Wednesday, July 18, 2007

In Praise of Crocs

LRC links to a Slate article about Crocs. The LRC teaser suggests that it is anti-Croc, but the article itself is reasonably balanced. I am a proud owner of two pairs of Crocs, and Mrs Vache Folle has perhaps three pairs, and I don’t see why anyone would be anti-croc.

Sure, they’re ugly and gaudy, but they are comfortable as all get out. You can kick them on and off easily, and they clean up easily after you’ve been mucking around in the garden or even wading in the pond. They are perfect beachwear. I have had mine for over three years, well before they became fashionable, and I was a little annoyed at their popularity. I don’t like to be seen as embracing the latest fashion trend. The nephews are keen to get Crocs, and the one we took on vacation with us bought himself a pair of faux Croc knock-offs for $8 at one of the ubiquitous souvenir stores on the strip. I am sure that he will get ripped by his playmates for not having the real thing.

We recently updated our Crocs and discovered that there are several new styles for women such as Mary Janes, flip flops, sandals, and the like. These lack the signature ugliness of the classic Croc but are just as comfortable. Mrs Vache Folle lives in her Croc flip flops when she is at leisure. She is very high maintenance when it comes to footwear, and if she likes Crocs, you can bet that they are comfortable.

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