Here’s What’s Wrong With Crocs (Besides the Fashion)

Wearing crocs to school? NOT a good idea!!Crocs have pretty much taken over our foot world, especially in terms of kids’ summer footwear. They’re everywhere these days, in all different designs and patterns. They feel good to wear and many people have even started to think they look good…

But are they good for your feet?

The answer is: it depends. If you’re wearing them as pool or beach shoes, they’re pretty great, since they have better arches than most sandals and, as an added bonus, they also protect your toes!

If, however, you’re looking to have your child wear Crocs all day, I’d suggest making a different decision. When you wear Crocs, your heels aren’t secured, meaning you’re more likely to grip with your toes and develop nail-and-toe problems as well as corns and calluses.

Additionally, while Crocs do have built-in arches, the shank of the shoe (the middle part connecting the toe to the heel for supposed foot support) is completely flexible, and flexible shoe shanks have been linked to arch and heel pain, in kids and adults.

The bottom line? Crocs are great in small doses, but by no means should they be treated as an all-day every-day kind of shoe. Your feet (and your fashion-savvy friends) are certain to agree.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.