Reading blogs on Technorati, it seems a number of people are blaming the escalator maintenance, and even the wearers of Crocs instead of the shoes; and there seems to be a misconception that the shoes are getting stuck at the top or bottom. That ain't the case, people. The shoes are melting as you ride up, you only notice it's stuck as you're stepping, which ordinarily happens at the top or bottom. I usually start stepping up when I'm a few feet from the top, which is when I noticed the problem. If I'd waited till I got to the top before moving my feet, it's very likely I would have had an injury. As it was, I already knew my foot was stuck so, at the top, I just yanked my foot all the way out. After the incident, I emailed Crocs and asked them to replace the shoes. They refused. So fuck 'em, let the lawsuits fly as far as I'm concerned. Don't get me wrong, I still like my Crocs, and the knockoffs I've found so far aren't nearly as comfortable. But they are dangerous on escalators. I'm still not sure what I could have done differently to avoid them melting and getting stuck. I might have been riding with the toes touching the stair in front, which would explain it if the temperature at that junction were hot enough. But I'm not sure either was the case.

I also think the reason more adults aren't experiencing this problem is the attitude that Crocs are "ugly". So "normal" people don't want to be seen in them. Naturally, I don't give a shit about what other people think.

Now, if this were to happen again to me, I'd have to say "shame on me". But the first time, it was fucking scary. You other bloggers can ridicule all you want, but if you haven't experienced it yourself, you don't know what you're talking about.

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