I don’t know when cargo shorts became the new crocs, but apparently they are universally hated. Or something.

cargo shorts and crocs

I have 5 pairs of cargo shorts (and, yes, a pair of crocs. They’re my ‘backdoor shoes’ for when I need to run to the garden or garage, but back to the cargo shorts ..).  I have them and wear them because those are the shorts that were in style when I bought shorts years ago. And they still fit, so I still wear them.

Because I’m a dad.

When I spend money on new stylish clothes, I’m usually spending that money on my kids.

Because I’m a dad.

I like my cargo shorts. I know of some dads who will stuff all the diaper bag baby gear in the pockets when they take their kids out to the park so they’re not shoulder strapping, and that’s great. The shorts have pockets, so why not use them?

Last night, Zacharie wanted to take an extra long bike ride, and maybe play at the park. So we let him take one of our cell phones in case he wanted to stay out so he could text us. Instead of stuffing it loose in his front pocket, I buttoned the phone into a side cargo pocket.

How can that be a bad thing?

The latest to jump on the “Cargo Shorts Are Evil” trend is Netflix. They’ve cut a very clever horror video featuring a number of movies from the service showcasing how scary cargo shorts are.

It’s clever. But I’m disappointed. Disclosure: Netflix is a client of mine. I’m on the Netflix Stream Team and I write about my love of Netflix shows like Bloodline, Narcos (season 2 is back September 2!!!), OITNB, and others monthly. This time, though, I’m taking Netflix to task.

Cargo shorts aren’t just for Paul Blart and Joe Dirt. They are the shorts they sell at the stores dads shop at and so we buy them. When I go camping, I like to have an extra pocket for snacks and bug spray when I hike. When I travel, I like to have a button or zipper pocket to keep my money and passport so I don’t get pick pocketed.

Cargo shorts serve a purpose. Help me prove it.

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