Crocs Too Comfy for Yom Kippur: Rabbi

Sandals don't inflict sufficient suffering for holiday, religious leader rules
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2009 5:47 PM CDT
In this Oct. 3, 2006 file photo, Crocs shoes are seen in Boulder, Colo.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
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(Newser) – A Lithuanian rabbi has ruled that Crocs should not be worn during Yom Kippur because the sandals are too comfortable, Ynet news reports. Rabbi Elyashiv based his judgment on a prohibition against leather sandals, saying they were banned because they fail to provide an appropriate level of suffering for the holiday. "It is permissible legalistically" to wear Crocs, Elyashiv said, "but it is inadvisable."