Sunday, June 01, 2008


For your reading pleasure (or maybe not) a rant about Crocs.

But it's not what you think.

OK, I don't like them. But they have their advantages.

They're cheerful and cheap and comfortable. And cute. I guess. If you like your feet to look like crayons.

But here's my point; they're also made of plastic, which means when they get grubby, it's very easy to clean them. Like Naugahyde, Formica, and the plastic gardening clogs they so much resemble, they wipe clean with a damp cloth. So please do.

These days I'm seeing some Crocs that are looking really pretty woebegone, and it's just not necessary.

And hey, relax. I'm not asking you to do anything really complicated, like, say, shining a pair of leather shoes.

A quick swipe with a wet sponge will do wonders, and it will prevent you from looking like a cute and colorful survivor of the retreat from Kabul.

And honestly, people, Crocs cost $25 a pair, which is cheap enough for you to break down and buy a new pair when your old ones have gotten completely disreputable.

So hose down your Crocs. Or I'll tell you what I think of the current fad for fussy little pockets with snaps on the backsides of ladies who really should know better.


  1. I have one pair of Crocs for the garden and another pair that I wear as slippers around the house. Otherwise, they are never seen in public.

    By contrast, my girls each have a couple of pairs, and they're handy for wearing to the pool, slipping on after soccer games when cleats are too muddy for the car, and for making quick trips to the mailbox.

    I don't hate Crocs, but I don't think they're the world's greatest footwear either. I guess, for us, they're simply handy.

    And, when Crocs are ready to be tossed, we actually send them to be recycled with other old Crocs.

  2. Really? I just put mine through the dishwasher and take them out before the drying cycle.

  3. Sorry - that getting stuck on escalators thing has me creeped out...

  4. I really haven't found any use for Crocs that I can't fulfill with another style of shoe. The idea of putting my sweaty feet into a rubber shoe just doesn't appeal to me. I don't have any daughters, so no one around here is begging to own them, thank God. The safety issues surrounding them for kids outside of the house are a bit alarming. Although I'm sure there are plenty of safe places to wear them, as well. (I feel the same about flip flops on kids.)

    I can't wait to hear what people have to say about them in 20 years: "Mom, why did you make me wear bright orange rubber shoes when I was little? Was that during your drinking phase?" ;)

    That being said, as per your request on Twitter this morning; Hi! I'm commenting. :)

  5. I actually think the mud improves them. Anything that acts as a barrier between my eyes and their rubbery ugliness can only be a good thing.

  6. My kids keep getting blisters from them, so no more Crocs for them.

  7. Oooh, I saw the Crocs pic in your Link Between and just had to click on it. I utterly loathe Crocs and even blogged about my intense and snobby dislike of this nasty, plastic footwear. Then I had to go kayaking and couldn't find my shoes. In desperation I bought some black plastic Mary Jane things that I afterwards saw were Crocs. (I think the style is called Malindi.) Well, let me eat crow (yuk) and inform the world at large that I now wear these as slippers around the house as they are so incredibly supportive and comfortable. I live in them while on my own property and wouldn't be without. I still hate the look of those clog things though...


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