For those of you who have kindly contributed to the thread How do you break-in your feet, I hope you will contribute to this thread devoted to the miraculous Crocs.
Alrighty--here's what happend.....
After walking a mere 2 miles in expensive Mephistos--I came home sporting 2 blisters. So, at the suggestion of many on ST, I purchased a pair of gold Mary Jane's (Crocs).
I just came home from doing the same exact walk with my brand new Crocs. My feet are in perfect condition!!!
This is how I would describe the walking experience in them. When I pick up my foot, my sole is completely free from the shoe--and air circulates underneath my foot. When I step down, the foot sole only (not the sides, not the tops) makes contact with the shoe. The large toe box does not rub anywhere on any of my toes. The Mary Jane style works wonderfully for my narrow foot -- I normally wear a 9N shoe. The strap across the top keeps the shoe from flopping around.
I'm ready to purchase this style in more colors!
It is a very different shoe-wearing experience. It is like walking barefoot on the beach, with a protective cage around but not (or barely) touching your foot.
Now if only my husband would quit telling me that they make Birkenstocks (which I detest) look like high fashion.
I have been wearing Crocs for as long as they have been out (4or 5 years) I still love them. I work a 12hr day, and at the end of the day, my feet feel fantastic. I now have several of the new styles, and the original beach in,bright yellow, bright pink, pale yellow, light blue, and red.
My 86 yr old mother loves them too. She has had major foot problems all her life and when she walks in these, her feet do not bother her. She is still very active, and loves how they grip the ground, it makes her feel very secure. She even wears them in the shower for more stability.
I wore a pair of beige professionals to Italy last year, as they have a bit more of an arch support. I did a LOT of walking every day in them,for 4 weeks, and never a blister or achey feet at the end of the day. I took just a dressy pair of sandles for evening.
I love how light weight they are,( good for packing). They are great on boats, as they are very skid resistant, and will not mar the deck of a boat, and they float!! My only advice is when the tread on the bottom wears down, toss them out or as I do, just wear them around the house like slippers, because once the tread is gone, they are VERY slippery on any wet surface.
I am so glad the Mary Jane worked so well for your narrow foot. I know I was one of the ones that was saying how much I liked them. Funny looking yes, but who cares, the are like walking on a cloud.
I am going to buy a pair of crocs for the garden - I don't know if I'll be wearing them out and about yet . . .
Today while we were at the market we passed a stall where you could buy 'jewels' for your crocs - inserts to go into the holes in the shoe to personalize them. Not only are they a confortable shoe but they are now a personal expression as well!
The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. ~G.K. Chesterton
Yes Robert, they do make Crocs for men. My husband has 'sensitive' feet. He became attached to Bally shoes when we lived in Switzerland. Bally shoes are expensive in Canada! Other brands 'stressed' his feet.
We bought him Crocs to wear in the garden, but he finds them so comfortable he would wear them 24/7.
Yes, just go to their website, they do have several styles for men. I live in Seattle, with a huge boating community, You see men and women in crocs on boats, they are so safe on a boat, plus as I said, they float !! http://www.crocs.com/home.jsp
Now if only my husband would quit telling me that they make Birkenstocks (which I detest) look like high fashion
He is right tho, as crocs truly are ugly. I have always hated the looks of Birkenstocks, but crocs are the ugliest shoes I have ever seen.
But hey, if they keep your feet comfortable, what the heck. I did finally give in to Birkies because they are the only shoes that support my feet well and are so comfortable, but not sure if I could ever stoop to these.
They remind me a little of the plastic berkies that we have for garden wear ( that my mom always makes fun of if my hubby wears them outside of the garden).
I wish someone could invent a great supportive shoe that also looked beautiful.( Or at least not like a kmart clown shoe or handicapped shoe). Sigh.
They are ugly! I have a pair of pearl colored ones that can be worn as clogs or with the strap in the back. My 2 1/2 year old granddaughter has blue ones. Ok, they are so comfortable. Feet never hurt. I am bringing them for my month in Taormina, checking out the other styles. Any look less terrible than the others?
I work at a community college, and last year I saw a college student with Crocs on, and stopped her and asked how she liked them. Oh, she loved them! and furthermore, she said, she found Crocs-like shoes at Wal-Mart (or was it K-Mart, or Target--whatever...) that she liked just as much for only $10. Really??!!! I said.
So, I bought a $10 pair--they were the Beach model knock-off. After bringing them home and wearing for, say, 10 minutes they rubbed the top of my foot raw where the edge met my foot.
I don't know if the Crocs Beach model would do the same....which is another reason I like the Mary Janes, they don't come up as high on the foot.
Has anyone else tried the really cheap knock-offs and compared them with the real McCoy??
On the other thread, I remember someone saying they liked LLBean's.
Oh--BTW--I have ordered two more pairs of Mary Jane's in army green and black.
I have a very high arch too. I can not wear most inclosed shoes, ( cowboy boots, ski boots, or dress boots ) but Crocs just worked so well for me.
My only thought on the really "cheap ones" is if they are not made with a closed cell resin or mirobial eventually they are really going to stink. Many of the nurses where I work were buying the really cheap ones, (regular plastic) leaving them each night in the change room. Whew did that place begin to smell very bad !! It did not matter wheather they wore them with or without socks.
The LLBean and Lands End seem to be made with a microbial property, similar to what Crocs have. I wear mine barefoot at all times. Wash them in the sink if they look dusty or dirty.
Just like all thing is life, some thing works for some and some not. At least they are a nice price $30 -$40, which today is very reasonable. Oh the choices we have!
Yes they do, thankfully! My son kicked off one of his when he was playing on the beach in Positano, and it floated like a little black boat..
As for knock-offs... it depends. There are really cheap ones that are plastic and nothing but plastic, and they are about as comfortable as you'd imagine plastic shoes being. Then again there are knock-offs that seem to be really comfortable, like the ones my son has (Crocs are so expensive here, I couldn't afford paying €70 on shoes he'll grow out of in a few months time). He walked in them all the time in Italy, he refuses to wear any other shoes now, and he has not had a single blister. He's 6, he runs around and jumps and climbs, but nothing. For me, that's good enough.
I just saw a news item where hospitals in...Denmark?...are going to ban Crocs because they cause static electricity which interfers with some equipment. So if you work with computers, perhaps not a good choice.
I don't mind wearing ugly shoes but I'm not sure if these would work for me. Shoes have to be fastened to my feet, or my foot slides around and blisters. But then things like straps end up rubbing. However, you've made me want to try a pair, which is something!
I think Crocs are wonderful....I never could have walked the distances I did in Italy a few months ago...I agree that they are ugly but if you have problems with your feet as I do..you will forgo fashion for comfort. I had my Keens and New Balance with me....but Crocs were the ones I wore most often.
Posts: 125 | Location: Chicago | Registered: 18 March 2007
I too have been using the crocs for about three years. I got the authentic ones for $29 even though Walmart has the knockoffs for about $9, I came to know about them thru hiking on the Appalachian Trail, They are very popular with hikers on both coasts. There is nothing like taking off your boots after walking about 15 miles and sticking them into a pair of Crocs. They are so popular with hikers because they are lite enough to carry in your pack for 15 miles ) Foot Notes is my AT name and it came from all the pain I use to get from so much walking. The Crocs helped a lot.
Posts: 236 | Location: West Virginia | Registered: 25 October 2005
Fur Kids Mom, they are €70 in Sweden. Isn't it ridiculous? So what you think of as cheap shoes, are in fact rather expensive shoes in Sweden. I'm not sure about what they cost in Italy, but I do know that a friend of mine chose to buy her daughter's pair in England instead of buying them in Italy where they live, so my guess is that they cost more in Italy.
Has anyone tried the thong versions they make? I've tried on the regular enclosed ones, and yes, they are pretty comfortable, but I've been looking for a new pair of beach sandals, and I was curious if the thongs are as comfortable as the regular ones...
HTH, I have crocs size M4/W6 and I am a 37. Also if you are buying them Italy the shop should be able to help. Mine fit me fine and my husband bought them - there is no way he would have known from the sizing on the sole that they would fit. Unless the M4 is an english size and W6 is US - which would make sense, as 37 is an english 4 and a US 6! So 40 would be an english 7 and a US 9!
Sorry, my reply clashed. Obviously the sizing is all over the place or my feet are smaller than I thought, as my crocs are roomy but I definitely buy a 37. Weird.
Posts: 7 | Location: Italy | Registered: 06 January 2007
Yeti, it's not strange at all. The chart says that M4-W6 equals 36/37, while M5-W7 equals 37/38. My feet are very wide, and my Crocs fit loosely (which they should); but I suppose that with more narrow feet (and perhaps also slightly smaller than mine) the smaller size fits better.
No, I am still working on the Appalachian Trail. I would have had it done by now, but we discovered Italy in 2004 and that slowed me down a bit. I am doing it by sections. My age is 64 and I like to say I am doing it on the 70 year plan.
BTW, if you live at the end of the trail then you may live in Millinocket. If that is so them my very good friends Paul and Jamie Renaud just bought the Appalachian Trail Lodge and Resturant there in Millinocket. He just finished the whole trail last year.
Posts: 236 | Location: West Virginia | Registered: 25 October 2005
My sister swears by crocs! I don't have a pair yet but based on this thread and my sister's comments I may have to try a pair.
She bought another pair while we were at Disney World and bought little Disney "plugs" to put in the holes. Too cute, but a little over the Disney top for me.
My daughter bought the slippers (aka thongs, flip-flops) and wore them the entire time we were in Hawaii. She said that they were the most comfortable slippers she's ever worn. She ordered them from the Croc website and they have a soft "thong" part. We weren't able to find them anywhere else though. The ones we saw in Hawaii were made of a harder material and were not as comfortable.
Posts: 1021 | Location: North of Seattle | Registered: 28 February 2003
I bought my first pair this weekend. They always looked so hard and heavy that I didn't even consider them. I had foot surgery last October and am still very limited in the footwear dept.
Well, I have to say that I am impressed. They are soft, light and quite comfortable. I took a bunch of snide comments from my teenagers (guess they thought I was trying to look like their friends) but who cares. Now I'm trying to encourage my husband to try them.
Posts: 457 | Location: Watertown, New York, USA | Registered: 22 August 2003
this thread about Crocs has been great fun. We've been wearing them for years here in the back woods of Maine. I'm thinking if there were a traveling light contest that Crocs would win in the footwear division - comfortable, stylish (ha), waterproof (could double as watershoes), look great with dress up or dress down. Definite winner!!!
Posts: 325 | Location: western maine mountains | Registered: 26 February 2005
I recommended Crocs to my friend who's leaving on a loooong round-the-world trip in June. She knew of them but refuses to get them because she thinks they're utterly hideous. I responded by saying, "Oh, come on, they're not THAT bad. And they're trendy!" and she disagreed.
So my question is, if one were to wear Crocs elsewhere in the world (Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, South America), would it look terribly, obviously "American?"
To tell you the truth, I don't even know if Crocs are an American company; it certainly feels rather European to me...
No one said a word about my Crocs last fall, when I was in Italy. And I wore them everywhere, only changed into a dressy sandle in the evening. Now, I did wear the "professional" (that is the style name) while there, no holes on the top, and they were beige, so they really looked more like a clog, but at I have said, no blisters or sore feet at the end of some very long days.
I did see several others in the beach style, in yellow, pink, and red. During the show with Franchesco, going all thru Italy, I saw a lady in the back ground with a pair on !
I love the LL Bean "Crocs" - a bit less expensive and the slides (I guess that's what one would call them) are only $14, come in lots of fun colors and are very comfortable. I'm going to get a closed toe version soon, but for summer, these are great.
Posts: 849 | Location: Maine | Registered: 23 November 2002