Product Type: Crocs Hunter Original
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Blitzen could end up smelly by the end of Christmas
Crocs Blitzen Polar Clogs
Member Name: jillycat
Crocs Blitzen Polar Clogs
Advantages: Comfortable to wear great for gripping to floors when outside hard wearing soles
Disadvantages: Lining hard to remove meaning you could end up with smelly shoes
These are the first pair of Crocs I have ever own. I normally have avoided them due to them looking rather clumpy, but having seen how great these have been for my 3 year old and hard wearing they are I thought I would try these Polar Blitzen ones as a pair of slippers. I have been previously let down by slippers finding that they quickly become frayed or the stuffing goes out of them so I hoped these would prove better. I tend to wear slippers around the house kicking them off when I sit on the sofa. But more importantly I also wear these to pop to the garage to go to the tumble drier or the big freezer outside or hand washing out and it is this outdoor usage that has render previous slippers unusable.
The Polar Blitzen Croc clog is slightly different in that rather than being dotted with lots of holes like normal clogs there are only 3 holes to either side of the foot placed in small triangle. If you are so inclined these can fit the various tags and trinkets you can buy to adorn your Crocs but personally I think these are not necessary for me. However the holes do seem to provide good ventilation to stop my feet becoming too sweaty.
The main body of the clog is like all other clogs moulded from their patented plastic material Croslite. So far in the couple of months of use of these I have noticed no wearing down of the tread in these at all. I have found them to be great for gripping in the frosty mornings and across some of the wet stones in our driveway. I do have faith that they will help me keep upright in the ice that will surely come soon too.
The Polar Blitzen has no back strap but is slightly raised at the back. I personally prefer this style as it makes them easier to slip on and off and the Crocs themselves seem to keep my feet in them well enough with out a back strap.
The fleecy lining when I bought them was very fluffy and soft but gradually it seems to have bedded down and is no longer quiet as fluffy. However it still remains very soft on my feet and when I go barefoot in the Crocs my toes and feet remain nice and snugly. Crocs claim this lining is removable and washable and whilst they are not ready to be washed as yet I have tried on several occasions to remove the lining with little to no success and find it impossible to remove it. I have tried to look on the crocs website and other Internet sites to find out how to do this but to no avail and it does seem from looking at Amazon that I am not the only one with this problem and this for me is the only let down about these shoes. I had hoped that by removing them I could stop smell building up in the lining but unless someone can help me to remove them I am destined to probably end up with smelly crocs by the end of winter which is a bit depressing given the price.
Look wise these are not the prettiest of shoes I have ever own however what they lack in design is more than made up for in comfort. The Polar Blitzen is available in several different colour choices however I decided to go for black Croc base with a black fleece purely from a practical point of view as these would be less likely to show up any stains, scratches and scuffs and so far this has proved to be the case.
Comfort is defiantly the watch word with these shoes as they fit me like a glove and the fleece lining makes my feet feel nice and snug. I take a size 5 in shoes and have found the Croc size 5 to be a snug but comfortable fit. However if you do border on the edge of sizes it may be worth getting a larger size as the fleece lining does appear to make them a bit snug.
I would definitely recommend these Crocs for slippers and people who need a shoe that can be out doors too. My only disappointment is how hard it is to remove the lining and if anyone has any tips please let me know and as such I am deducting two stars for this as in my opinion if I cant remove the lining then they are not as good a value as I thought. I cashed in some of my Amazon vouchers from dooyoo to buy these at £28 and whilst this is a bit expensive for slippers I do think they will last me longer than the two pairs I have got through so far this year that added up to the same amount but they will still be expensive I cant wash the linings.
Summary: A great product that would of got more stars if it was easier to remove the lining