In February 2008, something amazing happened to my feet.
I found Crocs.
In Walt Disney World.
With Minnie Mouse head-shaped holes in them.
I wore them every day ~ even to work, to the point that if someone needed to identify me who didn't know me, I was the teacher with the pink shoes. There were disparaging comments, but I didn't care. I quite literally took them in my stride. For, gone were the days of hot, blistery soles as I traipsed around my classroom helping the children; no more hobbling to assembly in crippling heels; just pure comfort.
There are three main footwear loves of my life. Converse, Louboutins and Crocs. I own 5 pairs of one (1 pair of which were my wedding shoes), 2 of another and only had my 1 pair of Crocs...until last week, when Jelly Egg got in touch with me and said that I could choose a new pair of Crocs, ANY pair of Crocs, to review.
I won't lie, I was giddy with excitement as I clicked through the pages of rainbow coloured Crocs. They were calling my name... Green, yellow, blue.... It was SO hard to decide, but just as I was settling on a lime green pair (Jensen wanted the Phineas and Ferb ones, above instead as they had Perry the Platypus on them), it happened.
I saw them.
Grown up, lady-like Crocs.
I knew they were destined to be my new Crocs. Available in red also, I chose the nude colour as I'm only 5' 3" and so anything that can make
my legs look longer is welcomed into my life like a long-lost sibling.
I had never owned a pair of wedges before ~ although not for a
lack of purchasing effort. You see, my feet are wide. When I look at
them, there's only one word that comes to mind, and that word is
Hobbit. I was so sure I would never find a pair of wedges that I could
wear that wouldn't cut half of the front of my foot off or give me
severe blisters at the very least. I figured if anyone could make wedges that would fit my Gamgee-like feet, it would be the good people at Crocs.
A week or so later, my Crocs A-Leigh Wedges arrived. The leather is gorgeous and soft, the stitching is immaculate and the 2¾-inch wedge is a perfect height to give me the grown up lift that I've been missing since I became a Momma and swapped my heels pretty permanently for flats.
I was sceptical as to the ankle-twisting possibilities in these shoes due to the wedge shape, but I not only feel stable but felt safe enough to actually break into a run when heading to the car in them last week.
The Crocs are lined with a super-cute fabric (as you can see above) and they are practically weightless. The adjustable strap is ideal, although the setting they came on is perfect for me, and the wedges still have those blissful little nubs that stimulate the soles of your feet gracing the footbed which is moulded again to cradle each foot.
So pleased with my new Crocs, I decided to show them off and see if they passed the test at my son's birthday tea by asking my mother in law, a frequent Croc-critic of mine, if she liked my new shoes. She now wishes she had size seven feet so she could borrow them.
My only criticism of these shoes is that at the moment the leather is still slightly tight on my left foot (which must be my bigger foot), but I have no doubt that it will soften and give over time and that these will become my one of my favourite pairs of shoes.
Thank you, Jellyegg. I love my new Crocs and feel more than slightly ashamed that I had no idea how wide my beloved Croc range had grown. Now I have my eyes on a pair of cotton candy coloured flip flops for Florida in November! After all, you can never have too many pairs of pink Crocs...
UPDATE: Remember my super cute Crocs from the lovely people at Jellyegg? Now
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