It's been another weird week in retail. Crocs gets a handy new upgrade, Amazon releases its Holiday lookbook and Sony wants consumers to use this cool tech.
This, and more, in this week's retail therapy.
A hands-on approach to achieving the Crocs look
While the reasoning is still a mystery, Crocs is having a big moment right now. Whether it's in a luxury fashion house, like Balenciaga, or donned by rapper Post Malone, the foam clogs don't appear to be going away anytime soon. And unfortunately for those of us with eyes, the fun is no longer limited to just our feet.
Brand Optari already sells the "Sol Tote," which is essentially a Croc-like clog turned bag, but Unnecessary Inventions creator Matty Benedetto had something else in mind. Enter: the Croc glove. While the product is not actually affiliated with the real Crocs brand, all of the elements of the iconic shoe are present in this creation — the holes, the rubber strap and of course, the bright hues. The creator behind Unnecessary Inventions says it's "creating products to solve problems that don't exist," and well, he hit the nail on the head with this one.
No matter how hard on the eyes traditional Crocs are, at least they serve a purpose. These gloves, on the other hand, appear to actually hinder movements. But hey, that's just the price of fa-shun. As in, you'll likely be shunned from society for sporting these.
Amazon declares the holiday season has begun
This week the e-commerce giant released its 2019 holiday lookbook because nothing gets us into the cozy, seasonal spirit quite like near-100 degree temps outside. Although it's ages away, Amazon is here to prep consumers for the spending, er, holiday season.
The book contains many useful items like kids toys, Alexa-enabled devices and a carpool karaoke microphone (again, we can't stress "useful" enough here). However, it included some questionable items, as well:
- Costumes that will definitely make your dog hate you
Their faces say it all. We can only assume someone would buy this if they truly don't like their dogs, and if that's the case, we just have one thing to ask: What's the matter with you? Not only do the dogs hate them, but the costumes themselves are just plain weird. If your idea of fun is having a giant spider walk around your home, then you've got some bigger issues, my friend.
- Something to give your nemesis
Some view the holidays as the season of giving, and Amazon made sure consumers would have the perfect thing for everyone on their lists. For that person that drives you insane but you're obligated to give them something, we present to you the Baby Shark puppet toy. Just make sure you make your exit well before they turn it on.
- For the person who has converted their car into a dining room
The device is designed specifically to hold an order of French fries. Necessary.
Only five more months until the holidays are over, people. We can get through this together.
Sony's device is sure to make you the coolest at the BBQ
A large majority of the country has been suffering in the sweltering heat this summer, and if you aren't, can we come hang with you until fall please (SOS)? Sony is here for you and is crowdfunding for a gadget that's small enough to fit in your pocket but delivers that cool comfort we all crave.
The Reon Pocket and a shirt designed specifically to hold the device run for about $130, according to CNET. It also has a battery life of about 90 minutes, which means it will be perfect for backyard BBQs, sporting events or really any occasion that forces you leave the comforts of the air-conditioned indoors.
The device can also transition to a personal heater, according to The Verge, for those cooler months that we can only hope are quickly approaching.
Arby's wants to feed the aliens (and also, those living on the fringe)
The fast-food chain announced earlier this week it will bring its food truck to Area 51 on Sept. 20. This coincides with the viral Facebook event, "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop Us All," that has garnered interest from nearly 2 million people. If you can't change crazy, you might as well embrace it. And feed it.
"We can't confirm if there are aliens at Area 51. But, if they do show up, they deserve the best meats on Earth," Arby's CMO Jim Taylor said in a statement.
The company said it will bring a "special menu," though it didn't specify what will be included on that.