When Christopher Kane sent Crocs down his runway at LFW, people appropriately reacted. The hideous foam clog, most commonly worn by tourists and garden gnomes, recalls 2014’s normcore trend, while taking it to new extremes. Kane marbled his and adorned them with various rare stones, similar to when Crocs attempted to be more “stylish” by offering charms—excuse me, Jibbitz—for filling its front holes.
Kane defended his decision by dismissing critics and sharing his love for the shoe. “Crocs are great,” he said, “I love them. I don’t really care what anyone thinks. I don’t think anyone’s got the right to say right or wrong, unless they’re God—otherwise just shut up.”
The designer went on to explain the method behind his madness—a focus on expanding his brand. “I knew people were going to react in that way, but it wasn’t about being controversial,” he said. “The fact is Crocs is a huge successful business on its own, they don’t need me to make them even more successful. Obviously people do like them, and that’s a different customer that I want to grab. I want to include everyone and not be a snob.”