Casetify launches iPhone cases that look like Crocs with Jibbtiz. Yes, for real.

Have you ever ever wished an iPhone case that appears like a pair of Crocs? You understand, the ugly-but-comfy slip-on sneakers lined in holes you could optionally beautify with colourful push-pins? You haven’t? Nicely, apparently some designer at smartphone case maker Casetify noticed a pair of Crocs and thought to themselves, wow, that might make for a terrific iPhone case!!

No, we’re not kidding.

Casetify this month launched a brand new collection of iPhone circumstances that look precisely like Crocs sneakers, full with their trypophobia-inducing holes and units of pushpin decorations that assist you to personalize your telephone case with issues like flowers, rainbows, smiley faces and…uhhh…a stick of butter. A bit of toast. A snail. A motel keychain??

I’m sorry, however what the precise **** is happening right here?

These circumstances are promoting for $52!

Whereas TechCrunch doesn’t sometimes cowl smartphone circumstances or equipment, once we noticed this new product line we knew we needed to make an exception due to its actually oddball nature. Is that this press launch a prank? Is that this an early April Idiot’s? Vaporware? Have we time-traveled to the Nineteen Eighties for brand new product concepts?

We remorse/are completely happy to tell you that these circumstances are actual. We now have them in hand and have put them by way of their paces.

Right here’s what we will report. The circumstances themselves are available black, lavender, cream and pink. They’re tender and versatile with their silicone finishings, as described. Additionally they have bumpers on the corners and the promised raised bezel to assist shield the display. Casetify says they supply as much as 4 toes of drop safety.

However in fact, nobody is shopping for these circumstances for his or her safety capabilities. They’re shopping for them for the “aesthetic” in the event that they’re shopping for them in any respect.

Obtainable just for iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max, the circumstances have both 13 to 14 holes designed to carry the pushpins. These are offered in units of 5 pins that promote for $22 — this isn’t an affordable joke to take part in!

Picture Credit: Casetify

At launch, there are 4 essential units accessible: a “cottage core” set with a mushroom, snail, strawberry, flower and duck; a “retro west” set with a Dalmatian-spotted cowboy hat, matchbox, cowboy boot, motel keychain and 70s-looking happy-faced flower (no, I don’t understand how the flower is western both); a “diner breakfast” set with the aforementioned butter and toast, a smiley face, checkered coronary heart and the textual content “thanks!” as you’d discover in your diner examine; and the “peace love earth” set with a teddy bear, heart-shaped world, happy-faced daisy, yin yang image and completely happy rainbow.

Picture Credit: Casetify

There may be additionally a Restricted Version “Barbie” set with pink Barbie pushpins like Barbie’s face, model, jacket, heart-shaped glasses and the 12 months “1959.”

That one sells for $82! Eighty…two…{dollars}. 

I don’t even…why?!?…

We requested Casetify the way it got here up with this um, “distinctive,” thought.

The corporate instructed us that it’s designed many modern merchandise over the previous few years, like its mirror circumstances, pillow circumstances and bounce circumstances, and it thought these new pushpin circumstances would merely provide its clients “new methods to precise themselves with their on a regular basis tech.”

“The primary pin units we’ve produced had been developed with our best-selling prints in thoughts, and likewise making an allowance for trending merchandise amongst Gen Z and millennials,” a spokesperson stated.

Once we requested what was the take care of the butter, they famous, “is perhaps surprising to know that food-related gadgets promote rather well haha!”

Picture Credit: Casetify

Okay, however butter? Actually? Is that due to that viral butter bench? Have telephone circumstances now tied themselves to area of interest TikTok traits?

Plus, there’s the cottage core set that’s additionally seemingly impressed by the web development that romanticizes nation life and dwelling in concord with nature — an aesthetic that grew in recognition due to TikTok’s subcommunities pushed by its personalised algorithms. Now it’s jumped from the display into your pocket.

In any occasion, regardless of having large pins protruding of the again of the case, it wasn’t too exhausting to shove the adorned case into your pocket or pull it out. The circumstances and the pins are pretty clean, so whereas they tug a little bit in your garments, it finally ends up not likely getting any extra caught than, say, your Popsockets grip, for instance.

In the meantime, truly adorning the case with pins wasn’t too troublesome both. Pushing the pins in did require a little bit effort, significantly on the underside row for some motive, however as soon as in they felt pretty safe.

The pins will be combined and matched primarily based in your temper, Casetify says, however the debut choices had been pretty restricted. In fact, we needed to attempt jamming some Crocs Jibbitz (aka Crocs pins) into the holes of the case simply to see. In spite of everything, if the circumstances supported Jibbitz, that might have opened up a wide selection of customization choices! However sadly, the rounded-backed Jibbitz we had available — these sparkly Hiya Kitty charms — had been simply too massive. Bummer.

Casetify says it’s planning to launch extra pin units and circumstances sooner or later, together with by way of upcoming model collaborations, just like the one it did just a few months in the past with Barbie, which precipitated the Push-In case line. We don’t know which aesthetic group will likely be subsequent to get the pushpin therapy, however there are many “-cores” to select from.

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