My young son had a pair of these last summer for the first time and they were great-he ran around the garden, come rain or shine and they were soft and comfy on his feet. Because of this I ordered 2 pairs for this summer, one in navy and the other in chocolate. Navy ones are soft and same as last year. Chocolate colour ones are much firmer and less pliable. My son doesn't think they are as comfy as the navy ones. Only difference seems to be that the navy ones are made in Italy and the chocolate ones in China. Are Crocs trying to save money by producing a cheaper product? Lets hope not, but the material they are made from is noticeably different. Just beware and check the make when you receive them - my son had them on too quick for me to send them back. I am hoping that they soften up with a bit of wear!