In an old fashion blog that I used to write for, I once devoted an entire post to lamenting the unprecedented popularity of "Crocs," the ugly, gross, plastic, tacky, clog-like shoes that middle America just can't seem to get enough of. But, it seems that no matter how much fashion writers, blogger, critics, designers, insiders and other fashionistas decry the ugliness of these things: America seems either unaware or just determined to ignore us and keep wearing their instant fashion-victim shoes.
Case in point; even President George Bush was seen wearing Crocs last week! The PRESIDENT! And...he even wore them with socks. I don't get it. Who in their right mind thinks these shoes are attractive?
Veteran Washington Post Fashion Editor, who recently received an award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America for her excellent commentary on fashion, wrote a fantastic, witty editorial devoted to this matter. Here's an excerpt...
people "will take the president's appropriate Croc use as validation for their own indiscriminate addiction. They must wear them to the grocery store and to the movies and to dinner. They must wear them as if they were perfectly acceptable shoes and not the equivalent of waterproof bedroom slippers, with a similarly imprecise fit."
The shoes, which were originally developed for gardeners and boaters, now have everyone and their dog obsessing over them. "Gardeners found them both comfortable and functional," says Givhan. "Did someone say comfortable? Because this is a culture quick to justify wearing virtually anything in the name of comfort -- pajama bottoms as pants, sneakers as business footwear, leggings in lieu of trousers, Uggs with miniskirts -- Crocs now rival flip-flops as the most annoyingly omnipresent style of summer footwear. City streets are inundated with shuffling phalanxes of men and women with bright orange, yellow and red Bozo feet."
Hear, hear! I wholeheartedly agree with Ms. Givhan. Crocs need to go! Check out the article at WashingtonPost.com
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