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The Day I Bought Crocs

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A few things about me:

  1. I am a fashion blogger and have worked in styling and personal shopping for about ten years.
  2. I’m one of those people who are usually overdressed and whose idea of casual is still, well, not casual.
  3. I own a pretty stellar collection of shoes, of which many are heels and the only “comfort” shoes I wear are for exercise.

Which brings us to now. What a strange confession to make today…I bought Crocs. 

The Day I Bought Crocs- A fashion stylist tries Crocs for the first time

This all came about because I needed comfortable walking shoes. I’m going on vacation in a few weeks and will be doing a lot of walking and needed shoes that can actually offer some comfort and support. (For me, comfortable walking shoes generally means less than a two-inch heel, or flats with zero arch support.)

Maybe it’s getting older, maybe it’s just the thought of walking miles a day and feeling every. single. step. in my feet, but I thought I better attempt to find something that won’t have me crying in the midst of sightseeing and vacation shopping sprees. I did a little research and one brand kept popping up.

And while I’ve heard people speak for years about the comfort of this particular brand, I never once considered them an option. But then I started seeing fashion bloggers and people whose style I like also recommending this brand. Could it be true? Do stylish Crocs actually exist???? 

A fashion blogger tries Crocs for the first time!

Though my husband reminded me I could lose all credibility as a style blogger, I took a chance. The particular style I wanted, the Rio, wasn’t sold in stores around me, so I ordered them from Amazon (they had free returns). It looks like this shoe is either out of production or currently out of stock, but the Sloane version (Amazon link) or the Sienna looks pretty similar!

They came in the mail and when I saw them in person I felt a strange mixture of guilt and excitement. And as wrong as it felt, sliding them onto my feet felt just as good. 

The Day I Bought Crocs - Rio style - Splendry

So far they were meeting all my criteria for black flats: stylish, pointed toe, chic looking, and comfortable. The true test though would be actually wearing them out and walking A LOT! So, I did!

I’ve had a few shopping jobs since then and I’ve worn them every time. (I’m not talking leisurely strolls through the mall, I’m talking 5-6 hours of seriously fast walking.) No blisters, no aching lower back. No bruised-feeling heels or arches. They felt cushion-y and supportive all day!

*Update as of July 2020: I’ve since worn them to Europe twice and used them as my walking shoes. After miles and miles of walking my feet and legs would be sore, but no more so than my other travel companions (who were wearing actual sneakers), I’d call that a win.

Dang it, Crocs. I don’t want to like you. I really don’t.  

A few pros and cons:

Cons of Buying Crocs:

  • You’re wearing Crocs, and that might require a mental and emotional adjustment period.
  • Because of the material (a plastic rubbery-type), your feet might sweat a little (honestly, it wasn’t much). Considering it’s been scorching outside, I was more than satisfied with how my feet felt all day. No blisters or anything.
  • No half sizes in this particular style. I wear an 8.5 and ordered up to a 9. This worked great for me, but a thin insert would probably help if it felt a little too big.
  • Also because of the shoe material, they might get a few scratches here and there, but I didn’t feel like mine were noticeable. *Update as of July 2020, I’ve now been wearing this same pair for five years and they’re still in great shape!

Pros of Buying Crocs:

  • They look like a “regular” shoe, none of that comfy/travel/support-type clunky stuff.
  • They would work with pants, skirts, dresses, jeans, whatever. I love a classic black pointy toe flat.
  • THEY ARE COMFORTABLE. As comfortable as wearing a pair of sensible support socks and running shoes? Maybe not. But, would I ever wear that unless I’m working out/doing something athletic? No. What I would normally wear for this same occasion would be a pair of black flats or sandals with zero arch support or cushion. Are they more comfortable than that? A million times, yes!
  • No squeaking. I was afraid the material would be squeaky, particularly on tile floors (like, the entire mall), but they didn’t!

A few of the other stylish Crocs styles I’m liking:

stylish crocs

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

As much as it pains me, I can doing nothing but endorse Crocs. Wait, I can do nothing but endorse certain styles of Crocs. I’m talking stylish Crocs, the “classic” clog style is still the stuff my nightmares are made of. Though my chef friends (or others who work on their feet all day) certainly feel differently. No judgement here. I too, am a fellow Croc owner. :)

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Originally published August 25, 2015

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Nicole Aguilar

Thursday 5th of October 2017

Whhhaaaattt?! Those are adorable. So chic and they look comfortable.


Tuesday 1st of September 2015

Okay- so I caved and bought the Rio from Amazon almost immediately after reading this. They came in today and I am in LOVE. Am I still a tiny bit embarrassed to admit that they're Crocs? Maybe. They're so great, though! That guilt may subside soon. :)


Tuesday 1st of September 2015

I know what you mean! I'm horrified someone will see the symbol on the back of my shoe but at the same time I love them so much!!

Delise Williams

Tuesday 25th of August 2015

I wear the croc wedge sandles in the summer. The rubber sandles are great for my plantar fasciitis. My heels & arch don't ache like they do in flat sandles. I was embarrassed at first to be wearing rubber shoes,, but I got over that because of their comfort!


Wednesday 26th of August 2015

It's so nice to have options that are comfortable and not too clunky-looking!!


Tuesday 25th of August 2015

This was a very brave post, haha! :) It is hard to find comfy shoes for serious walking that also look good. I hadn't seen this style- they're cute!


Tuesday 25th of August 2015

Haha, yes, it was difficult to write!

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