Being the mother of two young children, I am constantly on the hunt for products to make our lives easier. With the highly anticipated season of summer right around the beautiful corner, we have our hot weather activity list a mile long of things we have been looking forward to fulfilling all winter. As ridiculous as it seems, picking the right shoes for my toddler’s busy feet can make or break a fabulous day at the park or zoo. Crocs are the unattractive yet comfortable and popular shoes that I have grown to love when it comes to protecting the soles of my sweet ones. Unfortunately, I am now hearing that the shoes are actually dangerous. Could my children’s “glass slipper” actually pose a risk to them? Are Crocs really not all they are cracked up to be?
Easy on, Easy Off
Both of my children are currently learning to tie their own shoes. I know it takes a whopping five minutes to loop a bow through both of their sneakers, but I cannot stress enough how nice it is when they both grab their shoes and throw them on while I am packing their lunches for the day. Easy for them + easy for mom = a win-win situation for all!
Having no fabric means having no grass stains! The kiddos can sport their Crocs while doing a rain dance in the mud and later I throw the same dirt caked shoe into a bucket of water and let them soak – Voila! No scrubbing or washing machine needed.
Size and Color Variety
Not only do the children have every color in the rainbow to choose from with these shoes, they also have these cute little “jibbitz” with their favorite characters they can put in the breathing holes of the shoes to jazz them up a bit. My son just upped his game and received a Green Bay Packer pair of the rubber wonders for his 5th birthday, and his grandpa received the same for his 54th birthday! There is bound to be a style and size for almost everyone in your family! How many shoes can you say that about?
I admit, I haven’t quite yet been able to purchase a pair of these for myself. I have tried some on and while they are very comfortable, I still think they look the best on the smallest of feet. Having said that, my children prefer their Crocs over any other shoes they have. When they have to spend a lot of time on their feet, I never hear them complain of discomfort when they have these on!
There have been multiple reports of children getting their Croc-cladded feet stuck in escalators. Being flexible and rubbery are what is so appealing to these shoes, and unfortunately the same reasons seem to be their downfall.
Not Athletic Ware
Have a little jock on your hands? These are not your mother’s top pick for footwear if your kiddo is a sports guru. My daughter can run like the wind, and it seems like her Crocs just can’t keep up with her when she is in flight mode. I have seen her fall multiple times while wearing these shoes and rushing about. My son is often found riding his scooter and skateboard and I knew Crocs just were not a safe choice for him while doing these activities and decided to go with something else for his toes. Ultimately, you will not be picking a pair of these up when preparing for a track meet or any other sporting event.
Not Cold Weather Friendly
While in the summer these are first class shoes, they are definitely not weather ready for any kind of snow, rain or freezing temperatures. The breathing holes prevent feet from getting too sweaty, however they do not provide any insulation during any kind of extreme atmospheric conditions.
Am I concerned about the recent evidence of children getting injured while wearing these shoes? Absolutely. Will I remove them from my household? No. As a summer shoe, nothing beats them but I may rethink the footwear next time I plan a trip anywhere with an escalator! While I will definitely stick with good ole fashioned tennis shoes when planning any athletic activity, I think Crocs are still a great alternative for my kids when looking for a fun, comfortable, and happy-feet sort of shoe to bop around in during the summer months.