Sep 8, 2008

Crocs - The Most Controversial Footwear

Perhaps, the crocs is the only footwear in the world which is less worn but more debated and discussed. Amazingly, the gossipers are the health and environment experts, not the wearers and the fashioners.

When crocs, made of Croslite: a foam resin, arrived few years back, nobody could imagine controversies and debates it brought together. The latest controversy started when it got some place in the prestigious, Vogue.

However, nothing could stop it from being a hit and making its users crazy, most specifically the children for its color patterns, easy to wear features and shapes and sizes galore.

Though supported by many podiatrists as being safe footwear for human feet, it has been regularly criticized by many environmentalist, health experts and by many others.

One of the popular criticisms was thrown on its ultra-softness and bulky shapes. That was true even, as many wearers, mostly children,couldn't handle its bigger size and got injured as their crocs got stuck in escalators. As a result, much to the amazement, its soft bulky shapes were blamed

Many hospitals across Europe banned its usage on their premises citing its potential dangers for patients. Many believed that it might damage the life-assisting euipments as it was capable of building static electricity around.

The crocs has always been the victim of an organized opposition by fashion critics, bloggers and media. They left no stone unturned to make it a laughing stock. Some termed it as a fashion disaster. Astonishingly, it was ranked 6th on Maxim's list of worsts last year.

However, they don't come with negatives all the time. Many health experts have termed a special version of crocs as diabetic footwear. It happened because they found the crocs' design helpful enough to save the feet from injuries, especially the feet of diabetes patients.

Moreover, keeping the medical approval apart, it has become a footwear buzzword in the fields like golf and boating. This light-weight shoe is liked by wearers of all age-groups. This is not prone to get dirty easily, so this remains bacteria free always.

Being sold millions of pairs every year, its popularity seems to touch newer scales as the crocs maker are coming forward to make it more eco-friendly. They are getting better equipped to get recycled the used and abandoned crocs, so it can be used again and again minimising the garbage.

So if you like fashion and comfort, and not debates, then jump out to the nearest footwear store and grab a pair as soon as possible. After all, there a number of things to be debated about, isn't it?


Gerri Ward said...

Wow! I wish cros had been around while my dad was alive, he had to wear special diabetic shoes because of the ulcers on his feet.
This is a great blog!

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