I’m not really a “shoe” person per se. Well, at least I don’t think so.
The last time I was really, really excited about shoes would probably have been in my teens when I was getting a new pair of toe shoes for ballet class or tap shoes for tap class – and even then more excited for the tap ones than the ballet ones.
Not that I don’t like shoes, I do. But, unlike the “Housewives of Beverly Hills”, I don’t really feel it’s necessary to have 1400 pairs. Nor do I have the space for them!
My usual shoe supply consists of black and brown clogs and boots for winter and then flip flops (Fit Flops are my favorite brand) for summer and warmer months. Don’t despair, I do have other shoes like the pair of Ugg boots Pops bought me the year we met (17 years ago) and also some random “dressy” shoes (like the gorgeous pair of hand-me-down Coach shoes my friend Shannon bestowed upon me last year). I also have an adorable pair of cowboy boots bought second-hand at an antiques shop in Ft. Worth and, I certainly have my running shoes for working out at the gym.
This isn’t because I don’t find shoes beautiful, it’s just I find that even when I have more pairs to wear, I always resort to the good old comfy ones, and then I feel guilty having so many other pairs laying around.
You can positively assume then that I completely missed out on the whole “Crocs” craze. I guess I’m really just not that “hip” (and I certainly have never claimed to be). So many people I know have a pair of Crocs. They say they’re incredibly comfortable and I know my Grandson Hunter just LOVES them – and the many little jibbitz characters he has attached to them (those are the charms kids attach to their Crocs – yes, I had to look up what they’re called, see, I’m not cool).
A couple of weekends ago, that all changed. First, I’d like to let you know that my “garden” clogs – the waterproof ones I’ve worn for working in my garden for about 6 years now had to be laid to rest at the end of the last gardening season. It was simply time – they were WAY beyond repair, simply exhausted and they had given up the fight (see how I justify throwing them out).
I hadn’t begun looking for a replacement pair yet because it just isn’t quite gardening time. Then, my friend Kathy decided to take me on my inaugural trip to “Big Lots”. Oh, that store!! Oh, how I love it…but I digress….
While we were looking around Big Lots, trying to check off items on our weekly shopping lists, we came across a group of Kathy’s friends. They happened to mention that they also loved Big Lots and that their favorite thing to buy there is pairs of Crocs for the whole family. They hadn’t found them less expensive anywhere else – and they were the actual “REAL” Crocs for sale in Big Lots. Kathy and I decided to join them on their way to the shoe aisle and have a look for ourselves.
Can you even imagine what I found!!!!!
Crocs – but just not any Crocs…PURPLE, HANNAH MONTANA Crocs!! AND they fit me!!!
Voila! My new garden shoes! They were only $10 and let me tell you, they are sooooo comfortable!
Yes, I do promise not to be seen out in public with these on, and will only be seen by said public if they actually show up to help me in my garden.
They are truly just the cheeriest shoes to have for working in the garden.
Honestly, how could I resist! They meet all the criteria, inexpensive, waterproof, nearly indestructable, and GIRLIE!
So, now when I’m sweating like a little piggy and getting super muddy and yucky out there in the yard moving plants for the thousandth time (because I always seem to put them in the wrong location the first 999 times) at least I’ll have happy, dancing, purple Croc-wearing tootsies!
Now, I can’t wait to get out there and get that vegetable garden started!!
Are you in on the “Croc” craze? Am I the last one? Any recommendations??
Please share as I feel so new at this!!
P.S. I have noticed lately that the classic Crocs have been joined by many new styles of shoes in the Croc lineup. Probably I noticed in all the magazines I peruse every month or the Croc site I just visited. They do have a new line of flip-flops that I may have to try this summer if any of my standard ones need replacing.
P.P.S. If you think I may need a little mental help…please, please, please send someone along…and while you’re at it, make sure they’re dressed for working in the yard! :)