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"...they are both high-integrity"...

I might ask where your crocs were made and by who(m)... and how that might factor into the"integrity" quotient.

While some (a dwindling minority) of crocs are made in Canada, most are made in China... potentially by way of questionable labor practices. Added to that are the potential environmental implications of an all-poly shoe that can't be repaired and -- although light -- shoes that are shipped from China and off-gassing in a Costco by the thousands near you*.

In the verve of "voting with my dollar", I recently bought a pair of US-made New Balance sneakers not because of what they were, but what they meant to me. Not that I'm a rabid patriot, but because I see friends, neighbors and colleagues out of work because of the shift to take production, design and services overseas -- specifically to China. My US574s also weren't made in the thousands in hopes to be scooped up by fickle consumers, but were also "bespoke" (literally made to order)... and for a negligible amount more than the price of mass-produced imported versions. ($115 vs. $75... the difference being two/three lunches from Whole Foods).

I'm not sure if the reasoning behind purchasing the yellow wing tips had anything to do with provenance, but I'm beginning to wonder if that should begin to matter more... actually, from a strong-POV POV, there's no wonderment -- it /should/ matter more.

(* there's obviously a debate to be had about the pros/cons of crocs and their enviro-impact... my point is more about COO and one's cognizance of it).

A point of view is absolutely a must when designing a product or even a company! Although i have found that design can be a way to discover your point of view rather than something you must have before you start.

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