What's Uglier Than Crocs?


Native Kids ShoesI didn't think it was possible to find a pair of shoes uglier than Crocs.

But given their popularity, I should have known it was just a matter of time.

The plastic-like abominations shouldn't qualify as footwear, yet they continue to proliferate on every foot of every child across the country.

I keep waiting for them to pass like a fad in the night, but unlike the short-lived Silly Bandz mania, Crocs show no signs of dying. In fact they continue to multiply into new manifestations all the time. Did you know there are now Crocs boots in which fake fur meets rubber?

Think it couldn't get worse than that?

Check out Native shoes for kids.

ElinaMamaista over at Babble called them the "newest and most exciting shoe launch of 2010."

I couldn't disagree more.

While I will give it to Native shoes on the safety factor -- they don't have that dangerous back strap that can get caught on things -- they're still made of PLASTIC (EVA to be specific).

The design isn't quite as ugly as traditional Crocs, but Native Shoes are more garish because they trick you into thinking they could be real shoes from afar, but when you get up good and close, you see that they should really be shredded.

Also, all those little holes may look OK on bare feet, but you know once temperatures start to drop, we're going to see them worn with SOCKS, which is a thought beyond bad.

And for $30, it's not like they're a bargain either.

Why can't children wear real shoes? There are so many great options for toddlers that AREN'T plastic, that aren't UGLY.

I don't care how comfortable they are. Pajamas are comfortable too, but I'm not going to let my children go to the playground in those either.

At the risk of sounding old and stuffy, when you look good, you feel good. And when you walk around with ugly shoes ... well, at the very least you look ridiculous.

So tell me, which do you think is worse, Crocs or these new Native Shoes?


Image via Babble

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Proud... ProudSingleMum

I am very much NOT a fan of the croc. I don't own any. My kid doesn't own any. We are a sneaker family all the way!

Nicho... NicholasMama608

Crocs make me want to throw up a little.  These just make me nauseous.  They are both very disgustingly ugly.  DS wears sneakers,  and dress shoes when needed.  We also wear running sneakers and not those plastic crappy ones that light up and stuff.  All that does is make his feet sweat and stink.  I don't need a 2yr old with stinky, sweaty feet.

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

The new Native shoes are hideous.  They look like they'd make your feet sweat, too, even though there are lots of holes.  I dunno...they're not for us.  My son has real tennis shoes (super cute New Balances) and some brown leather sandals. (Stride Rite)  I'm just not in to plastic shoes...unless I have a girl, at which point I'll buy Jellies in every color available in an attempt to relive my childhood vicariously through her. ;)

nonmember avatar ms.sophisticate

wow!! you couldn't be any more wrong! you mom's need to get with it and step into 2010. Check out this months vogue bambini those natives are the greatest idea ever! Fashion, comfort and they can get wet. Keep sleeping ladies more for us fashionable moms i'll have my kids in these in time for camp with out a doubt.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

they are both ugly.

Daphn... Daphnee925

I want a pair of crocs. But these shoes are just ugly.  I would never draw attention to my size 10 feet. 

hotic... hoticedcoffee

I think it's a dead heat, really.  I'm pretty sure when Crocs come out with their new stiletto line, those'll be the hands down winner.

Lovep... Loveplusmama

hoticedcoffee - you are hilarious!

I hate them both. And neither should be made in adult sizes. That said, we do have a pair of knock off crocs for creek or mud play.

Just2... Just2busymom

I've always thought crocs were ugly.  More so on adults than kids.  Native shoes are just as ugly.

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