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Do You Have A Crocs?

Updated on November 11, 2014

Do You Have A Pair Of Crocs?

Do you own a pair of crocs? No, it is not a crocodile. Crocs is that brightly colored, odd-looking sandal that you see many people wearing on the street these days and wondered if they were clueless about fashion.

History Of The Crocs

It all started in 2002 when Scott Seamans came across a weird looking clog developed by a Canadian company, Fin Project NA for use in day spas. What attracted him was the resin later called Croslite. It was waterproof and lightweight and was resistant to bacteria and fungus. He added a strap and figured it would make good boating shoes. He showed it to his two friends, Lyndon "Duke" Hanson and George B. Boedecker, Jr. and the trio started the company with its base in Boulder, Colorado.

Crocs introduced its first Beach Model in November 2002 at the Florida Boat Show and sold out the 200 pairs produced at that time. From there popularity mushroomed and by 2003, crocs was accepted as an all purpose shoe for comfort and fashion. In June 2004, Crocs acquired exclusive rights to the formula of Croslite. Today Crocs are sold in more than 125 countries and come in a wide array of colors and styles.

Courtesy of What A Croc!

Photo of The Beach from Crocs

Anatomy Of A Crocs - Designed For Comfort And Support

Crocs are ultra-light and don't bite. They are made of a special proprietary closed-cell resin, Croslite, that is NOT plastic NOR rubber. Croslite material is closed-cell in nature and anti-microbial and enables Crocs to produce soft, comfortable, light weight, superior-gripping, non-marking and odor-resistant shoes.

The ventilated toe box keeps the feet cool. The port holes allow water and sand to pass through. The heel strap can sling over the heel or it can be rolled forward for a slip-on clog shoe. The Orthotic molded foot bed is designed for ultimate comfort and support even for those who spend a lot of time on their feet.

Photo courtesy of surfnaddirt.com

The Perfect Crocs Fit

How To Choose The Right Fit

Crocs should not fit like other shoes. They should fit very loosely. The sides of your foot should not really touch the sides of the shoe. Your toes should not touch the front of the shoe.

Once you have centered your foot on the foot bed:

You should have about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of space in front of your toes, behind your heel, and when you lift the strap, you should be able to comfortably get your finger between the strap and the heel.

No Pressure Points Ever

The clog-type models generally run large and are designed to fit comfortably and loosely. Both the Cayman and Metro are individually sized and run a half size larger. For example a 7 is actually a 71/2 and accommodates both foot sizes. To ensure that the strap is not pulling your foot into the front of the shoe, rotate the strap forward and determine if your foot rests comfortably in the foot bed.

There is a crocs for everyone from kids to grandma and every occasion.

Crocs Beach - The Original Croc - Most Popular Model

A favorite with water and boating enthusiast because they don't get smelly when wet like sneakers and other types of sandals .

crocs Beach Clog
crocs Beach Clog

The non-slip sole makes them safe to wear. Footbed conforms to foot creating a custom fit allowing foot to bend and expand naturally reducing fatigue. Massaging nubs stimulate circulation. Available in many colors.

 

Are Crocs A Fashion Disaster?

Though the manufacturers tout them as having "ultra-hip Italian design", many consider them totally hideous. Crocs were #6 on the "Worst" list of Maxim's "The Best & Worst Things To Happen To Men In 2007."

I have yet to own a pair of crocs myself but my 21 year old daughter already has hers. Surprise, surprise, my husband is now wearing his as crocs sandals when he goes out. He says they are more comfortable and lighter than his regular sandals.

Photo courtesy of eater.com

Pretty Crocs For The Ladies

If the original crocs doesn't suit your tastes, go for the more fashionable but comfortable crocs

Crocs Women's Havana Wedge Slingback,Berry/Pearl White,6 M
Crocs Women's Havana Wedge Slingback,Berry/Pearl White,6 M

From sandals to wedge heels, there is a wide selection of crocs for the ladies

 

Crocs For Kids - So lightweight they are perfect for toddlers learning to walk

Crocs have some great designs for kids with different themes from High School Musical to the all-time favorite, Disney. They are great for the little ones who are learning to walk as they are lightweight. Cleaning after the kids is easy with crocs . Just simply wipe them clean. According to the manufacturer, the crocs are so comfortable that the kids will be wearing them day and night.

Personalized Crocs With Charms - Kids love their crocs with their favorite Disney characters

Crocs are a great hit with kids with their favorite characters now in charms. They are easily pushed into the holes of the crocs giving your kid's crocs their own special identity.

Is The Croc Craze Fading?

As with all trends the croc craze may be fading. Crocs area big favorite with people who are on their feet for most of the day like health care and food service workers. They may continue to be accepted because crocs offer comfort rather than style and beauty. Whether they will continue to be a hot favorite in 2010 remains to be seen. According to Forbes crocs sales have dropped the last few months.

Courtesy of Candace Krieger

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