Changing my mind about Crocs

by singlemomseeking on February 18, 2011

When Crocs first contacted me, asking if I’d like to check out their new shoe line, I declined.

I was nice about it. Which means that I didn’t just come out and say: Look guys, Crocs are ugly. (As I’ve heard one woman describe them: “They look like cottage cheese on your feet.”)

You see, a few years ago, when Crocs “old” shoe line came out, I accepted their offer. They sent two pairs of Crocs to me: one for me, and one for my daughter. My daughter practically lived in those light blue fluffy-on-the-inside Crocs. In fact, Thunderpants clearly remembers meeting my daughter for the first time, with her Crocs worn down to the nub.

And me? I wore my Crocs inside, around the house — no one could see me in all my frumpiness…. except me. (I’ll admit, however, they were comfortable.)

But those Crocs people sure are persistent. They soon replied to my No thank you with a follow up email, asking me to just click on their Crocs Tone line to check it out.

Perseverance impresses me. (So does the fact that they’d clearly read my blog, and took the time to spell my name right.)

So, I clicked on the Crocs. Um, when did Crocs get hip?

I found myself going from one page to the next, browsing. I’m partial to flats – and didn’t know that Crocs made flats like the ones below. I like to walk to work if it’s not raining.

And hey, if it IS raining, I just discovered these very cool Croc boots:

Fast forward: those Crocs people are pretty clever because they went on to tell me: “We KNOW that Crocs have gotten a bad rap.”

And they’re doing something about it. First, they launched this Facebook application to show what Crocs is doing to “Change the tone” of negative headlines.

And NOW Crocs has offered to give away a pair of shoes to one of YOU.

Here’s how:

In the comments, please share something in your life that has changed its tone. For example: maybe there’s a neighbor/co-worker whom you’ve been misjudging until recently. Or, maybe you always carried around a certain assumption though about yourself — until now?

Go for it!

(Contest ends Feb. 25 at midnight PST. Winner will be chosen via Random.org)

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Elizabeth February 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I’ve adjusted my attitude about moving from the Peninsula to a much smaller city in the Midwest, and life is more palatable.

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Peter Bainbridge February 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I’ve been wearing my Crocs to school everyday, and getting laughs non-stop. I kept changing styles though and eventually the ‘haters’ started softening. I’ve managed to convert some hardened hearts. Some of us recently discovered the enjoyment that comes from running in Crocs.

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J. Jones February 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I always thought I was this plain, always dressed in athletic gear or jeans Momma that was running to and fro like madusa. I really thought I was borderline frumpy and not really caring because I rush between, grad school, work,the gym, my kiddo’s school and home. This therefore gave me a bit of low self-esteem so I subconsciously chose to not make eye contact with anyone or get to know anyone. It was just my way.
It wasn’t until a teacher came up to me and said that I actually looked like the youngest Mom around and faaaaaaar from frumpy. She further began swelling my head with, “and your smile is just great….when you do smile!” It was enlightening! It also threw me. I had to run home and face the mirror and take stock.

Now-a-days I make more of an effort to say Hi to peoples, smile and just BE myself rather than hiding it all.

~jen

p.s. My parents got my daughter a pair of crocs last year. They were mickey mouse design and I wore them more than her. They ARE comfortable and convenient as slip-on’s (just do’t wear them in icy conditions;)

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LoriAnn February 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I love them even though they were ugly as sin. And I love them now!

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Kate A. February 18, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I’ve been goon to school off-and-on for 10 years so that I could get out of the career I fell into. I always felt like I should be doing something “more important” (whatever that means). Then a couple months ago while helping staff understand the power of having patient charts in electronic format the system caught a potential drug interaction for a very ill patient. The doctor thanked me for my persistence in making him learn the system and simply said “Not many people find their true calling. You’re lucky.”

I’m changing my degree program to focus on my current career, because, thankfully, I opened my eyes and see how I can make a difference, and it’s where I’m at now.

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singlemomseeking February 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm

@Kate A: I loved reading your story. Bravo on stepping up and speaking out.

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Caroline February 18, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Until recently I believed I wasn’t worthy unless I was striving to improve myself – particularly in the career area. Last year after two years of punishing fulltime study on top of work and single mothering, I collapsed with chronic fatigue. It was terrifying and ENLIGHTENING. I was forced to stop pushing myself and rest. I began to see my life differently – things are ok the way they are. I don’t have to put my wellbeing at risk to keep up with the rest of society. I am now grateful for my health and happiness and for time spent with my son having fun!

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Kristiina February 19, 2011 at 2:25 am

Until I went to South-Africa to spend some time, I really wasn’t too keen on meeting new people, I always thought that I had enough friends around me.
But something clicked in South-Africa, and it really changed my way of looking at people; there are so many exiting stories in ever person! Since then I feel like I’ve let down my guard and accepted people more easily – now I feel that I don’t judge the book by the covers anymore. and the best thing about it, I met so many interesting people and even though some of them I will never meet again, we have shared a few moments and thoughts. Like it! :)

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Crazy Computer Dad February 19, 2011 at 6:51 am

I have had an on again-off again hate relationship with running. Thanks to this transformation challenge I joined, I have had to change my tune…and subsequently my tone. However, I switched to running in Vibrams instead of regular running shoes. It has only been two weeks, but I really enjoy them. My wife is now surprised when I don’t have them on. I don’t have a pair of Crocs, but they always seemed to have a decent variety of shoes and they do look comfortable.

In June of 2010 I left a job that was the most hostile and adversarial I have ever been in. The change certainly changed my tone and I’m a much happier person. :-) When your boss tells you that you need to find another way to get job satisfaction, that person is correct and it usually means it is time to get another job….or boss.

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Marnely Rodriguez February 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

I’ve changed my tone about moving back home to the Dominican Republic. But now, I see opportunities I had not seen before!

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Anna February 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I’m a teacher and have been for many years. I have a degree in school administration, too. I have been trying to find a job so that I can move south to be with my family and my bf, to no avail. One of those “you need experience to get the job, but you can’t have experience if no one gives you a job” type of situations. So one sleepless night about a month ago, I asked myself what I would do if I could do anything, and I realized education isn’t really it, anymore. I want to work for (and eventually run) a non-profit. So I applied to a nearby college so that I can go back and get a graduate certificate in non-profit management. I am so excited!

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Momma Sunshine February 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

My attitude toward my supervisor at work has definitely changed in the last few months, as I’ve gotten to know her better. I’ve decided to cut her some slack and accept her for who she is…since then, my job has gotten 100% better!

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Jennifer February 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I have recently given myself permission to be a woman and not just a mama, i.e. taking care of myself first. I used to think that if my daughter was taken care of, everything was good to go. Now I have found that taking care of me takes care of her, because I am more ready and available for her, and I feel better about myself for it.

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maureen vollaro February 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Mine change sounds so typical, but it is the truth. I am trying to lose weight. I am trying to stay motivated on a daily basis. Most importantly, I have been exercising almost every day for 45 minutes. I am thinking eventually it will make a difference.
~Maureen

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butryflymom February 21, 2011 at 6:32 am

I think I may have changed my mind about the Crocs. I was never interested in them before, and my daughter would never let me buy any, :) . Now after looking at the new styles, I feel I could give that a try.

As for me, I am slowly changing some big parts of my personality. After working from home for the last 8 years my natural introverted tendencies have become overpowering. I am now in school to become a physical therapist, which is the total opposite of being an introvert, and slowly coming out of my shell. At times it is a very painful process, but in the end I am happier to see my self working with people, helping them really is helping me.

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koy beck pamlot February 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I am now my real self, taking good care of myself and living life to the full. I now understand that life is full of fun and excitement.

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Andrew @ Blogging Guide February 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Crocs are ugly to look at but as they say don’t judge a book by its cover, they do turned out to be comfortable!

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Jen in Seattle February 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I have recently changed the tone of my job search after two years of unemployment….and things seem to be looking up.

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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} February 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm

well I used to get annoyed when people would make comments to me that I always wore crocs and they didn’t like them, I started letting everyone try them on, even people I barely knew, it worked they loved them, and tell them how easy they are to order and they love it! who knew I’d set a trend in crocs in my area.

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Marcea February 25, 2011 at 10:24 am

I havent personally wore crocs yet.. just havent found the one I liked yet (style) but I did buy them for my kids for summer wear, especially to swimming days. They worked great and kids loved them

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emily February 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

I could be changing my tone about Crocs… those rainboots are awesome! My 3-year-old might be the only kid that doesn’t have Crocs. I cannot stand them. Even when they might be functional (the pool or the beach) I haven’t caved. But those rain boots are mighty fetching and it has been ‘winter’ in LA (aka 48 degrees and rainy)….

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Anne-Marie February 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I was totally rolling my eyes till I saw those boots. Covet!

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Amy February 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Definitely my attitude about being a single mom.

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Sara February 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I decided to change my job, it is sucking the life out of me and I decided I missed the military, so I joined the Air Force Reserves and heading out for training in the summer to become a flight medic. This jump has made me so happy and it helps out me and my son. :) He can see I am happier too!

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singlemomseeking February 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm

@Sarah: Changing your job is HUGE. Congrats.

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