In Defense Of Crocs

by samantha on July 19, 2010

crocs

What I am about to say can’t, and may never be used against me in a court of law…

It goes with out saying that Crocs should probably be given the most-unstylish-shoe-ever-invented award. They repulse me, old news…but Fritz, on the other hand, has been wearing them everyday since summer began. I know what you’re thinking, How could I let this happen? Well, BD purchased them on our trip to Florida in March. He went off on his own to get me and Fritz some flip-flops, I specifically said flip-flops and came back with Lightning McQueen Crocs for Fritz. I got flip-flops, thank gawd.

Here’s the thing, I hate to admit it, but they are kinda the perfect kid shoe. No ties, no velcro, Fritz can slip those bad boys on and we’re out the door. I can credit those shoes to at least an extra fifteen minutes a day. And of course Fritz really likes them cause they have Lightning McQueen on them.

In general, sandal selection for little boys is pretty bad. He won’t wear anything between his toes so there goes that. Everything else is pretty geeky looking. Also I’ve been too damn busy to get him anything else, including a pair of sneakers that fit. He’s out grown everything. So, every photo I take this summer has Fritz in Crocs. It’s upsetting but at the same time an extra fifteen minutes a day for a mom is like an hour in regular time, so I guess it’s kinda worth it. Although I say that very reluctantly.

But wait! It’s not too late people. Any suggestions on stylish little boys summer footwear? Help!

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heama603 July 20, 2010 at 7:08 am

I am the anit-croc mom too. But last year they were ideal for the boys for summer camp. They can’t wear open toe shoes and need to have water shoes, OK, PERFECT!! The boys never EVER had to change their shoes for either activity.
Sometimes, we just have to suck it up. Hence, I just bought the little one (5yrs) a pair of Buzz Light Year light up sneakers, I gag EVERYTIME I look at his feet, but he’s the happiest kid EVER!! (Ps. I never bought character sneaks for my other 2 when they were little- why? why was I so mean about it??!)

kri July 20, 2010 at 7:08 am

You are so funny … and you are a much better person than me in this department, because I refuse to let anyone buy these shoes for Jules. Yes, I know … and he has since started saying he wants some (other kids in his class wear them) but then I tell him ‘hell no’ and tell them they are ugly and that he’ll never, ever wear them … !!!

We usually let him wear anything / dress himself / have his own style … but I can’t seem to budge on these so that’s why I say you are much better than me ;)

But I totally agree with you on the boys sandal issue. It’s pretty bad out there. Some of the kids at his school have those Keen sandals that don’t look *too* bad (comparatively speaking). I found a clearance pair of Teva’s for him (for our Utah trip) and he loves them and says they are super comfy. They aren’t as cute as anything in the girls department but they work and he can slip them on easily. Plus they have velcro. I wanted some that he could wear in the water as well but didn’t look *as* dorky as water shoes. http://www.teva.com/ProductDetails.aspx?g=k&categoryID=&productID=6226&model=Dozer

Also: I do realize how incredibly ridiculous the above comment sounds. I mean, they are little kids?! I guess it really doesn’t matter in the scheme of things … but I don’t care – I’m still holding true to my no-crocs ban.

tanyamami July 20, 2010 at 7:29 am

Noah has a pair of these http://www.surfanddirt.com/assets/product_images/PAAAAALMPLEOMBEP.jpg
But he actually prefers his stride rite sandals http://cache.gifts.com/photos/opd/N/S/J/D/NSJD85HD3F2UA2CFYAEJ.jpg?01AD=3EYOZNAAnnVbeu3Mg-b2IiUpnh75Fg2YpzSsPukQdmRZANTJ7zFUcFA&01RI=9D56FEF54CC16D6&01NA= The stride rite are machine washable which I like. He does have some regular flip flops but they drive me CRAZY! They always come off! Good luck little boy fashion can be a lost cause at times.

milian July 20, 2010 at 7:58 am

another good thing about crocs is that they don’t hold odors. my nephews wear them in the summer time for trudging through puddles & water gun battles & they never get smelly like other shoes! that alone is worth sacrificing any sense of style.

Melissa July 20, 2010 at 8:37 am

I suggest a good ol’ pair of keen sandals. The fabric kind tend to smell after a few wears, but they make a version out of almost the same material as crocs.

Good luck!

adriana July 20, 2010 at 8:47 am

we hate crocs too but Christian has a pair. every kid in his class has them adn they all have those stupid jibitz so he wanted some. plus when he was younger they were great for when we were out on the boat. plus have you ever tried to squeeze chubby lil sandy wet feet into regular sandals? it sucks. the crocs are good cause they can wear em right in the water for easy clean up.
so as much as i hate them we do have them in our house.
one rule tho…

no crocs with socks.
ewwwwwwww

Lisa July 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I am very anti crocs. i hate them and find them to absolutely hideous. something about them makes me sick inside, i’m not quite sure what it is. I refuse to let anyone buy them for my 3 year old. heres a cute alternative http://www.target.com/Kids-Disney-Cars-Lighted-Sandal/dp/B0030DJDYI/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&keywords=boys%20sandals&fromGsearch=true&sr=1-9&qid=1279658303&rh=&searchRank=price&node=1038576|1287991011&searchSize=30&sessionID=180-7567788-6562242&searchPage=2&searchNodeID=1038576|1287991011&searchBinNameList=subjectbin,price,target_com_primary_color-bin,target_com_size-bin,target_com_brand-bin&frombrowse=0

samantha July 20, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I have to say I hate those velcro jammy jams almost as much as I hate crocs. I love how ridiculous this conversation is….these kids are like 2-5 or something. It shouldn’t matter…but it DOES!!

Lisa July 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm

It totally matters and i’m not even sure why it does. I’ve let my 3 year old wear a Halloween costume to the grocery store but i wont let him anywhere near a pair of crocs.. This gives me a great Halloween costume idea tho, i can dress my son as a giant croc scariest thing ever!

Nessienessa July 20, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I feel like I don’t have the experience yet to speak on this matter but I am gonna try damn hard to not let the croc thing happen to my family. As much as I don’t like them for myself, I’m feeling bad about judging them after reading the comments on why they work for kids. I guess it is rather silly when it comes down to that. For me though? N to the O.

kri July 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Lisa’s comment above cracks me up!!!

catherine July 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Lisa, even scarier, make him into Ed Hardy crocs!

Suki Bang July 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Kumiko has a pair of Sun and San sandals that I see some boys wear. They’re water proof and some all weather leather. They’re not slip ons but that’s ideal for her so she’s not yanking them off and tossing them out of the stroller.

Lisa July 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm

*cringes* do they really make Ed Hardy crocs??

Kurishii July 20, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Perfectly acceptable on children! Adults, not so much. At least not in public. I wear them in my garden. Shhh!

ashley July 21, 2010 at 8:05 am

There is a zero tolerance for crocks in this house. They are, and should only be used as garden clogs. That being said, my daughters podiatrist says they are one of the worst things you can put on your feet.

We struggle finding summer shoes for my daughter who is pigeon toed. We had custom shoes made last year and are skipping sandals all together this year.

Speedo has a great mesh top water shoe that is much better looking than crocks
http://www.metroswimshop.com/product.7570004.htm

ohsweetie July 21, 2010 at 10:02 am

i too hate crocs with a passion. toms shoes make kid shoes and they’re cottony and slip on! and the ultimate hipster shoe.

randi July 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I dont mind them, especially for kids. I need them for the embalming lab. They are comfortable, water-friendly, antibactieral/antifungal, and they are easy to clean. I think that is a good enough reason to stick em on your kid.

samantha July 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm

@ohsweetie I’m not into toms for myself but I think for kids thats a cute light weight easy on/off type of shoe. I’m gonna check um out.

Lisa Ann July 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm

they are ugly as sin, but shit are they comfortable. i tried a pair on in AC the other day (in case my flip flops broke), and lordy they were like walking on clouds. i totes get why old/fat people use them.

charlie July 22, 2010 at 11:41 am

I am an anti-croc mom as well. I can already tell the teen years are going to be hell since my 4 year old, for a whole year wouldn’t wear any other shoes but the generic Crocs (bought for him by grandma).
He would wear them to daycare and come home with dirty feet, they were too small and he would get blisters, but he would NOT budge and wear a different pair such as the awesome and not-so-cheap Chuck’s we got him, or the flashy light spider-man shoes my mom got him.
Now he has moved on to some sandals my grandma got him, and a pair of Skechers. FINALLY!
I think this is payback for the pair of old school Vans I wore for four years; the toes were full of holes which I made much worse with safety pins, shoe goo adorned the worn out sides, and my step-mother tried to throw them out like three times and each time I would dig them out of the trash and hide them.

Alex August 22, 2010 at 1:18 am

My childless,stylish friends CONSTANTLY criticize me for the Crocs my son wears. BUT–they have never had to deal with 1. Wet sneakers, 2. Dog poop on sneakers (which then have to become wet,pronto) 3. Any kind of scenario involving three-year-olds, sticky/poopy/wet substances, and shoes that AREN’T Crocs.
Function over fashion in this instance!

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