By Sofia Weddle
Ah, Crocs. A true representation of a love-hate relationship. Whether involuntarily forced into them by our parents or excitedly slipped on with a gang of Jibbitz weighing us down, every true American kid has experienced these controversial shoes. Are they sneakers? Flip-flops? Sandals? I truly have no idea, but I love ‘em.
More recently, these clog-sandal hybrids have arrived on the haute-couture runway. The fashion community is surely familiar with outlandish trends, but this style is turning heads across the world. Critics argue that Crocs are just plain downright ugly, while the houses of Balenciaga and Christopher Kane ignore these pessimistic voices with vibrant spin-offs of the childhood staple.
Even in Glenelg, the shoe is gaining popularity, both casually and athletically. Most teenagers use Crocs as a type of slip-on shoe for sports, but the Croc has found a new place as the fashion-forward necessity for Generation-Z. Specifically, avid Croc fan Hassan Malik says that “Crocs really just go with any outfit […], and they’re very comfortable, [...] they’re really different, and I’m kind of making a fashion statement. I respect the Croc gang”. And truthfully, there is a gang; 179,000 Instagram members to be exact. These tight-knit followers, including some Glenelg students, can be found pairing the trend with gray joggers, khakis, shorts, vibrant skirts, or sweatpants. I, myself, have on numerous occasions worn these ~interesting~ shoes proudly with a sweater, jean jacket, and leggings.
Thus, as much as Crocs are dissed by major fashion outlets and judgemental teenagers, these shoes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, either on the high fashion runway or in the Big Red halls of Glenelg. So I’ll keep my camo Crocs and wear them too.