Meet Karen Smythe


A native to Australia, Karen relocated to California just 4 years ago. With a love for sunshine and the ocean, Karen had no problem making the golden state her home.   She travels throughout the west selling Fit Flop Shoes and exploring different regions of the state.




How did you begin your career in the footwear industry?

I started in this business about 16 years ago working with shoe distributors in Australia and New Zealand. When Fit Flop began in the UK in 2007, the company I worked for became the first international distributor of Fit Flop. After I relocated to the US, I approached Fit Flop and joined them here on the west coast.

Tell me about the Fit Flop Brand…

Fit Flop is a standalone brand. We have a unique place among comfort and fashion styles. The tri-density midsole technology offers support/cushioning similar to a running shoe but it’s also a cute sandal. We have a growing loyal customer base.  Once you become a fan of Fit Flop you’re a fan for life!

What do you love about your job?

I love the travel, the people interaction, the opportunity to be part of the growth of the brand season after season, and helping customers and retailers decide what’s going to work for them.

What has been your experience with TRU Show?

Oh, it’s such a great show. I’ve been to the last 4 shows. It’s a very personal and interactive show. The room format gives me focused attention with the retailers. We can spend more one on one time to plan their order without distractions.


Bare Your Soul

What is your favorite band?

INXS.  They graduated from my school.  Growing up, we’d take off school, go down to their studio and hang out with them.

What inspires you?

People doing extraordinary things against the odds.

What is your favorite time of day?

I’m a morning person… I start fading in the afternoon.

What are you currently reading?

The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connely.

What is your favorite word?


What do you like to do on your day off?

I like to get in the sun and relax.  I’m definitely a beach girl.

What is your favorite city to travel to?

In the US, it would have to be New York.  Of course outside the US, I have to include Sydney because it’s home and my family is there.

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Cate Blanchet.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Wine and Chocolate.

What was your first job?

Flipping Burgers.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

I’d like to see the future.

What sound do you love?

Waves crashing.

What are you wearing on your feet?

 My Whirl Fit Flops in Sesame.

Come meet Karen and preview the next season’s line from Fit Flop at our next TRU Show event.