Naw, it's ok. I'm jazzed enough for the lot of us. I found these in the L.L. Bean catalog and put them on the Must Have list.
Then I was thinking. Chocolate Labs are nice and all, being named after an essential food group. But how about some yellow Labradors, please? Perhaps on a . . . oh I don't know . . . blue background?
Like the colors of Canine Companions for Independence?
I was so inspired by this amazing idea that I actually wrote to Mr. Bean's company with my suggestion. I received a response that same morning.
Dear Ms. Sword,Thank you for contacting L.L.Bean. Customer comments help us to improve L.L.Bean products and services. I have passed your suggestion on to our Corporate Office.While our Product Developers are not able to reply personally to suggestions, they do incorporate comments from customers when developing or improving products. The reputation of L.L.Bean products is largely the result of our listening to our customers over the years.I also want to mention that our Web site at www.llbean.com now allows customers to also rate our products. Our product pages let shoppers "Write a Review".Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions, we are available 24 hours a day either by email, live chat or phone. I hope you have a wonderful weekend Ms. Sword.Sincerely,Stacey S.L.L.Bean Customer Service800-441-5713llbean.com
It's lovely that the product developers may pay attention to this amazing design request. But I'm only one voice in the wind. Fellow CCI supporters . . . do drop Mr. Bean a note if you want to help inspire the flip flop designer people.
And yes, I know Leon Bean has been gone for about fifty years or so. But his adventurous spirit lives on, right?
Addendum June 2013The Summer of 2012 has come and gone. And as we find ourselves here in June of '13 getting a second season out of those rockin' Labrador flip flops. Regrettably, L.L. Bean answered the call of other consumers this year. No yellow Labradors nor the lovely black version of this awesome breed. Instead the designers came up with pointers on a pink background.
Sure, pointers are great dogs. But not the canines of my chosen lifestyle. [sigh]. Holding out for next summer.