20% OFF ALL SHOES - use coupon code “FRESH20” at checkout.

A Conversation with Ignacio

February 10, 2016 0 Comments

A Conversation with Ignacio


Combat Flip Flops Blog Shark Tank Twitter Conversation with Ignacio  Colombia


     As I stated in my tweet, I apologize if my statement was taken offensively by any craftsman in Colombia.  "Respect" is a stated value at Combat Flip Flops and we strive to be as aggressive as possible in our messaging without insulting those that actually do the work.  

Colombia is rad.  

Our production team loves Bogota.  The materials are fantastic, the people are amazing, and the working relationship is infinitely better than any we ever had in Asia.  Plus, we get to work with a small business owner that's supporting his family and community.  The "Stoke" is strong in Colombia.

Combat Flip Flops Bogota Colombia footwear manufacturing with Tuck Tucks via Blog

The statement of "We support craftsman, not cartels" is true and we mean every word of it.  Similar to Afghanistan's poppy stigma, Colombia is known for it's face-numbing crop. Nearly 50% of the world's cocaine was generated in Colombia. And, the United States spends over $500,000,000.00 annually to stop the flow of drugs. That's $500,000,000.00 of hard earned, taxpayer money that we could use for education, technology, or green energy.  EVERY.  YEAR.  But instead, we spend it fighting a product that is produced by people that have limited viable options to grow or manufacture anything else.  Seems kind of stupid, right?

So instead, the Colombian and U.S. governments developed a plan to provide alternative crops, vocational training, and beneficial trade policies––providing viable job alternatives for Colombians.  And it works.  If policy makers would pay attention, we'd use the shining example of Colombia and develop a similar plan in another nation that's bankrupting this nation––Afghanistan.  But I digress.

Over the past 3 years, a small factory operated by Colombian craftsmen and a veteran company grew together.  

We support them.  They support us.  

 I really don't care that you tagged all of the sharks with your short–tempered tweet.  Or claimed that I'm disrespectful.  The "ignorant" was the most offensive, but again––I don't care.

We ground this shit out.  As a team.  From nothing.  And went to the big show.  With our A-game.  Because people's livelihoods depend on us to make it happen.  




Also in Combat Flip Flops

From 75th Ranger to snow-slaying skiing skydiver #StokespersonSaturday
From 75th Ranger to snow-slaying skiing skydiver #StokespersonSaturday

November 18, 2017 0 Comments

Read Stokesperson Zach Carbo's thoughts on everything from finding tranquility in nature to his philosophies on life. Gold nuggets all-around in this interview.

Continue Reading

Listen to how this Iraq War veteran found healing in nature #StokespersonSaturday
Listen to how this Iraq War veteran found healing in nature #StokespersonSaturday

November 11, 2017 0 Comments

Our dear friend Stacy Bare is this week's #StokespersonSaturday. Read how nature guided him to himself.

Continue Reading

Do you have the answer to this Iraq War veteran's question? #VeteransDay
Do you have the answer to this Iraq War veteran's question? #VeteransDay

November 11, 2017 0 Comments

On this Veteran's Day, our friends over at TentEducation's ask the burning question: what's worth war?

Read executive director Zack Bazzi's thoughts here and respond with your own answer!

Continue Reading


US Size Euro Size UK Size Overall Length (in) Width (in)
7 40 6.5 10 1/4" 4 1/4"
8 41 7.5 10 1/2" 4 1/4"
9 42 8.5 10 3/4" 4 1/2"
10 43 9.5 11 4 1/2"
11 44 10.5 11 1/2" 4 3/4"
12 45 11.5 11 3/4" 4 3/4"
13 46 12.5 12 5"
14 47 13.5 12 1/4" 5"
15 48 14.5 12 1/2" 5"

US Size Euro Size UK Size Overall Length (in) Width (in)
5 35 3 9 1/4" 3 1/2"
6 36 4 9 1/2" 3 3/4"
7 37 5 9 3/4" 3 3/4"
8 38 6 10 1/4" 4"
9 39 7 10 1/2" 4"
10 40 8 10 3/4" 4 1/4"
11 41 9 11 1/4" 4 1/4"