- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - High school proms are normally about tuxedoes, long gowns, corsages, dress shoes and high heels. But the footwear of choice for Minneapolis South High School students at this year’s prom was Crocs, the brightly colored, plastic clog-like shoes that are anything but formal.

“Because they’re comfortable, man. They’re beautiful,” said Cornelia Lutz, a senior at South High School who helped hatch the idea a few weeks ago. Lutz’s love for Crocs prompted her friend, Lilly McLaughlin, to suggest that they wear them to prom, which was Saturday night at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis.

After signing in for the big dance, students traded in their dress shoes and high heels to party the night away in in red, yellow, blue, white and black Crocs, KARE-TV reported (https://kare11.tv/1VXKT8Y ).

The girls promoted the idea via a public Facebook page to everybody attending the prom. Their idea drew more scoffers than supporters.

“We had a lot of people posting to the page how dumb it was,” Lutz recalled.

But the attitude quickly changed once students found out that Crocs Inc., which is based near Boulder, Colorado, would be sending them 500 pairs of Crocs for free. A pair usually retails for about $35.

A company executive who happened to be traveling in Thailand was alerted via Google to an article, “Crocs to Prom: Cute or tacky?” in The Southerner - the school newspaper - and offered the donation. Soon the shoes were on their way to Minnesota.

“I hope we started a tradition. Who knows?” McLaughlin said.


Information from: KARE-TV, https://www.kare11.com

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