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Seriously, does anyone enjoy trekking to the nail salon for a pedicure in winter? Typically, it involves wearing walking sandals — with or without pedicure socks — freezing your toes off and either smudging the nail polish or experiencing the uncomfortable sensation of Saran-wrapped toes. Luckily, Brazilian sandal brand Havaianas has teamed up with LA-based streetwear label MARKET to create the Zip Top Market Flip-Flop — a new unisex sandal changing the winter pedicure game.
The unique flip-flops cleverly merge the look and feel of warm winter boots, durable slip-on sneakers, comfortable slippers, and pedicure-friendly summer sandals. The inspiration for the design stems from the idea that flip-flops are commonly used for the warm-weather season. The results? A puffy slipper that can be unzipped to reveal a classic flip-flop design.
Keep reading for everything you need to know about the Zip Top Market Flip-Flop, including our honest review on the style.
Havaianas x Market’s Zip Top Market Flip-Flops Review 2023
- Product: Havaianas x Market’s Zip Top Market Flip-Flops
- Size Range: 6-12
- Price of Product: $120
- The puffer upper is easy to zip on and off
- Thick sole
- EVA foam midsole for comfort
- Bungie cord option to tighten them
- Run large
- Not great for narrow feet
- Flip-flop straps aren’t comfortable for walking far distances
- Testing Verdict: Whether you frequently get pedicures in the winter or want to save space in your small city closet with an all-season shoe, Havaianas x Market’s Zip Top Market Flip-Flops are a sensible choice.
Havaianas Zip Top Market Flip-Flops
Few brands are as synonymous with flip-flops as Havaianas. Since 1962, Brazilian-based brand Havaianas has been a global leader in the sandals category with its iconic rubber sole and bright, colorful, and summer-infused designs. The brand’s flip-flops consist of a mixture of tightly kept secret materials that are constantly being tweaked and refined to ensure they’re the best on the market and as environmentally friendly as possible. Today, the brand can be found in more than one hundred fifty thousand points of sale throughout Brazil and in more than 100 countries, offering products that go far beyond the classic sandals.
Since 2016 MARKET has been a coveted streetwear brand from Los Angeles that is widely known for its unique collabs and drops. After the closing of his first brand ICNY, founder Mike Cherman continued doing what he’s always done, crafting viral tees, sneakers, and accessories. MARKET snowballed and expanded the brand through its partnerships with celebrities such as Dennis Rodman. In 2017 they dropped a collection with 143 Worldwide, featuring famous R&B singers from the ’90s like Lauryn Hill and Usher. Then again, in 2018, they partnered with Chicago-based rapper Chief Keef for a limited series based on Keef’s infamous speeding traffic stop. Culture and music have always been intertwined in MARKET’s narrative, which are the main reasons for the brand’s success.
What Are the Zip Top Market Flip-Flops
The hybrid flip-flop slipper boots protect from the cold with features like a black waterproof puffer attachment and an adjustable drawstring tie. This space-saving footwear solution promises to be a smart design to store in the closet at home and a handy pedicure shoe choice for the cold weather. They’re made in Brazil and feature a rubber sole, a polyester water-resistant padded puffer upper, and a cushioned footbed with a textured rice pattern.
How to Use Havaianas x Market’s Zip Top Market Flip-Flops
The Zip Top Market Flip-Flops are easy to use. Simply wear the shoes to your go-to nail salon; once it’s time for your pedicure, use the zipper on the side to open and remove the upper cover. Once your pedicure is complete and your toes dry, and it’s time to head to your next destination, place the puffer upper on top of the sandal and zip it as you would with any jacket or zip-up sweatshirt. The best part? If you choose to leave the shoes as sandals, the compact and foldable cover can easily be stashed in any bag and brought with you.
Are the Havaianas x Market Zip Top Market Flip-Flops Worth It?
As soon as I received the Zip Top Market Flip-Flops, the shoe box was the first to catch my eye. It had a red and yellow checkered print that felt cheerful and enticed me to see what was inside. Since I keep an open-door policy with shoes — which is why my closet is overflowing with women’s boots, sneakers, sandals, and heels — I didn’t go into it with preconceived notions. However, upon first taking them out of the box and putting them on my feet, I was a bit skeptical about how and when I would wear them. First, I slid into them, tightened the bungee cord to ensure my foot wouldn’t slide out, and took a quick walk around my apartment. They felt light and roomy; however, the thong part of the sandal felt like it would irritate in between my toes — as most thong sandals do — if I wore them for long.
Initially, I thought I would just wear them for cold days when running errands in my neighborhood, but I wanted to put the 2-in-1 feature to use. So, when I was headed for a pedicure on a cold winter day and failed to find a pair of regular sandals in my closet, I had an aha moment. I pulled out the Zip Top Market Flip-Flops with the puffer upper attached and happily walked to my appointment. When I got there, I easily zippered off the top, enjoyed my pedicure, and efficiently re-zippered the top back on when my feet were dry. I wasn’t sure if my toes would rub and smudge against the roof of the shoe, but once I started my journey back home, I was delighted to realize they didn’t hit the shoe.
The Zip Top Market Flip-Flops are stylish, functional, and a timeless footwear option. Whether you use them for winter pedicures — as I did — or not, they’re a practical option one should consider adding to their rotation or gifting to someone special — like an outdoorsman who enjoys camping. Additionally, the simple black design with a hint of yellow makes them easy to pair with pieces already in your closet.
Havaianas Zip Top Market Flip-Flops
Meet the Author
Nikki Chwatt is the Style Commerce Editor for Footwear News and WWD, where she writes and edits stories on the latest clothing and shoe trends. She is at the forefront of all consumer trends with a keen eye for the latest, greatest, and classics of what people wear, buy and love. As a city dweller, she’s garnered a love for shoes because they keep her feet protected and stylish when running uptown, downtown, or cross-town. In her spare time, Chwatt keeps up with street style to understand which accessories are highly coveted by the style set.