Crocs: The Unlikely Fashion Statement that Won Me Over
From Croc Skeptic to Closet Convert Embracing the Unexpected Beauty of the Ugly Shoe
As a fashion writer, I used to despise Crocs. But now, they have become an essential in my closet.
Photo: VoiceAngel writer Priya Raj wearing Crocs (left), model wearing white Crocs with rhinestone and pearl embellishments.
I have a confession to make: I used to be a Croc hater. The idea of wearing those foam-like shoes just didn’t jive with my fashion-forward sensibilities. But oh, how the tables have turned! After finally giving in and buying a pair a few months ago, I am now a proud Croc convert. These shoes have become an unexpected love affair in my life, and I can’t imagine strutting without them.
Entering my “practical-girl era” in my mid-approaching-late 20s might explain my newfound appreciation for this foamy wonder. Crocs provide the comfort and versatility I never knew I needed. They’re perfect for running errands, taking a leisurely stroll in the park, or lounging by the pool. Although you won’t catch me strutting my stuff at brunch or a fancy dinner date in these bad boys, they have their time and place.
But let me tell you, dear readers, the fashion revolution of Crocs goes far beyond my personal experience. Just take a look at London Fashion Week, where these controversial shoes took the spotlight. I was left in awe as I witnessed attendees rock these iconic shoes in ways that made me regret not wearing mine.
Photo: Trend forecaster Kelly Harrington wearing purple Crocs with Sanrio charms and her name spelled out on one, at the Paul Costelloe fashion show during London Fashion Week.
I met Kelly Harrington, a freelance trend forecaster and designer, at the Paul Costelloe fashion show. Her personal narrative was beautifully expressed through her signature denim outfit, complete with a pair of cream jeans that had a purple side panel. But what caught my eye were her customized purple Crocs adorned with an array of adorable Sanrio Hello Kitty Croc Jibbitz pins, accentuating her unique style.
According to Kelly, these Crocs are not just shoes; they are canvases for personal expression. Collaborations with high-profile fashion brands like Balenciaga and Christopher Kane have catapulted Crocs into the realm of runway stardom. Fashion designer Simone Rocha even unveiled a collaboration collection at London Fashion Week, featuring platform, heeled Crocs embellished with pearls and crystals. Talk about taking Crocs couture to a whole new level!
I also had the pleasure of crossing paths with Tytus Tułecki, a 16-year-old Gen-Z designer, at the Natasha Zinko fashion show. Tytus rocked his green Crocs with a unique ensemble from his own label, proving that these shoes are more than just a fashion statement. They symbolize rebellion against traditional fashion norms. According to Tytus, Crocs are beloved by young, fashionable individuals because they make a statement while rejecting delicate conformity.
One of the coolest Crocs transformations I witnessed at London Fashion Week was courtesy of Bence Borbely, a self-dubbed balloon fashion designer. Balloon art collided with fashion as Bence added mini silver balloons to his cream Crocs, matching his balloon vest and shiny skirt ensemble. He aptly describes Crocs as the embodiment of irony in fashion – utterly cool and undeniably fashionable.
Photo: Gen-Z designer Tytus Tulecki, wearing Crocs at the Natasha Zinko fashion show during London Fashion Week.
These encounters and fashion-forward feats have inspired me to take my Crocs game to the next level. While I didn’t have them in my London Fashion Week wardrobe this year, I vow to rock them next season. The niche, mainstream, and luxury styles of Crocs I witnessed have opened my mind to new possibilities. I am ready to invest in a second pair and decorate them with Jibbitz charms that reflect my unique personality. Charms like the lovable Hello Kitty ones will allow me to customize my Crocs and create an array of looks. It’s like having multiple pairs of shoes in one!
My Crocs are not just shoes anymore; they have become a travel companion and a symbol of comfort during long-haul flights. I am confident that a pair of charm-embellished Crocs will elevate my airport look and keep me stylish wherever my travels take me. The boundaries of when and where to wear Crocs have expanded, and I am here for it!
So, my fellow fashion enthusiasts, let me leave you with this thought: embrace the unexpected. Dive headfirst into the world of Crocs and discover the endless possibilities they offer. Don’t let preconceived notions restrict your fashion exploration. Remember, sometimes the most unassuming shoes can make the biggest statement.
What’s your take on Crocs? Have you been converted like me, or are you still a skeptic? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!