Healthy Shoe Thoughts: Crocs or Not?

February 12th, 2010

The bulky yet comfortable shoe many describe as “ugly” has had a hard time. A financial report last year mentioned “substantial doubt about our [Crocs Inc or CROX] ability to continue as a going concern.”


I have a pair of Crocs myself, but I haven’t worn them in a long, long time. I bought them because they were recommended for the job I had at the time. I stood a lot and my feet got wet. Yip, animal hospital kennel. I’ll admit that Crocs are very comfortable, even if they don’t feel exactly natural. Croc folks, if you’re listening: I’d like to see Crocs made with sustainable materials.

Comfort is an established, largely shared opinion about Crocs, but are they a healthy shoe?

WebMD took up the question in their feature, Crocs: Healthy Shoes or Just Comfy? They didn’t exactly make a final ruling, but it appears that some doctors recommend them to patients with foot problems. Other medical pros turn up their noses saying no studies have been done. However, Crocs are certified by the U.S. Ergonomics Council and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

The Smart Set also took up a Croc question in a saucy way that only they can. The writer, Greg, referred to Crocs as “antifungal clown clogs” in Crocs on the Rocks. But it’s clear he admires them too.

Even if Crocs disappear from Macy’s for good, I do hope they’ll stay around for the many who rely on them as comfortable work shoes. Plus, the shoes are popular with diabetics and those with foot problems. Maybe the Rx line of Crocs will survive. And perhaps the company can find a way to use sustainable materials and maintain the same feel.

How do you feel about Crocs these days?

(Image via flickr.)