Crocs burst onto the footwear scene about a decade ago, and although they aren’t nearly as popular as they were in their heyday, they are still a common footwear option for kids. Crocs have a funky design and come in a range of colors, so while they can catch the eye of your child, are they really a good footwear option for them? We take a closer look at whether Crocs are a good decision for your child in this blog.
Crocs For Kids
This isn’t going to be a hit piece on Crocs – in fact, there are a number of benefits that Crocs offer. However, most of those benefits show up when we compare Crocs to going barefoot, so they aren’t always the perfect option. First, let’s start by looking at some of the benefits of Crocs.
Slip-Resistant: Designed to be worn near the water, Crocs offer non-slip tread and have waterproof tendencies.
Breathable: Along a similar vein, Crocs have breathable holes built into their design, so even if your feet get wet, they can air dry, which helps to prevent against foot conditions like Athlete’s Foot or rashes.
Protection: When compared to going barefoot, Crocs offer your feet protection against the elements and any rocks or debris on the ground.
Foot Support – Crocs offer your feet some arch support and cushioning, but less support than a traditional athletic shoe.
Easy On, Easy Off – Crocs are a great choice for kids who have yet to master tying shoelaces.
Drawbacks of Crocs
Crocs also have some drawbacks you should consider.
Not Good For Physical Activity: Crocs are not designed for physical activity, and their flexible nature can actually contribute to ankle sprains if worn while running around.
Lacking Ample Support – If you’re going to be wearing a pair of shoes for a long period of time, opt for something that provides more support and stability to your foot.
Protection – Crocs are great compared to going barefoot for protection, but when compared to a normal shoe, they don’t offer much protection from the elements.
So in a nutshell, Crocs, like high heels, can be a good option when worn in moderation and not for an extended time period. They also offer benefits over going barefoot in many outdoor situations, but that doesn’t mean they are an ideal option.
The Verdict – Crocs can be a great option for kids at the beach or on a trip to the pool, but a more durable athletic shoe may be a better bet for everyday kid activities.
Lance Silverman, MD
Latest posts by Lance Silverman, MD (see all)
- Heel Pain and Orthotic Inserts - October 24, 2017
- Orthopedic Surgeon Explains Gordon Hayward’s Gruesome Ankle Injury - October 19, 2017
- Hillary Clinton Suffers Broken Toe While In Europe - October 18, 2017