Kids and Crocs Shoes: Trendy or Risky?
Crocs shoes are all the rage, especially among kids. But are Crocs a safe footwear choice for school?
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"I generally like Crocs for kids for their convenience factor in the
summer," says Russell G. Volpe, DPM, a professor of orthopaedics and
pediatrics at N.Y. College of Podiatric Medicine. "They make a great beach
and pool shoe -- easy on and easy off."
But school is another matter, explains Volpe, with too many physical
activities that make kids' Crocs a risky choice.
"I start to have concerns when a child is doing any sort of moderate
physical activity," Volpe tells WebMD. "Crocs provide little support
and they can easily slip off during recess, gym, or any other activity beyond
Alfieri also is concerned about the risks from wearing Crocs from the
morning bell to when school lets out in the afternoon. "Crocs are not the
kind of shoe that should be worn all day long," she says. "This is when
they cause a danger because they can fall off as kids engage in the activities
of the school day."
The Thomson Elementary School principal in Andover, Mass., agrees, having
enacted a Crocs ban, along with a ban on flip-flops and sandals, on school
premises for both playground safety reasons as well as a precaution in case of
a fire emergency.
Short of a Crocs ban at your child's school, parents and kids need to be
smart about when Crocs can be worn safely and when sneakers are required,
"Other than allowing kids to wear Crocs as they walk to and from class,
they should be replaced with sneakers," says Volpe.
Another school-year Crocs problem is weather. Unless you live in a climate
where it's warm year-round, your kid's Crocs should hibernate for the winter
and be replaced with something waterproof and warm.
"Whether it's rain or snow, when Crocs get wet they're terrible,"
says Volpe. "During the school year, this is something parents need to keep
in mind. As soon you hit the poor weather, if your child is wearing Crocs he
might as well be shoeless."