I have, to put it mildly, always had capital S, capital P shoe problems. Throughout my high school and college years, I agonized about the size of my calves and the width of my ankles, resolving to wear shoes with only enough of a heel to make my legs look relatively long and sinuous (particularly when they were emerging from the stringy bottom of a thrifted house dress). This resolution was hard to keep, though. Sure, I could lace up my trusty Doc Martens throughout the winter months and kick on a pair of Danskos in spring, but what about summer? What was I supposed to wear to the beach while all my friends ran around in flip-flops and cute, delicately crafted sandals, a pair of rubber tires secured with string?
Luckily, I’m not quite as body-conscious now as I was when I was 19, and to put it frankly, I really don’t give a shit if my shoes make my legs look thin. What I do care about, though, is comfort, and I’ve never really found it in socks and sneakers, which tend to make me feel like a cranky eight-year-old boarding the bus for day camp. I had a brief dalliance with oxfords a few years ago, and tried to embrace Tevas as recently as last August, but I found them to be too precious and too crunchy, respectively. Despite my improved self-esteem, I can’t help it; I still have a penchant for enormous shoes, particularly the kind that actually let me—gasp—walk around with more ease than my Docs or Danskos ever afforded.
Enter the Crocs Bae Classic Platform Clog, which I started spotting around Brooklyn on all manner of cool people sometime last year. When I heard people I trust online—specifically, Vice‘s Sara David, platform Croc queen extraordinaire—praise their walkability, I was sold. Tragically, I wasn’t able to secure my own pair online until this past July due to the frequency with which they sell out online, but once they arrived at my house and I slid them onto my feet, I knew I wouldn’t be taking them off anytime soon. (Okay, hyperbole. I do clean them, and I sleep barefoot, but the rest of my time is pretty much be-Crocced.)