Crocs no longer making Crocs

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/08/13/crocs-no-longer-making-crocs.html

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An era has passed.

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#3

“In connection with ongoing efforts to simplify the business and improve profitability, during the second quarter, the company closed its manufacturing has decided to stop making anything."

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#4

Ah, but will they continue to design things? Like the back of iPods used to say: “Designed by Apple in California”, perhaps to district from the fact that they no longer manufactured anything.

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#5

I can only think of one use for Crocs: When you don’t feel like buying a pair of fishing waders.

They are, of course, rather less fashionable than fishing waders.

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#6

I love my crocs, mostly. it isn’t the ugly that gets me, I like the hideous utilitarianness of them. But rather, somehow the ball of my foot has a tendency to catch on waxed floors. It could be my stride, but they’ve almost killed me on a couple occasions.

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#7

Difficult Truths?

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#8

I wear Crocs at work. I have a standing desk that I stand at for half the day (I lower it after lunch) and Crocs are my favorite shoes for using at that desk.

Even in the afternoon, I like to not have shoes on, so I have my crocs there for when I need to leave my office and want to slip into something with minimal fuss.

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#9

Flip Flops, if allowed at the office. They aren’t allowed at mine by management, although Crocs are a very engineer-type workaround to that rule. And I suspect would be banned if someone tried to pull that workaround.

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#10

I was in the same situation. Stopped when it became evident that wearing rubber shoes was leading to dangerous levels of static electricity…

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#11

I vaguely recall a joke about Crocs serving as a form of contraception…

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#12

My Crocs:


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#13

Whew. I made it through this fashion crisis. And not once did I wake up with a pair of these on my feet without knowing where they came from only to concede ”Well…I suppose they are comfortable…". (Which is what I assume happens to everyone who wears these).

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#16

Great. Get Native shoes instead. Or literally anything else.

Btw i did own a pair of crocs i used extensively. Mainly because i injured my foot and could not wear regular shoes for a few months, i like them for what they are but their look is definitely subpar.

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#18

Same! Man, the feel of a brand new pair of Crocs, still fluffy and unmashed from months of carting around my 300 lb ass, was bliss. Bliss I tell you! But more than once, after a scary slip, I envisioned meeting my end on our painted backyard stairs some wet morning. And yet, they were also dangerous on certain carpeted stairs as well. Maybe I just don’t maneuver stairs well? Whatever the case, it was a sad day when I made the conscious decision to throw them out as they had become too dangerous for my weird body.

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#19

Aye, there’s a certain bit of irony that shoes made specifically to be extra grippy on boats is notoriously lousy on wet surfaces. I also had some scary almost slips walking on wet ground a few times

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#20

Is this one of those “we’re shutting down our manufacturing in democracies to take better advantage of prison labor in totalitarian dictatorships” business strategies?

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