My kids absolutely LOVE to wear their Crocs. They are all about a shoe that they can just slip on their feet and run out the door. And since we are ALWAYS late for everything, any time we can shave off the whole process of packing up to go somewhere is very much welcomed. The kids aren’t allowed to wear them to school for safety reasons, so this summer, they have worn the absolute hell out of them.
When I first started buying Crocs for my kids, I made the stupid mistake of getting roped into buying those little doo-dads that go in the holes. Naturally, my kids wanted to be like all their friends and have their entire shoes covered with these decorative little pieces of crap. At a $1.50 to $3.00 a pop, I must’ve spent a small fortune on doo-dads, only to have them fall out within a week and be lost forever. I recall one time on the beach when my daughter lost her favorite doo-dad, and we were on hands and knees sifting through sand to try to find the freaking thing. I’m pretty sure that was when I drew the line and professed to never buy doo-dads again. Total waste of money!
My other complaint with Crocs is the way my kids’ feet look when they take them off after a long day at camp or even after just playing in the backyard. They often look as if they’ve been using their feet as spatulas to make mud pancakes. I’m talking toenails crammed with dirt and jet black heels that leave footprints wherever they walk. I have seen other kids’ feet after wearing Crocs, and they aren’t even a fraction as dirty as my kids, which makes me wonder what in God’s name my children are doing in theirs! People often gasp when my twins remove their shoes, and then I feel the need to explain that I really do bathe them! We stopped by a friends’ house the other day (who just so happened to have WHITE carpeting), and my kids actually had to slip on socks over their dirt-caked feet in order to go inside. It was a little embarrassing, I must say.
I have spent an endless amount of time scrubbing the aftermath of this oh-so-convenient style of footwear. I often ask myself if these holey slip-ons are making my life easier or just more difficult. Yes, it gets us out the door more quickly, but it also gives me yet another mess to clean up later on. And we all know how much I enjoy messes…<insert sarcasm>.