Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Hooked on CROCS

Originally designed to be a boat shoe, Crocs are the latest must have shoe.

Ever had a pair of really comfy, ratty ole' slippers that you just couldn't give up? Remember that feeling as you slipped your foot into that nicely aged, buttery soft shoe? Did you wonder if you'd ever find another pair of shoes that would be soooo soft and comfortable again?

Well, torture your feet no more. The latest and greatest footwear phenomenon has arrived. They're called CROCS. And while their makers claim they have ergonomic Italian styling, they're really, really fugly. That is, they're funky and ugly looking. They're so ugly, they could be a fashion statement... But you'll get over it once you slip them on you feet.

Originally designed as a light, waterproof, slip resistant boat shoe, Crocs are cool, super comfortable and weigh almost nothing. They're made of a foam-like material that is anti-microbial and odor resistant. If they get dirty, you can wash them with a little bleach and water, and you can even use some Armor All(tm) protectant to shine 'em up.

They're great for people who are on their feet all day, like chefs, nurses, or boaters, because the shoe softens and molds to your feet for a really custom fit. They make you feel like you're walking on marshmallows.

You can buy them online through their website, and other online stores like, or buy them at your local shoe store. The original Crocs Beach model is full of ventilation holes, and they've spawned several other variations like the Cayman and Metro since then.

More walk, Less talk.

These CROCS are made for walking, and that's what I'm gonna do. There's almost a cult-like following for these things, and after trying on a pair, I must admit that I'm pretty smitten with them as well. I'm actually starting to think that they even look okay. I'm tempted to get a pair just for the house and wear them like slippers, and another pair for going to the pool, beach or just hanging around.

They come in all kinds of wacky colors, and I'm thinking it would be pretty amusing to wear a different color on each foot. Well maybe not. Depends on how nutty I'm feeling. But these things are really, really comfortable. You should give them a try. Just close your eyes until you've got your feet in 'em.

Happy Croc-ing :)