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I want your trendy opinion: The Hoki Slipper

Well, these are kinda coming back...The hokis. As I posted in my TrendOriginal blog:

Holy Hoki!


They’re back and they’re marvelous. Israeli designer Shlomit Slavin is reviving the japanese Hoki slipper. Like the ‘croc’, Hokis are extremely comfy and functional, however they’re not half as hideous.
Manufactured in an array of colors, these slippers are for anyone who is into the retro look. Oh, and a cute little tidbit-The word ‘Hoki’ means ’street broom’ in Japanese. So I guess they must be like, really, really, comfortable. (click here to go to the original review)

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I wonder:

A. What do YOU think of the Hoki? General look, style, etc.
B. Would you wear Hokis?
C. Do you think these slippers will really become trend?
D. If the Hokis do become extremely popular-would you get a pair?
E. and....if the shoes fits, should you wear it???


Looking forward to your responses-thank you!

Fashionably yours,
TrendLover


p.s. For more trendy trendiest trends, go here: http://www.trendoriginal.com/

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Comment by Apparel1 on June 3, 2008 at 2:19pm
Thank you for introducing us to the hokis. First of all, to answer your question, if the shoe fits, you should definately wear it...

Is it far more comfortable then a leather sandle? If it is not significantly more comfortable, I personally would stick with a leather sandal.

My kids wear crocs all the time and love them... They are easy to slip on when they are on the go. The kids wear them playing in the yard and to the beach. I do not think that they would trade in the crocs for the hokis. The primary reason being that you can not run in hokis...

To be honest with you, I do not wear crocs. Therefore, I really should not judge the hokis. I think I would have to try on a pair of hokis before making a final determination.

My vote is that I am "undecided" ...
Comment by Trend Lover on June 3, 2008 at 3:54pm
Thank you apparel1! Was my pleasure to introduce. It's the opinions of the community that I find most valuable.

So:

I will try to wear all the shoes that fit from now on... ;)

re Hoki comfort: I don't think Hokis are that much more comfortable than a regular leather sandal..perhaps slightly easier on the foot, but I believe it's more of a gimmick. As opposed to crocs, the Hoki has the retro, funky and cute elements in addition to comfort. Crocs are simply meant to be comfortable, but do not consider the style/design aspect. And I must say, even when I tried on crocs I didnt find them to be any more comfy than a regular flip flop or slip-on...
Would you stick to a reg leather sandal because you dont like how Hokis look? I mean, if they're not significantly more comfortable, you wouldnt bother? (we must send u a pair...)

re kids in crocs: They're the only ones who should be wearing them...they look cute! Although I do also love kids in those jelly-shoes for the beach. They're fantastic.

re wearing crocs or Hokis: Well, I dont wear crocs either, and I probably wont buy a pair of Hokis (maybe only for experimental purposes). I personally stick to plain leather, strappy flat sandals anyways. Don't really like the idea of walking around in slippers.... even if they are the biggest trend around...or the most 'comfortable'..

and BTW, speaking of comfort-aerosoles has gorgeous shoes that you can walk for miles in...
Comment by Apparel1 on June 3, 2008 at 4:22pm
Personal Preference:
The more I think about it, the hoki would definitely not be for me. In all honesty, I am not that adventurous in regard to color nor novelty items. Although I work in fashion, I am rather conservative. If I am to wear a sandal, it would be leather when dressing casual for summer time barbeques. The other time I would wear a sandal would be walking along a river etc., On those occasions a simple rubber sole with woven polyester straps would do the trick. In all honesty, I would probably go barefoot before being seen in the hoki... Again, that is just my personal taste and not a reflection of their shoes.

Business Decision:
If my company was selling these shoes, I would conceder them a one year item. The style and construction of the shoe would have longevity, but after the initial promotion, I think that other footwear company would jump on board (unless they have some sort of patent on the design). It would then become a price battle and others would most likely win. I think that Crocs did a fantastic job marketing. They have become a house hold name. For another company to do that with a shoe made of similar material, is less likely. If Crocs has not already done so, wouldn't they make a sandal exactly like the hoki?

Here are some interesting shoes that crocs is already doing.



I agree with you that the original crocs shoes are best for kids. It appears that crocs is now venturing into new designs that may work out for grown ups.
Comment by Trend Lover on June 10, 2008 at 6:27am
re personal: In all honesty, I don't think I would wear the Hokis, but not out of fear of color or retro style...my dislike would only stem from two facts: 1. I prefer wearing unique items, things that no one else has :) 2. I don't like walking around in slippers!
On a different note, I would wear them to stroll on the beach or around the house. The colors are uplifting and if they're comfy, then why not?

re business: they are definitely a trend, which by nature would make them a temporary fashion/item. Lonegvity would come by if they become a regular fashion 'must-have'. Also, If the design is in fact patented, then competition would be much more difficult to come by. If they are not patented, then they still have the 'original hoki' label. This means that other fakes produced in the market may still not be purchased as much even if they are considerably cheaper. Same as crocs-Don't people still prefer to buy the original ones, even if the replicas are more affordable?

Crocs do NOT take into account fashion, which is why the Hoki, made out of similar materials, is a completely different type of shoe. Again, crocs are comfortable, but even their new designs do not have a speck of uniqueness,style or anything vintage....

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