Sunday, May 20, 2007

Crocs

Yesterday at the mall, I finally revealed my true feelings about one the latest trends in shoes. I let loose at my husband and admitted that I despise those shoes and think they are the ugliest things I have ever seen. I continued to rant about them while we waited in line at Starbucks. He told me that our neighbor was telling him how comfortable they are that he had thought about getting some (now, coming from H it's hard to know if he was joking or not). Since everyone on earth seems to be wearing these things, I wondered if I was the only one offended by them (feel free to comment). I think they look like gardening clogs- and while I'm no shoe snob and wear mostly comfortable shoes- this is where I draw the line. I googled "i hate crocs" and was pleased to see that I am not alone! Check out some of the links: like this one and this one. I won't expend any more energy than it has taken to write this blog post, but I was curious if anyone else out there hates them, too. btw- I know most shoe production is not environmentally friendly, but I can't imagine that making those things is good either (what exactly is PCCR anyway? I bet it's petroleum based...)

14 comments:

Dr. Brazen Hussy said...

Hideous! Awful! Undeserving of the name "shoe"! (I feel the same way about flip flops, by the way.)

Do you read Manolo the Shoeblogger? He reeeeaaally hates Crocs.

Seeking Solace said...

I can't stand them either. They do belong in a garden as they were intended!!!

Addy N. said...

Hi Dr. BH! I will check out that blog. I love my flip-flops, btw! At least you look pretty much barefoot and not shod in some industrial materials. I'll remember NOT to wear my flip-flops the next time we have a blogger meet-up! ;-)

Hey SS: Cheers!

Elli said...

Croslite PCCR is a mix of elastomer resins that is entirely petroleum-based. My fellow treehuggers try to backpedal furiously when asked about their crocs by claiming that they'd so light, and made of just one material, and really that makes them environmentally friendly. The logic still escapes me.

Twice said...

Yes, I don't get the craze. I thought it was just me. I did make the mistake of buying a cheap knock off pair for the gym shower - because I hate flip-flops. Something about being forced to wear them in third grade. But mostly, regarding FFs - I hate that my students wear them and come in late "SLAP SLAP SLAP...SLAP SLAP SLAPSLAP" and beg me to let them stay in lab.

But, back to Crocs - a friend of my mother's picked a pair up early on in the craze and my mom asked her what she was doing wearing granny slippers.

Chaser said...

I lurve my thong-type shoes, which I don't think count as flip flops, but I'm with you on Crocs. Blech!

Ianqui said...

I don't know, I think they're OK. I was thinking about buying a pair, but the whole PCCR thing bothers me. I wanted them because sometimes we go hiking in watery areas and I thought it would be a nice alternative to hiking boots. But maybe I'll get a pair of cool Merrills instead (tho much more expensive).

BrightStar said...

So so so so so ugly. I don't get them at all.

They are fad-like in a way that jellies were fad-like in the 80s, but jellies were way cooler.

ScienceWoman said...

Crocs are awful. I just don't get them at all.

And, Ianqui, you should get some Chaco sandals. That's what all the really cool outdoorsy people wear when they go hiking through streams.

jennyruth said...

SO UGLY

Clementine said...

I can't tell you how happy I am that I am not alone in this. There is no excuse for people to be clomping around in rainbow colored gardening shoes! People don't seem to understand you can get stylish shoes that don't hurt- hello, it's called Easy Spirit.

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

My mom was wearing crocs when she slipped and fell, breaking her shoulder... she used to love them.

JustMe said...

down with crocs!! and then the colors. as if the ugliness wasn't enough, neon pink crocs just shout out I'm Ugly.

Professor Zero said...

Nobody should ever wear those things, or flip flops, off their property. Even the rubber clogs I bought for working in the garden are *not crocs*
and look just about like regular clogs - although I *still* only wear them in the yard and kicking around the neighborhood.

While I am at it: shorts are another abomination. There are people who look all right in shorts after childhood but there are enough who do not, and who do not themselves recognize this, that we're all better off just not wearing them, it's simpler.