Is it the End of Crocs??

July 17, 2009 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - News
Are we going to see the end of Crocs? Originally, Crocs were designed to be a boating / outdoor shoe because of their slip-resistant, non-marking sole. By 2003, they became a phenomenon, widely accepted as an all purpose shoe for comfort and fashion which was affordable. Over 100 million pairs were sold in just seven years. Not only were these fashionable, but very practical. There were three models specifically created with healthy feet in mind: Croc Relief, Croc Cloud, and Croc Silver Cloud. Crocs were produced in a wide array of colors depending on the model. If they weren’t fashionable enough by themselves, there were charms designed to fit Crocs’ ventilating holes.

These plastic clogs became popular in 2002, just as the country was recovering from a recession. Did it take a recession to mark the demise of Crocs? Crocs swung from a profit of $168.2 million in fiscal year 2007 to a loss of $185.1 million last year. The company eliminated roughly 2,000 jobs and scrambled to find money to pay down millions in debt. Now they are stuck with a surplus of

shoes and have until the end of September to pay off their debt. Did they make their product too well? The problem with a nearly indestructible product is that shoppers rarely need to replace it. Most people these days primarily wear these for gardening, medical reasons or are in the medical industry where they are on their feet for long hours.

Some saw Crocs shoes as comfortable and a must have item, while others saw them as a fashion disaster. Which one are you?


From Community Service to Curfew

July 15, 2009 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - News

We would like to post another update to a previous post, Can’t Do Community Service Wearing Heels.

Deborah Stallard, from Torquay, UK, was charged in February with two counts of damaging a vehicle and failing to provide a breath specimen. She had collided with another car and left the scene. At that time the court banned her from driving for three years and ordered her to do community service. After she showed up to do her community service in a pair of 4 inch high heel boots, she was sent home as it was seen as a safety hazard.

Ms. Stallard returned to court last month for re-sentencing. She was hoping that since her footwear was unacceptable to do the manual labor they originally had imposed, that she would be able to serve her time working in a charity shop. Apparently the court did not feel that this was acceptable and her community service was replaced by a six-month electronic tag curfew between the hours of midnight and seven a.m.

Outside the courtroom, Stallard stated that the sentence was “unfair” and she was considering an appeal. “It’s a bit harsh – I can’t believe I’m going to be electronically tagged,” she said.

Does anybody else think this new sentence is a bit harsh? This will not interfere in any way with her working or having a normal life. She just has to be at home every night by midnight. Yes a 47 year old woman may feel a bit put off by having a curfew, but if she wants to keep fighting this, may the court feel that this is a waste of their time and just put her in jail? Maybe she should just accept the punishment, serve the sentence, and move on with life.