Being a travel journalist, I’m all about making sure I pack comfortably, economically and stylishly when I go away. Often finding myself in swish, luxury resorts (hey, I’m not complaining), there’s nothing worse than opening your case to find you’ve packed all the wrong things.
Over the years, I’ve been faithful to the Brazilian Havaianas brand. Whether you go for a classic pair with a pop of colour or one of their pretty strappy styles, they always look flattering and ooze a coolness about them that other competitors just can’t seem to get right. Having a pair of Havaianas on your feet just seems to add a feel-good-factor, no matter what part of the world I end up in or what resort I’m reviewing.
On my most recent trip to Jamaica, for instance, I ended up ditching all the other sandals I had packed in favour of two pairs of Havianas which I kept on rotation (not to self: keep it simple and leave everything else at home next time).
Staying at the Half Moon resort in Montego Bay, the dress code was laid-back Caribbean chic. For daytime, therefore, the navy-soled Slim Logo flip flops with their candy-bright orange straps were perfect. Water-resistant, they are great for pool-time or chilling in the spa, and the straps are slim and elegant (especially designed for women) so they don’t look too chunky but instead just effortlessly cool.
These were my ‘go-to’ for mornings on the beach, mooching around town and day-trips to the nearby Dunn’s River Falls. When the sun was high and I wanted to feel free (that sand between your toes sensations), they were the closest thing I could find to emulate bare-foot glamour.
For something slightly dressier, meanwhile, I turned to a pair of Havaianas’ Flash Urban, a sporty version of Brazil’s authentic flip-flops.
The gun-metal strappy sandals were ideal for drinks on the terrace and eating jerk chicken and rice ‘n’ peas by the ocean – the perfect accessory to a holiday in the tropics.
These have an urban, yet smart, appeal and gave a hip edge to summer outfits – think crisp cotton shorts, palm-print cigarette pants and floaty maxi-dresses.
My tip for travelling: take a pair of Havaianas to suit any tropical occasion.