Crocs: My Dirty Little Secret

I have a secret.

Last night I was perusing the New York Times website when I came across an article about the resurgence of Crocs – yes, they’re making a comeback – and I was about to make a derisive comment…out loud…to myself…like I’m sure we all do.  Then I remembered: Awww, s**t, I own a pair.

Let me tell you how that happened.  Several years ago, I was in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for a big race, along with my All-Star support crew (my mom and sister). In the two or three days leading up to one of these races, there’s a kind of village that springs up at the race site with vendors hawking various wares and services, often at discounted prices.  It’s a chance to try out new gear and to see new products up close and personal.  I even took a wetsuit for a test drive in an Endless Pool display.

Anyway, I’d been walking around for quite a while with my mom and sister, when the Crocs booth appeared before us.  I made a derisive comment – this time out loud to other people – and was about to walk on by when Mom said “You know, they look  like they might be really comfortable.  Maybe you should try on a pair. “

I quickly looked around to see if anyone I knew was in the immediate vicinity.  The coast was clear so I sat down, slipped on a blue pair and stood up.

LIKE.  WALKING.  ON.  AIR.  My feet felt so good in those hideous shoes.  Seriously.  Like being barefoot but better.  I gave the salesperson cash, threw the shoes in a bag and scampered away, as if I’d just bought crack in an alley from a sketchy character in the middle of the night.  Or a pair of immensely ugly shoes at a race expo from a vendor in broad daylight.  I blame it on the excitement of my big race day and the heady rush of doing something you know, deep down, is wrong.

But I still own those Crocs and when I do yard work, out they come.  Easy on my feet.  Easy to hose off.  Easy to kick off and hide if anyone stops by.

You’ll keep my secret, right?

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About Felicia Biggins

I'm a fashion blogger and owner of The New Black, a personal styling business, in Austin TX. Follow me on Twitter: @fbigg.
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12 Responses to Crocs: My Dirty Little Secret

  1. Erin says:

    I will never look at you the same way.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I too own a pair of Crocs for yardwork. They also come in handy at the lake house since I hate the slimy feel of the lake bed and they float if they come off. They are possibly the ugliest things I have ever owned!!!

  3. Maggie S. says:

    Comfy, but I trip every third or fourth step. Tripandtripandtripandtrip.

  4. kim says:

    I love my crocs. I have hte big ugly ones, small flats that tone my legs when I walk, and plain pair of flats. they are the best, best, best and the little flats aren’t so ugly!

  5. Karen Underwood says:

    I have …. four pair! Yes, I even have a pair of Mary Jane crocs for dress-up! I know, I see you shuddering!

  6. Carrie says:

    Must we share every secret?

    Not only did I have a pair (and I say “did” because I have no clue where they are now…maybe under the bed?) but THEY WERE HOT PINK.

    And I wore them with pride when they were the ‘in’ thing.

    Or when I “thought” they were the ‘in’ thing.

    What a douche.

    • It’s not douche-y to have worn them, or even to still wear them. It is dorky, though. Unless you’re under 5 and only because you probably don’t have a whole lot of choice in the matter.

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