Fashion has a habit of trolling us with outrageous garments. Crotchless trousers, see-through jeans, ridiculously expensive designer paperclips—all of the aforementioned are very real items sold in the not too distant past. But I’d wager no piece garners as much controversy as the Croc. They are undeniably a divisive topic of conversation and easily the most Marmite shoe of the modern world. I hate to break it to you but they’re making a comeback for 2021, and I know a lot of people aren’t going to be happy about this. When researching this piece, I decided to ask our readers over on the So… Should I Buy This? Facebook group if they love or loathe Crocs and almost unanimously over 60 people replied loathe. Or, as one member so eloquently put it “The little holes are where your dignity seeps out”. 

The things is, when styled right I can’t seem to get it out of my head that they actually look good. First, I saw US editor Laurel Pantin wearing the white Crocs with strawberry print during the summer, and I thought they looked cute worn with jeans and a T-shirt. These even became so popular they sold out. But then there were others. Out came the uber-cool influencers who wore bold yellow Crocs with bright orange jackets. Or with purple dresses and beige blazers. Suddenly, Crocs become cool.