The first time I saw these abominations was when my cousin stopped by while we were reroofing my mom's house. Actually, that was just a few hours before I fell off the roof, so maybe that's part of my trauma . . .
Anyway, she shows up with her new boyfriend (now her husband) and she's wearing what looks like a pair of toy shoes. She claimed they were comfortable. I thought, "Great, but they make you look like a clown." Like Steve Tuttle, the writer of the Newsweek piece, I have no fashion sense. Fashion, to me, is the most frivolous, pointless pursuit humankind has ever devised. But like Tuttle says, "[E]ven I know these things are an abomination."
Normally the baffling footwear choices are made by women: shoes with giant soles, barbarian boots, the pure oxymoron of upscale flip-flops. But Crocs are a cross-gender phenomenon. Anyone can look like an idiot in these. But hopefully it will die soon. Apparently the business isn't doing so well lately. There's hope.
I only have one disagreement with Tuttle, and that's at the end of his article when he says, "So I'm begging you, America. Just stop. When you wake up tomorrow and look at your options, choose flip-flops. Go barefoot. Wear boots. Anything but Crocs." No. Not flip-flops. Flip-flops are worse.