Friday, July 31, 2009

My Dearest Chongs


If you have known me in the last 7 years of life, you have known my dearest Chongs very well. Seven years ago I got these beauties out of my cousins closet and we did a shoe trade. I traded him a pair of thrift store tennis shoes for my dear Chongs. He had worn said Chongs for two years already so they were nice and broke in. Perfect for me. I had a pair of Chacos already but the wonder of getting a chaco and a flip flop in one....nothing could compare. Seven long years I wore and loved my Chongs and when I say wore I mean WORE. I literally wore them with everything. EVERYTHING. Dresses, shorts, pants, t-shirts and dress shirts. I broke all the rules of fashion and did not care a lic. They even made it through both pregnancies and multiple trips to Africa. And besides a running shoes and some mandatory heels for a wedding or two I haven't even bought any other shoes. Some say this is not very feminine of me but I just need to say that if I had it my way I would be barefoot. I just cant fathom paying money for that many pairs of shoes...when one pair is just fine. (although I have contemplated many pairs along the way and the only ones that have ALMOST won are Toms and that is because some child will also get shoes)...I know I think too much.
Anyway, let it be known after a life of 9 years on July 13, 2009 my Chongs broke. Deep down I knew the day would come but I have been in denial. Now the great thing about Chaco's is that they have a life time warranty. Sooo...I am sending them in. The only issue I have with this is... What if they send me the Zongs?
Zongs are the predecessor of The Chongs. Chongs are no longer made by Chaco they were retired 5 years ago and just last year they finally came out with its match...the Zong. And I will say in my opinion do not hold a candle to the Chong...just sayin. Now, all that said I will be grateful for the Zong if they send them my way but am hoping that they just strap my Chongs. I will keep you posted. In the mean time, you can find me barefoot!
(jk, Vernon bought me some great Keenes and Simples last year at the REI super clearane sale)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I feel the pain:)!!!!!!!!!!
It really is hard to lose a wonderful pair of shoes.
Mom/Stephanie

Maureen said...

I actually have this very pair of Chaco zongs pictured here. My only complaint is, I think because you don't have the ankle strap secure, the toe straps tighten a little bit when you walk. All to say, it took me a long time to get them adjusted and to stay put. But they're good now. Just needed some patience. And other than that, I love them. I won't say they'll replace your beloved former shoes, but if they're you're only option, then I endorse them.

robinsmissions said...

seriously, they're gone... sad day... but the photo looks like a shoe store photo only, the shoe is broken... :) I hope you get the good ones! Oh and I think our shoe ownership balances each other out-crazy!

Amanda said...

Chacos and Chongs and Zongs...Oh My!

Kristina said...

thank goodness for a lifetime warranty though, and at least they are keeping you with the trend...considering 5 years have passed since your beloveds were retired. ;) enjoy your new shoes! :)

Anonymous said...

I know this is a old post but if you still have the chongs they can re build them for ya at. http://www.chacos.com/US/en/Rechaco-Landing
I hope this helps by the way I have a pair exactly like yours I love them had them over 10 years wear them everyday...