Children and Crocs shoes: Trendy or risky?
Crocs shoes are all the rage, especially among children. But are Crocs safe for your child?
Crocs are still everywhere, from the high street to parks and playgrounds, and with their bright colours they are probably your child’s favourite footwear. But some parents wonder if the loose-fitting style of these casual shoes can actually pose a danger.
There were reports about Croc-wearing children getting their toes caught in escalators in shopping centres and on public transport. In 2008, Crocs issued safety advice for wearing their products on escalators:
- Stand facing forwards in the centre of the step
- Step on and off carefully
- Do not touch sides below the handrail
- Avoid the sides of the steps where shoe entrapment can occur
- Supervise children at all times
Experts have given us advice on children’s Crocs, including the benefits of Crocs during the summer, the risks of wearing them during mundane daily activities, and on when more traditional shoes, such as trainers, might be a more sensible, and safer choice.
Crocs in the summer
Crocs, which were created in 2002 as non-slip footwear for boating, have changed into a footwear phenomenon for all ages. It’s clear that for children in particular, these shoes offer a trendy alternative to trainers, and when the weather warms up, a better option than bare feet.
Foot experts say Crocs do provide protection, compared to going barefoot, or wearing flip-flops or sandals.
They offer some arch support and cushion, the holes in the shoe allow air in and keep the feet from sweating, and the anti-microbial properties of Crocs may help prevent infections in kids’ feet.
Crocs come in so many different styles and colours that appeal to children. Fashion aside, when the days start to get shorter, some experts say it’s time to rethink your child’s Crocs in favour of some tried and tested choices. The Crocs company itself has now branched out into 250 variations of its footwear theme to even include boots.
Crocs during daily activities
Crocs shoes were created for boating in warm weather, and it shows.
They can be convenient in the summer as a beach and pool shoe that's easy to put on and take off.
For physical activities, experts say Crocs provide little support and they can easily slip off during any activity beyond walking.
Parents and children need to be careful about when Crocs can be worn safely and when trainers or sensible shoes are required, experts say.
Another Crocs problem is weather. They offer little protection against rain or worse.
Crocs shoes alternatives
For children who avoid shoes in the summer or consistently forget to tie the laces on their trainers, Crocs are a shoe that fits.
Most people would agree that, worn at the beach or the pool, or for walking short distances, Crocs are a good choice. Still, children and parents need to remember the other shoes in their cupboards.
Experts say parents should pick the shoes their kids wear to make sure they’re getting the right support, and based on the activity they’re doing.
If laces are a problem, many trainers for children now offer Velcro fasteners instead.