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Archive for April 2010

Mauricio Chahad in Brazil

Hi, I’m Mauricio Chahad, from Brazil, and I am 25 years old. I am a TV reporter and producer and I wear Crocs because I feel that it brings fun and color to my shows.

I started with a webcast in June of 2006. The show was called “Por aí a fora” and it highlights daily life in the city of São Paulo. After two years of producing the program, I felt that my audience wanted something else. I began writing small programs for the web. Nowadays, my videos are not just online, they are also shown on national television in Brazil (TV Cultura).

The first Crocs I bought were a green pair.  I wore them on my show and I received several e-mails asking about my shoes. Since then, I’ve become a real fan of Crocs and I’ve started to collect them. I have a lot of fun wearing my colorful Crocs!

To read more about me and my life, visit my blog: www.mauzix.blogspot.com

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Crocs is pleased to announce the launch of our Crocs Ambassador Contest! If you’ve always been a big fan of Crocs and love to spread the word to friends, are comfortable writing and navigating your way around the Internet, then you might be just who we are looking for!

Visit our Facebook Fan page, upload a photo of yourself and a short bio and then share with friends. This is going to be fun!

Jessica in her Melbournes

Hola, mi nombre es Jessica. I am born of Puerto Rican decent, born and raised in Florida where I currently reside along with my husband, Alex, of nine years and my two dogs, Jiggy and Dixie. Alex is my high school sweetheart. Soon after graduating he pursued a career in culinary. It became crystal clear to me that he couldn’t use just any shoe to work in the kitchen. His feet took a beating. So, for years now we have been relying on Crocs for his daily work attire.

On the other hand, I work in a corporate setting and I found it more suitable walking into the office with my suit and heels everyday even if the dress code didn’t require it. Unfortunately, these past few years I have suffered more than one injury to my feet causing me to be in crutches, a special boot and physical therapy to avoid further damage. After injuring my Achilles tendon a few years ago my right foot has never been the same. Most, recently I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis on my left foot.

At first, I embraced the idea of putting away heels and wearing sneakers for the rest of my life until I had to place an order for my husband’s annual purchase of Bistro clogs for work. I decided to take a look around at your site for women’s shoes. To my surprise, I fell in love with the Women’s Melbourne in sky blue and oyster.  I thought to myself “have I found a versatile shoe I can actually enjoy wearing and be comfortable”. Can I just say that as soon as I slipped these bad boys on an overall relief came over my body. Not only are the shoes stylish, they offer extra support where I need it most.

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how much I love what your company stands for, my feet. It isn’t just about how they look, you intricately weave in odor-resistant interior, easy-to-clean fabrics and your styles are getting better each time I visit your site. I am a believer and a loyal customer for life. Thank you so much for putting the emphasis that you do into making our feet look and feel great!

Came across this amazing video of Taylor Mali earlier this year. Love the voice that he gives to teachers everywhere. Thanks, Taylor.

Performed at the very first Page Meets Stage pairing at the Bowery Poetry Club on November 12, 2005

Nathalie's Crocs Collection

Hello my name is Nathalie. I live in Belgium near Mons and I am currently starting my own business.

You have no idea how Crocs changed my life. I usually say that when I saw my first pair of Crocs I just thought “blaaaargh”….but the truth is, I found them cute in a quaint way. I finally got to try a pair. And OOOOOH, magical instant, happy memory forever :) No kidding, I have bad, ultra sensitive feet. The simple idea of having to stand and walk all day used to make me cringe and worry 5 days ahead about which shoes I could possibly wear for the ordeal. I always carried around a pack of band aids for bleeding blisters. I tried everything, every shoe brand famous for being comfortable. You name it, I tried it. And I kept looking for somewhere to sit when I had to walk all day.

One of the strangest Crocs moment I had was the first time I went to a theme park wearing Crocs. In the evening, I started getting a funny sensation in the legs…and I suddenly realized that my legs were tired! I had not sit for the whole day…I had not even thought of sitting. Before Crocs my feet would have given up long before my legs.

And I am converting everyone around me too! All my friends and family now own at least one pair of Crocs!

Now that I am the proud owner of so many pairs you’d think I have enough. But NOOOOO, last Saturday I visited the newly opened Crocs store in Brussels and came out with a pair of red Hanalei and added a few more to my wishlist.



Crocs as planters

With Earth Day literally around the corner, we at Crocs are thinking of ways to add a little more planetary love to our everyday. Recycling is a great way to get in the Green game, and we love the idea from Real Simple to use those old Classic or Beach clogs as planters.

What are some of the ways that you recycle your Crocs or recycle in-general? One reader suggested that we cut up our used Crocs and make cool stamps out of them for kids. (We might have to try that!)

Do you bring your own bags to the grocery store? Take your lunch in reusable containers instead of plastic bags? Write to us and let us know how you are saving the planet.

Happy (early) Earth Day, everyone.

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Are you one of those people who love to watch the “making of” segments on DVDs? Are you are fan of the VH1 series Behind the Music? Maybe you are like me in that you have an innate curiosity about the way things work. If so, then this new blog feature is right up your alley.

Welcome to our new series, Inside Crocs, where we will take readers “behind the scenes” of the company from corner to corner. First up, is Footwear Design.

Kathy Santos, Senior Designer of Women's Footwear

Ever wonder where Crocs shoes begin? Who is behind these great designs? Earlier this week, I sat down with Kathy Santos, Senior Designer for Women’s Footwear and 13- year veteran of the footwear industry to ask these questions and more.

Crocs: Why Crocs?

KS: I thought Crocs was a great fit for me–the customer-base. I worked for a lot of years in this kind of mainstream- primarily women- consumer base, so it felt like a really good fit.

Crocs: Designers traditionally find inspiration in a very diverse range of places. Where do you find your inspiration?

KS: I trend constantly. It’s something that I do everyday. It’s understanding what is going in the world in many facets. I also love looking at fabrics and materials for inspiration. Apparel and house wares also give me great inspiration.

Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes

Crocs: What about designing women’s shoes appeals to you?

KS: I haven’t always done just women’s product. I enjoy it because I think women are fun. They’re bold with color and they’re bold with print, and they always want newness. It’s amazing, just by combining things in a different way, you can take something that they’re familiar with, do it in a new way, and it can be all fresh, new and exciting.

Crocs: What advice would you give to students/professionals who want to pursue a career in footwear?

KS: Love what you do. Follow your heart. If you love it and have a passion for it, then you’re in the right place. Get the right skills and design your passion… you’ll be fine.

Crocs: Anything else you’d like to share?

KS: It’s always a team effort. No designer is an island. It’s always a team effort to come up with great product that will sell to our consumer and be right for the brand.

Thank you, Kathy, for sitting down with us. Keep up the great work!