June 22, 2007


By Executive Order, Crocs Aren't Chic (Robin Givhan, 6/22/07, Washington Post)

George W. Bush was photographed recently in a pair of black Crocs -- Cayman style, $29.99 -- as he was heading out from the White House to ride his bike. He wore the clunky resin clogs -- which have ventilation holes and a heel strap -- with a pair of black shorts, a white camp shirt, a baseball cap with the image of an unidentified Scottish terrier and black bike socks imprinted with the presidential seal. He had the backstraps of his Crocs flipped forward so they rested on the top of the shoes -- turning them into slides. This subtle gesture -- coupled with the subdued color -- actually made the exceedingly unattractive shoes look tolerable. [...]

Bush's decision to wear black socks with his Crocs was ill-considered. The combination makes one think of an old man on his way to the beach. Besides, the shoes were conceived for use on boats. The holes allow air to circulate and water to drain. And the non-slip bottoms offer stability. Pairing them with socks is a contradiction.

the family swears by them--they're the only shoes our ten-year old can wear without his feet stinking by the end of the day--but I haven't been able to find the cheaper knock-offs in size 13. Note the imbecility here that the President ought not wear socks with them because were he on a boat they'd get wet, even though he's nowhere near a boat? Leave it to the fashion police to favor empty posing over real comfort.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 22, 2007 2:58 PM

Robin Givhan is a bottom-feeder. She is the fashion writer who was critical of Supreme Court Chief Justice Nominee John Roberts' children for what they were wearing at the announcement of his nomination. Picking on elementary and pre-school kids! Don't they have editors at the Washington Post?

Posted by: pchuck at June 22, 2007 5:32 PM

She wasn't only criticizing CJ Roberts' kids in that article. She was also in a snit over the NU women's Lacrosse team wearing flip-flops in the White House, though W didn't seem to mind.

Posted by: Brad S at June 22, 2007 9:24 PM

White camp shirt? I surprised he admits to going to white camp.

Posted by: Ibid at June 22, 2007 9:55 PM

Crocs are cheap and ghastly ugly. The CiC should have some biking shoes. I think the Manolo would agree with me.

Posted by: DW at June 22, 2007 11:24 PM

Cheap? What straight male pays $30 for shoes more than once in his life? (the lifelong pair of black wing tips are the exception)

Posted by: oj at June 23, 2007 12:07 AM

The new sandals saved my feet on vacation last week, can barely tell they're crocs.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 23, 2007 2:03 AM