We all have heard about crocs and we all want to purchase it for ourselves. People want to be in them when travelling. We all think that they are comfortable and easy going. But are they? Do we know everything about crocs? Are we sure if they healthy to wear? Let us stop making assumptions and plunge into the facts.
What Are Crocs?
So those of you who don’t know what croc is, Crocs is a company that distributes and once manufactured foam clog shoes. They make plastic or foam based clogs that are apparently made for the comfort of a person.
Scott Seamans, Lyndon “Duke” Hanson, and George Boedecker wanted to produce and also distribute a foam clog designed shoe that was acquired from Foam Creations that used to manufacture them. The shoe was first developed as a boating shoe and was unveiled in 2002 at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in Florida by Crocs. They sold out 200 pairs then and since then they sold 300 million pairs of shoes. In 2004 June, Crocs purchased Foam Creations and also their manufacturing operations. They did this to secure the right to their foam resin called Croslite which is a closed cell resin.
What Are Crocs Made Of And Why Are They So Expensive?
Crocs are made from a closed cell resin called “Croslite” which is made from polymer and polymer is made from “Crude oil”. No, it’s not rubber or plastic, it’s crude oil…sorry, Croslite!
It has very unique properties that make it different from the others. One of the properties is that it levels the load across the bottom of your foot. And the other is that the Croslite material is shockproof. It absorbs 40% better than other materials used in footwear.
Apart from this, it is lightweight and soft. It is waterproof and is made with a characteristic of open cell foam because it is soft and is made from a closed cell foam that helps the footwear be comfortable as well as hygienic. Because it does not absorb water or sweat, it becomes bacteria resistant and has high durability.
These are the qualities that make the material expensive but durable.
But apart from all these good things, there is something else you should know about the material. It’s not like Croslite material cannot be damaged.
Zuko’s fire can damage it easily!
Croslite material can be damaged by extended high-temperature exposure or direct sunlight. Because of the same reason, the manufacturers of Crocs advise the customers to store the shoes in a cool place. The shoes also lose their grip from extended use. So when this happens you are not left with a choice and you have to buy new shoes or not buy them.
Are Crocs Good For Your Health?
Crocs are not suitable for a travel purpose or for that matter any purpose that requires a good amount of footwork. As you all know these shoes do not protect the heels. When there is no support on your heels, toes tend to balance and grip. This can lead to tendonitis. Not only these shoes, but all shoes that lack back support can also lead to a health problem like this.
Tendonitis is an acute condition where the tendons that connect muscle to bone become inflamed.
Doctors advise that if you are wearing crocs wear them with socks to avoid skin contact with the material.
Also, people have complained about smelly feet when they wear Crocs. The company claims the material to be anti-bacterial. But if the material is actually anti-bacterial, the feet should not stink. Then why do people think that the shoes are anti-microbial? Because the company markets them that way.
Too much logic?
In 2011, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) told the company to pay $230,000 to resolve their case of unsubstantiated anti-microbial claims for several types of its shoes. After this, Crocs removed the claim from many of its shoes and stopped making such claims too in future.
Accidents caused by Crocs
According to many Crocs fans, footwear is very comfortable. What if I told you there have been accidents happening because of crocs. Keep counting:
- In Singapore, a two-year-old girl wearing rubber clogs ripped off her toe in an escalator accident last year.
- In the US, a three-year-old boy wearing Crocs hurt his toes again on an escalator at Atlanta Airport. A spokesman for the airport terminal said that was one of seven shoe accidents since May, two of which included Crocs.
- In California, something similar happened when a four-year-old girl’s foot got stuck in the side of an escalator and in the accident lost her toe. Her family sued the company for 2 million dollars.
- In Pennsylvania, a 6-year-old boy wearing crocs mangled his foot in an escalator. The family sued the company for 7.5 million dollars.
The journal of pediatric orthopaedics reported that several children were hospitalised in 2010 due to escalator injuries in the same year. More than 75% of them were wearing Crocs.
Some accidents reportedly occurred because the shoes got caught in the “teeth” at the bottom or top of the escalator, or in the crack between the steps and the side of the escalator.
I am assuming that something is wrong!
If you still can’t resist these weird looking shoes, at least take precautions like wearing socks that restrict your contact with the material and don’t make kids wear them. Please!
Do let me know in the comments section what you think about Crocs.