At 50, Havaianas flip-flops are symbol of Brazil

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In this July 17, 2012 photo, youths play soccer using Havaianas sandals to mark the goal area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Brazil, literally everyone wears Havaianas, the now world-famous brand of rubber and plastic flip-flops that's celebrating its 50th birthday this year. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Brazil's well-heeled socialites swear by them. Legions of slum-dwellers from the country's hillside "favelas" don them almost every day. Minimum wage earners behind juice bar counters use them, as do newly minted millionaires and, alarmingly, construction workers.

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