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We’re Suddenly Mad About Croc Heels, but They’ve Been Around for a Decade

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To quote Pete Hornberger and Frank Rossitano, “It’s never too late for now!”

A pair of gray and light purple Croc heels.
The Croc heels that launched a thousand tweets.
Photo: Amazon

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Every so often, the internet blows off steam by setting aside debates over politics and the correct pronunciation of “GIF” and turning its attention to this unsolvable puzzle: Are Crocs unfashionable and fantastic, or unfashionable and terrible? People love to talk trash about Crocs’ bulbous ventilated clogs, as they do with ugly shoes in general. They’re an easy target. They can’t fight back.

A few days ago, the internet melted down over the existence of clunky high-heeled Crocs the color of freshly poured cement, currently available on Amazon for $224. “Really a sign the end of the world is coming,” tweeted one critic. “#NotForPublicUse.”

Though outlets like Fast Company and the Independent were quick to cover this “new” addition to the Croc canon, heeled Crocs have been around for more than a decade. On the back of the inexplicable early-aughts popularity of Sigerson Morrison’s kitten-heeled flip-flops, Crocs debuted the “Sassari,” its first heeled shoe, in spring 2007.

“With a sleek, retro-inspired design, the Sassari (MSRP: $39.99) is a stylish slide with a prominent wedge heel and a foot bed made of the Croslite™ material,” read a press release issued in late 2006. “The shoe is styled to make a colorful, comfortable statement.”

You can’t buy the Sassari on the Crocs website anymore, but you can find it on eBay. I’d recommend the green-and-white version, which looks something like a slice of Key lime pie.

A pair of green and white Sassari crocs.
Heaven ... or hell?
Photo: eBay

Flash-forward to December 2007! Crocs introduces the “fashionable new Cyprus model,” which hit stores the following spring. It had a 4-inch heel but, according to the company, remained comfortable and lightweight, making it “a perfect shoe for any spring or summer outing.”

Since then, Crocs has iterated on the sturdy Cyprus sandal, all the way up to the Cyprus V that people have been obsessing over this week. Many of the Amazon reviews are positive, which, as always, should be taken with grains of salt.

“Very spongy! Happy with my purchase,” writes one shopper. “They are beautiful and comfortable, but they squeak. Noticeably noisy squeak,” writes another, who nonetheless gave the Cyprus V four out of five stars.

What’s next, heeled Tevas?

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How do high-heeled Crocs make you feel?

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  • 2%
    Mad!
    (2 votes)
  • 37%
    Concerned and vaguely uneasy
    (33 votes)
  • 15%
    Spiritually rejuvenated
    (14 votes)
  • 13%
    Hopeless
    (12 votes)
  • 31%
    Fine
    (28 votes)
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