Big W have discounted their Havaianas thongs to $5. Some were $18. Hallett Cove Big W have heaps left and lots of different sizes and colours.
Good price for these but I'll never buy another pair.
10 years ago Havaianas were the best of the best, and lasted many years, apparently. I bought a pair maybe a year ago, didn't wear them often…about two weeks ago the front plug stem snapped. Not just a normal blowout where you can push it back through the rubber (and attach a bread clip for strength) - the end of the plug was still underneath, the stem just snapped.
Thankfully I was at home so I could grab one of my $1.50 pairs of thongs, rather than in public having to walk around bare foot.
was it left under the sun ?
Nope, and where it snapped was near the very base of the plug which wouldn't have been exposed to the sun anyway.
I only buy Havaianas (not the cheap ones like these however) and they always last a couple of years. I've never had a pair break so I'll be sticking with them :)
A similar thing happened to me. I emailed them a photo and they sent me a code to get a pair delivered free from their website. Was happy with the customer service
@saleseeker: Cheers, I do still have the broken thongs at home because I considered complaining but hadn't gotten around to it. Might see how I go…
I had the same problem with ones purchased from ALDI
100% agree - I've had the exact same blowout two days before Christmas. It showed all the signs of being a major hit to how much I'd be able to enjoy my holidays but I powered through. Was then looking at DFO and completely baulked at the $30/$35 asking price. I reckon I'll just grab a pair of Birkenstocks and accept that I'm getting old.
Yeah my havianas haven't ever lasted longer than a year with daily use.
If you don't like the slides (usually more comfy but can get hot) my vote is for the ones with a cloth strap (eg https://www.target.com.au/p/boyd-thongs/61455153). They seem to last better, no need to find bread clips to do a temporary repair, but for me the big advantage is the strap itself tends to be more comfortable. I find that ones with a plastic/rubber stem seem to rub/chafe between the toes.
My brother buys these, or maybe a Kmart version of these and they do seem to last pretty well but they are very manly haha. No nice ladies alternatives so I'll stick to my $1.50 pairs, as un-environmentally friendly as they are.
Point taken. My feet are like flippers so it's not an issue. ;-)
Same, they just aren't what they used to be. Fipper are fantastic and way more comfortable thongs imo. Not sure if they are available here or what price, but if you go to Bali or know anyone going get a few pairs. Fipper have stores everywhere there and cost around $7. I went at Christmas time and they had a sale buy 2 get 1 free, so 3 pairs of thongs for $14
Yeah my gf just bought a new pair with a nice graphic of tropical flowers on them. The graphic has already started to peel after just 1 week of wear. Pretty unbelievable
I had a pair of Billabongs for ages. I've still got them but the heel is like 0.5cm thick now - no blow outs in their life time.
After those, I heard everyone talking up Havaianas so I got a pair. They lasted like 2 weeks and blew out when I needed them most in Hawaii.
Bought a new pair of Billabongs again 👍
Not sure if wearing all the way through the rubber is a good or bad sign (extra long lasting plugs or too cheap of a rubber?) but I've definitely worn through the sole of a pair of thongs before.
I've bought a few Mambo pairs from Big W, reasonably priced and seem to last well.
With two staffies though I reverted to $1.50 pairs so I'm less angry when another pair are destroyed :)
It took years so I'd say its a good sign of quality.
Yeah, far too soft for real durability; I had a pair and rode my bike (metal pedals, slightly spiky) and they tore them to pieces almost immediately. I pick up a pair of these Elephant ones every time I'm in Thailand and they last forever. They feel like bricks on your feet at first but after a bit they shape to your feet nicely and they're great - and they last forever no matter what sort of insanity you do to them.
Same thing happened to me with the last pair I ever bought. Paid like $25 for those stupid things I reckon I wore them twice.
You can return defective thongs to Havianas if you bought them through official channels. If you bought grey market thongs they are likely fakes.
I'm almost certain Big W Havianas are grey market too…
I agree with you. I bought a pair from Brazil a few years ago and they definitely made of solid quality. The ones I buy here seems to break a lot more often. I had 2 pairs broken in the last 2 years. Snapped at different spots.
How do people wear these crappy pieces of rubber and plastic? Get the Adidas slides instead. Wear socks with them in winter and your all set.
The same way any other pair of thongs work? Big toe on one side, the rest of the piglets on the other?
That's unaustralian and unqueenslander.
Feet get sunburnt too….. :)
Well I'm Australian and a Queenslander.
Guess I'll have to migrate….
Lighten up folks. 😉
I'd rather not feel like an inmate at a correctional facility.
I get blisters wearing those.
Wear socks with them? That's inhuman…
I couldn't wear thongs because it wold hurt the part between my big toe and little toes that slides in. I'd always wear slippers, not the adidas ones, but just regular slippers. Few years ago I got used to wearing thongs and wouldn't go back! they stay on your feet, are secure and comfy. Only difficulty is wearings socks during the winter but it's worth the minor discomfort cos who even wears socks with thongs or slippers outside of the house.
Never liked Havaiana. They feel poorly made and cheap.
My go-to brand is 'Frenchie' for thongs but I've only been able to purchase them while in Bali. Excellent quality and extremely comfortable. Pick up a pair for $10 if you're ever there.
I can confirm - I had 2 pairs of Haivanas and both broke after relatively short stints.
I have a pair of Superdry's now and those bad boys are pushing on 3 years now with no signs of a blowout, definitely my new go to.
Be warned with the BigW ones; Try them on for size before you buy, even if you know what size you are.
I went to Big W to replace an old pair and picked out my size off the shelf, but they looked too small and were far too small. Looked on the shelf and picked up another pair with identical size markings, but this pair were physically much bigger.
It made the think Big W were selling knockoffs. Usually Havaianas are/were so good. Buyer beware.
you sure not women / men / slim ?
I'm talking about two pairs of new thongs in identical colour/style with identical size markings moulded into the rubber, but a significantly different physical size.
Some brands manufacture a cheaper version for outlet and departmental stores. For eg Kate Spade, Michael Kors or Coach has the same handbag manufactured using different materials, single stitching instead of double stitching etc for their outlet stores and sell them cheaper.
I don't think BigW will sell knockoffs but they are not manufactured the same way as the $30-35 pairs in a Havaianas store.
That is really interesting…but unless they make this clear to the consumer through marketing that these are a different (more economical - read: low quality) range of products, all they are doing is tarnishing their good names with cheap product that will steer people away from buying the good stuff.
Many brands do this. Look at Wahl who makes shavers where if you buy their cheap ones they are made in China with inferior materials and don't last as long, but if you buy their expensive ones they are made in the USA and made at a premium.
All comes down to what you pay, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
If I paid $5 for a pair of flip flops I wouldn't expect them to last more than a few months.
are you sure they are selling knock off? they could be sued by Havainas if they are selling fake one
Big W almost certainly only sell knock offs.
Just went to my local, Pakenham Vic, they don't have any tags to indicate they're $5 but I scanned on a price checker and they were. There was plenty in stock, but unfortunately not bigger sizes so none for me. Got some for the Mrs and my 9 and 11 year old boys.
Header image: Thongs in the top right…I thought I was looking at a cross bow
Aka Asian safety work boots
Poor selection at the BrickWorks SA store. Seems to be only certain styles as the skinny style ones were scanning at $15 (women's). Mens sizes were only 6/7.
They usually do these sales on the sizes and colours no one wants.
I'm not kidding when I say that my ALDI Australia thongs lasted longer than these.
Randomly cracked (which eventually fell off) the whole top of the thong from the plug up. Bought my last pair of Havaianas from Big W. Didn't use them that often and lasted maybe 9 months - kept indoors out of direct sunlight.
No size bigger than 41 at my local.
Going to start off by saying that I own about six pairs of Havaianas at the moment.
I just got back from my local BigW. I am pretty sure the Havaianas they stock are either grey market, made in a different factory using the name or something else.
I was wearing my genuine Havaianas (as was my partner and son) which we purchased at the Havaianas for around $40 each. The ones at BigW were no where near as well made; the shape was weird, the material did not feel as nice, and the sizing was not consistent with the sizing label (I am a 38-39 and had to try the 41-42 which was way too big anyway).
I didn't buy any. I would rather pick up the $3 thongs from Kmart which are way better quality (everyone at my house keeps a pair of Kmart ones at the front and back doors of the house for when we want to go outside briefly).
!remind me tomorrow
No stock in BIGW, Pacific Fair, QLD for men but a few for women. Quality doesn't look like normal Havaianas.
None at the Campsie NSW store, although some of the Mitre range of thongs are on sale.
Plenty of womens sizes at Big W North Lakes, QLD
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