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Crocs are next best thing to barefoot, right?

Posted on: July 15, 2010

This story was sent to us from a fan, published in the Winston-Salem Journal
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 07:58:00 AM
July 14–BOONE

Matt Jenkins has kicked off his shoes, but he’s hardly relaxing.

He’s running barefoot. Across the state.

Jenkins, 29, works at an after-school program for the Western Youth Network in Boone that provides mentoring and summer programs to kids in the area. For the second year in a row, Jenkins, a long-distance runner who prefers to run without shoes, has decided to undertake a run to raise awareness about state budget cuts to programs that affect young people.

Last year, Jenkins ran to different sites around Watauga on three consecutive Sundays for a total of 108 miles.

“After that, I was being sarcastic and said, ‘Next year, I’m going to run across the state.’ And people were like, ‘OK. That’s a good idea,'” Jenkins said.

Jenkins, who says that his idea of a good time is to run five marathons in five days, was game for the challenge.

He was scheduled to take off from Manteo this morning on a 760-mile journey that he estimates will take four weeks. He plans to run about 30 miles a day, and will store his gear, which will be not much more than a pair of Crocs, a bar of soap, a lightweight tent, food and water, in a pack he’ll carry on his back or a jogging stroller that he will push.

Jenkins laughed when asked about any kind of support team that might accompany him.

“I’m totally winging it,” he said. “I have a tentative schedule of how far I’m running each day, but I have no idea how I’m going to feel on Day 1, much less how I will feel on Day 20.”

Jenkins’ feet are callused after years of running barefoot, so he can handle hot pavement and pebbles for the most part. However, he will take a break during the heat of the day if he comes across any freshly laid asphalt.

Jenkins hopes to raise $15,000 for an after-school program that lost its state financing two years ago. It is the only after-school program for middle-school youngsters in Watauga County. Jenkins said he hopes that people will read about his run and either donate to his organization or consider donating to their community’s youth programs. Donations to the Western Youth Network can be made at

“All the kids are tracking him,” said Angela McMann, who works with Jenkins at the Western Youth Network. “They know he’s into this and does this barefoot. We all think he’s a little nuts about running barefoot with the alligators in Manteo and the heat, but we’re thankful to have someone who wants to show how much he cares.”

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5 Responses to "Crocs are next best thing to barefoot, right?"

I absolutely love my Crocs… I haven’t worn anything but since moving to Florida 5 years ago. I have a home office so I am usually in flip-flops and my favorite is the Capri. Now the Capri is going away. Am I the only person that wants it to re-appear?? The soft microfiber upper strap is what makes this flip-flop the summer best! And here in the south it is virtually always summer!!

Please help bring back the Capri flip-flop!!

I love crocs! Because these shoes were designed specifically to eliminate plantar pain and achy feet. They also help people with injured feet, bunions, and diabetes.

Please don’t discontinue the Croc Capri. It’s my favorite shoe. Extremely comfortable, like no other. I have three pair and would love more. To the powers that be, please reconsider your decision to stop production of the Capri.
A Big-Time Capri Fan

Hi Sue, the Capri will be sold on and in our outlets in 2011. We also have a new Capri for 2011 with nubuck leather upper. :)

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