'Squid Game' mania has shoppers snapping up Vans' white slip-on shoes
The "Made in Korea" green tracksuits and pink boiler suits worn by characters in the show have proven a pre-Halloween bright spot
White slip-on shoes are becoming a hot commodity thanks to the wildly popular South Korean survival drama "Squid Game," with sneaker maker VF Corp reporting a small increase in demand for its Vans brand.
The series, which became a global sensation and the No.1 program on Netflix, shows hundreds of cash-strapped players competing in hyperviolent games, sporting shoes resembling Vans’ all-white slip-ons.
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"We saw a nice spike — well, I’d call it a small spike, but I’ll promise this is not a damned annual event," VF Chief Financial Officer Matt Puckett said on Friday, adding the apparel maker would use this moment to build on Vans’ connection to pop culture.
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VF Corp missed Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue and profit on Friday due to global supply chain disruptions and production shortfalls in Vietnam.
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The "Made in Korea" green tracksuits and pink boiler suits worn by characters in the show have proven a pre-Halloween bright spot for the South Korean garment industry struggling during the health crisis.