The actor kicks off the new year in a pair of blue clogs that might mean we’re in for the Year of the Croc.
Last year, the idea of Crocs as legitimate footwear option created a nearly unbridgeable rift between colleagues at the GQ offices, with some of our editors on the pro-Crocs side and others waging war against them. To this day we haven’t found common ground, and it’s obvious why: These bulbous, perforated, plastic shoes put comfort above all else, and basically laugh at the idea of style-minded footwear. And yet 2017 also saw legitimate fashion labels like Loewe and Balenciaga embracing the style. Meanwhile, for the past few years there’s been perhaps no bigger proponent of Crocs than actor Shia LaBeouf, who proved the debate isn’t going anywhere when he kicked off 2018 at the grocery store in his favorite pair of blue Crocs.
In a vintage tee, fleece shorts, and white socks, LaBeouf added a pair of Crocs as the finishing touch on what’s become his signature “just rolled out of bed” aesthetic of the past few years. If you’re thinking LaBeouf simply DGAF about what he wears, think again: In late 2016, the actor revealed that he does in fact put “a lot of effort” into his style choices. As such, LaBeouf has become something of a normcore style god—and Crocs are the perfect anti-fashion footwear in that context. He’s also, according to some, one of the reasons why influential celebs like Kanye West and red hot brands like Vetements have begun opting for the casual-est of sportswear over high-fashion or tailoring in recent years. (West was spotted last year in Shia’s old hat, and even rapped about LaBeouf’s style on an unreleased version of “No More Parties in LA.”)
So, is 2018 poised to be The Year of the Croc on a large scale? We’ll admit: Probably not. At the end of the day they’re ugly—even if worn ironically—and that most people can’t (and perhaps shouldn’t!) get pat that. But if LaBeouf’s previous style moves—like army boots and ripped T-shirts—can permeate the mainstream, then there’s at least a chance that Crocs are about to have a hell of a year.