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Madison Robinson's Flip-Flop Fortune

Okay, but seriously: What are they putting in the water these days? Whatever it is, it’s breeding some pretty cool kids with some pretty great ideas. When Madison Robinson was 8 years old, she dreamed up a product that would fund her college tuition before she scored a driver’s license. Madison, who has grown up near the beach in Galveston Island, Texas, pulled from her love of swimming, fishing and drawing to create Fish Flops: Brightly-colored flip flops with beachy designs and LED lights in the soles (which automatically makes anything a little more awesome).

But Madison, now 15, does more than just draw oceanic illustrations and pick out the color palettes for the in-demand shoes — She has a hand in almost every aspect of her business. From pitching her product at industry expos and department stores to stocking the warehouse and packing shipments, Robinson does it all. To date, over 60,000 pairs of Fish Flops have been sold, for a profit of $1.2 million. Yup. She’s officially more grown-up than most of us.

And don’t get it twisted — this ain’t no Lemonade Stand operation. Nordstrom and Macy’s are repping the Flops, so now she runs with the big guns. Expect to see more from Madison in the future, though. She’s planning on hitting up business school in college.

“Eventually, I want to do something by myself,” she said.

Me too, girl. Me too.

Featured image via DailyMail.co.uk

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1315239600 Amara Chisholm Kaplan

    A few months ago my 10 and 12 year olds brought me an article about four up and coming kids their age that were running successful businesses or charities that they supposedly dreamed up themselves. With very little digging (as I wasn’t the only person doubting the hype) I found that each kid had parents that were not only driving the Bus of Bull, they more often than not actually were using the kids as an angle/schtick to market their business. The kids charity/business usually had an umbrella company run by the family. Kind of like Miley Cyrus didn’t have to break into show business, her dad had the contacts and know how already. Now I haven’t looked into the validity of this one, but I just saying I don’t buy it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8000302 Lauren-ashley Oliver

    For everyone who just wants to see the dang flip flops the URL is http://www.fishflops.com.

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