Ever wondered what that weird looking man downtown was wearing when you looked at his feet?
No doubt you’re just like everyone else and thought this person was crazy.
And so did I.
There’s a running joke that the holes in croc shoes are where your dignity leaks out of.
But love ’em or hate ’em, these colorful plastic clogs are here to stay, so you may want to reconsider getting yourself some after reading this article.
Here I am going to explain exactly what crocs are, the pros and cons and what I personally think of them.
What are Croc Shoes?
Essentially, they are a clog shoe made entirely out of foam.
These shoes are made for summertime thanks to the holes in the shoes which promotes air flow and allows a comfortable and extremely lightweight experience for outdoor activities.
Common uses of crocs are:
- Running to the store
- Walking around the city
- Doing yard work
- Taking a walk around the block
- Going to the beach
- And much more
The first pair of crocs were designed back in 2002 which were unveiled at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in Florida and quickly sold out the 200 pairs they had produced.
To this day they have sold over of 300 million pairs!
The classic style and most basic of the crocs are available in 20 different colors.
But they also produce a large number of different colors, designs and styles, mostly pallet of 4-6 colors or a simple 2-color combination.
Originally crocs were designed for summertime or warm weather conditions, however, they are now manufacturing winter crocs.
The winter crocs still possess the original design but with a line of fleecing for insulation in cold conditions.
What are Crocs Made Of?
These amazing shoes are soft yet extremely durable, so what are they made out of?
Crocs are made from a foam resin called Croslite, a polymer made out of ethylene-vinyl acetate (or EVA).
This material is crack resistant, UV-ray resistant, and virtually odor free!
All this combined allows the shoe to be comfortable, soft, lightweight, odorless and very sturdy all at the same time.
Are Crocs Being Discontinued?
Manufacturers of crocs stated back in 21 July, 2014 that they were closing all manufacturing facilities.
And it caused a bit of a panic among the croc community.
But shortly after, that rumor was laid to rest when they said they were NOT going out of business and crocs are here to stay!
So you can stop with the mini heart attack, they definitely are not being discontinued and crocs are still available and will be for quite some time.
Features of Croc Shoes
These shoes are amazingly lightweight and doesn’t even feel like they’re on the feet when worn.
Funnily enough, crocs were worn in a marathon and the guy came 16th out of 500 participants.
I mean, you can’t say that these shoes didn’t play a huge part.
I think they did, and it would’ve been the light weight and comfortableness of these shoes.
Comfortable doesn’t even begin to describe how good these shoes feel on the feet.
It’s one of the reasons you see people wearing these shoes literally everywhere you go.
The materials used to make crocs mean these shoes are safe from the suns harsh UV-rays, making them a perfect choice for summertime.
This is especially true for hanging out with friends, going to the beach, etc.
Plus they can be left completely outside, all day, everyday.
Croc shoes are so strong and durable that cracking is non-existent and a good reason they can be worn in extreme conditions without risk of damage.
Crocs can either be worn with or without an ankle strap.
The strap can be used when you need to keep the shoe in place without moving, else left off to be worn as a regular flip flop but with added protection.
Yes regular flip flops give you maximum air flow but there’s minimal protection.
The air holes in croc shoes promote air flow to keep the feet cool while still providing protection from the glass, dirt, bees, and all other dangers that come from regular flip flops.
These shoes are extremely wide and non-restricting in the toe box area, which is great for people with wide feet or deformities such as bunions or hammertoes.
That’s why some people strictly stick to these shoes only, because they provide the increased width and toe box that other shoes don’t offer.
Pros and Cons of Crocs
- Just as comfortable as normal shoes
- Provides lots of ventilation and air flow to keep the wearer cool
- Very lightweight, doesn’t even feel like they’re on the foot
- Great for a variety of activities
- Packed with lots of features
- Strong, durable and lasts for many years thanks to the UV-ray and crack resistance
- Lack of heel support. Yes there is an ankle strap, but those with narrow feet may find their foot moving around
- Blisters galore. A lot of those who wear crocs all the time experience blisters due to the constant friction on the rubber material
- Cannot wear socks. Wearing socks with rubber is going to promote sweat and cause more blisters to happen
When and Not to Wear Crocs
These shoes should only be worn for short periods of time and not all day, everyday.
They are good for minimal distances only and should stay that way.
What are examples of minimal distances?
- Running errands
- Going out in the yard (especially in the rain since the holes allow the crocs to drain so quickly)
- Going to yoga class
- Going to the pool
- Going to the beach
- Any other water-based activity
Yes they are good for many activities but should never be substituted for a regular shoe, unless of course crocs are the only shoe that you can wear due to deformities or illness.
But in that case you need to see a doctor and get help.
As a rule of thumb: Wear them sparingly. Wear them as you would regular flip flops.
Are Crocs Slip-Resistant?
You bet they are.
They were originally designed as a boating shoe, which of course, is going to need lots of traction to not slip off the side of the boat!
So yes, crocs definitely are slip-resistant and a great choice for any activity that requires maximum grip.
Why Do People Love Crocs?
A lot of people love crocs for the comfort, the air flow and light weight they provide.
Even doctors have come out and said that these provide good support for high arch people, and those who suffer from edema (which is swelling or inflammation).
You’ll often see people with foot deformities or weirdly shaped feet who love these shoes and wear them often.
Why Do People Hate Crocs?
Well the main reason is that they are completely and utterly hideous!
Another reason is that they don’t provide a good amount of support and can be an issue for those with narrow feet.
Some people purchase these thinking they offer amazing support, but their narrow feet just create a massive problem.
What I Think of Crocs
Personally I hate them.
I think they’re extremely ugly, I would never want to be seen with them and I’m going to do what I have always done and stay as far away as I can.
However, that’s just my personal opinion, you may love them and that’s completely fine.
They do have their pros and cons, they are good quality and have many benefits in the real world.
But I’m just not a big fan of these weird looking shoes and it’s going to stay that way!
So that’s my final opinion.
I’m glad you came here and read my article.
If you have any questions regarding crocs I would love to hear them. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments below.