A household name across the four corners of the world, this revolutionary shoe brand is known for its comfort, practicality and – some may say – appearance that has divided the nation for over a decade.
Never afraid to cross the boundary between relaxed style and flamboyance, Crocs is a unique brand that is constantly evolving to provide its loyal wearers with innovative materials that are more lightweight and flexible than ever.
To explain what’s made Crocs such a divisive brand in fashion circles, and how they’re looking to bring everyone onto Team Crocs, we’ve created a complete guide to Crocs shoes and sandals to answer (almost) every question you’ve ever wanted to know when it comes to this functional footwear titan.
From how their story began and what they’re made of, to how to clean them and where to buy Crocs locally, keep reading to learn more about what makes this brand a worthy feature on your shoe rack.
Crocs shoes & sandals: an invention
Now a brand sold in more than 90 countries worldwide, Crocs have graced the lives of various famous characters. Celebrities such as Rihanna and John Cena, those in high places such as George W. Bush, Kate Middleton and Prince George, and even designer label Balenciaga have shown this unique design approval.
But who invented Crocs and if such big names are more than happy to wear them, why do they divide opinion?
The story started with three friends – Lyndon Hanson, Scott Seamans and George Boedecker – who were planning a boating trip to Mexico. It just so happens that at the time of this holiday, Scott (an inventor and boating fanatic) was developing a foam clog with a Canadian shoe company called ‘Foam Creations’.
A style that was slip-resistant, comfortable and most importantly, didn’t sink, was a boating shoe revelation and drew the attention of the friends who spotted a major opportunity. They developed this clog by adding a strap to the back, noticing that the shape looked like crocodile snouts from the side – and hey presto, Crocs was born.
The first model (given the name ‘The Beach’) was unveiled in 2002 at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in Florida where the shoe sky-rocketed to success and all stock sold out. Crocs have only kept growing, with a staggering 600 million pairs sold globally since they opened their doors.
What are Crocs made of?
If you’ve never come across this revolutionary footwear design, the question “what are Crocs?” may spring to mind.
As we’ve briefly mentioned, Crocs shoes are springy, soft and pliable, as well as light on the feet – understandably, as a pair weighs a mere six ounces. This, combined with features such as a no-slip sole and it’s distinguishing, aerating holes, means it’s no surprise that the shoe is now worshipped by nurses, doctors, gardeners, decorators – the list goes on.
This shoe itself is made from a non-plastic foam resin (known as Croslite) which shows high resistance to bacteria and UV radiation, resulting in almost no odour and allows the material to form to the wearer’s unique foot shape – it’s even said to offer medical benefits, according to many podiatrists.
Can you eat Crocs for survival?
You may be wondering if you read that title correctly – and the answer is yes (maybe!). There’s an urban legend whereby if you ever find yourself stranded on a desert island, Crocs are said to be a source of survival if you boil them down and eat them.
They are technically made from an organic and non-toxic material, however, we wouldn’t recommend putting this theory to the test. One blogger, Gunnar Lunberg, tried and came to the conclusion that it would be better to “eat your friend before you eat your Crocs”. Yikes!
Where this iconic shoe is made
If you’re interested in where Crocs are made, up until last year the shoes were manufactured in factories across the United States, Canada, China, Italy and Mexico, however, the brand announced the closure of its last manufacturing facility in Italy to “simplify the business and improve profitability”.
Despite the panic across social media, do not worry – this is not the end of Crocs as we know it. These closures are part of a wider plan to completely outsource their production.
Top tips to keep them clean
If you’ve just treated yourself to a new pair and want to know how to clean Crocs, we’ve gathered a few top tips from the brand itself for your peace of mind:
- Avoid exposing them to heat or sun as this can cause them to shrink or even warp – this means although it may be tempting, don’t put them in the dishwasher or washing machine
- Never use harsh chemicals such as detergent, alcohol and solvent cleaners as these will remove the shine from any patent shoe and could destroy the glue used to attach the sole
- Classic Crocs – simply hand-wash them with cold water and a mild soap
- Metallic & classic leather Crocs – clean gently with a slightly damp rag, soft rubber sponge or brush and apply a leather polish to keep your shoes in good condition
- Patent leather Crocs – gently wipe with a clean damp cloth or use patent restorer to make the most of the shine
- PU wedges & heel Crocs – a damp cloth is usually all you’ll need to remove most dust and dirt
Where to buy Crocs locally
Here at Wynsors, we’ve got a range of hard-wearing, comfortable and colourful Crocs for the whole family. Whether you’re looking for a new pair of kids’ Crocs to enhance their fun on the beach or want to use this functional footwear style for its intended purpose on your own boating trip, you’ll find your perfect pair right here.
If you have any burning Crocs questions that we haven’t answered, let us know on Facebook and our experts will be happy to help! Take a look at our full range of quality Crocs in-store and online today.