As a shoe fanatic, I am partial to sky-high heels, embellished flats, and gladiator sandals. Admittedly, I face aching feet and a sore back after walking around in 5-inch pumps or flats with no arch supports all day. But it’s worth it, right? Our Senior Editor, Ruthie, thinks so! She can’t renounce her heel addiction, despite studies showing the horrendous effects of high-heels on feet, knees, and backs -– and quite frankly, neither can I.
Although I think it’s fantastic that companies are creating comfortable shoes to cater to those aches and pains, I can’t help but cringe when I see how frumpy and démodé these “comfy” shoes are. This is why I have been avidly against Crocs since they debuted in 2002. Don’t get me wrong –- the comfort factor is awesome. But wearing them in public? Not so much.
I give the company credit for launching new styles, like the Crocband Jaunt rainboot and the Farrah slingback. Unfortunately, as much as I respect the company for branching out, I still can’t justify the look because it gives me embarrassing flashbacks of the lime-green jellies that I wore religiously as a fashion-senseless child of the ‘90s.
And honestly, the new Croc commercial kinda creeps me out. After sprouting appendages, the little monster Crocs emerge from a closet and massage a woman’s aching-post-heels feet. Maybe I am alone on this one, but tiny varmints living in a closet evokes memories of juvenile nightmares.