Due to their unique design, HAVAIANAS flip-flop sandals have become very popular among Thai people and tourists, especially at tourist attractions and beach areas. This has resulted in the widespread distribution of counterfeit HAVAIANAS sandals across Thailand. The counterfeit products use similar, infringing designs, and are offered at prices which are three to four times lower than genuine HAVAIANAS sandals, but with very inferior quality.
Tilleke & Gibbins represented Alpargatas S.A., the owner of the HAVAIANAS trademarks, to conduct comprehensive enforcement campaigns against counterfeit HAVAIANAS products in several regions, including border areas, of Thailand. As a result, several thousand pairs of counterfeit HAVAIANAS sandals have been successfully seized each year.