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Jan in CA
07-15-2006, 07:02 PM
I think you have to register to view it so I'm pasting here for you to read. It turns out there is a Crocs Inc store near me!!! I have to go check them out!


Friday, July 14, 2006
Clogs help Crocs make great strides
Last year, the company sold 6 million pairs, and total revenue reached $108.6 million.

From staff and wire reports


WINNING LOOK: Crocs beach sandals are displayed at a Cambridge, Mass., store. The sandals are selling out around the country.

BLOOMBERG NEWS

Kathleen Ryan thinks Crocs are hideous, but that won't stop her from buying them.

Ryan, 35, of La Habra, wants to purchase the bulky clogs with holes across the top for her 2-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. She recently saw them in Nordstrom at the Brea Mall.

Elizabeth doesn't like to go barefoot at the pool, so she wears her flip flops. But unlike thongs, Crocs are slip resistant.

Crocs are winning consumers over with their versatility and comfort.

Food service and factory workers, hair stylists and hospital personnel buy them for comfort. Boaters and swimmers buy them for function. And some just think they're fun.

Crocs, which got their name because the shoes are water-friendly and tough, now lend their cartoon crocodile logo to more than a dozen styles. There are flip flops, slides, a calf-high boot, a hiking shoe and a Mary Jane that's to hit stores this fall.

They come in 20 colors including chocolate, sea blue, lime and fuchsia and prices range from about $30 to $60.

Crocs Inc., based in Niwot, Colo., reported $24,000 in revenue and sold 1,500 pairs of clogs in 2002, its first year.

Last year, the company sold 6 million pairs of shoes and total revenue, including shoes, accessories and clothing, reached $108.6 million, which company spokesman Michael Fox said came almost entirely from shoes.

In May, Crocs said it expected sales for 2006 to reach $200 million to $205 million.

Carol Nielsen, a buyer for Becker Surfboards for almost two decades, says Crocs are flying off the shelf. Becker has two stores in Orange County.

"Honestly, I've never seen anything like that, and I've been a buyer for a long time," she said.

She got hooked on them after the company sent her a sample sage pair that she wears while gardening. After that, she placed an order for Becker stores.

"They're so hot across the country, they're not able to keep up with demand," she added.

That's why it's now taking about six weeks to fill orders that previously shipped in two weeks, Nielsen said.

To fix the problem, the company is increasing production capabilities, Fox said. Crocs recently added a factory in Romania to the ones that are in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Italy and China.

Another challenge for the company is that it has produced a "very one-dimensional product" and must find ways to re-engineer the brand because that product is easily imitated, said Marshal Cohen, chief analyst with The NPD Group Inc., a market research firm.

"Number one, the hard part, is to sustain that momentum," he said. "Number two is to ward off the competition."

Cohen said similar shoes have popped up at lower prices in Skechers, Wal-Mart and Target stores.

He compared the fad to the UGG sheepskin boots, which were hot for a couple of years but faded away after imitators came along.

Fox said the key to Crocs is the material. They're made of a resin that molds to the foot, is scuff and slip resistant, doesn't absorb odor and can be cleaned with a garden hose.

Jen Mosher of Tuscaloosa, Ala., said she got her first pair of Crocs for Christmas in 2002.

"I stuck them on to wear for slippers and haven't taken them off since," said Mosher, 39, a University of Alabama microbiology graduate student who's often on her feet in a lab.

She now has the original Crocs in nine colors dark blue, royal blue, yellow, orange, red, purple, green, black and the tan ones she wears as dress shoes.

She cleans them by throwing them in the dishwasher.

rebecca
07-15-2006, 09:10 PM
Love, love my crocs!! Lonnie just came home with another pair for me a few minutes ago :inlove:

Jan in CA
07-16-2006, 12:01 AM
You must have one in every color and style now! :lol:

Phretys
07-16-2006, 03:20 AM
I wish the local shops would sell more styles than just the Beach. I'd love a pair of black Professionals for work but I noticed that the prices on the Crocs website are $5-10 higher than in the stores.

Debi

Jan in CA
07-16-2006, 12:52 PM
According to the article I posted there is a store in Newport Beach, CA - Fashion Island. I am going to check that out someday when it's not so freaking hot since it's an outdoor mall.

rebecca
07-16-2006, 05:06 PM
Oh my, we have several stores here that sell Crocs...even a Hallmark store in the mall!!

samm
07-16-2006, 05:10 PM
Sittin' here in my Crocs right now. I have navy ones and some old green ones from before they were marketed as Crocs. I want a pair without the holes for winter. They are my daily choice and although I usually wear orthotics, I can wear these all the time with no troubles. I loooooove my Crocs!!!! :heart: :heart: :heart: samm

momwolf
07-16-2006, 09:14 PM
Ok what are Crocs :??

brendajos
07-16-2006, 09:31 PM
the ugliest and most comfortable shoe ever made!!
:thumbsup:
http://www.crocs.com/home.jsp

margie
07-16-2006, 09:43 PM
When we were on vacation in Texas, I couldn't believe how many people I saw wearing Crocs! Men, women and children. I've only seen them in one store near me, and they only had 2 styles in 2 colors. I might just have to do some online shopping...................... :thinking:

Jan in CA
07-16-2006, 11:17 PM
Oh my, we have several stores here that sell Crocs...even a Hallmark store in the mall!!

Oh yeah, I've seen them in Hallmark, Nordstrom, and even the local Whole Foods store I shop in. I wish I still had the paper...I swear they said there was an actual Crocs store, but maybe it was a company office or something. :thinking:

haloheaven
07-17-2006, 12:30 AM
Hey the OC Register! 'Tis my paper as well
Is this another Uggs trend?
:)

Jan in CA
07-17-2006, 02:38 AM
Hey the OC Register! 'Tis my paper as well
Is this another Uggs trend?
:)

Probably! But it actually makes much more sense! :lol: I have some Uggs, but they can only be worn on rare occasions and trips to Canada! :roflhard:

samm
07-17-2006, 05:34 PM
I hope it isn't just a flash in the pan trend. I hope they always make Crocs. I will always want a pair at least for around the house. They beat my Birks for comfort. :happydance: samm

rebecca
07-17-2006, 08:08 PM
So, true, samm...before Crocs, I only wore birks...now, Crocs all the way (well, most of the time ;) ) :thumbsup: