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Crocs For Children – Is Your Child In Danger When Wearing Crocs?

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This might be one of the most loved pieces of footwear by children, boys in particular. Children love wearing Crocs because of the ample room it offers to their toes, and how easy they can put them on and take them off. This loose fit means no pressure points or rubbing spots! Some children will come to the store in the middle of winter wearing their crocs so proudly without a care in the world about how cold it is outside. All the parents had to say is: “there’s nothing we can do, he won’t take them off”. It is clear that Crocs for children have become extremely popular.

 I have been fitting children shoes for over 5 years now and when parents come to the store, they all seem to ask the same question:

Are Crocs good for my children’s feet?

My answer is quite simple but summarizes it well: As long as they are worn at the beach or the swimming pool, or for any activity that requires walking short distances, Crocs are not good, but an EXCELLENT choice for your kids’ feet!

Did you know that Crocs have only been around for 14 years? With their popularity rising every day, it seems like just yesterday that the New York Times covered chef (and husband to a fashion heiress) Mario Batali jumping on his Vespa in the quaint town of New York City in orange Crocs.  He has not taken them off since.

Crocs Shoe Accessories

There is no doubt about the unconditional love of children towards Crocs, but that arises another popular question I often get asked by parents: Are Crocs hurting my kid’s feet? They won’t hurt your children’s feet as long as you wear them for what they are designed to do. Crocs are only meant to be worn when your children are NOT being physically active. A brief stroll in Crocs will not harm your child.  If this is the purpose you are giving to the Crocs, then they will be the perfect choice.

However, if your child is wearing his Crocs as his everyday pair of shoes, this can lead to several foot problems. Children MUST wear good supportive shoes for their everyday activities, since they impose an enormous amount of stress to their feet and legs. STOP allowing your child to wear his Crocs all day, they are only meant to be worn for a maximum of 4 to 5 hours a day!

CAUTION – Is Your Child In Danger When Wearing Crocs?  

Children should NEVER run in Crocs.  They don’t provide any stability and they will be in serious danger of falling and hurting themselves. Parents should ask themselves: Am I able to run in a pair of Crocs? If you don’t know, try it! You will see how far you can get.  Also, you will notice how your feet will move too much inside the shoe, since there is no strap grabbing the foot.

That is the main reason why I only recommend wearing Crocs for short periods of time. Crocs do not support a child’s foot needs since they do not provide any arch or ankle support, especially with all the movement and stress a child performs during his/her everyday activities.

Purple Crocs For Kids

Even though doctors have stated that Crocs are built with inner support, heel cups, massaging heel nubs, and arch support and that they are ideal for people with foot problems, from a shoe fitting expert’s perspective this is not completely true. Let me explain you why:

If the type of footwear you are wearing does not have any way of securing your foot (either with laces or velcro straps), the shoe is unable to provide you with support for activity. For example, you can buy the most expensive running shoe in the market with all the support features in it, but if you don’t make it tight enough you are not getting any of the benefits the shoes has to offer. With this said, Crocs do not provide any way of tightening and thus securing them; hence, all the support features they have are useless.

I have read several articles and doctors opinions where they state that Crocs offer more protection for your feet than flip-flops.  This is for the most part untrue. Crocs and flip flops offer the same amount of support, which is very little.  Crocs do look like they have more structure to them, but if your feet are not secure inside the shoe, and your foot moves too much inside the shoe, your feet  are unsupported. They do offer more protection for your kids’ toes, since they have a close toe box.

Below you can find a selection of the best made and more popular Crocs for children!


Some Parents Call Them The Cruel Shoes.  Are They Exaggerating?

If parents can’t understand the difference between everyday footwear and fashion footwear, then they will probably NEVER understand the purpose of Crocs. I have spoken with several parents that kept explaining me why they hated Crocs. Below some of their reasons:

  • The first reason is that children will refuse to take them off and wear his/her everyday sneakers instead
  • The second reason is how the shoe doesn’t provide any stability or support.
  • The third reason is because they believe they look ugly.

Croc Shoes KidsSeveral children have been injured while wearing crocs, originally designed to be worn on boats (no shoes on boats, sailors!)  The main reason why they were injured was because they were running in them. A warm but stern and brief lecture to your children on how physically active they can be in Crocs, citing types of possible injuries depending on their lifestyle, really should suffice.

I have been involved in several discussions with parents about these shoes. They have called me out on why the store will sell a type of footwear that compromises the child’s stability. Apparently, this father decided to take his children for a hike wearing Crocs instead of hiking boots….  One of the children fell and injured himself.

The father was furious and started blaming the store for the incident. I tried to explain to the father that Crocs are not meant to replace hiking shoes, running shoes, or soccer shoes,  they are summer shoes meant to be worn for short periods of time.  NO LONG DISTANCE WALKING.  You must be aware that if you are buying a pair of Crocs, you must use it for what their purpose is.

I always hear parents say my child will never wear crocs because they provide no sense of support and they are dangerous for my children’s feet. However, they were never made to provide support and they will only hurt your children’s feet if you wear them as a regular pair of sneakers. Will I let  my children wear Crocs? Yes, and they will wear them appropriately.  The bottom line is everything in moderation.

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Are Crocs Hurtful Or Helpful? – Know When And  Where To Wear Them!

Parents – hopefully responsible—will instruct and guide their children on when to wear the funky footwear that is Crocs. Please REMEMBER: Crocs can be a great piece of footwear as long as they are worn for what they are meant for: SHORT DISTANCE WALKING! Do NOT let your children wear them as their everyday sneakers in order to prevent foot injuries! To conclude, I provide you with a table so I can summarize in which instances it is appropriate or inappropriate to wear Crocs.

Activity Appropriate
Gym Class No
Hiking No
Short Distance Walk Yes
Swimming Pool Yes
Beach Yes
Biking No
Long Distance Walk No
Inside the House Yes

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18 Comments on Crocs For Children – Is Your Child In Danger When Wearing Crocs?

  1. I can remember when crocs became all the rage. I was actually living in Israel at the time. I thought they were ugly as sin, but then I tried on a pair and wow they were really comfortable to wear around. i think your article is a great reminder to everyone who wears crocs, not just children. The way I have always looked at it is that you dont want to do anything in crocs that you wouldnt do in flip flops.
    Thanks again,
    Marc

    • Marc,

      That is a really good way to put it: ” Do not do anything in Crocs that you wouldn’t do in flip flops”. People can get easily confused about Crocs since they do seem to have more support than flip flops, and they do, it’s just they do not provide the child or the adult with any sort of stability.

  2. I always wondered why crocs and uggs got so popular out of nowhere. If they become too trendy, I tend to shy away from them. My boy used to have sandals when he was smaller that allowed him to run around with them. But now he’s bigger and he likes to play at a rougher level and likes to skateboard so I’d just stick to buying him flat bottomed Vans. Those are great to just play around, skate, fashionable, and he even plays soccer in them.

    • Joon,

      A fashionable item should not be worn as an everyday piece of footwear. You mention it in your comment that Vans are fashionable. I agree that they are great looking shoes, but you shouldn’t make this type of footwear your child primary type of footwear. Specially if he likes to play soccer and run around like most children do. vans are flat, they do not provide any support whatsoever. I believe your child will benefit more from wearing everyday good supportive sneakers.

  3. This is a really fascinating article. Even for us adults.

    I love my crocs and I seem to wear them much more often than regular shoes particularly in the summer season.

    I mainly wear them because they provide a comfortable summer footwear and I thought they would offer more support than Sandals (flipflops) however you say that’s not actually the case.

    I have flat feet and when I go to work I tend to wear shoes with orthopaedic insoles that help my arches. Do you think I’m probably causing a problem wearing crocs?

    Sorry i know your article is about children wearing crocs but the same issue may equally apply to kids I guess.

    • it seems like Crocs are the main piece of footwear that you wear during the Summer. I would advise you to continue wearing Crocs but not for such long periods of time, specially if you have flat feet. I would recommend you to get a pair of sandals with more structure and support. You should also try to wear sneakers during the Summer that way you are not stressing your knees and legs so much. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Very interesting article on crocs. I am so glad crocs were not around when my children were growing up. I hate the look of them in every way. They don’t support the growing foot at all. Living in Australia they become quite hot to wear on the foot and when a sweaty foot is in them the foot can slip and slide around, making them even more dangerous.

    Chris.

    • Chris,

      I am glad that you found the article informative. You are correct that they do not offer any support and you bring up an interesting point since it is true that when the foot sweats it gets wet and that might make the foot slip and slide around more. Thank you for sharing!

  5. The ample space in crocs really makes them very tempting to be worn for much longer periods than they are suppose to be. Like you illustrated, parents only allow their children do this because of ignorance. Its only when they accompany children to many different places, then they will know exactly when and where to wear crocs for their children

    • Vallery,

      I believe that parents allow children to wear Crocs for long periods of time due to misinformation. I created this website to provide information to the parents and that way they can make the most informative decision, whether it is the right one or not, is up to them to decide. Thank you for sharing!

  6. I personally do not like Crocs.

    My daughter however loves them!

    So I thought I would find some children’s crocs online and learn more on them as well.

    I never considered the possibility of my child slipping in such an unstable shoe. Naturally, we let her use them when going outside to play because their very convenient when putting on.

    We thank you for the heads up!

    • Jason,

      Children do tend to love Crocs. She should not wear them for outside play since you probably want her to feel stable and safe when running!

  7. Hi Pablo,

    I found your article very interesting as I always wear Crocks at home, but the problem is that when the floor is wet I slip easily and it is really scary. My son fell from the stairs because of the Crocks as well. I am considering changing the Crocks to other safety shoes. Maybe I’ll go for sandals. It’s easy to put on and also comfortable.
    Do you have some good suggestions?

    Thank you very much

    • Since Crocs have not worked for you I would recommend you try a pair of the Keen sandals. These are great supportive sandals that can be worn all Summer and they provide support and stability. You can even get a pair for yourself. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Very nice :). I love your site and your keen insights on feet lol. I applaud you on your concern for peoples health. Our feet are rather important buy yet we give thought to them last at times.
    I did not know that Crocs have been around so long. I agree… 14 years. I am shocked. Yes rather popular they are and growing. I see them all the time. Do you know where Crocs came from what nation? Australia maybe??

    • Vertical,

      The main purpose of my website is to inform people about the importance of taking care of our feet. The shoes play a key role since they offer our feet protection and support. Crocs originated in Boulder, Colorado and it started as the manufacturer of a comfortable boat shoe. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  9. I noticed you put biking as a no no for Crocs. I am wondering about your reasoning there. The feet aren’t having pressure put on them that’s comparative to walking and the closed toe prevents aciidently putting toes to the road. As someone who will wear crocs when biking ~1.5 miles (or longer)(distance put as an example, not a rule) but wouldn’t go the same distance walking in crocs, I’m curious about your logic.

    • Hello Matthew,

      I feel like when children are riding their bicycles they should have footwear with either velcro closure or shoelaces in order to hug their feet and prevent the shoes from falling off. I feel like it’s possible for children to ride a bike wearing Crocs, but they might not feel stable since the Crocs will keep moving around their feet. I will rather see children ride their bicycles in a pair of Keen sandals for example. I hope this clarifies.

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