September 25, 2012 5:29 pm at 5:29 pm #604983
anyone else feel funny wearing their shabbos best with crocs? or am I the only one who feels odd wearing crocs in shul on the holiest day of the yearSeptember 25, 2012 6:35 pm at 6:35 pm #898431
“Crocs” (cheap plastic shoes that are more like slippers than shoes) are superinformal. So are canvass shoes or the old-fashioned cloth sneakers (which are enjoying renewed popularity).
One can get very formal looking non-leather shoes that look just like leather even though they are”man made” (meaning, glorified plastic). Then everyone will come to you and remind you that wearing leather shoes is prohbiited. You can’t win.
Nu!September 25, 2012 9:09 pm at 9:09 pm #898432
My white sneakers match my white shirt & white tie, just fine.September 27, 2012 3:59 am at 3:59 am #898433
I felt soo weird walking down the street in a full suit and crocs. Got some priceless stares from the passing goyim.September 27, 2012 4:24 am at 4:24 am #898434
Don’t care how goyim perceive you. You think they think more of you with a weird-looking skullcap or strings protruding out from your pants?September 27, 2012 8:46 am at 8:46 am #898435
Why did you automatically assume I care? All I said was that it felt strange and that the nonjews felt it was strange, too. I never remarked about caring about what they think.September 27, 2012 9:13 am at 9:13 am #898436
Its good to feel “odd” on yom kippur. Getting out of your “comfort zone” probably helped you submit yourself to hashem and daven properly.
You can always go to payless and pick up a pair of “shoes” that look like the real deal but are plastic.
As for goyim and their stares. People dress in all sorts of weird ways these days from pre ripped jeans, to outrageous colors to (unfortunately) practically nothing, body piercings, tatoos, shaved heads that crocs seem perfectly normal with a suit.September 27, 2012 9:38 am at 9:38 am #898437
And i’ve got bright yellow – the only colour in size 12 left in the shop!!!September 27, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm #898438
Why do pple. Keep their tzitzis hanging out?
Why can’t they keep them neatly tucked away until they recite the Bracha on it?
It just looks so messy.September 27, 2012 5:38 pm at 5:38 pm #898439
I wore my crocs to shul for the first time this Yom Kippur, and although many ppl did, it still is a very odd getup what with my suit et all. I don’t think i will do it again. Although it is more comfortable, I prefer to go with my “traditional” Yom Kippur shoes. I felt like, because it IS a Yom Tov, I should LOOK as “Yom Tovy” as possible. Crocs are so not for shul/yom tov, it’s for our homes/beach or some other relaxing place.
just my own “far-frumpt” feelings 🙂September 27, 2012 7:12 pm at 7:12 pm #898440
Interesting that you mention how it looks, because on my way to shul I realized that I was wearing leather so I took them off and walked home in my socks. People must have really wondered what I was doing.September 27, 2012 7:28 pm at 7:28 pm #898441
I have a different issue with wearing crocs on yom kippur. To me crocs are the most comfortable , slip on easy footwear ever created. I suffered from bursitis on the heel a couple of years ago, and crocs was my only relief. Since then I have become addicted to them .To me they connotate comfort and leisure. Does’nt wearing crocs on the high holy day defeat the purpose of shirking personal mundane pleasure and comfort????September 27, 2012 8:47 pm at 8:47 pm #898442
equeen: Rav Elyasheiv said exactly that, and not to wear them on YK.September 27, 2012 8:56 pm at 8:56 pm #898443
Hi e/o. glad I’m not the only one who felt funny. and I hate my crocs. they are great for slippers but not for standing. If I don’t find them comfortable, then they must be what I should wear? or does that not make sense?September 27, 2012 9:10 pm at 9:10 pm #898444
I bought shoes three weeks ago, to specifically wear for Yom Kippur for the first time. They were white Skecher-type shoes (very pretty). I had bought those along with a pair of the identical style of shoes in black,(which were the ones I actually tried on). Imagine my shock when I went to put them on Tuesday evening for Kol Nidrei, only to discover I had two RIGHT-FOOT shoes! I never noticed this when I bought them (neither did the clerk ringing up the sale, apparently), because I snatched them up together with the black pair. Since the black ones had fit me perfectly, I didn’t need to check the white ones, or I would have realized the error. I have learned a valuable lesson. Thankfully, the store took them back and I was able to exchange them for a right and left shoe of the same style in white. (No, there did not seem to be pair of “Lefts”, left).September 27, 2012 9:27 pm at 9:27 pm #898445
I’m with you yenta. I hate wearing crocs for walking and standing. They’re just convenient for when I’m sitting around the house, or have to go outside for a minute. I have slightly flat feet and the crocs provide no arch support. I do not find them more comfortable than leather shoes.September 27, 2012 9:31 pm at 9:31 pm #898446
So you’re flat footed, huh?September 27, 2012 9:51 pm at 9:51 pm #898447
Shuychus! its not the feel or the comfort. Its the overall general way of mourning. If you dont find it hard to fast and you dont feel like eating on such a scary day should you mforce yourself to eat to pain yourself? Zichur notSeptember 27, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm #898448
” equeen: Rav Elyasheiv said exactly that, and not to wear them on YK.”
Get real. Maybe in his time that was true but show me who says that in 5773September 27, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm #898449
The last few years I wore a pair of real size clogs for Purim; The questions came up:- since Yom kaKippurim is “like Purim”, Hnece:- Should I also wear these life size clogs over Yom Kippur?September 28, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am #898450
…Did anyone show up on Yom Kippur with shinny polished shoes?
SiDi™September 28, 2012 1:39 am at 1:39 am #898451
Ðash®ParticipantSeptember 28, 2012 2:29 am at 2:29 am #898452
Yes shmoel, my feet are slightly flat. It’s not serious, but they could use a couple millimeters or more of arch height. Are you here to make fun of people’s physical imperfections?September 28, 2012 6:37 am at 6:37 am #898453
Does’nt wearing crocs on the high holy day defeat the purpose of shirking personal mundane pleasure and comfort????
So does davening in an air conditioned shule and sitting on a padded chair. Yet, people do it. The halacha is not to wear leather shoes, not to mortify oneself.
(I personally don’t wear crocs, because I find them terribly hot and uncomfortable.)September 28, 2012 3:33 pm at 3:33 pm #898454
I just heard the real reason why we wear non-leather all together! (Probably 5% of people know lol)
It’s because since Adam sinned on Rosh Hashana and after he realized he was “arum” and put on “chagoros” which is LEATHER belts (skirt), so we don’t want to remind ourselves from cheit (kitrug) and we dont wear them. My questions is, why is this done on Yom Kippur & not Rosh Hashana? Maybe bec its harder for 2 days than 1…
I have another pshat. If anyone is maskim let me know. We know from Moshe that Hashem told him to take off his shoes bec he was standing on holy ground. We also find that the Kohanim weren’t allowed to walk around in BH”M with shoes. So there is a thing about tumah from shoes & Yom Kippur were kadosh like a malach. But that only answers shoes all together, how about leather? So maybe I”ll stick to 1st pshat:)September 28, 2012 6:18 pm at 6:18 pm #898455
I highly doubt rav elyashiv said what is attributed to him here.
If it is “discomfort” we are after, why not sleep on a bed of nails, stick razor blades in our socks and make sure the shul is at least 105 degrees.September 30, 2012 6:50 am at 6:50 am #898456
Whiteberry…. You refer to sleeping on a bed of nails, sticking razor blades in our socks or 105 degrees temperature in the shul “discomfort”??? They would rather imply extreme danger and or suicidal action. My point was to shirk comfort on the high holy day and concentrate on devoting the day devoid of the basic daily comforts.October 4, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am #898457
According to your reasoning YW Brand, wearing shoes should be just fine on Tisha b’Ov, since there is no Kedusho whatsoever on this saddest of all days.
So how do you now explain the absence of leather shoes on Tisho b’Ov? & during a Shiva?
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