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.
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.
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.
Several 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.
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.
|Short Distance Walk||Yes|
|Long Distance Walk||No|
|Inside the House||Yes|
Are Crocs the most hated piece of footwear by parents? Is your child wearing a pair of Crocs? How often does he/she likes to wear them? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them. I will continue to post informative articles penned by me that address important topics such as this one.