Maria Menounos promotes Crocs… but opts for a more fashionable style

Maria Menounos bravely promotes unfashionable Crocs… but opts for a less garish style

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09:35 GMT, 1 August 2012

They are widely considered one of the biggest fashion faux pas around.

And it seems even stars promoting Crocs just aren’t willing to wear them.

Maria Menounos last night attended an event to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the foam footwear, but kept her distance from the style that made the brand infamous.

Just browsing: Maria Menounos helped to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Crocs today, but steered clear of wearing the shoes

Just browsing: Maria Menounos helped to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Crocs today, but instead of the clog style opted for a more fashionable style

Something more low-key: Instead Maria sported animal print ballet pumps along with her stylish black dress

Something more low-key: Instead Maria sported animal print ballet pumps along with her stylish black dress

Something more low-key: Instead Maria sported animal print ballet pumps along with her stylish black dress

Instead, the Extra host donned a pair of low-key animal-print ballet pumps from the brand's range.

She teamed her simple shoes with a black asymmetric dress that had a short hemline at the front and long one at the back.

She cinched it in at her tiny waist with a skinny black belt and topped off her look with layers of gold jewellery.

Tasty treats: Maria was spotted tucking into some cupcakes as she helped the footwear brand celebrate their anniversary

Tasty treats: Maria was spotted tucking into some cupcakes as she helped the footwear brand celebrate their anniversary

Maria was in New York’s Times Square where she rang the bell at the stock market to celebrate ten years of trade for the footwear brand.

The star was joined by one of the three founders of the company, George Boedecker, Jr.

And it seems George developed something of a liking for the brunette beauty as he cuddled up to her and lifted her into the air while they posed for photos.

Joining forces: Maria cuddled up to one of the three founders of the company, George Boedecker, Jr

Joining forces: Maria cuddled up to one of the three founders of the company, George Boedecker, Jr

Honour: Maria got to ring the bell at the NASDAQ stock market in Times Square to celebrate Crocs' business

Honour: Maria got to ring the bell at the NASDAQ stock market in Times Square to celebrate Crocs' business

Since finishing fourth on Dancing With the Stars in May, Maria and former partner Derek Hough have been spotted together on a number of occasions.

Over the weekend they rejoined forces to perform one of their strongest numbers – the vampire-themed paso doble – at the 2nd Annual Dizzy Feet Foundation's Celebration of Dance Gala.

However it comes as Derek has recently announced the next season of the show will be his last.

'This season is kind of my swan song. It's my last hurrah,' he recently told USA Today.

You raise me up: George appeared to have developed something of a liking for Maria

You raise me up: George appeared to have developed something of a liking for Maria