December 17, 2008 at 7:12 am
PastaQueen reviews the Crocs RX Relief shoes which are comfy but not ideal for throwing at the president.
Disclosure: I was sent two pairs of Crocs RX Relief shoes for free to complete this review.
I first heard about Crocs because people couldn’t stop complaining about how ugly they are. For those of you out of step with the latest footwear, Crocs are clog-like shoes made out of a lightweight resin material. They have holes for ventilation which some people decorate with charms. They are praised for being comfortable and I’ve seen nurses wear them while making their rounds. They come in a variety of colors, many of which remind me of the web-safe palette web designers had to use in the 90’s.
Personally, I’ve never felt strongly one way or the other about Crocs. I’ve never been compelled to buy a pair, but I don’t have vitriolic hate for them either. Who am I to begrudge people their funky colored shoes? Not I, who loved my pink patent leather shoes and my purple jelly shoes in the 80’s.
I was recently offered a pair of the new Crocs RX shoes to review, designed for diabetics and people with foot conditions. I received a black pair of the “Relief” brand. Crocs don’t come in half sizes, so my size 9 and 1/2 feet wore a size 10, which was equivalent to a men’s size 8 since the shoes don’t come in different men’s and women’s styles.
The shoes are definitely lightweight. If you are looking to hurl shoes at the leader of the free world, Crocs would not be your podiatric projectile of choice. I wore them around the apartment one evening and thought they were comfortable, except for the fact that they kept slipping off. I also liked the cute little handles on top which made it easy to carry the shoes around.
(Boy, it’s hard to take pictures of my feet at this angle.)
A couple days later I went to put the shoes on and started playing with the handle when I suddenly realized – oops – that wasn’t a handle, it was the heel! How was I supposed to know something like this which is clearly illustrated on their web site and marketing materials?
After that, the shoes stayed on much better. I kept them by the door to slip on when I ran out for small errands, like doing the laundry or taking out the trash. I doubt I would want to wear them out in the freezing ice tonight since they have holes in the side, but they seem like they’d be fine to wear around the house or outside during the summer. The tips of my toes did rub against the end of the shoe. I’m not sure if this is by design or just because my second toe is my longest toe. It could get annoying after awhile. I liked the dotted texture on the bottom of the shoe which was slightly massaging.
You can find out more at the Crocs RX website.
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