The Crocs Conundrum

Published by Toronto Mike on July 4, 2007 @ 15:06 in My 2 Cents, The Best of Toronto Mike

hangerI remember when I first saw them. It was about two years ago and I was in the waiting room of my kids' pediatrician. An entire family came in wearing these colourful shoes that looked like plastic Dutch clogs. I snickered to myself and shook my head. These things looked very uncool.

Shortly thereafter, I learnt these shoes were called crocs, and they were becoming very popular. I laughed at croc wearers. Then, Taryn bought me a pair and I tried them on to see what all the fuss was about.

They're both convenient and comfy. They're ideal if you're around water, and they're breezy and cool on summer nights. This is the great croc conundrum. They look nerdy, but they feel good. What's a guy to do?

My self imposed rule is that I won't wear my crocs more than 15 feet beyond my property limits. In the house and backyard is cool, but if I'm going out I'm switching into my sandals. That's just the way it has to be.... for now.

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72 Responses to "The Crocs Conundrum"

Jill
July 4, 2007 / 22:31

Just don't wear socks with your sandals or that is just as uncool as wearing crocs.

Toronto Mike
July 4, 2007 / 23:10

I would never, ever wear socks with my sandals. Not in a million years.

If you ever catch me doing that, put a bullet in me, I'm done.

Colleen
July 5, 2007 / 13:49

Ohhhh Crocs...the bane of my existence. They are horribly ugly and many people wear them in the most innapropriate of situations (to work, for example). Has anyone ever heard of sandals or flip-flops? They are just as comfortable and look much less lame!!

Tex
July 14, 2007 / 11:22

I like your 15' rule. Yeah, I've seen these things flopping around. Skeery.

A podjo of mine from the NW left a pair here at the farm after a visit. Have to admit that I tried em when I was sure no one was around.

Hillbilly, or hipbilly as my daughter is wont to say, that I am think I'll stick with my old Olathes and Chuck Taylors.

Tim
July 14, 2007 / 13:45

I work in a hospital- we all wear Crocs. Probably more than 1,000 people on any day. Why?

They work. Spend 12 hours on concrete floors. Walk 10, 12, 15 miles in regular shoes. Now try it in crocs.

See?

Robin 'Roblimo' Miller
July 15, 2007 / 09:07

I have diabetes, which means I have chronic foot pain at the best of times, and wearing "regular" shoes for more than an hour is flat-out torture.

I live in Florida, which means I can and do wear sandals 90% of the time. But now and then I go places both here and in my business travels where I need to wear actual shoes and socks.

That's when I wear my crocs. Mine are plain black, and I shine them up a little. But they're still crocs.

As my doctor says, "They may be ugly, but they're $39 (for the special diabetes care version), and the $150 specially-fitted orthopedic shoes I'll have to prescribe for you if you want to wear something else will look almost as clunky and not be nearly as comfortable."

I'll stick with my crocs. :)

Rick Raff
July 15, 2007 / 11:41

I own 8 pairs of Crocs shoes and wera them all the time!

pat
July 16, 2007 / 04:54

ugly and i have 5 pairs

mat
July 16, 2007 / 08:32

I have six pair and I wear them 99% of the time...even in to court (I'm an atty)...I know it looks weird and clunky but I can WALK and that's a miracle I thought I'd never experience again...thank you crocs!!

Erik
July 16, 2007 / 10:36

My wife and I wore our Crocs throughout a recent trip to Europe, which culminated in a family reunion in Sweden. Throughout France and Germany people stared at our feet with disdain, but my Swedish relatives just nodded with approval and said that Crocs are very popular in [practical] Sweden. All I can say is that Crocs rock, especially for travelers. They weigh almost nothing, and go equally awkward with everything!

MATTIE
July 16, 2007 / 13:29

After reading it all I will go out and get a pair today. I can't believe I am missing this part of my life. Think I go for Orange.

Rudy Martinez
July 16, 2007 / 13:37

Yes they are one ugly shoe and I hate them. But they are sooo comfy I wear them all the time

Donna
July 16, 2007 / 13:40

To Croc or not to croc.Well I did not croc for a long time. But I croc now. They are ugly but are they comfy. I can walk all day and my feet and legs dont hurt. Maybe they are not the best to wear every where but flip flops are not either. The crocs cover your ugly toes,flip flops do not.
wear your crocs when and where you want

Anonymous
July 16, 2007 / 13:44

hahahahaha

Happy Feet, Back and Legs
July 16, 2007 / 13:52

I guess you must be one of the masses that suffers on a daily basis in order to appreciate the comfort that Crocs provide. I have suffered for years and now can enjoy walking again. Ugly, without a doubt but worth it.

cHRIS
July 16, 2007 / 13:57

croc's roc

Jess
July 16, 2007 / 14:01

I bought a pair for my 4 yr old, cute on kids not on me. Great for splashing in the mud you can just spray them clean again. I seen them in a Hallmark store
yesterday.....what? I guess these ugly things are more than shoes they are a trend. LOL

Bonnie
July 16, 2007 / 14:23

Hate the clog type....try to flip flops, they are so much cooler and every bit as comfy

destiny
July 16, 2007 / 14:25

these shoes are ugly but, if alot of people are saying there comfy then i think i'm going to by me some.

greg
July 16, 2007 / 14:26

i bought my first pair of croc's this last weekend. i couldn't stand looking at croc clogs, but i found and tried on a pair od flip flops crocs and "oh my goodness!" they feel great.

Lea
July 16, 2007 / 14:46

I have been wearing crocs for almost two years and love them. Yes they are ugly, but so are birkenstocks and look how long they have been around! My husband refers to my crocs as my duck shoes:) But he doesn't like birkenstocks either. At my age I am more into comfort than style but then I always have been!

ashton churchill
July 16, 2007 / 15:06

I had tons of pain in both my heels. It was painful to get out of bed. After five months of wearing these things Im as good as new. They are great in the summer, walk on the beach,wear them in the water, shake them out and your good to go

Dawna
July 16, 2007 / 15:24

I finally bought a pair of crocs this June at Elitch Gardens amusement park. I was desperate for relief from my PLANTAR FASCIITIS. I was very skeptical about them, but as I said, I was desperate. I LOVE THEM!!!! I hate they way they look but I don't care anymore. Two weeks ago, I went out and bought a pair of the sandals and, after a week of getting used to them, find them just as comfortable. THANK THE LORD FOR CROCS AND THEIR CREATORS!!!

Charlene
July 16, 2007 / 15:28

I was skeptical, thought loud and clunky, I'm going to break my neck.....
Needless to say I now own three pair!!!!! I wish all my shoes felt this good!! :)

Debbie
July 16, 2007 / 15:34

Wow I see croc's all the time and think they are the ugliest things ever! I never tried them before, but now I think I will since you all say that they are comfy to wear. :D

Judith
July 16, 2007 / 15:38

I just wish they'd make Crocs and the knockoffs in bacteria resistant material.
I live in my Crocs when I am nursing,,,saved my feet and legs. They're better by far than the best pair of nursing shoes I've ever purchased.

Croc lover! x3
July 16, 2007 / 16:02

oh my gosh.
i'm in absolute loveee with
my pair of Crocs™
they are so comfortable when you have to walk alot,
& drive. They make really great house shoes to!
just slip them on & go have a chat with the neighbors
or something. they are just great
& about the whole "they are so ugly issue"
The Clogg types are ugly
But the new Flip flop kind they are now comming out with, is great they look
much better than the Cloggs do.
but hey, i'm only 16. so. who would
listen to me right?
haha yeah well i think Crocs are the poo.
So take a big whiff. (: ♥

Jenny<3
July 16, 2007 / 16:06

CROCS ROCK MY SOCKS OFF. =D

Anita
July 16, 2007 / 16:19

I teach grade 2 and own 7 pairs. I match my shoes with my accessories to keep things interesting in my classroom,lol. In my school I am known as the "crock queen" and i absolutely love the comfort!

My 15 year old daughter was absolutely appalled that i would wear them at my age (43) and rolled her eyes because I was trying to look 'young'. Funny...the grade 8's in my school came up to me one day showing off their newly aquired Crocks and said, "Hey, Mrs. T, we look just like YOU now!".

Croc love
July 16, 2007 / 17:02

3 pairs and my son wore them all through Europe. They wont ever go out of style for me.

Molly
July 16, 2007 / 17:28

They are amazing. Sometimes, my feet end up really hurting, and I slip them on and poof! I'm good as new. I love my Crocs. Besides, the style is getting better my sister, who said they were totally ugly at first, went out and bought a pair of Croc ballet flats. Although if they ever come out with Croc pumps, I woudn't suggest wearing them. I think the heels would collapse.

topaz
July 16, 2007 / 18:09

i cant believe that someone who would care about how they look would buy a pair of these not sexy shoes. girls, c'mon take your self seriuos if your single NO GUY WANTS A GIRL WEARING THOSE..ugh can anyone say DISGUSTING??

topaz
July 16, 2007 / 18:10

i cant believe that someone who would care about how they look would buy a pair of these not sexy shoes. girls, c'mon take your self seriuos if your single NO GUY WANTS A GIRL WEARING THOSE..ugh can anyone say DISGUSTING??

Tessa
July 16, 2007 / 18:17

These is the most unattractive piece of clothing/shoes I have ever seen. I asked a friend why she wore them..She said they are comfortable..my answer..My housecoat is comfortable but....My husband and I call them PISS clogs..interpreted... Prison issue shower shoes...

brian
July 16, 2007 / 18:27

ugly as sin, but more comfortable than my Birks.
i recommend them to anyone that wans comfort.

♥Kate♥
July 16, 2007 / 18:27

Crocs?? Totally awesome shoes. But ugly looking! when i went down to greece. I wore my crocs the whole time and actually enjoyed walking around!

Gary
July 16, 2007 / 18:41

Many of us will remember that in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (the novel, not the movie} that Mayella Ewell testified in court that she and her siblings made "dandy" shoes out of old tires during the cold season. Whenever I see someone wearing Crocs, I am reminded of this and perhaps offend my friends by referring to this.
I have never worn Crocs, but they look very comfortable (albeit ugly). Since I am beginning to suffer from restless leg syndrome (I'm 52 years old), I will probably find myself walking around in those stupid things very soon.

Gary

Michael Lee
July 16, 2007 / 18:47

Whatever happenned to "Earth Shoes"?

alyssa
July 16, 2007 / 18:51

omg crocs are great to the beach, school, work, play wheatever you need! i always wear them, besides cheerling for the dallas cowboys i wish i could though!!

candie
July 16, 2007 / 18:54

I own 10 pairs and they are cofmy to wear.

Frank
July 16, 2007 / 19:02

I bought the men's crocs flip flops which are only available in black..I have lived in them since and I don't think they will ever wear out.

Stewy
July 16, 2007 / 19:12

Maybe Crocs should invent a non-ugly version. Maybe the penny loafer croc! I'd buy some if they came in modified styles. Ooooh - how about skiboot-crocs!

Mike M
July 16, 2007 / 19:17

Serving in the Army for 12 years tore my feet up so when I got out and started working in a hospital I wore Birkenstocks, they are great but at $120 a pop and $60 to refurbish it's a bit costly.
I can buy 4 pair of crocs for the cost of 1 pair of birks. You do the math.

croc lover
July 16, 2007 / 19:30

i sprained by ankle really bad. when i put a pair of croc's on my feet felt at home. i could actually walk again. Thank you for making croc's and saving me from some real bad pain.

peter
July 16, 2007 / 19:58

crocs are not ugly amd if u think they are ur gay and thet are so comfy! lol i dont know y i jst made kirby lmfao

Rusty Shackelford
July 16, 2007 / 20:00

I am a police sergeant and wear boots 16-18 hours a day. Needless to say, I have really bad feet. Once I discovered Crocs (and their counterpart, Holey Soles) that is all I wear. I was called back for a problem one night and showed up wearing my hot pink Holey Soles. My officers were not surprised as they are used to this. The firemen thought they were hilarious and were making fun of me. One of my officers told me later that he'd defended my honor by telling them that maybe I wore funny shoes but I could still kick their butts. My fireman husband wears Crocs (orange) and so do my grandsons.

hockeymom
July 16, 2007 / 20:29

I teach 1st grade and own a few pairs. I LOVE THEM!! I use to have back pain being on my feet bending over helping little 1st graders, but now NO PAIN!!!! I know they are ugly, but comfy.

alesha crocs lol
July 16, 2007 / 20:36

i love the way crocs feel but they are really ugly

Cristina
July 16, 2007 / 22:24

I guess they are pretty unattractive but i'm a chef and easily spend about 12-15 hours on my feet a day. Crocs have been the only shoes to get me through the day without having to stop and think about how much pain my feet are in. Style is such a small price to pay for such comfort and I even find myself wearing them outside of work, they are that comfortable.

Kate
July 16, 2007 / 22:30

Celebrities seem to be getting in on the act too, has any one seen some of the candid shots in Star Magazine lately?

My opinion- they're so comfortable I don't mind wearing them out, I just make sure my pants are long enough to cover most of them up. I'm not bold enough to wear them with shorts.

Barn Bum
July 16, 2007 / 22:39

I am in the barn all day long!
any thing u can think of get into my feet but just spray um off and there clean again! these shoes are comfy!

camp girl
July 16, 2007 / 23:55

I work at a camp and I have the Mary Jane style crocs (very cute) We have to wear closed toe shoes, and these are the best. It beats wearing a tennis shoe anyday. I never feel like my feet are sweating...granted my feet do get dirty walking around all day, but all you have to do is spray them off with the hose. and my feet never ever hurt!!

dusty
July 17, 2007 / 00:22

hey,,have you tried them? i feel sorry for people who is scared to try them for what others might think.life is too short enjoy and feel good.

GEMA
July 17, 2007 / 01:50

I SAW THIS KIND OF SHOES AT MACYS BUT I JUST SAID TO MY DOUGHTER "UGLY" I DIDN'T KNOW THEY ARE SO POPULAR. NOW I FEEL LIKE I'M OUT OF THIS WORLD NEXT TIME I'M GOING TO TRY THEM ON US, TO SEE HOW THEY LOOK AND FEEL ON ME AND ON MY DOUGHTER, I'LL BE BACK TO TELL YOU GAYS! OK?

2c3j
July 17, 2007 / 02:45

My husband owns a pair of Crocs and wear them at work. But everytime he uses his leather shoes and leaves his Crocs at home I cannot resist the temptation of wearing them. They're comfortable and pretty too, lol! I'll soon buy myself one.

Betti
July 17, 2007 / 17:39

I'm 63 years old and Crocs are all I wear. I've lost count, I have so many!! And I don't give a hoot what anyone says.......comfort is where it's at!

MeeMee
July 18, 2007 / 06:43

NO,no,no,no,no,no,no! These are the most unappropriate shoe for anything but within 15' of your own yard,even a good podaiatrist will say they are bad support,(comfort is just "fools gold") useful for what they are made for (originally gardening)but alas they have been taken to the street, for shame, for shame- small giggles here-

Tessy
July 18, 2007 / 10:28

I wear Crocs all of the time because of my foot problems. There are more styles of Crocs than most stores can carry, by the way. There seems to be some disagreement among podiatrists about whether Crocs are good for the feet. I can only say that, when I went for the first time to see a local, highly respected podiatrist in my city, she was wearing a pair of navy blue Crocs. She told me she recommended them, but "be sure to replace any pair that are worn regularly once every 6 months." I LOVE CROCS!

DIANE SMITH
July 18, 2007 / 10:33

My chronic heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and a myriad of other foot and leg problems have either been eased or totally vanished by my Crocks. In addition, I have worn the same pair for nearly 6 months now and they have not worn out! With my uneven gait I have worn out shoes in 3 months. Therefore they are certainly worth $30!!! In addition you can wear them in your pool if you don't like a scratchy pool bottom - although they will almost float you - forget swimming in them - but you can kick them off and they'll float on the surface until you need them again.
Unless I'm going somewhere formal or to (gack) jury duty, I'll wear my Crocks. Hell, I might even wear them to jury duty! What are they gonna do - throw me in jail?!?!?

I LOVE CROCKS!

CROCKS ROCK!!!

vtsailor
July 18, 2007 / 11:29

I'm 72, arthritic etc. and wear one of my several pairs everywhere except to church and fancy events. Ugly is in the eye of the beholder and the folks who believe what the fashionistas would sell them. Come on, guys, what is not ugly about a pair of needle toe stilettos, the awkward posture and painfilled face of the wearer?

Jill
July 18, 2007 / 17:27

Crocs are the best! My son got some first - then I tried a pair of the flip flops. (Loved them!) Got a pair of brown clog types for wearing around on weekends last winter. (Ended up wearing them to work sometimes, too!) Got a pair of black clogs to wear with black pants to work. (Look really ugly, so I keep them in my desk drawer in case my feet hurt during the day, because I really do realize how ugly Croc clogs are.) Then.....got a pair of the new sandals that are ALMOST pretty. (These are great, too!)

Now, even my husband has bought a pair which he won't wear out of the yard. I never thought I'd see his feet in Crocs, but even he admits they're great.

If you haven't, you must try them! You'll cross over too!

John Lowther
July 18, 2007 / 18:30

I always thought Crocs were just a rip off of the Birkenstock Boston. . . Birks, the first sandal which inspired nearly religious devotion.

(I wore Birks every day everywhere for about a decade.)

Phyllis
July 19, 2007 / 23:01

Okay, okay, you've talked me into it. But not orange! I refuse to wear orange!

Linda
July 24, 2007 / 11:11

I bought my first pair while on vacation in Key West, Florida. I had been walking around all morning in my "Berks" which I immediately took off and replaced with my "Crocs". I spent the rest of my vacation with my New Found Best Friend on my feet.
Didn't believe it until I tried them on....gotta try it to believe it.

Brian S
August 6, 2007 / 12:43

As I am Canadian...I wear them at home, ONLY at home!!!

anita
August 6, 2007 / 18:19

I have several pairs to match all my uniforms including the orange. i am on my feet 18 hours a day sometimes and they are comfy. won't wear anything else again

PATRICK
September 4, 2007 / 07:50

WOW..IVE HAD SO MANY FEET,LEGS AND BACK PROBLEMS IN PAST....SO FAR..ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW............

peter
January 18, 2008 / 07:25

Dear sir,
we are professional in making all kinds of EVA clogs and shoe charms, pls. kindly visit our website directly:www.loveclogs.com
Any problems, pls. kindly let me know.
Best Regards
Peter

Jory
March 29, 2008 / 22:12

Just move to Seattle and you can wear them wherever, with socks, without, it don't matter, comfort is king!

Jory
March 29, 2008 / 22:12

Just move to Seattle and you can wear them wherever, with socks, without, it don't matter, comfort is king!

jali
August 29, 2009 / 15:57

tonggong urang geus dicroc lurr..r...! LOL!!!

Lady
March 13, 2011 / 15:21

I find that readers respond very well to posts that show your own weaknesses, failings and the gaps in your own knowledge rather than those posts where you come across as knowing everything there is to know on a topic. People are attracted to humility and are more likely to respond to it than a post written in a tone of someone who might harshly respond to their comments.


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