Ugly shoes are a favorite on the runway. Designers like Christopher Kane, Preen and Marc Jacobs have chosen to dress their models in Crocs, Uggs and Dr. Scholl's respectively for previous collections. But in the real world, these shoes don't get as much love. Sure, Birkenstocks and Tevas have made a stylish comeback, while Uggs are still a must-have in suburbia. But Crocs? The shoe falls into two distinct camps: people who love them (Mario Batali, shoppers on ThredUp) and people who really, really don't (mostly everyone else).
I, however, fall in the middle. I first spotted a pair of Crocs in a Realtree (read: camo-ish) print on one of my favorite fashion girls on Instagram. Earlier this summer, I spotted the same pair available at Urban Outfitters. The retailer isn't offering it anymore (perhaps they were sold out? not selling?), but they still have them in black and white up for sale. Though, I advise you not to read the comments lest you want to feel just as conflicted as I am.
Regardless of such opposing parties, I'm going to flaunt my brand new Crocs anyway, preferably with high-waisted jeans, frayed culottes or cut-off denim shorts. (Definitely not with fishnet tights and skinny jeans.) As Kane said in an interview with WWD regarding his footwear of choice: "I don't think anyone's got the right to say right or wrong, unless they're God, otherwise just shut up," he told WWD. Preach! No wonder he's one of my favorite designers.
Crocs Classic Realtree Clog, $34.95, available at DSW
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