By: Jennifer Pretty May 24, 2011
  Editorial
crocs

Spring is finally here. The sunshine, warmer weather and spring fashions have made their welcomed return. One item that has made its return I absolutely despise.  This one sign of spring boggles my mind and never ceases to shock and disgust me.

What could bring out such harsh emotions? Crocs.

No, I don’t mean the reptile; I’m talking about the “footwear”. The bright coloured, rubber shoes that look like they belong in the garden. There are few things in this world that get to me as easily as crocs do.

Now I know I’m ruffling a few feathers with all the pro-croc wearers out there. Yes, I know you say they’re comfortable. Yes, I’m sure they’re convenient. Running around pantless may be more comfortable than wearing skinny jeans, but that doesn’t mean we should do that, does it?

The first shocker with crocs has to be the ridiculous colours. It appears that the most popular are the bright and offensive colours (lime green, really?). And if that wasn’t bad enough it appears we’ll now be spotting patterned crocs. The official croc website reads: “Just in time for spring! We gave our Crocs™ shoes a makeover with vibrant colors and sassy patterns.”  Sassy patterns? I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who had a feeling of impending doom while reading that. Let’s not even get started on the fact they have charms to attach to your crocs!

Although I personally am absolutely 100% anti-crocs, there are two groups of people that can get away with wearing them:

  1. Children aged 6 and under. At that age mismatching rubbers shoes and “footwear charms” seem innocent enough. But read on for potential injuries linked to this footwear choice.
  2. Gardeners. If you are working in your garden rock your crocs. But that certainly doesn’t mean just because you are a gardener crocs are appropriate outside the garden!

We all know crocs can be a danger to your image, but did you also know crocs can be dangerous for your footsies? Crocs have little to no support. If you or your children are going to head for a hike or long walk it might be a good idea to leave your crocs at home. A pair of running shoes would be a much better choice, as crocs have similar support as flip flop sandals.

Also, there have been many reports from across the globe of children’s toes getting injured by escalators, and crocs seem to be a common theme in many of these accidents. Some American retailers have actually posted signs requesting children wearing such footwear to use their elevators rather than escalators.

Everyone’s fashion sense is different. What works for one may not be another’s “cup-of-tea”. I clearly don’t understand the craze over crocs. I won’t be allowing crocs to damage my outfit, or feet anytime soon.

Until next time,

Peace, love and vitamin C!

Jennifer Pretty began her career as the director of artist development for a well-known Canadian music label. Branching out on her own, she then started her own PR business “Pretty Media Management” planning and hosting various charity, entertainment and fashion events. As a dance and fitness class enthusiast Jennifer is a firm believer in the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. She also loves to cook, travel, spend time with family and friends and most importantly living life to the fullest!