Monday, November 28, 2011

I am blaming the Crocs

The plastic shoes we love to hate. A couple of days ago I ventured out, wearing my Crocs, and I caught the toe of one on the edge of the curb and, once again, fell flat on the sidewalk. I did the same thing last spring, also wearing the stupid Crocs.


Last time it was as I was going into the Habitat for Humanity Restore. Everyone ignored me, even walked around me, while I struggled to right myself. The most recent splat occurred in front of the Aloha Tuesday Morning Store and two employees ran right out, helped me up and got me a chair to sit in for a few minutes. One even brought me a paper towel and container of hand sanitizer to clean my hands off. I was shaken and had hit my knees and hands hard. And, of course, I felt like a feeble, mortified old lady. What I didn't realize until I got up and started moving around was that my most painful injury was to a rib. I think I either cracked it or vigorously pulled a muscle. Very painful still. It is hard to sleep, impossible to pick up my grandchild and just hurts. It makes me crabby. Coughing hurts a lot. Sneezing? Holy Mother of Pearl, that hurts!


I bought those Crocs to wear in the house and studio, not out anywhere, and yet, I continue to run around town in them. Stupid clown shoes. I think they are just too fat and puffy to know where your feet are. I first saw Crocs years ago being worn by quilters. They are even sold at quilt shows. They are comfortable, but we all know that quilters wear the damnedest things!

Now I am chastened and vow never to wear them out of the house again. Maybe Manolo was right.

27 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:37 PM

    Listen to Manolo and for gawd's sake don't fall down again! You might fall on your face like me. Hope you feel better right away. Keep the crocs in the closet! Beth

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  2. I had a pair, wore them a couple of times and then gave them away. They hurt my hip. I have one leg longer than the other and the foot bed of Crocs is too soft for me because of my leg. Live and learn. Throw them away. You don't want to fall again, do you?

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  3. I tried them on when they first came out and my feet cried out "Are you crazY??" and I left them there. Use some bright paint and draw evil faces on them to remind you to keep them out of the public eye...

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  4. Birks are better...
    Can even look like a true Oregonian if you wish by wearing sandles with socks
    haha

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  5. Sharon Rexroad8:41 PM

    I don't wear crocs and I went spraaaawling on a broken sidewalk spraining my ankle on Thanksgiving. So I definitely empathize with you!

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  6. I bought my Crocs to wear as rain shoes, but they have those huge holes around the bottom so make lousy rain/snow/any-kind-of-wet shoe. Duh! What was I thinkin'? Anyway, now I wear them when I'm puttering around the yard. They work well for that--nice to keep them by the door to step into and out of when I'm out mucking about. Just turn the hose on 'em when they get muddy. And I think they're pretty comfortable.

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  7. HI :) I LOVE your blog. I think you are GREAT :) LOSE THE D*&( CROCS :( They have already caused TWO potentially SERIOUS INJURIES to you. Try something else. I wear sneakers 95% of the time :) I HAVE bought and RETIRED a couple of pairs that CAUSED MINOR ACCIDENTS because of their design. I am only 54 but I REALLY don't want to fall and injure myself :) Broken/cracked bones as we age are NOT a 'good thing'.... Take care PLEASE :) :) :) Best from Cheryl :)

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  8. Ah, cherie', the Manolo has the rightof it.

    "These they are indeed the shoes of a hypothetical distopian future, one in which the inmates they must be dressed in the footwear least likely to be useful in the popular uprising against the regime."

    You cannot topple any regime from flat on your face on the sidewalk. Toss!

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  9. Anonymous11:32 PM

    Suggest you toss the shoes. I would hate to read that you fell down at home. Take care!!!

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  10. What rotten luck. Cracked ribs do heal quite quickly, but maybe 6 weeks till the pain goes totally. You can still do most things. Take care.

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  11. I love Crocs .. they are very comfortable especially in the summer. and on the beach. soft and easy to clean.

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  12. Oh Terry! I feel for you. I have some really great Birks that I wear to work (on a concrete floor) and to teach. They have a bit more structure to them but not much. I do find I'm a bit more trippy in the clogs than the sandals.

    Teri

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  13. I hope you are feeling much better soon especially the ribs.
    Last year I took a header walking on to my porch and no one was home. It's a terrible feeling and you're right-it makes one feel very cranky and old.Thank goodness you didn't hurt your hands.
    Out with the crocs.

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  14. Last spring I bought a pair of slippers/house shoes for $2 on clearance. I wore them a few times and noticed how sloppy they'd become. One day I was going up the stairs and the floppy slipper caught and I tripped. I slammed my pinky finger into the wall trying to catch myself. I broke the first joint on the finger and was in so much pain. I immediately threw those slippers into the garbage. I didn't want to repeat that stunt again. Some shoes just aren't worth it. I hope you feel better soon.

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  15. I'm glad you were in a place where somebody helped you this time. I'm not glad you hurt yourself. Take it easy.

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  16. Well, bruised, cracked or pulled ribs are very uncomfortable but better than a broken hip. Get rid of those stumblers and take care of yourself.

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  17. Ouch, Terry! Hands and knees are bad enough, but a cracked or bruised rib is the worst. I once had pneumonia and coughed so hard I pulled the muscles inside the rib cage and it hurt like a son-of-a-gun! Holding a pillow against the injured area was recommended by the doc and seemed to help.

    Seems you may need to put the Crocs away, or wear them all the time, like I do. I have a bad foot that doesn't get along with many shoes, and Crocs are my lifesaver. I know they look terrible, but my feet are happy, and that counts for a lot.

    Hope you are feeling better soon-

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  18. Dr Gerrie here - you should be checked by a Dr.! Once in awhile, I run out with my on. You have convinced me to stop and change. Take care!

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  19. Ouchie! I'm so sorry ... you might better see a doc and get those ribs taped ... for comfort, at least. I loved my crocs, until I tripped once too many times. Take care!

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  20. Stupid Crocs. I agree with Gerrie, sometimes the Dr. can tape the area so it's not as painful.

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  21. Nanette Fleischman2:07 PM

    Love your blog. After falling 4 times, I gave all of my crocs away.
    I really liked them, but they didn't like me.
    Nanette Fleischman

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  22. Dammit Terry!!! Get rid of those shoes....comfortable feet at the expense of your knees, wrists, and now your ribs.....If I do not see evidence of them gone gone gone I am coming over the hill and having Ray hand them to me...then we will burn the buggers. I am not kidding either. Your crabby does not scare me.

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  23. Oh OUCH! I'm sorry to hear of your fall but glad to know that you were helped and cared for at the time... At least you were spared that dreadful part of last time's experience. I hope you heal quickly and take care of yourself!

    Personally, I'd recommend the Merrell clog type shoes. They're incredibly comfy on hard surfaces, look a bit less clown-shoe like, and don't have those problems. They're pricier but aren't you worth it?

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  24. I wear Crocs 365 days a year. On wet concrete floors. there is a spot that is slippery and I am careful around that spot. I have a bad back and am 65 and the Crocs are the only shoes that make it possible for me to work in the greenhouse, standing for 6 to 8 hours a day, on a hard unforgiving surface. I wear the Crocs and my back says Thank You. I wear a 9 - 9.5 shoe--any readers can send their unwanted Crocs to me.

    I find it MOST dangerous wearing Birks. Those are the worse shoes I have ever worn. They don't flex.

    One winter I fell three or maybe four times. Hard falls. Never helped up by anyone walking past me. Mostly it was because I snagged my shoe tip on the surface and tripped myself. Now I look down. More often than I look up. None of the falls were while wearing Crocs--I think boots and sneakers.

    G cracked a rib, skiing, and it took forever to get better. I am so sorry you hurt yourself.

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  25. I'm so sorry you fell on your stupid damn crocs. And I hope you're not in pain for long, and echo Dr. Gerrie's advice.

    I'm not gonna touch the fashion aspect, but personally I find crocs a lifesaver (well, back/neck/metatarsal saver) when I know I'm going to be on my feet a lot -- a cooking or gardening marathon, f'rinstance. But out of the house, on unfamiliar ground? Not so much.

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  26. To risk beating the subject to death: Crocs are banned in public schools here....

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  27. I have fallen for the last time in my crocs, this time at the mall in front of JCPenney. Thank goodness I'm fluffy a bit so didn't do much harm, but let me tell ya, my knees are still in pain. It's the third time and all from the toe portion grabbing the ground and not catching myself fast enough....I adore my crocs, but man I can't handle the faling or slipping in water anymore.....it's not only embarrassing, it's painful!

    Oh, I fell Jan. 2nd.

    Lisa in East Texas who misses wearing her Crocs, but not tripping!

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