to go either.
After much deliberation, I managed to decide on my pins, colors and filled up the MYOH 'form' with my options.
The form is then handed over to the Assembly Area where you watch the professionals piece your Havaianas together!
Above is my work-in-progress pair and below would be the boy's selection.
After all that deliberation and 'tough decisions', how does the final product look?
I'd like to call my pair, the watermelon!
I opted for the 'Slim' style and chose red-coral for the base and teal for the straps (not actual color names used). I kept the pins simple with a blinged star on one side and 'Limited' on the other because well... it is limited edition!
Strangely enough I like my slippers bright and bold, like how my other trashed and used pair is hot pink. I do own a 'safe' black pair but I find bright fun slippers take away from the casual flip-flop-ness?
As for the boy, he went with the Top style and had a navy base with orange straps. For pins, he had a cute pair of aviators on one side and a '1962' car plate on the other.
Excited about our new almost couplish footwear, we wore our Havaianas out over the past weekend!
In all we had a great and fun time customizing and wrecking our brands over which combination we liked best and I am actually most stoked because this is my very first pair of Havaianas!
The MYOH movement was only available from 13-15th July, in celebration of the 50th anniversary. However I hope Havaianas would bring it back as a permanent activity because it really was a joy to customize and color-pick your own flip flops!
Do check out Havaianas's newly opened store at Ngee Ann City's basement and thanks so much for reading!
Do you love and live in flip flops?
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I am not affiliated to them and all opinions expressed are my own.