Portuguese for Hawaiians
Brazilian for flip-flops
Anyway, out here, Havaianas are not so much fashionable as ubiquitous. You will find them supporting everything from the most expensively pedicured, nail-varnished and tattooed feet in the city to the filthy, cracked and calloused specimens of the catadores (rubbish collectors). And when I say 'supporting' I use the word in its most generous sense because there is, of course, no support there whatsoever. Just a little bit of friction between two uncomfortably stretched toes - friction which rapidly vanishes when it rains, I might add. And as it rains pretty much without warning out here, foot and flip-flop can quickly become separated.
|My flip-flops and my body double - much cuter toes than me!|
Also, personal experience (somewhat brief but visually entertaining) has demonstrated that Havaianas are clearly not an accessory recommended for use with a skateboard. There is some debate within family circles as to whether the Havaianas actually made much of a difference at all, but I still maintain that my fakie switch 360 shuvit was way crazy insane. Anyway, moving swiftly on...
|This is how you do it, Dad!|
Sadly, I was unable to pander to my more flamboyant side when I went to buy mine as I was in something of a hurry and was forced to take my pick from the rather lacklustre selection they had on offer in Lojas Americanas (something like Woolworth's). I went for a nice blue/green combo with some arty wording on them. I'm not exactly sure what it says as it's in an unhelpfully squashed font but Helen assures me the second word is paradise. The first one though, is beyond us, except that it definitely ends in 'poo'.