Crocs Are Actually Bad For Your Health, Not Just For Your Fashion Sense

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In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that I have purchased Croc footwear before. I know, I know, it’s like hearing someone admit that they don’t like puppies. It just sounds wrong. But they weren’t for me (I swear). They were for my girlfriend who needed them for vet school clinics (or so she claimed). So I sucked it up and I went into a store that smelled like rubber and gave me the weird sensation of being in a padded room since it was literally lined with bouncy shoes, and I bought her a pair.

She swore up and down that she was only going to wear them to school and when she was performing surgeries, and that they gave her feet great support and were all in all a great footwear investment. I did my best to be supportive, at least at first. But then she started trying to sneak them out of the house in other situations — like when we were going shopping or to hang out with friends, and that’s when I had to put my non-Croc-wearing foot down. It looked like I was taking my grandma on a walk for gardening supplies every time we left the house, but I was having an even harder time dissuading her from wearing them.

Now, I just might have some medical evidence to back up my natural dislike of rubber footwear. According to certain podiatrists, people who are mainly wearing Crocs throughout the day are suffering from foot problems like arch and heel pain, because though the shoes have decent arch support, they’re lacking in heel security. Chicago podiatrist Megan Leahy states that can potentially lead to tendinitis, nail problems, corns, or worse. So gross. The main idea is that Crocs, despite their aesthetic and misleading rubber shape that makes them look comfortable, should not be worn for eight hours or more during the day. Hallelujah.

I finally have the leverage I need to stop my girlfriend from wearing Crocs to the bar, and I’m not going to lie, I’m thrilled about it. Sure, I’m more concerned with my social standing at being seen with someone in Crocs than I am about her foot health, but she doesn’t have to know that, right?

[via Huffington Post]

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Shannon Layne

My favorite things are tiaras, compliments, and free drinks, which are becoming harder to come by the more I tend to show up at the bar in sweat pants. The proudest moment of my life so far has been landing an actual, paying job that allows me to Facebook stalk people for a living. I tweet about my mom way too often, who is constantly trying to remind me that I'm not nearly as cool as I think I am. Please send me funny stories to read at work here:

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