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Glaglas: Coolest shoes in California

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CARLSBAD (CBS 8) - Like many fashion trends, this one began in Paris. But it was North County native Christine Davis who first brought Glagla shoes to California in 2008.

"First of all you have to feel it -- 5 1/2 ounces. Secondly, they are completely ventilated. This allows air to travel through the bottom, keep your feet cooler -- about 10 or 12 degrees cooler.

"They are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, so you can wear them without socks, you don't sweat, you don't have that odor issue.

"The water drains out the bottom, so if you are going in the water this is the shoe to have on. It's a non-marking anti-skid sole," Christine said.

After 14 years in the telecommunications industry, Christine had enough.

"I turned 40 and decided I didn't want to do that anymore," she said. "I've always wanted to do my own business and here I am."

Now she's ga-ga about Glaglas, and her company called the coolest shoes in California.

"We started in a down economy. We've grown every single month and now we're in our third year and we sold over 3,000 pairs of shoes in the last year and I had no idea what I was doing when I started this," Christine said.

That's truly amazing when you discover that the coolest shoes in California haven't sold a single pair in a retail outlet.

"We're called special event retailers, which we set up our little shop at all sorts of street fairs," Christine said.

Your only other options to own the coolest shoes in California are to either go online or drop by the warehouse-showroom in Carlsbad.

One reason for the popularity of Glaglas is their price.

"$39.95 to $65.00. Our most expensive shoes are $65," Christine said.

In a small, unadorned Carlsbad warehouse where fashion meets function, Christine Davis has a good understanding of cool.

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