OMG They Made Platform Crocs!!!

In the past, I’ve shared my love-hate relationship with Crocs, those ubiquitous rubber shoes beloved my parents and kids across the world.

Not to beat a dead horse, but my basic concerns about the rubber footwear are as follows: When you wear Crocs, your heels aren’t well secured, meaning you’re more likely to grip with your toes and develop nail and toe problems, and/or corns and calluses.

Additionally, Crocs’ shanks (the middle part connecting the toe to the heel for supposed foot support) are completely flexible, and flexible shoe shanks have been linked to arch and heel pain in kids and adults.

Take all those factors of concerns and add a new element to the mix: Balenciaga, the fashion house beloved by stars like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, has just introduced platform Crocs to the runway during Paris Fashion Week 2018!! The shoes come with a 10 cm (4 inch) heel and will come in many of the same colors as traditional Crocs, but will naturally retail for more than the shoes typical $35 price point per pair.

Although platforms are the best-of-the-worst when it comes to the impact of high heels on your feet, but in combination with the instability and lack of support inherent in the shoe shape, I think these new Crocs are likely to wreak havoc on women’s feet.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Even if you ignore the travesty of foot health these shoes are bringing to the world, the fashion universe believes they’re committing an even greater crime against style. Just check out this tweet from
@Luigi_xs: "Stop making CROCS happen! It's NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!" or this perfectly succinct one from @Nayommee:  “I already be tripping in regular crocs, I can only imagine what these mf would make me do…”

Do yourselves a favor: give this new trend a big, tall PASS!
Dr. Andrew Schneider
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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.
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