Crocs are probably one of the most controversial shoes of the last 20 years, loved by some, hated by others, and totally confusing to a few as well.
If however, you’re looking for a shoe that will keep your feet dry, then Crocs most certainly aren’t waterproof.
They’re sort of like swiss cheese, full of holes and quite soft, and water can get into them very easily so they aren’t waterproof in the sense that they keep water out. However, they are waterproof in the sense that the sandals themselves won’t get damaged by water.
Crocs are made of a proprietary type of plastic foam called Croslite which is a type of closed-cell resin and can be compared to injection-molded EVA foam.
One important thing to note however is that Crocs can be worn in two ways, with the heel strap in place and cradling the back of your foot to keep the sandal secure, or with the rear strap folded forward for a more relaxed and comfortable fit that can be conveniently kicked on and off around the home.
When worn around moving water such as the sea, rivers, or even large lakes, Crocs can be pulled off your feet by the currents and by the waves if you don’t wear the rear strap correctly, and this can result in you losing your shoe or even becoming unbalanced and falling over.
In order to avoid this, it’s best to wear the strap securely in place if you’re around moving water or in a practical setting such as a boat where safety is key.
The more relaxed style of wearing Crocs is only really suitable for use around the house, walking on the beach, or other very relaxed settings where the loss of a shoe won’t be a potential risk or annoyance.
The Benefits of Crocs
Crocs may be controversial in terms of their appearance, but in terms of their comfort there is almost no questioning their credentials, and they have been backed by various bodies including the American Podiatric Medical Association, as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the U.S Ergonomics company for their benefits to certain people who need a more comfortable and specially molded type of footwear that will provide support as well as ease of use.
They make an ideal shoe choice not just for doctors it seems, but also for some patients and are recommended for those with diabetes as well as some people who have other foot related health issues.
The only drawback to Crocs is that they are a little clumpy and so aren’t great for fast movement, and have been known to get stuck in escalators which have led to injuries in the past, particularly of smaller children.
The material Crocs are made from can also lead to a build-up of static which could affect hospital equipment and has seen them banned by some hospitals for this reason.
What Are Crocs??
If you’ve been living under a rock and have been fortunate, or unfortunate enough to never have come across a wild pair of crocs before, let us introduce you to one of the most famous and iconic sandals of the early 21st century!
Crocs were founded by Lyndon ‘Duke’ Hanson and George Boedecker Jr. and their intention was to produce a clog style sandal made of foam that would be comfortable, convenient, and have a striking, almost comical aesthetic that would get people talking about the shoes.
While these were definitely humble beginnings, the design exploded in popularity and crocs have since sold some 300 million pairs of shoes alone, but there have been many copycat brands and alternative designs that have gotten in on the foam shoe action meaning that while Crocs well and truly started this trend, the number of foam shoes sold is probably well in excess of the 300 million Crocs themselves have sold!
There is some controversy, just like sandals, if you wear socks with crocs. Read our take if you are thinking of getting a pair.