Crocs for Children – Is Your Child in Danger When Wearing Crocs?

Crocs 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. However, it’s important to note that they can only be worn to certain places and for short periods of time. Let me show you the best Crocs shoes for children and for what specific activities they should be worn.

Crocs for children have become extremely popular. I have been fitting children’s shoes for over 10 years now at a specialized children’s shoe store and when parents come to the store, they all seem to have one question in common: Are Crocs safe for my child to wear? 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 a good choice for your kids’ feet!

Most children love Crocs because of the roomy toe-box. 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 agreed that: “there’s nothing we can do, they are the only shoes he wants to wear”.

Is It Safe for Children to Wear Crocs?

The issue with Crocs is that they are not recommended for active children who are always running around, since they don’t provide any stability to your child’s feet.

Crocs won’t hurt your children’s feet as long as you wear them for what they are designed to do. A brief stroll in Crocs will not harm your child.  However, if your kids are wearing Crocs for long periods of time, this can lead to several foot problems such as blisters, calluses, or corns.

Children must wear good supportive shoes for their everyday activities since they impose an enormous amount of stress on 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!

Did you know that certain Crocs styles are made of higher-quality materials and provide more support than others? Those are the styles I will describe in this article so you can keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy!

Caution – Is Your Child in Danger When Wearing Crocs?  

If your kids are running around and performing high-intense activities while wearing their Crocs, this can definitely put them in danger of falling and hurting themselves. Children should never run in Crocs.

Crocs don’t provide any stability and your kids 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 holding the foot in place.

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.

Some Medical Professionals Categorize Crocs as Supportive Footwear

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 to 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 the 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 have to offer. That being said, Crocs do not provide any way of tightening or a way of securing the shoes, 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. It is true that Crocs offer more protection for your kids’ toes since they have a close toe box.

I mentioned at the beginning of the article that I was going to provide you with a selection of the best Crocs for children that I have fitted before. The styles I describe below are the better-made and the more supportive ones. Below you can find a selection of the best-made and most popular Crocs for children.

The Best Crocs for Kids

These Crocs are capable of fitting children with medium or wide feet. There is actually a particular style that was recently released that offers better stability and support than the previous ones. Disclosure: Some links in this post may be affiliate links and we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) when you click our links and make purchases.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

If you are unsure of your child’s foot size I suggest that you take a look at a different article that outlines 2 simple steps to determine foot length and foot width. In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot size and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.

How Are Crocs Supposed to Fit? – Get it Right!

Once you try a pair of Crocs on your child’s feet, they should conform to fit his/her foot securely with minimal or no slipping as they walk. Follow these 3 steps to make sure your child got a good fit:

1️⃣ Your child’s heels should rest securely and the shoe shouldn’t ride up and down.

2️⃣ The sides, top and arch area of the shoe should comfortably hug your child’s feet.

3️⃣ Wiggle room at the front of the shoe – your kids’ toes shouldn’t touch the front.

If you follow those 3 steps, then your child will be good to go!

Some Parents Don’t Allow Their Kids to Wear Crocs – Let’s Find Out Why!

Some parents fail to understand that Crocs were never made to replace or be worn as children’s everyday shoes. I have spoken with several parents that kept explaining to me why they hated Crocs. Below are 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 that the shoe doesn’t provide any stability or support.
  • The third reason is that they believe they look ugly.

Several children have been injured while wearing crocs, originally designed to be worn on boats. The main reason why they were injured was that they were running around in them. A warm but stern and brief lecture to your children on how physically active they can be in Crocs, and the 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 how they won’t allow their kids to wear Crocs because they provide no sense of support and they are dangerous for their 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.

To conclude, I provide you with a table so I can summarize in which instances it is appropriate or inappropriate to wear Crocs.

Gym ClassNo
Short Distance WalkingYes
Swimming PoolYes
Long Distance WalkingNo
Inside the HouseYes

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