October 3, 2020
My son and daughter-in-law went to Downtown Disney. When they returned they surprised me with an early birthday present. They got me a pair of Mickey Mouse Halloween Crocs! They bought them at the World of Disney store, in Downtown Disney. They are gorgeous, and incredibly comfortable!
Downtown Disney’s Updated Shopping Experiences:
”In merchandise locations throughout the Downtown Disney District, while Guests will continue to discover favorite Disney items and unique products for the entire family, some modifications to the shopping experience have been established to help us manage capacity and foster physical distancing.
- Mobile Wait List: At some retail locations, including the World of Disney store and Marceline’s Confectionery, we may at times use a mobile wait list system to manage the number of Guests shopping when the location and/or queue are at capacity. Guests can choose to provide their name and mobile number to receive a text message when they are able to return. Data and message rates and other restrictions may apply.“
Crocs was founded by Lyndon “Duke” Hanson, and George Boedecker Jr. to produce and distribute a foamclog. Hanson told Parents magazine:“Right before Crocs got off the ground, I was living on a friend’s couch. I’d just turned 40, my wife had left me and taken the kids, my job had dried up post 9/11, I lost my house, and my mother died. A couple of friends, Scott Seamans and George Boedecker, suggested we all go boating in Mexico and have some fun.At that time, Scott was working with a Canadian company making a clog with cutouts, but the company couldn’t sell them. Scott is an inventor by trade and an avid boater. When he tried on the original, he loved that it was comfortable, slip-resistant, could float, and didn’t stink like most boating shoes do. He developed a strap that turned the clog into a shoe that won’t fall off. Scott brought the shoes along on our vacation and asked George and me to try them on. We told him, “Those are ugly,” and he said, “I know, but they have a lot of utility.” After a few days, we were sold on them, too, and we decided to start a company. None of us came from the shoe industry, and we had no idea what we were doing. We opened a warehouse in Miami and lived on a boat to keep expenses down.We first sold the shoes at a boat show in Fort Lauderdale in 2002. Our booth was swarmed, and we sold just about every pair we brought with us, not just to boaters but to restaurant and hospital workers too. We knew then that we had something.” parents.com
“The Croc’s design was acquired from a company called Foam Creations. The shoe was originally developed as a boating shoe. The first model produced by Crocs, the Beach, was unveiled in 2002 at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in Florida, and sold out the 200 pairs produced at that time. It has since sold 300 million pairs of shoes.Crocs are made in a variety of styles. They are manufactured in Crocs plants in Italy and Mexico, both of which are slated to close by the end of 2018, whereupon Crocs manufacturing will be entirely outsourced.The shoes are produced in an array of colors, depending on the model. The Classic styles are available in more than 20 colors; most other styles are produced in a palette of four to six colors or two-color combinations. There are different styles of Crocs that are made so they can be worn in any season.The company has also released a line of purses in a variety of colors.A “Fuzz Collection” with removable woolly liners extend the range into winter wear.In 2008, the company entered the golf shoe marketplace, acquiring golf shoe manufacturer Bite Footwear. A Croc-styled pair of golf shoes, the Ace, was introduced.In 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the company launched “A Free Pair for Healthcare” offering healthcare workers a free pair of the comfort shoes. Additionally, Crocs sent out 100,000 pairs of shoes to hospitals to be distributed to staff.” Wikipedia.org
“Crocs also sells other fashion accessories. Jibbitz are decorations that can be clipped to the ventilation holes in the shoes. These include designs, mainly aimed at children, which feature Disney characters. In October 2006, Crocs Inc. purchased Jibbitz, a manufacturer of accessories that snap into the holes in Crocs shoes, for $10 million, or $20 million if Jibbitz met earnings goals.” Wikipedia.org
Are Crocs fashionable?
“For some, Crocs are the perfect shoes to wear when no one can see you wear them. For others, a pair of the colorful clogs is a fashion statement. … Crocs was the only footwear brand among the top 30 tracked by researchers at NPD Group to record sales growth in March, a 14% increase compared with the same month in 2019.“ May 23, 2020www.wsj.com
Do famous people wear Crocs?
“Starting in 2006, sales of Crocs increased dramatically, with first-quarterly sales roughly tripling from 2006 to 2007, according to The New York Times. An article in The Washington Post described the phenomenon: “Nor is the fashion world enamored of Crocs. Though their maker touts their ‘ultra-hip Italian styling,’ lots of folks find them hideous.” Tim Gunn, fashion consultant, told Time magazine, “… the Croc – it looks like a plastic hoof. How can you take that seriously?” A 2008 anti-Crocs essay by Steve Tuttle in Newsweek generated much response from readers who both agreed and disagreed with it.In 2007, then-President George W. Bush wore black Crocs with socks publicly. In August 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama was spotted wearing Crocs with her daughter. On June 14, 2015, 23-month-old Prince George, son of Prince William andKate Middleton, was photographed at a charity event wearing navy blue crocs. After one week, this created a 1,500 percent increase of sales, according to an Amazon.com spokesperson.“ Wikipedi.org
“On 21 July 2014, Crocs Inc. announced a restructuring plan to streamline its operations and workforce by eliminating 180 jobs, close 75 to 100 stores (out of 624 worldwide) as well as scrapping underperforming product lines. Crocs has previously eliminated 183 positions, including 70 current and planned positions in its corporate headquarters in Niwot, Colorado. Crocs also announced they would open a “global commercial center” with 50 to 75 employees in Boston, Massachusetts in 2014, for merchandising, marketing and retail functions. In August 2018, Crocs announced it was closing its last company-operated manufacturing plants in Mexico and Italy.“ Wikipedi.org
”Ever wonder what goes into the making of the popular waterproof Croc, a rubbery molded clog with breathing holes that has swept the country by storm? So did we. Here is what we discovered:The footwear is manufactured by Crocs Inc. of Niwot, CO. A patent on the shoe was filed on March 9, 2006. The material used to mold Crocs is a foamable ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) along with polyolefin elastomer (Engage from Dow) and pigment. Shoes are molded, then expand up to 2.5 times upon demolding before contracting by a factor of .6. Mold sizes are adjusted for color because various pigments affect the expansion process differently. Without adjustment, a green shoe would be noticeably smaller than a khaki one of the same shoe size. The EVA material is tradenamed Levirex and is marketed by an Italian company called Finproject. While the shoes have been embraced by children, gardeners, and active families, the original intent of the design was to provide comfortable working shoes for people who are on their feet all day, such as doctors and nurses, while also protecting their feet from liquids and other spills. While the inevitable knockoffs are starting to show up, the original company (Crocs Inc.) is now branching out into new shoe designs, such as the sporty flip-flop.“ plasticstoday.com
When is Crocs Day?
October 23rd is National Croc Day. This means everyone across the United States of America should wear a pair of Crocs on this day! It has been observed annually on October 23rd since 2013.The Crocs brand will debut its first-ever Croctober Jibbitz charm Calendar. You can count down the days until October 23rd, and reveal a new Jibbitz each new day (see photo of calendar above).Break out your favorite Crocs and wear them proudly! They are fun to wear, and are also very comfortable!
Have you ever tried Crocs? What is your favorite style of shoe? Please share in the comments. Thank you for sharing!