I'm not particularly picky when it comes to clothing, hairstyles or even outerwear. There are only two things I hold sacred: Beauty products and shoes. And the most grievous sin of all is wearing Crocs.
As it turns out, my opinion about the mesh-like, potato-peeler footwear is validated by more than just common decency. According to a report put together by the Huffington Post, podiatrists hate Crocs, too. Because there's little in the way of support between the heel and toe, the foot tends to wobble in the shoe.
I would also add that Crocs somehow always seem to be at least a size 10, no matter what the tag says. They're basically useless snowshoes.
Chicago's Dr. Megan Leahy told HuffPo,
These shoes do not adequately secure the heel. When the heel is unstable, toes tend to grip, which can lead to tendinitis, worsening of toe deformities, nail problems, corns and calluses. The same thing can happen with flip flops or any backless shoes, as the heel is not secured.
Leahy went on to advise,
Unfortunately, Crocs are not suitable for all-day use.
Many Americans would argue with that, it seems, considering the brand sold 30 million pairs in 2014.
As if the actual shoes weren't bad enough, it was rumored at one point you could actually eat the damn things. So now you've got to cope with potential deformity as a result of wearing them.
I wondered who would actually feel bad about this news, and I could only identify one person: chef Mario Batali, who once purchased 200 pairs of the shoes in orange because the color was discontinued. If that's not a passion project, I don't know what is.
In lieu of wearing Crocs at your catering job, I humbly recommend a good, solid Dansko clog. They're twice as comfy (and half as ugly) as America's worst shoe.