Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Is it ever okay to wear Crocs?

Among the many contentious articles of clothing out there, Crocs—those rubbery, brightly colored shoes your dad probably wears to fetch the paper—occupy a special space. They are not, like the male romper, intended to be ostentatious. Like the equally contentious cargo shorts and fanny pack, Crocs possess a pure, unassuming functionality, in that they are comfortable, sturdy, and easy to slip on. And yet their bright colors and rubbery, alien construction suggest something designed to also be “fun,” in their way. They’re a strange blend of conventionality and eccentricity.

Anyway, people hate them. They get very mad about Crocs! However, the style-forward writers and editors of GQ have noted a recent resurgence in Croc ownership among stylish celebrities like Shia Labeouf and Jared Leto, as well as a cream-colored pair at a recent Gucci show. And the shoes themselves fit into a larger, normcore trend, including dad …

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