Would you buy these Crocs with heels? 1:18
(CNN) -- In the distant future, archaeologists will stumble upon a Shrek Croc, with its soft vinyl immaculate by the passage of time, and ask questions.
Why was the 2001 animated film about an ogre so popular as to warrant a special shoe? What was the purpose of this strange foam footwear? A kind of low-impact clog ritual?
¡¿Is that it... a nose?!
Shrek's Crocs are on sale now. (Credit: Crocs)
Crocs, the brand behind everyone's favorite ugly shoe, collaborated with DreamWorks to create an important cultural artifact: Shrek's Croc. (And of course, as Shrek would say, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.)
Green, freckled and a little scary, Shrek's Croc (or Shroc, if you prefer) has long been the dream of some Crocs lovers. This is not a joke. In fact, there's a petition in Change.org 2018 floating around to "Make Shrek's Crocs Real." The good folks at Crocs know what's out there too: In the run-up to the shoe's September 13 launch, Crocs' official X account retweeted 20 identical messages from an account called "Shrek Crocs," all with the description "Make Shrek's Crocs Real."
"The wait is over for the most wonderfully horrible Clog Classics," reads the shoe's description. "An ode to your favorite ogre, each pair features Shrek's iconic nose, ears and green-mottled skin that brings this beloved character to life."
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Adult Shrocs are available for $59.99. There are also versions for children and babies, as well as Shrek-themed shoe pendants, called Jibbitz.
Rare is the brand that has not been blessed with some kind of collaboration with Crocs. The Crocs Margaritaville, with ice cubes, a lime wedge and the lost salt shaker, caused a furor when they went on sale in 2022. There are Crocs Pop Tarts (Croc-Tarts), Crocs Lisa Frank, Crocs Barbie, Crocs with fanny pack, and even Jibbitz scented Crocs, a combination of words that imposes almost as much dark energy as "Crocs Shrek."
Most reactions to Shrek Crocs fall into one of two categories: "I need them immediately" or "If you wear them in public, I will make a citizen's arrest." If you lean towards the first option, hurry up. Within 24 hours of its release, several sizes of the shoe had sold out on the Crocs website.
Perhaps there is much more to be said about the timeless and inexplicable appeal of Shrek and Crocs, and why this particular combination directly impacts the kidneys of our common cultural body. Surely there is a convincing explanation of how we got here, contemplating whether to shell out $60 for shoes with ears. They are mysteries that are best left to time. Today, we live. Today, Shroc.