The new Crocs store in New York City / photo via RackedMany people consider New York City the fashion capital of the world, and I often see trends take off and fade out here before they reach the rest of the country. Sometimes, the runway-inspired looks never even make it to the suburbs, and other times they go there to die. Crocs is one of these latter items. I never saw anyone wearing Crocs in New York. Thankfully. I'm sure many of you will disagree with me claiming they are cute, or really comfortable, or practical, but I just think they're hideous and was shocked that such an unlikely trend like Crocs became immensely popular. To me the rubber clog-like footwear are best suited for garden work.
So imagine my surprise when I was walking through Manhattan's super fashionable Soho neighborhood, and spotted a gigantic, brand new Crocs store amid designer shops like Chanel, Burberry, and Louis Vuitton. Seriously? Why Crocs, and why NOW? Also, the store was packed. I don't know if I felt for angry or scared. I definitely couldn't go inside, but a New York shopping blog, Racked, commented that, "They've got Crocs in all shapes and sizes, Crocs in every color of the rainbow, Crocs so patently un-Croc-like that we could almost (almost!) see New Yorkers wearing them." Yuck, I certainly hope not!
At this late stage, I can only hope that people will burn themselves out on Crocs and they will disappear to the land of slap bracelets, legwarmers, and ponchos. But then again, look at Uggs. They're still around years after being declared a fashion "don't." Celebrities still wear them too!
And with that, I leave you with a list of the trends I wish would go away forever. Please weigh in and share yours below.
- Uggs or any other sheepskin boots (and now we know they're bad for your feet, too!)
- harem pants (thank you, M.C. Hammer)
- boot/sandal hybrids and open-toed booties (if it's cold enough to wear boots, then your toes should be covered)
- shoulder pads (stop coming back from the dead!)
- Ed Hardy
- clear glasses that don't have a prescription (thanks a lot, hipsters)
- real fur
- skintight jeans on guys
- jumpers and pantsuits (no one looks good in them)
- shredded jeans and leggings
- clear bra straps (we still see you!)
- neon overload
- sweatpants and Juicy tracksuits (words written across the butt are an added bonus)
- too much plaid
- dressing like a bum (when did showering and wearing clean clothes become uncool?)