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How Crocs became the footwear of cool kids this past year

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Love 'em or hate 'em, Crocs have become trend-setting footwear, worn by your favourite celebs. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Love 'em or hate 'em, Crocs have become trend-setting footwear, worn by your favourite celebs. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

If you'd asked footwear fundis and fashionistas what they thought of them when they first hit shop shelves, they would’ve shaken their heads in utter disdain. Bulky, clunky, foamy, ugly – what was to like? They’ll never last, the critics crowed.

But, oh, how they’re eating their words now.

Crocs – once beloved by gardening grannies and uncles who no longer cared what anyone thought of them – are not only here to stay, they’re officially cool. These big boys and girls of the sandal/sneaker/clog world turn 18 this year and have they ever come a long way?

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