A couple of weeks ago, I got an email offering free shipping plus 20% off at Piperlime, which was particularly timely since I needed another pair of shoes for an upcoming trip to Mexico. I wanted a sandal with a bit of a heel, something polished enough to go with casual dresses at dinner but suitable for days of walking and wandering.
I stumbled upon the perfect pair— the kind of shoes I could envision myself wearing while marketing in Mazatlan and slipping on for cocktails in Cabo. And what luck! They were already marked down to $39.99, which made them a cool $31.99 with my discount! I was just about to add them to my cart when I spotted a scary word hovering above the product description: CROCS.
Let’s just say that I’ve never been a fan of Crocs. Their signature clunky styling and lollipop colors add up to a big NO in my book, even if fans insist they’re the most comfortable shoes ever created. Because let’s face it: when someone’s primary description of an item is “so comfortable,” chances are it’s pretty ugly.
So I felt some serious hesitation about purchasing the Crocs Havanas, part of the new, more fashion-forward Crocs line. It didn’t matter that I liked the picture; it was like ordering onion ice cream– I just couldn’t fathom that the result would be good. But since I had free shipping and free returns, I decided to roll the dice.
And I am very glad I did! The moment I slipped them on I told my husband, “Oh my God, these are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn.” They have cushioning in all the right places, so even though I’m wearing a 3″ heel, I feel like I’m just floating along. Seriously- I can walk for miles in them. And while no one would mistake them for cutting edge couture, they are perfectly cute and versatile, which is just what I need them to be. An added bonus: since they have that rubbery Crocs sole, I can put them in the tub and wash them. Like I said, I’m not a Crocs aficionado, so I have no idea if that’s recommended, but it works for me!
Lucie is the Director of ZinaBeverlyHills.com.