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A Really Big Shoe

Crocs are conquering the world. But do they have legs?


I am surrounded by hundreds of plastic shoes.

They are big and absurd and vaguely sinister, like boxing gloves designed by Crayola. They come in a riot of brutally cheerful colors usually reserved for day-care centers and Popsicles: lime, pink, purple, red, chocolate, fuchsia, coral, emerald, sage, pearl white, canary yellow and butter yellow, as well as three shades of blue, basic black and khaki. Some are full of holes. Some have gaping "ventilation ports" on the sides but no perforations on the upper. Some have no holes. Others are barely shoes at all, having been extruded from the crayon machine as open-toed sandals or flip-flops.

This was originally published on October 13, 2005, in Denver's Westword. To read this arcticle in it's entirety please visit

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