Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I Hate Crocs

It's not just an opinion any more, it's a movement!!

So I was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Monday with my bud T. and of course I dragged him into every shoe store in sight, which he goodnaturedly tolerated (as long as we got to buy some toys at the toy store). So there we are and I'm actually contemplating the CROCS, thinking that maybe they'd be good for gardening and for cooking (when I make a huge feast, I need good supportive shoes). Just as I'm about to say, "I can't do it! These are just too hideous for me to wear under ANY circumstances," I spot an old friend TRYING ON THE CROCS.

She's an adorable, petite women in the physical therapy field, very classic preppy, and you know, she can get away with it. But only she can. Another person who can get away with it is a very cute 5 or 6-year old girl I saw walking down the street this summer carrying a little dolly and wearing pink Crocs. She can wear them, too.

The rest of us, no.

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Blogger LaReinaCobre said...

I've heard they are supremely comfortable. I have a duck-ish pair of red plastic-like gardening clogs that I wear occasionally when taking out the trash (I haven't been out in the 'garden' since November!). But the garden clogs are only marginally comfortable.

7:13 PM  
Blogger KnittinPreacher said...

I bought the Target version on clearance for $2.98 last week. I wore them in the garden and they were very comfortable. But I have to agree that I could not get away with them anyplace else. I did see a child on my congregation wearing them one Sunday this summer. She couldn't get away with it either.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Quotidian Grace said...

I am so with you on this one. Crocks are an abomination.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Berrysmom said...

Furthermore, they're not all that comfortable. If you want to wear incredibly comfortable (but ugly) rubber clogs, go to the Anywear web site and get yourself some of those. They are the best!!! (Cushioned...)

10:59 PM  
Blogger Caroline Divine said...

Okay, you're gonna strangle me (nonviolently of course). I do not wear them to church. I do not wear them to teach. But I wear them to lots of other places, and I love them, and they're pink. So there. (Actually, they aren't real Crocks, they are Airwalks and I got them at Payless for half the price of real Crocks.)

I'm thinking of getting a pair of the LL Bean ones.

I can wear my orthotics in them.

They are indeed supremely comfortable -- they were before I stuck the orthotics in them and they are now.

I can wiggle my toes in them.

My arches don't hurt.

I've walked several miles in them.

In fact, guess what I am wearing now. (Yeah, I'm at home.)

You know what's weird? I have gotten MORE compliments about my pink (fake) Crocks than I have on any other shoes I have ever owned or worn. I'm serious. Perfect strangers. All the time. Airports, streets, shopping malls, and on campus on days when I am not teaching, just taking a walk. Some of it is the pink part, I think. I've never owned pink shoes before, by the way.

Mostly, I wore them around this summer. To shop, to pick up a friend at the airport, to hang out. They're wonderful. You won't get me to ditch them.

But I promise I won't preach in them (never have -- Godde forbid), and I won't teach in them, though I think I lapsed on that one last spring because I was doing some sort of groovy outdoors environment and religion class and in a liberal arts college in the South, it was just the thing.

I even think they're cute, and you KNOW I am a fussy European-raised snob. I won't even wear American perfume, for crying out loud. Go figure.

Garden clogs are stiffer, I think, and they don't have the nice little massage knobs inside.

I love my Crocks. (Well, Airwalks.)

So sue me.


12:03 AM  
Blogger Aola said...

I don't care how comfortable they are, they are the ugliest thing I've ever seen on anyone's feet.

1:54 PM  
Blogger dame olympia's page said...

I have a pair too, and they are divine.
I think of them as the "footgasm shoes."

because my feet have a footgasm in them anytime I slip them on.

footgasm! To me, to me!

Dame O

8:22 PM  
Blogger jadebluestocking said...

I'm going to make a different sort of confession. I cannot bring myself to wear any form of clog or clog-like thing. Especially Crocs.


Because I fear losing my shoe down a subway grating, which we do not have where I live, while running to be somewhere on time, which is very little issue when one lives less than a mile from work.

Yes, Jade is neurotic. It's a feature, not a bug.

8:24 PM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

Hey, Berry's mom! I like those Anywear clogs! EMINENTLY more acceptable than those hideous, uncomfortable Croc items.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that they are not the world's prettiest shoe.

On the other hand, yesterday I cooked a five course dinner for 150 in them and the only problem is that I forgot to put on my ankle braces and so am having some referred pain that way. But no foot pain. I was amazed.

I like them to wear round the house and clean in, but they're not going to be worn outside it.

As you say, we clergy of whatever faith need to look put-together.

1:51 PM  
Blogger John Plummer said...

I am sure you have seen William Sledd's latest blog on youtube - he agrees that Crocs are the Devil!

9:26 AM  

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