We've got a blog, now. Finally. This will allow us to keep you posted more easily and quickly! Shazaam! Don't worry, though, the rest of the site is still around. If you will turn your eyes to the right, you will see 'links'. That's the rest of the site! The store, the FAQs, the video and all that.
Speaking of the store, you can get FREE STANDARD SHIPPING to the US and Canada by using the coupon code FREESHIPPING07. The code expires at the end of this month, so if you've been waiting to buy a shirt or something, now is the time to buy. It will never be cheaper than it is right now!
Below there are two interview transcripts from recent interviews Kate and I have given. The first is with both of us, the second is just with me, Vincenzo. So, enjoy!
INTERVIEW THE FIRST FEATURING KATE AND VINCENZO
Why do you Hate Crocs so much?
Kate: We hate Crocs for the same reason that people hate mildew: they're ugly, foul-smelling and make everything feel hopeless and dank. Crocs offend the eyes of those with even the loosest grip on common sense. They must be stopped.
Have you ever worn Crocs, if so what was it like?
Kate: I haven't, nor do I have any desire to. If looking at them is so painful, I can barely imagine wearing them.
Vincenzo: I tried on my friend's pair, just to see. They're not that comfortable and they caused my eyes to scream. Anyone who says they're comfortable enough to compensate for their extreme ugliness is clearly delirious. There's a lot of cult-like behavior.
Would you ever wear Crocs?
Kate: No. Not under any circumstances.
Can you explain the history of the website ie when and why it was started etc.
Kate: The website was started in August of this year (2006) because Vincenzo and I really couldn't take it any more. Our closest friends and allies were turning to the dark side of fashion. We recognized the epidemic and knew we had to put up a front. The website is a pile of sandbags in a torrential flood of distaste.
Why make a video of burning Crocs?
Vincenzo: Because Kate and I thought it would be a rip-roaring good time. And it was very fun. We laughed, many of the people who saw it laughed and the deluded Croc enthusiasts shook their head in disgust. A good time for all concerned.
How much are the T-Shirts you sell? How many do you sell?
Kate: The t-shirts are around $15-25. They vary depending on size and style. We sell them through Spreadshirt.com and don't have much control over the pricing. We've sold over fifty so far.
Why have a myspace and a website?
Vincenzo: The website came first. The MySpace came about because we wanted to get the word out and collect friends with which to build a vast army.
Why should people pay for your charity and besides burning Crocs what have or will you do to destroy them?
Kate: Well, thus far we've had no donations, but there's always hope. We have a few plans in mind for other ways to destroy Crocs, but we don't have the luxurious access to the camera we used for the first one any more. Once we do, we're thinking "trains."
INTERVIEW THE SECOND FEATURING JUST VINCENZO
Why did you start the website, and what motivated you to create an entire website devoted to hating Crocs?
Vincenzo: When I first saw Crocs, I just made fun of them with my friend Matt. We thought they were extremely ugly and wondered if the holes were for aerodynamics. However, the only person wearing them was just some weird guy, so I didn't really pay much mind. Then, shortly after, they grew more popular. Suddenly, Matt has a pair. It was like a zombie movie. My friend Kate didn't like them, either and she was talking about their ugliness in one of her LiveJournal entries. Her entry inspired me to buy ' IHATECROCS.com', right then. When I told her about it, she volunteered to design the site and I was pleased, because Kate is a graphic design genius. She does the vast majority of the work on the site.
When did you start the website and when and from whom did the T-shirt and merchandise ideas come from?
V: I purchased the domain on July 21. There was a little placeholder image for a while. I'm not sure when the site was actually up, but I know we got our first email on the 30th. We were psyched. Now we get more mail than we care to respond to. We still read it all, though. People should really stop sending us articles about kids who get their feet chewed up by escalators as a result of Crocs. We're aware of it. It's awful. I'm pretty sure that I broached the topic of t-shirts. My design was the first one up, I believe.
Do you think the website has grown in popularity and, if so, do you think it will continue to grow in popularity?
V: Well, we look at the hits and it has grown in popularity. Quite a lot of people visit the site. I don't know if the site will continue to grow in popularity. Hopefully there won't be a need for the site for much longer. Winter is coming, so the Crocs will go away. If they're back next summer, you can bet that we'll be back.
Do you get a lot of opposition from those who like Crocs or from those who design them?
V: Nothing from the actual Crocs company. We'd love to get their reaction. Sometimes we get vaguely hateful mail. Mostly it's stuff like, "omg ther s0 comfotrable", which we can't even read. Sometimes we'll get something like 'u sux' and that pains us deeply. I cry myself to sleep sometimes.
Seriously, the vast majority of the mail we get is positive. Someone will thank us for making them laugh and that's really what our intent is. We also get some crazy people who say they're going to steal someone else's Crocs and burn them, which is not something we encourage. Theft and violence are not to be used in the war against Crocs.
Most of the opposition comes in the form of arguments for the comfort of Crocs. The other stuff is usually just allegations that we wish we invented Crocs or that we have little to no lives. Some of it is really funny. We would absolutely adore it if someone were to start IHATEIHATECROCS.com.
Finally, what are your future plans for the website and for Croc destruction?
V:We'd like to make another video. Our plan is to run over Crocs with a train, but we haven't been able to procure a camera. We were thinking about a book of some kind. Either self-help for those poor saps who own Crocs or a survival guide for those who have retained their sanity. We're both fairly busy with other projects, however. We update when we can.