The first pair of Havaianas was created in Brazil in 1962 inspired by the Japanese Zori, a traditional sandal made with fabric straps and a rice straw footbed. It is for this reason the foot bed of all Havaianas features a textured rice patteren. Since 1962 Havaianas have created new styles like the 'Slim', 'Diamonds', 'Havaianas Baby' and of course 'Havaianas Kids'. Havaianas don't lose their shape, don't smell and the straps dont get loose. Havaianas, along with its parent company, Alpargatas, believe in social and environmental responsibility. They participate in many programs and contribute to organizations ensuring that they do their part to support society and our planet. Havaianas are proud to support The Institute for Ecological Research (IPE), a non-government organization in Brazil devoted to the conversation of socio-economic benefits through science, education and sustainable business, Conservation International (CI), a private organization dedicated to the conservation and sustainability in endangered ecosystems around the world and have also founded the Alpargatas Institute, a program that incorporates several sports and recreational activities to keep children and teens off the streets, so far it has already either renovated or built 24 sports facilities.