Make Your Own Havaianas 2009

Are you a Havaianas fanatic with a flair for design? Do you feel frustrated that the world’s most loved flip-flop makers don’t carry color combinations you like? Don’t worry, you’ll be getting a chance to create your very own custom pair of Havaianas soon! Make Your Own Havaianas, the most highly-anticipated event in the country, will be officially open to the public tomorrow, May 28, 2009 until June 1, 2009 at the Rockwell tent. With hundreds of possible combinations of soles, straps, and statement pins for men and women, you’ll have the rare opportunity to create your own work of wearable art!

Last night, we got an exclusive sneak preview at what you can expect at this year’s Make Your Own Havaianas. A short fashion show with models styled with Shu Uemura makeup features this year’s offerings of soles, straps, and pins. Besides glitzy Swarovski crystals, there are also iconic pins that will allow you display your colorful heritage and lifestyle choices. The Lifestyle pins feature recognizable symbols, from lomo cameras to yoga so you can wear your interests on your soles. And with the all-new Culture pins, you can add some local soul into your step with wide-eyed Tarsiers, vibrant vintas, jeepneys, and other popular symbols of Filipino life.

These Havaianas wheels will help you decide what pair to create out of a dizzying number of design possibilities.

A tip for every Havaianatico who’ll be flip-flopping their way to Make Your Own Havaianas: arrive early to beat the crowd, and make sure that you’re given the right size before you check out your pair! I requested for a size 35-36 and noticed that I was given a size 37-38 just as I was about to leave. Although I was able to have my pair re-created in the size that actually fit me, the line for the Swarovski crystal embellishments was too long. After waiting almost half an hour in a line that did not move at all, I decided to forgo the crystals and go home with a plain pair. I was mildly annoyed, but it was their first day and the workers were probably overwhelmed by the number of people who were there.

Make Your Own Havaianas 2009 will be happening on May 28, 2009 – June 1, 2009 at the Rockwell Tent during mall hours. Colors, sizes, styles, and embellishments are available only until supplies last, so go there the first chance you get!