Saturday, April 4, 2009

Hurray for Crocs

No, not the reptiles.

The shoes I always swore I'd never be caught dead wearing...

Until I found a pair of Croc flip-flops that are absolutely the most comfortable footwear I have ever experienced.

I was nosing around a discount shoe store the other day and found a display of Crocs. Huh, I sniffed to myself. They're as ugly as ever. But I do need a pair of flip-flops, and their flip-flops look more comfortable than most.

First of all, the sizes run big. I had to keep trying on smaller and smaller women's sizes until even a size 5 was too big for my normally 6 to 6 1/2 size feet.

So I moved to the children's sizes. 4 was still too big, but 3 (Boy's 1), that fit perfectly.

I found a pair of brown and khaki flip-flops, bought them at half of the (gasp!) price of $30. plus tax, and took them home.

And have been wearing them ever since!

Until I went back to the store and tried on a few more styles. Meanwhile, I did some research and found out that nurses wear Crocs for 14-hour shifts on their feet, as do waiters. What better shoe to kick around the house in, run to to the store in, walk the dogs in? Who CARES if they are comical looking?

I was going to get another pair of flip-flops in pink, but after some thinking decided to try red Mary Janes. These worked in a size 5 as they are closed toed and needed a bit more wiggle room; plus, you could conceivably wear them with socks. (What happened to my fashion sense, you ask? Sometimes comfort trumps fashion.)

I wore the Mary Janes with my jeans running errands the rest of the afternoon and they are almost as comfortable as the flip-flops, though when I got home, the flip-flops went back on.

I live in Southern California. I've rediscovered heels and wear them with just about everything now, including jeans. I like to look pretty and feminine.

But when I wear my Crocs, I feel comfortable and like a kid again.

I guess that's the idea.

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