Yes ladies and gents, you read that right. The infamous rubber clog from your elementary school days is making a comeback in the most unexpected way. A few weeks ago, Crocs were rocked on a London Fashion Week catwalk. Crocs? Fashion Week? What?!
The classic comfortable and durable slip-on shoe was given a high fashion twist when Christopher Kane, a Scottish London-based fashion designer, declared Crocs as cool in late September. His Spring/Summer 2017 collection mixed blues, browns, pinks and blacks with textures and bold patterns to create the ultimate grunge-glamour vibe. The greatest twist of all? Instead of finishing off each look with heels, he styled nearly every model in Crocs.
Of course, Kane’s high fashion Crocs were not the bright yellow, Jibbit adorned Crocs everyone modeled in fourth grade. These were marble-painted Crocs accessorized with crystals and rocks, all of which were colors from the same earthy palette.
In an interview with British Vogue Kane said he likes working with “unexpected items.” Well, he certainly proved himself there.
Ines Montfajon, a junior at Penn State, was not impressed by Kane’s footwear of choice. “I thought that it wasn’t really innovative,” Montfajon says, “I would never purchase that.”
Megan McPaul, a sophomore at Penn State, had similar views. Although she wore Crocs when she was younger, she has no desire to wear them now.”Its just not my style,” McPaul says, “It doesn’t look polished.”
Runways are traditionally the exposé for experimental and expressive fashion, and it’s not until years later that the trickle down styles are worn by the public. But according to Footwear News, Kane’s Crocs designs will be sold to the public. However, there is still no news about the release date or the retail price.
So, It looks like we might have to wait a bit longer before deciding if Crocs are here to stay, but Valley commends Kane for his bold efforts. Will Crocs be the newest street style trend? Valley wants to know what you think, are you all in or have you had enough? Needless to say, we’ll be keeping our eyes out for Crocs on campus next spring.