Deadly "Croc"odiles

Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Razor sharp teeth severing limbs, blood everywhere, bone chilling screams....

Nope, I'm not describing a recent trip to the bayou where some poor unsuspecting drunk Mardi Gras-partying tourist gets eaten by the local wildlife. I'm talking footwear. Oh yes, ladies and gentlemen. Footwear. The ubiquitous "Crocs".

It seems that the these rubber shoes/sandals are deadly. A number of children have had their toes caught in escalators. And not just in the United States. Reports are coming in from around the world and the message is the same: crocs and escalators just don't mix.

As if the possibility of losing one of my little piggies wasn't bad enough, these shoes are butt-ugly. I still don't understand why anyone would want to wear them. And yet, Crocs (and they're cheaper knock-off cousins) are among the most popular type of footwear out there. My stepmother has a purple (no surprise) pair, as do both my niece (hot pink) and nephew (lime green - cooool). Everywhere you go, you see them. I've even seen men and women in business attire walking around the downtown area wearing a pair. Oh sure, Shea claims that they're uber-comfortable but so are a pair of Birkenstocks but I wouldn't wear them to work either. Mind you, Heidi Klum's designing for them now so I just might. Regardless, I bet Red is glad that she decided NOT to get a pair before heading off to Sicily recently.

I'm still feeling a bit blah. There was some possibly positive news at work yesterday (not about a new position) but then it was dashed by other rumors which completely pissed me off. Then the candidates for the civic election next month were announced and despite nine candidates who're running for mayor, there's no one to put up a real challenge to encumbent Stephen Mandel. Again, the pissed off factor increases. Yesterday also started off with a HUGE amount of pain from my cysts and if it wasn't for the fact that I have NO sick days left this year, I would have stayed home. Thinking it had stopped, I eventually made it to the office only to spend the entire morning fighting off waves of extreme stabbing pain while trying to look like I was working. Not an easy feat I tell you, but this Captain is mighty talented. All in all it was another crappy day. I walked home but my back was so tense that it was one giant knot by the time I started making supper. To top it off, I slept like shit last night and have been awake, again, since 3am. Please forgive me if I come across as slightly bitchy today.

7 comments:

Sheamus the... said...

HA HA...oh geeze...these shoes have caused me more social discomfort then anything else I have ever worn in my entire life. I've had root canals that were easier than going in public with these shoes.
Every single place I go I get people that I know or dont know commenting on my ugly shoes.
But for the first time in my life for some weird reason I don't really care.
Extrememly comfortable and I dont even have to bend down to put them on. When they get wet they never smell and unlike other sandles they stay perfectly on your feet.
The come in any color and several styles.
I like my crocs...and it doesnt bother me if you do or dont. Because thanks to my crocs I have finally stopped caring.
Ha...Crocs...the shoes of stylish controversy.

Karen said...

It's good that you're comfortable enough with your shoes to wear them and not care about what others think. I hope you didn't think I was making a personal attack - I support your freedom to wear whatever footwear you choose. Just be careful around moving staircases, ok?

Perhaps Crocs are the new Birks? I remember when I first started seeing them about 15 years ago in university and thought they were the ugliest shoes imaginable. Now, I'm sooooo jonesing for a pair of Birk sandals (and yes, I would wear them with big wool socks!).

Wear your crocs with pride, Shea my man.

Wandering Coyote said...

Sorry you're still feeling shitty. I hope it passes soon. Those damn cysts! Can't you get them lasered off or something?

Everyone I know wears crocs or a knock-off. I just don't know...I love my Birks. The crocs just seem a little weird to me, though they do look comfy.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What a shitty day! But at least you still have all your toes.

Hope today is much better.

Sheamus the... said...

ha...i wasnt taking it personal. Just routine.

Avid Andy said...

someone once told me i looked like a homeless dutch person in my crocs. that danger crocs sign is great.

sp said...

I'm so sorry you had to work while in pain. That really sucks.

avid andy I laughed when I read the "homeless dutch person" description.

I have the holey sole knock-offs mostly because I work at Lee Valley and we sell them. I would never wear them beyond our property because they do look ridiculous and the one time that I did my feet paid the price. I did not find them comfortable. There's also some info coming out about how bad these shoes are for your back, but aren't most shoes except for Birks.

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