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I have a pair of the Crocs Crocband Lined shoes which I have had for about three months and they haven't been off my feet since I've bought them. I am a big fan of Crocs in general, and although I find them a little ugly, they are undoubtedly among the most comfortable and wearable shoes on the market - and I have several of the styles available as a testament to that. The Crocs Crocband Lined cost me £27.99 direct from the online Crocs website (www.crocs.co.uk) which I feel is a good price because, in my experience, Crocs basically seem to last forever!
The Crocs Crocband Lined shoes come in a variety of colours - most of which are two tone. You have the option of black/graphite, black, expresso/khaki, expresso/mushroom, khaki/expresso, navy/red, plum/lilac and bubblegum/blush. I have the navy/red mixture, simply because I like the combination of these colours as they were the most striking together with the biggest contrast. They main part of the shoe is a strong navy blue and then there is a white thick stripe around the sole of the shoe which is decorated with a thinner red stripe. The red, white and blue style fitted in with the patriotism of when the Olympics was on and so I guess this came into my choice of style as well.
The shoe itself looks like the traditional style of Crocs which were the first style out. The are clunky with a heel strap that can either fit around the heel or can be flipped over the top and sit on the top part of the foot. I tend to wear mine with the strap around the heel because I just find that this helps to keep the Crocs comfortably on my feet rather than having them in the slip on style. They have vent holes at the front of the shoe and I feel that these holes help to keep my feet cool - although they are not ideal if walking through a puddle! I admit that the shoes look bulky and not particularly attractive, but it is also true that these Crocs have more of a sporty look to them than the traditional Crocs (I think it's the stripes) and so they are probably more appealing to look at that the traditional style.
What makes Crocs so unique is the comfort they afford - and these Crocs are no exception. They are made of a really soft rubber which means they are rigid and yet very soft. What makes these Crocs different is that they are lined on the inside of the shoe with a soft fleecy material and so they are not rubbery on the base and yet they are just as springy and cushioned but even more comfortable and gentle on my feet. I really love the way that they feel against my skin and I can literally walk around in these all day without my feel getting achey or sweaty. They have never rubbed and they didn't need any wearing in. It's rare that I find a pair of shoes that don't need to be worn in before being comfortable. The soles of the shoes are ridged and so they provide good traction and make them fairly non-slip in a similar way to trainers.
The shoes are rubbery and so they are waterproof - and washable. From time to time I will wipe them over with a damp cloth and this brings them up so they are as good as new.
Overall, I really love these shoes and would recommend them to anyone who puts comfort above all else.