After years of ridicule and bewilderment at their existence, Crocs are lastly kinda cool. They’re reasonably priced, comfy as hell and you may even customise them with all types of cool charms and adornments. 

They’re the favorite shoe of healthcare employees and younger individuals who’ve began to embrace comfy vogue over no matter impractical crap I used to be subjected to in my teenage years. Hell, I am sporting a pair of Crocs as I sort this straight away. Who would not wish to be sporting them? Nicely, the ESL apparently.

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As noticed by Kotaku, the foremost Counter-Strike: World Offensive esports league has put a ban on the cozy footwear because it clarifies some costume code laws forward of subsequent week’s IEM Cologne 2023 event. It shared its mid-year rulebook update, with one explicit changelog entry catching individuals’s eye: “Clarified in ‘4.3 Clothes’ that Crocs are thought-about open footwear and subsequently not allowed.” Contemplating most Crocs are closed-toe, I assume these iconic holes within the prime of the shoe—little vents in your ft stink, as I wish to name them—change their classification within the eyes of the ESL.

Crocs be a part of the record of clothes resembling flip-flops, shorts, and headwear that are not allowed to be worn by gamers. Any gamers rocking up in jorts and Crocs may discover themselves with a minimal $250 effective, or probably even having the ESL disallow gamers from collaborating of their matches till “the problematic piece of clothes has been changed.” 

The precise callout in opposition to Crocs has a couple of professional gamers and followers cracking jokes on Twitter. Complexity participant Hallzerk, who has beforehand been snapped rocking the Crocs, tweeted “they’re simply making an attempt to nerf me, its effective”. Caster Connor “cernersandals” Rhodes known as the ban “Actually 1984,” whereas professional Halo participant Tyler Ganza mentioned it was “time to convey out the Heely’s”.

I actually perceive the ESL eager to have a cohesive costume code throughout its groups, ensuring all of them look skilled. Although I gotta say, if I used to be an esports participant I’d wish to be as comfy as I may probably be up on an enormous stage with 1000’s of individuals watching me. If Crocs can assist me obtain that purpose, why should not I put on them? Suppose it is a good job I am going to by no means play CS:GO professionally.