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SDB Network News: 50 Worst Inventions

June 1, 2010

From the zany to the dangerous to the just plain dumb, here is TIME’s list (in no particular order) of some of the world’s bright ideas that just didn’t work out.


DAVID SILVERMAN / GETTY IMAGESIt doesn’t matter how popular they are, they’re pretty ugly. Crocs, introduced in 2002, mostly take the form of rubber clogs but have been transformed into high heels and loafers. Their manufacturing company announced on April 26, 2010, that it would also start making ballet flats. “If we make it a little bit more stylish, then we start to appeal to a larger audience,” said the company’s CEO. Which means they just might be attractive enough to do your laundry in.

See the entire list here.

-KRISTI OLOFFSON

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2010 7:07 pm

    as much as i despise crocs, i have a very stylish friend who is a bartender and actually justified the ballet flats to me. She wears them (in black) to bartend in and then she just hoses them down after work… and she ONLY wears them to work and when working in a photography darkroom. Both are places that you can’t really see them and places where potential spills could ruin shoes. And i’m ok with that.

    • cherrow414 permalink*
      June 1, 2010 7:31 pm

      I suppose I can accept that argument. I’ve worked in food service before and I have throw away sooo many pairs of disgustingly ruined shoes. So, here it is world: You are allowed to wear BLACK BALLET FLAT Crocs but only under the following conditions:
      1. You’re a bartender;
      2. You work at a manure farm (but I would recommend Wellies);
      3. You’re a mortician.

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