Once-trendy brands that lost their cool

At the height of their fame these big retail names were seemingly unstoppable. Now they're struggling to remain relevant.

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Jul 16, 2014 7:14PM
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I remember when Crocs first came out - they were $50.00!  They're just as ugly now as they were then!
Jul 16, 2014 8:15PM
Jul 16, 2014 9:18PM
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I went into an Abercrombie & Fitch shortly before Christmas to buy a gift card. After 10 minutes of being ignored by the employees in the store, another customer and I turned around and walked out without purchasing anything.
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I wear them for gardening... they are great for that, and I don't care how ugly they are!

Jul 16, 2014 7:55PM
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I go with what Stacey London (What Not to Wear) said about Crocs: "If Crocs were the last shoes in the world, I'd cut off my feet."
Jul 16, 2014 9:50PM
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Crocs! Ugly or not, I like them and will continue wearing them. I think they are very comfortable, and for me, I don't stop or start something just based on public opinion. The only opinion that matters to me is mine and mine alone. If someone else who looks at my Crocs don't like them, then cast your judgmental eyes elsewhere. 
Jul 16, 2014 9:38PM
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Uh, I bought my pair of Crocs because they are like sandals yet more substantial.  I bought them for ME and not whether they are trendy or not.
Jul 16, 2014 9:29PM
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they were really great for nursing could go right into the washing machine no matter what got spilled or splattered or stepped in. they are also the best for yard work for the same reason.
Jul 16, 2014 8:18PM
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Both Abercrombie and Lululemon have sexist pigs for execs. Women are tired of buying or listening to their crap! Glad they are fading away as brands.
Jul 16, 2014 11:51PM
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Years ago, I really thought Crocs were ugly and wouldn't even think of buying any. Then, I needed some slip-on sandals for summer, and I hate thongs, so I tried a pair of Crocs that were on sale. I actually like them. They fit and feel good, and appear to be totally waterproof and indestructible. I got the ones with the "camo" coloring and I don't even think they look that bad. In my opinion, if you try Crocs you will be pleasantly surprised. I think Crocs and Uggs will live forever -- ugly but functional.
Jul 16, 2014 8:53PM
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Absolutely, I wear them.  They are so good for your feet.  When at home, I always have them on. Yes some are ugly but my doctor recommended them and he was right!
Jul 16, 2014 9:23PM
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The main problem with Coach is they sell stuff at their outlets which was never sold in their main stores. Resellers descend on the Coach outlet and buy 8-10 items at a time at the discount price and then turn around and resell on Ebay, listing the "sticker price" for comparison. People think they are getting a great deal, even though the items were never sold in a mainstream retails store for the price listed on the tag. If you look at the product number, anything which starts with a letter F was produced specifically for the outlet stores. The quality is not the same as items sold in their regular stores and other merchandisers.


Jul 17, 2014 7:01AM
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Coach once sold elegant things with timeless design that were beautifully manufacturered from wonderful leather.  Instead they have now opted for overpriced, ugly junk with mass market appeal and the brand has lost its panache.  They have predictably become tacky and ho-hum.  When a brand's logo rather than its quality becomes its main selling feature, watch out.
Jul 17, 2014 9:18AM
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Abercrombie did themselves in with their marketing campaign geared only towards "good looking" people.  I never thought much of them, but that was the nail that sealed the coffin
Jul 16, 2014 8:28PM
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its not all what it's croced up to be.
Jul 16, 2014 11:25PM
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I have some wonderful Crocs...my seven year old has several pairs that are actually pretty cute. Comfy and cushy on the feet...we like 'em....we wear 'em to the pool and they are fabulous for that...on vacation at the beach, perfect....sand washes RIGHT away...unlike other shoes...I will keep buying them as long as they keep making them...and if you don't like them, don't buy them, but if you haven't worn 'em, don't knock 'em till you've tried 'em....
Jul 16, 2014 10:23PM
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Not sure why people don't like them...I kind I have are like "boat shoes" with the shoe strings. They are very comfortable. Anytime I know I have a lot of walking to do, I wear them. Plus, they're easy to clean.
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Made the mistake, once, of wearing Crocs while mowing the lawn. 
Very comfortable on my feet, but ended up with green polka dotted socks...
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