Sunday, 9 September 2007

Lust, thy name is Crocs!!

Crocs seem to have become the new religion and politics - something you can't talk about without creating an argument. You either love them or hate them. I'm the former.

I have been an avid croc-wearer for about 3 years now. The first time I ever saw these shoes was at the Glebe Street Fair in 2004. There was a stall there selling the classic croc shoe, holes and all.

I had walked past the stall without even noticing it, but my mother - whom I attended the festival with - made me stop for a closer look. This was a few weeks before I was heading to Ecuador for 2 months. My everyday, most comfortable Birkenstock's that I'd owned for about 5 years had just died, and I was moaning to her about what shoes I was going to take with me. I didn't want to fork out $130 for a new pair of Birks just to wreck them in my first few months of owning them. The only other sandals and thongs I owned cut up my feet if I wore them for more than 15 minutes at a time (yes I know I must have weird feet if even Havaiana's can cut them up).

So my Mum made me stop and look at these funny looking shoes.

This was back before you could buy them in shops. The stallholder was telling me they were soon going to be stocked in Rebel stores, but at the moment they were trialling them out in Australia only at festivals like this. Apparently they were already big in America, but I'd never heard of them.

I wasn't convinced until I picked them up. From that moment on, I was sold. They were light as a feather and made of plastic so they were completely cleanable. Covered most of the foot so they offered a lot more protection than thongs but you could still wear them at the beach. The ultimate hybrid between shoes and thongs. All in all, the perfect travelling shoe. I can't remember if I put them on then and there, but had I done so I would have immediately been impressed by how comfortable they were from day one. No painful breaking in required.

My time in Ecuador only cemented my love for these shoes. I wore them pretty much every freaking day. To the beach, to the school I taught at, in the cities, the mountains and on boats. I walked across a road with hot tar on it - which removed a bit of the sole, but not enough to make a lick of difference. I walked up a volcano wearing these and a pair of socks. I had locals curious about the holes in them, but later admiring my shoes as I made them feel how light they were. One night I was at a bar and met an American girl wearing a pair. We danced and bonded together over our matching footwear. I lived in these shoes.

By the time I arrived back in Australia crocs had hit the stores here and were already taking off. I was excited to see other people sharing the croc-love. My parents were about to go to the US with some friends and visit Colorado, the original home of the croc, so I put in an order for myself and A. By this time I had checked out the crocs website and seen you could get more than one style. I went for a black pair sans holes on the top, but still with side ventilation, so they could pass off as shoes even better.

The perfect hospital shoe, I thought. And I was right. All year long I've worn these whenever I've done a surgical rotation. They are the perfect shoe to wear when you have to stand still for hours at a time.

But even I, despite my love for these shoes have admitted they're a bit funny-looking, and not exactly the epitome of style. Until I saw the new range available. I've fallen in love all over again with not one, but 2 of their new styles.

I don't know if you can buy these in Australian shops yet, but after my exam I will definitely be investigating. And if not, I forsee a purchase from coming up very shortly!


LMC said...

They are comfortable. I am on my feet all the time. I love mine!

yublocka said...

Hear hear! Another supporter. Solidarity sister!!

rand(om) bites said...

I have no problem with them either. Some people get really psycho about other people wearing them. I wore them for the past 2 years but one thing I don't like is that the plastic made the soles of my feet tear up so I started wearing them with socks. Hence my new love of Havaianas. We were in Platypus on King Street yesterday and they've got the whole range there, even the sandal wedge ones. Hilarious! People who are so opposed to them should get a sense of humour :-)

shinyruby2 said...

ok, i'm gonna go out on a limb here amongst all these croc lovers, and say they are goddam ugly shoes!! So ugly! hehe

that said, i LOVE the new look ones, especially the red ones you posted.

So perhaps I'll convert ;)

yublocka said...

Eeek - fight fight! :)

Hey do you mean "tear" as in sweat Mary, or tear as in rip? Seriously hope its the former!!!

I will totally be checking out Platypus next week - thanks for the tip. Hope these new styles are as nice as the piccies make them out to be!!!

It'd actually be pretty funny if they convert the croc-haters like you SR with these new styles. What will they attempt next - world domination???

M said...

I think I have seen the new style ones available on TVSN. Yep the shopping network!!!

I do like the newer styles as the older ones tend to make my Minnie Mouse feet look even bigger - but the kids have them in several different colours.

( . )( . ) said...

Ahhh I am not yet a croc convert. I recently went on holiday in Bali and it was like a croc convention, every single person at the hotel had a paid of crocs outside their doors!!

I havent tried them yet but its the look of them that turns me off, I might have to try something from this new range!!

yublocka said...

TVSN is that the shopping channel on Foxtel? That may require some further investigation as well - can't say I have ever watched it!!

And I like the thought of a croc convention, although come to think of it that could be a little scary!!!

Favourite Fallen Idol said...

Hmm, I'm definitely in the other camp. Thought, like Shiny said, those new look ones may persuade me otherwise.
I don't like the way they look and I think there's something a little worrying about people wearing them as a fashion statement, especially if they're fluoro green or something OTT like that! That said, I can't argue with the comfort statement.

yublocka said...

I agree with you on the bright colours thing FFI. My Mum went and bought herself a pair of brink pink thong-style crocs. Even I thought that was going too far!!!