You know Crocs as the rubber, latex and “Croslite” containing back-strapped clogs so popular with kids and certain red-headed Italian celebu-chefs. Well now they are taking their super-lightweight footwear and throwing a top and back on them, creating their new line of Crocs Sneakers.
Yeah, I had the same reaction. And I’m probably not the only one. Which is why they sent me a pair to try. And while I don’t think Nike is going to go into panic mode any time soon, Crocs has created a surprisingly comfortable, and dare I say even stylish, sneaker that’s become part of my regular rotation.
The shoes come in nine different styles of slip-ons and lace-ups, with a wide range of color choices in each. Giving you plenty of options to go from street to trail. And they look like conventional footwear, until you take a much closer look and see that the insole and, depending on the style, much of the rest of the shoe, is made of their Coslite. Transferring Crocs’ most desirable attributes over from the original version: Comfort, flexibility, odor-resistance and lightness.
How light is light? They weigh just 7 ounces, which is almost like wearing nothing. And to prove how light and flexible they are, they created a series of videos called “7 Ounce Bounce” with a parkour freerunner showing off his skills while wearing the Crocs sneakers. (You can see them on their Facebook page.)
So, if you secretly loved Crocs’ comfort, but didn’t love the thought of wearing clogs in public, you can now come out of the shadows.