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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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."
Crocs Shoes Alternatives
Kids love Crocs -- that much is obvious. Sit on a bench near a park and more
than half of the kids that pass by will likely be sporting a pair. For kids who
avoid shoes in the summer or consistently forget to tie the laces on their
sneakers, Crocs are finally a shoe that fits.
"Other trends have really affected shoe-wearing in children in a
negative way," says Ornstein. "So Crocs, which kids like to wear, have
been a breath of fresh air."
Worn at the beach or the pool, or for walking short distances, Crocs are a
good choice. Still, kids and parents need to remember the other shoes in their
"You need to switch around the shoes your kids wear to make sure they're
getting the right support, and based on the activity they're doing," says
Alfieri. "Shoes aren't a one-kind-fits-all sort of thing."
What about kids who are too active for Crocs, sandals, or flip-flops? The
obvious choice for busy kids is sneakers.
"Any sneaker-type shoe, even one with Velcro if the child is too young
to lace, is going to give your child good support and foot protection,"
says Volpe. "The trick is to make sure your child uses the laces.
Otherwise, he's not going to get much value from it."
Kids' Crocs Checklist
Not sure when your child should be wearing a Croc, or when a sneaker or boot
might be better? Here's a Crocs checklist to keep both feet going in the right
OK for Crocs?
Walking to and from
Going to the
Going to the
Walking on a cold winter