I've resisted the urge to aquire this particular shoe until now, but the other night I finally caved and bought a pair. The word of mouth on these puppies is way too positive. On Sunday I blew out a pair of sandals again, replacing one of my muggled geocaches on the side of a small cliff, and needed some new footware. Plus, crocs are Canadian!
What remains to be seen is how my feet are going to react with this new type of foam rubber. Leather sandals fare better smell-wise but certain rubber ones coming into contact with my feet for an extended period of time can rival the scent of many a long-dead mammal I've found in the woods over the years. I've gotten much better about it in my old age, like, I don't wear desert boots without socks to work anymore (they used to have meetings at work about my feet)...
A word of caution. I walked out of SportCheck at first with the "Outdoor" version of Crocs. The ones with the adjustable velcro strap? They're crap! I walked out into the hallway at St-Laurent, threw my old sandals out in a nearby garbage can (I ran out of shoe goo at home to fix 'em up), and promptly blew out the velcro strap with one step. The velcro was cheaply sewn into the foam rubber - no thank you.
It was bad enough I had to dive into the damned garbage can in front of on-lookers to get my old broken sandals back, but now my almost 3 year old thinks it's ok to dig stuff out of department store garbage cans any old time you like. So I go back in the store, wait in line to have them say "Would you like to pick another pair?" Sure I said, but minus the velcro. I go look. Nothing but day-glo rave colours in my size. I had to get back in line, wait for the manager to issue a refund, and truck out to Orleans to the "other" sportchek who had one pair left.
Fast forward 2 days to tonight. I went sailing on a friend's boat. We tacked. The boat was pulled over on that 45 degree angle you get in a strong wind. I did some fancy footwork to stop from being thrown overboard - AND BUSTED THE STRAP my new pair of Crocs!
I can't win. I'm taking them back (but getting another pair still - I just won't go sailing with them)