One Pair of Flip-Flops - That’s $19,840 Please

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilians sometimes scoff when foreigners fork out up to $20 for a simple pair of Brazilian flip-flops that cost just $2.50 at home. But the shoe is about to be on the other foot.
Brazilian jewelers H.Stern have teamed up with Havaianas, Brazil’s most popular flip-flop brand, to make a range of luxury flip-flops with a top price of $19,840 (58,500 reais).

A spokeswoman for Havaianas, made by Alpargatas, said on Wednesday that the luxury range, which also includes models priced at $3,660 (10,800 reais) and $2,440 (7,200 reais), would be made to order from H.Stern starting on Thursday.

The strap of the most expensive flip-flop is inlaid with diamonds and 1,636 feathers made out of 18 karat gold. Hidden among the gold feathers of the left-foot sandal is a small amulet in the shape of a frog, a symbol of prestige among Indians. The rest of the flip-flop is rubber with a black sole.

Nov 27, 2003 10:00 AM (ET)


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