This is my second post about shoes
If you have read my first post : Shoes – The perfect antidote to a rainy Monday, you will probably not believe what I am about to write…
My other favourite shoes are Crocs!
I discovered Crocs as soon as they appeared on the market & I fell in love! Shoes that made my feet feel good…. even after wearing them all day long in really high temperatures! Unlike most people, I also like the look of them… not for everyday work-wear (unless you are on your feet all day and are allowed wear them – I believe nurses are now allowed wear the ones with the closed toes)
So what is it about Crocs?
- They are incredibly comfortable… they are designed to be worn barefoot & slightly lose. The air flows around your feet as you walk, and they are so light you can hardly feel them on your feet
- The material they are made from is brilliant at both supporting and cushioning your feet. I have worn them all day long walking round Barcelona as a tourist (no siesta) in mid August (38°C, 98°F) and not had tired feet at the end of the day
- I like how they look – Rounded wide shoes, like the original Dr Martens make your feet look smaller, and even though my feet are small (UK6) for my height (5’10”) I like them looking smaller!
- They are washable – after a day sightseeing in London or Barcelona your shoes are normally filthy. With Crocs, wear them in the shower & rub them with a little shampoo or shower gel & they are good as new straight away
- They are waterproof – ideal shower shoes for public showers
- They are non slip & non marking – they were designed as boat shoes – they wont slip on any surface whether wet or dry & they won’t mark a tiled floor or boat. Ideal for wearing poolside too
- They float! If you are wearing them near water & one falls in, they float! Easily retrieved… Also ideal for entering the water on a stony beach…. wear them in and then when you are in deep enough take them off & throw back to shore… or slide your hands through the strap & wear them around your elbows as flotation aids!
- They now come in lots of different styles apart from the original round toed design… my second pair were flip-flops. Definitely the best flip flops ever. Comfortable to wear all day long, good high straps mean they don’t fall off. Not ideal for rock climbing or cross country walks as they are flip flops…. but during hot weather I live in them now.
- Hard wearing… I have had my first pair for 10 years and they have been worn more than any other shoe I have owned, and they still look fine. They don’t look new, I wore them to the top of Mount Sinai in Egypt (My packing was poor that holiday I was a bit distracted with wedding plans to think through the trip properly – I also forgot underwear!)
- If I had to leave all my shoes except one pair, that I would have to wear day in day out for the rest of my life, I would bring my red Crocs
I am sure I will think of more than 10 great things to say about Crocs in the next few days…. I usually do! But that will do for now!
I have a few pairs…
I have spare blue Croc shoes and pink flip-flops too 🙂
For men they do lovely ones with leather toes, which look less like Jelly Shoes. Peter wears them non stop and would be lost without them on holiday. He forgot his on two different holidays and both times ended up buying new ones. He now has 4 different pairs!
So, in our hallway alongside my eclectic collection of quirky shoes from Irregular Choice and my Dr Martens Heels all carefully wrapped in tissue paper and stored in their boxes just like my auntie Grannymar, are 10 pairs of Crocs!
In addition to shoes, I also have a thing for reptiles (not snakes for some reason!) I love water dragons, lizards, newts, frogs, chameleons, tortoises and crocodiles! I’m not sure why I like crocodiles so much, I associate them with cute cuddliness, which they really are not! Maybe one of my favourite books from my childhood is to blame? Serafina the Giraffe by Laurent de Brunhoff.
Serafina’s best friend is Ernest the Crocodile 🙂