I’ve always had a fascination—albeit mild—with Japanese culture, stemming from eating ramen and watching Memoirs of a Geisha at an impressionable age. Though I’ve never been to the country yet, that’s not to say I don’t want to go there. I’m simply waiting for the right opportunity to do so.
That said, I was intrigued upon finding out that the theme for this year’s Make Your Own Havaianas (running until May 1) is Japanese-inspired. A quick chat with Leanne Florendo, half of the dynamic duo that makes up AL Amizade, informed me that the Havaianas’ heritage is partly rooted in Japanese culture, with the texture of the soles reminiscent of the traditional zori. Quite interesting, really, for a Brazilian brand.
There was no question about it: I was going to get the commemorative pair this year. I’m not exactly big on prints, but I love the two-color scheme and the clean yet funky lines. Upon seeing the actual sole displayed at All Flip Flops in SM Seaside City Cebu, I was sold.
Of course, MYOH tradition dictates that one will always have difficulty deciding what color strap and pins to choose. I had gotten a light pink metallic strap for my commemorative Hawaiian-inspired pair last year and was debating whether to get something similar, but that wasn’t up for grabs. Next, I thought about red (in all likelihood because of what I was wearing, and I do love blue and red together), but that wasn’t an option for the slims.
Inside the store, a ready-made pair that used a metallic dark blue strap caught my eye—and my heart, as it turns out. Indecisive me, however, kept going back and forth about it until I just decided to go with my gut.
No regrets! While it’s more monochromatic than my pairs from years past, the gold ramen bowl and beer pins I chose added classy touches I’ve never had in a pair of flipflops before. Guess you’ll be seeing me walk around in slippers for a while.