Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Crocodile Tears and Meme Triggers

I just read a friends blog, with a brilliantly witty entry about shoes, and in particular 'Crox'.

Anyone who has ever seen them will know what I mean, anyone who hasn't you really don't want to know. Anyone who owns/loves them - apologies and do not read on.

Crox are like jelly beans for grown ups - only not as pretty. The most offensive sightings of them have been by 'kooky' student types who wear a different colour on each foot. Yuk. I know that there are more important things to worry about in the world, but I do wonder how we got into a situation where, normally intelligent women will wear those things.

I know how it happened, a certain fashion spread here and a fashion spread there, started to feature them as some kind of high fashion item. People read, bought, and wore. Now I reckon that it all might have started off as some kind of 'joke' at an editorial meeting.

'Lets put those in for a laugh'

'No one will ever wear those!'

'Bet you they will, dahling'

'Bet what?'

'A double skinny, lo caf, taste free, Latte'

'Ok sweetie, your'e on'

And so it came to pass... Now fashion must kind of be the ultimate and most visible meme thing that there is going on. It not only expalains the crox thing, but also other oddities.

So given the rise and rise of memes in blogospheres, would it be possible to start a fashion tip, and see how far it spreads. I reckon it might head all the way over to the pages at Vogue. Memes are word things, but I'm sure they might have enough sense of humour to want to take flight and start walking the pages a little more.

My suggestion for this season, is - Teddy Bear slippers, those silly big ones - to be worn with evening wear, as an ironic juxtoposition of our post modern aesthetic...

Wonder if it will catch on?

7 comments:

Annie Rhiannon said...

I think I know the ones you mean... and I think I don't like them.

miss-cellany said...

I think that they might be here to stay, I saw pink ones in Shoe Express for £9.99 today...

Hello, thank you for wandering over here :)

Taiga the Fox said...

I saw a woman wearing bright pink ugg boots some days ago. I don't really know which ones are worse, those or crocs...

miss-cellany said...

Oh, now that is a hard one - only thing to be said for ugg boots- they look warm and furry, but the (pile of) crox things merely look like walking draining racks...

TopChamp said...

Hello - I am indeed Dboy's sibling. Sister though - which makes me Miss! Only have 15 mins left online (internet cafe) but I'll pop back to read properly when I'm online again (another 2 weeks!!!)

Fi said...

Collanders spring to mind actually - ideal camping shoes as you could drain your spaghetti, effortlessly. Or if you're a softy camper (stay on a proper site with amenities and everything) they'd work as verruca-avoiding shower shoes; possibly doubling up as a toothbrush holder at night? Maybe??

miss-cellany said...

Ah yes, and you could then also use them to store cleaning products next to your portaloo, perhaps we should market them and call them 'Crax'?