April 24, 2009

Personal Finance | Are Crocs Shoes a Good Buy?

As a self-proclaimed personal finance guru (and believe me, no one else claims that!) I'm always looking for ways to do two things, make money and save money. And if I can accomplish both goals at once, then it's all the better. Today, I'm focusing on the save money side, and it has to do with shoes.

See, I really love shoes. No, really, if I had enough money, I would be buying at least one pair of shoes every day. It's almost a sickness. But, I don't have all of that money, and despite being a self-proclaimed personal finance guru, I don't at the moment, have a lot of extra cash floating around. So, instead of buying as many shoes as I can, I look for value. How do I find value in a pair of sneakers or sandles that I want to buy? It's simple, really. I want to find a shoe that looks great, that is made well, and that is priced right. Now, notice what you didn't hear - name brand or high end shoe store.

In my search for these great buys, I've done quite a bit of research. And for the past week or so my research has been on croc shoes, otherwise known as crocs. These croc shoes are an interesting phenomenon. Let's be honest here, the shoes are ugly. They don't look good at all. Almost like modified sandles with a toe covering that has had a bunch of holes punched out of it. And the colors - bright green, bright pink, bright red, purple, blue. These shoes are definitely not the most aesthetically pleasing thing on the market. But people seem to be buying crocs by the boatload. And people always say that croc shoes are the most comfortable shoes that they have ever had.

So I tested them out. I went to my local shoe store, found a pair of crocs that fit, and bought them. I must admit, they are extremely comfortable. But man are they ugly. Every time I looked down at me feet I honestly got to feeling a little bit nauseous. And the price was decent. At $30 it's hard to say no to these guys.

At the end of the day, do I think crocs are a good buy? I would say yes, but only if you are going to wear them around the house, to do yard work, and things of that nature. If you plan on wearing croc shoes anywhere but at home, you've crossed an imaginary line of mine I'm not willing to cross. But to each his own.

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