Crocs are the Marmite of the shoe world - people either love 'em or hate 'em. You don't, for example, find websites for Birkenstock haters or YouTube videos of people setting fire to Havainas. Nor do you see whole families clip-clopping down the street in them. Crocs, however, generate all of the above. We'll say nothing about those fashion icons and fellow Croc fans George W Bush and the PGA Tour caddies.
But don't despair, Croc haters: the end of the bad-taste pandemic may be in sight. Known in Sweden as Foppatoffels, the clogs have already been banned by one hospital there, lest they build up static electricity and interfere with electronic equipment. Not a risk with Timberlands.