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I was a bit late jumping on the Crocs bandwagon. After flirting with mock-crocs (for garden use only if you please), it wasn't until this Summer that I invested in these branded crocs. Though still reserved for home and beach use and ne'er to be worn on the school run - I still think they are strangely ugly shoes, I can't deny that they are strangely comfortable and practical for my needs. I think too, that the branded crocs are much better than the imitations and I would recommend these particular shoes.
I paid £19.80 from amazon for my size 39 (UK 6) unisex pair of branded crocs, and have them in the blue with a white band and red striped as opposed to the black pair pictured above, mainly as they were the cheapest of the colours available when I bought them but also as, like the rest of the UK I embraced the red, white and blue thing this Summer and thought they were a discrete choice. In my normal size they are a good fit, though not particularly over roomy (I initially bought a smaller size expecting them to be too big and had to send them back). They are, I have to admit, comfortable as soon as you wear them. The plastic, albeit made in china, is of a better quality than the non-branded shoes. They have little ridges in the sole that mould to your feet over time. I like the fact also for garden use that there are no holes in the side of this style which are quite shoe-like, as opposed to sandal-like I suppose. They don't let in mud or water particularly. They also seem to be pretty indestructible and always come up like new after a quick rinse after a spot of running around with the kids in the quagmire known as our lawn or a spot of rock pooling. Most people will know that crocs can be worn with the band forward or swivelled to the front of the shoe - I favour a bit of both, either way they stay well on my feet and I find the ridged soles pretty well non slip.
So, overall then pretty good shoes and definitely far better than cheaper imitations which somehow seem smellier, of the kind of plastic that just isn't as pleasant on your tootsies . I still don't really like to wear them out and about or find them an attractive thing to wear but I can't deny that I wouldn't be without a pair and having bought "proper" crocs once I'll never be bothering with the pretend ones again. Recommended.
Now, you may see that i have also reviewed the Crocs prima shoes, and am a real fan of the crocs brand.
Prior to owning my Crocs prima, i had a pair of the Original Crocs clog that were released when this famous brand came and was released on the UK.
Crocs have been around for the last few years in the UK and are selling worldwide. They are available from the internet (but please be careful as there are 'knock offs' that are about and hard to tell the difference on first appearance), and in many shoe and footwear outlets such as Schuh. Recently Crocs have gone mad and are releasing more and more styles of shoe. take a look at their website and you will find flip flops, to trainer style shoes in every colour imaginable and ranging in price also. Today, i am going to review the Croc band, a retro style croc that i have recently purchased.
I still wear my Prima crocs for work everyday but with a toddler, i l like a pair of solid shoes that i can go in the rain in, get dirty and run around after my son in. I like to think i am a little bit of a fashion follower, although im certainly no Kate moss, which is why i find this brand so funky.
I first saw these Crocbands on the internet and purchased them at Schuh for £30. I wear these mainly with jeans or my 'baggies' as i like to call them, comfortable baggy trousers for lolling around the house in or nipping to the shop. Now these arent the kind of shoe you would want to go for dinner in or a night on the town, but look great (i think) with a pair of boyfriend jeans and a casual top as they are similar in appearance to a retro trainer. I feel it is the white and black banding around the edge of the shoe that have this effect. I bought the colour pictured above as i feel that these are the most versatile, although there are many other colours available, such as red and black, white, and green to name a few.
Now Crocs claim that " they are a colourful, and fun collage of retro and pop culture that go perfectly with any casual outfit' - nicely siad Mr Crocodile!
Now the shoe itself is very similar to that of the original croc in that it is slingback with the moveable 'lugs' and the ever obvious venting holes in the top of the croc (handy for those Jibbitz). The crocs labelling runs along the heel at the base of the shoe when the coloured banding is running.
The sole of the croc internally has many small bead like lumps that provide a massaging and soothing effect on the feet, perfect for wearing for long periods of time, and as the crocs are made of the 'croslite material' they are easily cleaned and wear very well. I just love the feel of snugness as your feet warm and appear to mould the shoes to your feet.
I mentioned this on my other review of the prima, but please be careful in the wet or icy weather as these are certainly not too grippy in these conditions and your shoes can slip, the same applies if you are in the wet weather and then get in your car, the last thing you want,and what i unfortunately experienced, is you feet sliding off the pedals!!
Overall, i love this shoe, they certainly do not look dainty, but are funky, comfortable and handy. Unisex also i would say. 1 star knocked off for the 'unprettiness' of them!
Crocs are the marmite of the footwear world. You either love them or you loathe them. There's no inbetween with them, and I must admit when I first saw them I thought they were absolutely repulsive.
I changed my mind during a trip to Hawaii five years ago, when the heat I was experiencing along with the long flight there had caused my feet to swell badly. Even the Birkenstocks I had packed weren't providing me with much in the way of comfort, so I picked up a pair of shoes which looked like Crocs but were actually Airwalks in the Waikiki branch of Payless Shoe Source.
Although my Airwalks weren't the real deal, they were incredibly well made, unlike so many of the copycat "Crocs" which have turned up in shops over the years, and when they wore out I decided to splash out on some genuine Crocs, and that's been my summer footwear sorted ever since.
I have owned the classic Cayman Croc, Mary Janes, the Baya and several sandals, including my absolute favourites, the Cleo. My daughter loves them even more - in fact apart from a couple of pairs of Uggs, some trainers and her school shoes, all her footwear is made by Crocs.
I was in London in August and I always go to Westfield Shopping Centre when I am down. Westfield is home to a Crocs store, and we made a beeline there because my daughter was in need of new Crocs.
I was delighted to see that Crocs had brought out a sportier version of the Cayman, which they called Crocbands, and we left the store with a pair for me in black, and two pairs for my daughter in shocking pink and an equally shocking green.
What makes the Crocband different to the Baya and Cayman Crocs is the fact it is closed around the foot. Instead of the obligatory large holes around the side of the shoe, the Crocband is fully covered with a black and white striped "band".
The holes at the top of the shoe remain, but this is a puddle friendly Croc in a way the Cayman never could be.
Crocbands are available in several different colours. My daughter had originally wanted a bright blue but sadly Crocs haven't produced them in this colour, preferring navy blue instead. I have seen them in red, navy, black, green, brown, purple and pink. My daughter has acquired a third pair in purple but obviously whilst it's nice to have the choice of lots of different colours if you like that sort of thing (and as you can tell my daughter most definitely does) what are they like to wear?
~~Wear it Well?~~
My first impression from when I tried the Crocband on in the Crocs shop was that it was immediately different in size to the Cayman I was wearing.
I have always been able to wear a UK size 6 (which is a US size 8) whenever I wore Crocs before, but the Crocband felt narrower. My daughter, who had picked up a pair of Caymans in another store in a 6 had exactly the same problem, so we both had to opt for a UK size 7. So if you are buying these online and are used to Cayman or Baya Crocs, my advice to you is to go a size up as they are definitely smaller.
I really like the style of the Crocband however, as did my daughter. They are designed to look like 70s trainers and while I openly admit to being middle aged and therefore officially clueless as to what constitutes high fashion these days, I really liked the retro look to the shoe, and more importantly, so did my teenage daughter.
The fact I can wear them in wet weather, safe in the knowledge I won't have black feet from walking through a puddle is probably the thing that really makes the Crocband infinitely better than predecessors. I have often wondered how long it would take Crocs to deal with this problem - there have been closed foot shoes before but they are really not conducive to hot weather as the resin the shoes are made from need holes to help your feet breath in my experience - otherwise you may well find yourself slipping in a puddle of sweat on the sole of your shoe. Yes, it's that unpleasant. To be fair, however, it should be noted that the original Croc was designed as a beach shoe so those holes do make sense.
When I first started wearing the Crocbands I did experience some rubbing to the top of my feet. This is something I have come to expect from all Crocs I get now - they will rub for the first few days and then they will be fine. So my advice is always to have some plasters at the ready until you have broken them in.
The Crocband is, like its predecessors, an incredibly comfortable shoe and after years of killing my feet in stilleto heels, huge wedges and a myriad of styles which would give a chiropodist heart failure, I now care only for comfort when it comes to choosing footwear.
The ankle strap at the back of the Crocband holds the shoe in place wonderfully and I know I can wear these and my feet will be able to cope with lots of walking and no real pain. You can, as with the Cayman, wear the Crocband as a mule if you like by flipping the ankle strap up to sit flush with the top of the shoe, but of course this doesn't offer the same level of support to your foot.
There is one thing I have noticed about the Crocband is how much noise they can make when you are walking, especially in shopping malls or large supermarkets - there seems to be something that causes your shoes to squeak very loudly. It did cross my mind that this was an anti shoplifting device, but that seems a bit far fetched. As with all other Crocs I have worn, the Crocbands still make a terrific noise when walking in the rain but at least you don't get black feet if you walk through a puddle as you would be guaranteed to get wearing a pair of Caymans.
Another minor disadvantage to Crocs is they can build up a large amount of static as you walk. My daughter and I have frequently given each other electric shocks wearing them!
Cleaning them is a piece of cake too. My daughter frequently comes home with her Crocbands covered in mud due to her inability to walk on a pavement if there is grass nearby, but run these under the tap and scrub with a brush if it's a bit stubborn and then dry off either naturally or with a bit of kitchen towel and your Crocs will look as good as new again. You can buy Croc Butter to clean them, but I have never found the need for it.
Finally, like all Crocs they are incredibly tough and hard wearing. Crocs do wear out over time - the grip on the outer sole will wear away and that's when they can become like ice skates in wet weather, so if they are worn out there, you will have to replace them. I have been wearing my Crocbands almost non stop since early August and there's no sign of mine wearing out any time soon however.
Can you tell I love the Crocband? It's taken the Cayman and improved upon it by making it weather proof and given Crocs a slight fashion twist. Yes, you read that right although I can hear detractors considering that statement to be an impossibility. Crocs will never be high fashion, but even if you only wear them in the garden, you are guaranteed comfort (perhaps after a brief breaking in period) and let's face it, comfortable shoes are never high fashion.
However that retro look is enough to make a difference between the original Cayman shoe and somehow make the Crocband more appealing - especially towards the younger generation.
I suspect, however, that it will be a shoe that will appeal most to people who already love Crocs, such as myself and my daughter - I feel with the Crocband, Crocs have listened to what aficionados have said to them about the design of the original and given us what we really, really wanted.
Currently available from Crocs' website for £29.95, www.crocs.co.uk.
I was first introduced to these hideous shoes by someone at work. I remember thinking 'what on earth has that woman got on her feet.' I only ended up with a pair myself, when an over zealous relative thought they would be a superb gift for me to take on holiday. As a compromise, I tried them on at home and then pushed them to the back of the wardrobe. They just were not me.
Crocs are favoured by a certain type of person I think. I see mums in them in town, the kind of mum who always in a rush and probably does the school run in a stonking great people carrier. I see blokes in them, the kind of men who are too trendy for sandals and socks, but not cool enough for Converse. The only people they sort of work on is children, because they pass for jelly shoes, that you might wear for rockpooling.
When I tried them on, they were comfier than I thought and the rubbery feel to them actually gave the foot ample support. There was also a gentle massaging action on the sole of the shoe, so I figured they could be fun to wear while roaming around the house.
The strap holds the heel in place and the fit was reasonable, so grant them some points. What lets the Crocs down is in the way they look. I just find them ghastly. The holes in the top of the shoe are meant to be breathable, but are useless if you have to walk through marshes or swamps. The holes also look odd and give Crocs a certain cheap allure.
The other thing I despise is the way they remind me of Orthopaedic shoes, you know the kind nurses might wear or people who are about to undertake some kind of medical procedure. If I buy shoes, comfort is crucial, but street cred is more important. I haven't met anyone in my circle of friends who wears or likes these shoes. Whenever we see someone wearing them, we cringe.
The price for a pair is around twenty to thirty pounds, though abroad you can buy knock off versions for about three euros from beach shops. My final complaint is, what do you wear them with? They look silly with jeans, if I have shorts on I go for low rise converse or trainers. If you have a skirt on, ladies you surely would plump for a stylish bit of footwear? Sturdy and well made yes, stylish, no.
My sister bought me these for my birthday. I grimaced and pretended I loved them, but really I just wanted to throw them in the bin - they are soooo ugly.
However, a few nights later I had to go out and look for my missing cat, it was dark, I thought I heard her mewing and grabbed the crocs because they were near to hand.
Well...these shoes are unbelievably comfortable. They are almost like walking on foam. They are also great for walking around in wet grass in the dark, if you tread in anything you didn't see. a quick hose down will put things right!
Although I don't recommend these for wearing out on a first date or for a job interview, they really are the ideal shoes to own for walking the dog, nipping to the shops or just for wearing around the house.
I don't know what my sister paid for them, but I will definitely buy another pair when these wear out (if they ever wear out) regardless of the price.
Some time ago I reviewed Crocs Caymen and explained that I cannot wear any shoes from any shoe shop. Even hospital made to measure shoes aren't usually a success. I keep trying to get something made that I can wear. I was so pleased a few years ago when I went into a clothes shop and saw Crocs shoes for the first time. I admit to actually quite liking them. As explained in my previous review, they don't solve my foot problems but it' s wonderful to find something that I can manage to fit my troublesome feet into. I find Crocs particularly helpful in the summer as a much cooler alternative to trainers. I also appreciate having these to take on holidays abroad when I expect to experience very high temperatures. It's a relief to not have to encase my feet in stifling training shoes.
Comments varied with my review on the Caymans. It seems you love or hate Crocs. I can understand those not liking them but I quite like the chunky, funky look and love the ease with which I can slip them on. I even have some space to wriggle my toes. I also like the way that Crocs are so easy to clean. And they last for ever, well almost.
Recently, I've found Crocs fairly difficult to find in shops. I have just discovered the website. See www.crocs.co.uk. I have only used this website to look at the different styles available but not purchased from it yet, so cannot vouch for it's reliability. I will probably try this service when I next need some Crocs.
I really wanted a pair of Crocs in black and had been searching in vain. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I popped into a small clothes shop in my local high street, which I wouldn't often bother with. I was pleased to see that they had some Crocs available. They had some Cayman but no black in my size. But, they also had on display a new design. Well, I hadn't seen them until then. They are called, Crocband. These reminded me of trainers and are designed with retro 'pop art' trainers in mind. I think the design is more streamlined than the Cayman and smarter. They are less clumpy, I think, but are as comfortable to wear. I was pleased that they had a black pair in my size as I wanted these for the following day. I did hesitate at the price of, £29.99, but hubby said I should just get them as I'd been looking for a pair in black for long enough. I felt better about the cost when I saw that the website was selling these at the same price. Mine have a black upper and base with a wide white band going all around the side of the shoe, underneath the strap hinge. Going through this is a black thin stripe. At the back, under the heel there is lettering, saying Crocs, but it's out of the way, being at the back. They have the usual croc badge, showing authenticity.
Crocband are available in a good range of colours although you may be best to shop from the official Croc website for the best choice. You can choose to be bright or go for a more subtle colour. I have looked on the website and seen that they are available for women, men and children.
I was interested to see that Crocs have styles especially designed for diabetics. They also sell post operative shoes and comfy insoles to place in other shoes. I didn't realise that they made so many different styles, even boots.
Definitely not for me but for younger wearers you can buy 'Jibbitz' which is a charm that fits into the holes of the Crocs, therefore customises them. This could catch on as they come in many fun designs, including Toy Story characters.
You can also purchase a special 'Croc's butter' to clean and shine your shoes. This comes in an easy to use sponge applicator. I find these easy to clean without this but it might keep them especially spick and span.
More Information Taken From www.crocs.co.uk:
The CrocsTM CrocbandTM shoe features:
Fully moulded CrosliteTM material construction for maximum lightweight cushioning.
Sporty midsole band inspired by the classic vulcanised style.
CrosliteTM material heel strap for a secure fit.
Holes for JibbitzTM shoe charms for personalisation.
A similar review may be found on ciao by annelorraine1T
The Crocband is perhaps the most iconic design from Crocs / Featuring an orthopaedic footbed and quirky ergonomic styling created with Croslite which is incredibly comfortable, super lightweight and it moulds to your feet providing amazing support.