Wednesday, June 06, 2007

After Awhile, Crocodile

crocs


So, what are we thinking about Crocs? Ugliest shoes in the world, right? Who would buy shoes that are sold on a rack and attached to each other by a plastic strip that you actually have to cut?

Well, my mom started swearing by hers and then bought me a pair. I made fun of them and then tried them on. People, I have never known comfort like this. Would you believe that you can wear them all day long and not feel the need to take them off when you get home? It's like magic.

Good thing I work in an elementary school in the sticks and not a schmancy office in the city, because I now wear them EVERY SINGLE DAY. They make my feet look like Shrek's and I may as well not even be dropping money on pedicures. In my defense, I only wear them to work. The rest of the time I wear my favorite $7 pink flip flops.

In case you hadn't already guessed, I may be the least fashionable person ever. In fact, I'm so unfashionable, I'm thinking that the word fashionable might not be very fashionable anymore. But when I'm walking down the hall and one of my first grade BOYS says, "Miss Red, look! We're wearing the same shoes!", well, I can't help but wonder if things have gone too far.

22 comments:

Killer said...

I started wearing Crocs a few years ago at work. They are great. Now that is pretty much all I wear. I even have ones designated as work Crocs and "dressier" everyday Crocs.

I need more adventure in my life.

Anonymous said...

Um. I know someone who got MARRIED in her Crocs. Her name rhymes with Bara.

-Carly

Noelle said...

Maybe someone should invent a croc-cover that will make them look like Jimmy Choos on the outside, but contain the comfort of molded rubber on the inside. However, I've come to learn that discomfort and fashion go hand in hand.

You really have to cut them apart?

3carnations said...

I may get a pair. I always thought they were gardening shoes (whatever THAT means). I don't find them particuarly attractive. But they're growing on me. Add to that the fact that hubby is vehemently opposed to them. He says they aren't for males (child or adult). One of my male coworkers has a pair, one of my son's friends has a pair. My son, who adores the color yellow, was looking at a Lands End catalog that came in the mail and saw the shoes and said "Ooh. I wish I could have a yellow pair!"

cupcake said...

Oh my gosh I have been wearing my crocs for over two years now. I refuse to wear any other shoes. Just ask BigStar. The CEO of my company asked me about them one day in kitchen. That was the first conversation he and I had. Apparently his wife is a shoe designer, and she hates them. However, he thought they were great too.

As far as unfashionable, I'm with you. I actually have clothing from junior high school, not to mention I often can be found in my high school tennis vest. My former boyfriend once told me my wardrobe was "limited". Seriously, I would take comfortable over fashionable any day.

Did you get red crocs?

Darren McLikeshimself said...

Crocs remind me of what Seinfeld told George about wearing sweat pants in public: You're telling the whole world that you've just given up.

Shesabigstar said...

I've always thought these were the ugliest shoes ever, and I still do. However, my 3 year old daughter got a pair for her b-day...they're pink with little purple and white swirls, in case you care...and now I'm just dying to get a pink pair. Ugly, I know, but I really want them. What color are yours?

Oh, and yes, Miss Cupcake wears them all the time. She actually introduced me to the ugliness that is Crocs. And yup, still wanting a pair over here!

stefanie said...

I still think they're ridiculous, but I suppose I'm getting used to them by now (much like gauchos; I have to accept the fact that they're just not going away). They're really comfortable, though? I would think rubber shoes wouldn't be.

What was strangest to me about this post, though, was that the last blog post I read (from Bright Yellow World) was titled "Later, Gator," and then I come here and yours said "After Awhile, Crocodile." Did you two plan that??

Jaek said...

I have to agree with Darren here. I hate crocs more than I hate Capri pants (C'mon, people! Either wear shorts or pants, don't ride the fence!)

However, if you want to look, from the ankles down, like you just came in from the rice paddies, that your perogative.

cupcake said...

Red,

Did you realize you were semi-forecasting a financial trend ?

Lola said...

High-school tennis vest? Gauchos? What is happening to this world?

Red said...

Mine are black. I'm not sure I could rock purple ones, although I have wondered if picking one of the brighter colors would make me seem less unfashionable and more in on the joke... look at that horrific neon shoe, she MUST be being ironic!

Yes, they're SO comfortable.

I can't freakin' believe someone wore them to get married. Were they white?!

Yes, they're really, really ugly. But like I said, I only wear them to work. And when you work with teachers, that means you have coworkers who wear the lace-collared dress that I swear I wore to my eighth grade graduation, and other ones who probably haven't changed their pants in a week. So when I'm at work, I don't feel so bad about the crocs. When I'm with my friends or not wanting to repulse Matt, I wear Real Shoes.

Matt said...

What are you talking about? Who could be repulsed by clunky and oversized gardening clogs?

3carnations said...

Thank you, Matt. I KNEW they were gardening shoes!

lizgwiz said...

I bought a pair of mock crocs a few weeks back, only because the sole of one of my nice sandals parted company with the rest of the shoe in the middle of the day, and that's all I could find at Payless to replace them on a moment's notice. They have seldom left my feet since. My GOD, these shoes are comfortable! And waterproof--which has been very important around here lately. And washable. But mostly, COMFORTABLE. I may be a dork, but I'm a dork with happy feet.

Single Jen said...

I made fun of my mom/sister and 11 year old niece for months. Then, on a whim, I bought a pair and now I'm hooked. I even bought a pair of bright pink ones. Though I still think they are the ugliest shoe ever, I now swear by their comfort.

Mine aren't even the REAL croc brand either. They are from Payless!

LC said...

I don't really like them, and I don't understand the hype about these shoes, but it mostly has to do with the fact that during summer time we hit 120 F and there is no way I can wear rubber shoes.

nabbalicious said...

I will NOT give into this Crocs thing! No way! If shoes are that comfortable, I'm just convinced that there is something wrong with them.

M.Thom said...

I am a Crocs addict. I am trying to branch out to other cute and comfy shoes (currently workin' the Privos pretty often), but at the end of the day, I would rather have Crocs on my feet. I also like the little Widgets you can put in them. I have black Crocs with ladybugs in them and orange Crocs with little tropical fish in them. I also have some of the pearl-colored onces that I wear for work (although I noticed on the website that they make true white now, which is great for us hospital types), and I also have some powder blues ones that are not adorned.

Love 'em!

Anonymous said...

White? They SHOULD have been red with giant penises and the number 69 stamped all over them. But yeah, they were sort of an off-whitey color. The sad part is that nobody would have known she was wearing them - long dress and all - if she hadn't LIFTED UP HER WEDDING DRESS AFTER THE CEREMONY AND SHOWN EVERYONE. Christ.
-Carly

Melissa said...

Hahaha, holy crap. I didn't know about Bara's wedding Crocs; that's awesome.

As for me, I cannot abide shoes you can buy at the Hallmark store. Paco thinks Crocs are fug.

DaveV said...

Most comfortable shoes ever. Bought myself a pair last Thursday. Got black as well, because even as a guy, you want to draw as little attention to these things as possible. They are magical in not just their comfort, but also in the uncanny ability to make who ever wears them look like a goon.