Crazy Talk

Manolo says, ayyyyyyy!

We outfitted our entire wedding party in Crocs. We had such a great time and everyone was so comfortable. Guys in black Metro, girls in red beach’s, flower girls and bride in white beach’s.


Manolo in the Fortune Magazine

Manolo says, speaking of the Crocs, the Manolo has been cited in the most recent issue of the Fortune Magazine.

As I obsessed about the sudden proliferation of Crocs, I realized that they are not so much a new category as the latest in a pantheon of ugly shoes that became a fashion phenomenon despite – or maybe because of – their bad looks.

Think Jellies, Earth shoes, Birkenstocks, and most recently Uggs, to name a few. (Remember the Ugg-boot with miniskirt look that swept through New York and L.A. and then everywhere else a few years back? No? Lucky you.)

“There’s a long tradition of the underground alternative ugly shoe thing that is a backlash to $600 Manolo Blahniks,” says David Wolfe, creative director for the Doneger Group, which analyzes fashion trends.

That tradition is a conundrum to those of us who think of shoes as exquisitely crafted, expensive torture devices. At a recent conference in Toronto, I was teetering along in a pair of beautiful three-inch Christian Louboutins, a heavy computer bag over my shoulder, and I have to admit I was eyeing the Crocs in front of me longingly.

But comfort be damned.

I’m with Manolo, of Manolo’s shoe blog (which has no official relationship to Manolo Blahnik), who has consigned both the Ugg and the Croc to his Gallery of Horrors, which he calls a “permanent exhibition of the worst of the shoes.”

Yes, at the moment the Crocs appear to have won the battle, but do not worry, the forces of good shall ultimately prevail!

P.S. Many thanks to the Nancy for alerting the Manolo to this.

Tim Gunn on the Crocs

Manolo says, quite obviously, the Tim Gunn does not like the Crocs.

Arlington, Va.:Tim, In what is, to me, a particularly distressing trend, I have seen many women (and quite a few men) wearing crocs in public. Is this truly acceptable? Is there some sort of fashion clearinghouse which decides on a whim that actions which would normally result in ostracization are instead cool and accepted? Tim, please offer your advice.

Tim Gunn: Ohhhhh… May I respond by merely saying, “I hate crocs. May they please go away.”

The Manolo could not have said it better.


Oversized Toddler

Manolo says, this picture, it says everything one needs to know about the Crocs

P.S. Many thanks to the Manolo’s internet friend the super fantastic Carol!


Yet More Loathing for the Crocs

Manolo says, here is the link to the most amusing and gratifying article in the Radar Magazine in which the Manolo has been quoted decrying the terrible rise of the crocs.

However, this is the best quote in the entire piece.

“I have to say that these things are hideous!” adds Jay Escobara, cofounder of New York-based design collective Saenai. “Crocs personify the ‘eclectic’ person who really isn’t all that different from the Kmart shopper but pretends to follow the trend in hopes it might place him among a group of people and/or lifestyle.”

It is so true, so very, very true.

Hate the Crocs

Manolo says, for many days now the most busy Manolo has been intending to link to this important website: I Hate Crocs, the website that is dedicated to “eliminating crocs and those who think their excuses for wearing them are viable.”

Natually, the Manolo could not agree more with the high purpose of this website, and the owners of it, they are the kindred spirits with the Manolo, devoted to the cause of respectable and attractive feetwear.

Say No to the Crocs!

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends is crying out for the help.


Unlike many non-fashion bloggers, I, one of the Ditzy Democrats, read your shoe blog daily, and follow the advice of the Manolo. We are the only political blog that links to the Manolo in the DC area, and our taste in shoes, well, it is based on that of the Manolo’s.

Unfortunately, the family members of the Ditzy Democrats do not do the same, and it is for this that I write to you. My mother is set, and I mean SET on buying a pair of… Crocs! Ayyyyyyyy!!! I have tried everything, but nothing will deter her from wanting them- “they are so comfortable!” I managed to keep her from buying a pair when she was in Key West (can you imagine!) but now, back in DC, she wants a pair, and because a friend of hers has a pair that she wears whilst working on thier sailboat, she is more set in her desire for these ugliest of ugly shoes.

What can I tell her? I am at a loss, which may sound a little, um, crazy to those who do not know how horrid Crocs are, or how important superfantastic shoes are, but she just won’t listen to me. Any suggestions?

Many thanks,

Manolo says, the only thing that is needed is to remind the mother that there are the particular symptoms that indicate the onset of the senility…

Non compos mentis: legal grounds for committal.

As for the other arguments, the Manolo would merely have the Melissa send the mother to the Manolo’s humble disquisition on the topic of the Crocs, there she will find this bit of wisdom.

Yes, the defenders of the Crocs they will speak, as the defenders of the ugly often do, of the great comfort of this “shoe”. Manolo asks you, why must the “comfort” always be the war cry of those who would lead us into the bad shoes?

Manolo says, comfort and style they are not incompatable, one does not obviate the other.

Finally, the Manolo he has it on good authority, from those who have worn the Crocs and repented, that these plastic not-so-super-fantastic shoes cause the unnatural sweating of the feets, sweating that would leave the elderly mother smelling like the anteroom of the Turkish bath.

So, in conclusion, say no to the Crocs!


The Crocs Go Public

Manolo says, the Manolo he has been quoted in the Colorado Springs Independent regarding the hideousness that is the Crocs, and this on the eve of the company’s offering the public the stock.

The shoe may have its B list of celebrity devotees — Graham Nash, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Garner and her main squeeze, Ben “Kiss of Death” Affleck — but there also are plenty of fashionistas decrying the whole plastic-shoe fad and hoping it will go away soon.

Crocs are the latest atrocity to be added to Manolo the Shoe Blogger’s “Gallery of the Horrors,” a collection of some of the ugliest shoes of all time (shoeblogs.com/horrors.html). They’re right up there with Uggs (“the only peoples who should be wearing this boot are the preteen girls who love the Hello Kitty”), the Birkenstock Boston (“looks like it was put together by the blind medieval monks, for wear by the peasants of the mud”) and the Dansko Teton (“glorified, heavy-duty house slippers”). But Manolo seems particularly offended by the popular rationale for Crocs, since it implies that style and comfort are incompatible: “Why must the ‘comfort’ always be the war cry of those who would lead us into the bad shoes?”

The fashion mavens’ aversion to Crocs isn’t merely an aesthetic problem for the company. If, as Manolo suggests, Crocs are a bad idea that should be discarded on the ash heap of shoe history, if they are the next Uggs, then that makes the effort to take the company public a bit gamier than the usual IPO. Among the “risk factors” Crocs notes in its SEC filings are the company’s relatively short history, its reliance on a small product line and the fickleness of the shoe-buying public.

Fickleness of the public, indeed! If it had been left up to the Manolo, the baby Crocs they would have been strangled in their cradle.


The Crocs

Manolo says, many of the Manolo’s internet friends they have been sending the Manolo the letters asking about The Crocs, which they are apparently, the “hot” trend in the footwear for the lazy person.

Crocs - Beach (Light Blue) Manolo Does Not Like!
Manolo says, this above it is the shoe for the man. Notice how it differs from the shoe for the woman, below.
Crocs - Beach (Light Blue) Manolo Does Not Like!
Manolo says, exactly. They are the same shoe!

The Crocs people they seem to belive that the womens and the mens they deserve the exact same shoe.

Perhaps, this it will be true in the socialist utopia of the future when the differences between the genders they have been eliminated by the selective breeding, but not yet. We, happily, still live in the world where the shoes for the man and the shoe for the woman they are different.

Yet, in the fact, the Crocs people they are not only stubborn in their misguided insistance on leveling the differences between the sexes, but they are stubborn in their unstylishness.

These they are indeed the shoes of a hypothetical distopian future, one in which the inmates they must be dressed in the footwear least likely to be useful in the popular uprising against the regime.

Yes, the defenders of the Crocs they will speak, as the defenders of the ugly often do, of the great comfort of this “shoe”. Manolo asks you, why must the “comfort” always be the war cry of those who would lead us into the bad shoes?

Manolo says, comfort and style they are not incompatable, one does not obviate the other.

Finally, the defenders of the Crocs they will tell you that the Crocs they cost only $35, which seems cheap, until one realizes that they are manufactured out of the plastic rings used to hold the packs of six. Not the good value at half the price.

For these reasons, the Manolo he has consigned the Crocs to the Gallery of the Horrors

P.S. Here is someone who differs with the Manolo on the matter of the Crocs.