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I purchased a pair of the ballet crocs in pale green around 4 years ago, when everyone was wearing crocs. They are not so fashionable nowadays, but my pair are still going strong! I wear mine as slippers, for gardening and going down to the river.
The design of the shoe: The ballet croc is oval shaped, with a large opening that reaches to just behind the top of my big toe. Inside the shoe there are small ridges, which help prevent your feet from sliding around. The shoe has a line of small holes along the font and at the heel, which serve for ventilation and are great if you walk through water in them. You also purchase and attach small shapes through these but I never have.
After 4 years of wear, the tread on the bottom is almost non-existent, but this is to be expected. I intend to purchase another pair in the summer.
They are very comfortable to wear, easy to clean and dry quickly after a wash in a bowl of soapy water. Also they are so easy to slip on to pop out to the garden etc. I love my pair and wear them most days! I believe they cost around £25, but can be purchased cheaper nowadays on the likes of Ebay.
Disadvantages: If you have sweaty feet (which I often do) then your feet will slide around, due to the sweat having nowhere to escape to in the artificial fabric. This is why I give the ballet croc a 4/5, and there are no other disadvantages as far as I have found.
I have been wearing the traditional style of Crocs since I first saw them on the market - and my evaluation of them is pretty close to everyone elses - that they are essentially ugly and clumpy, but also the most comfortable shoe on the market. So, for a while, I have been meaning to try some of the other styles of Crocs that are not quite so clumpy - and this is where my purchase of the Crocs Prima came in.
There are loads of colours to choose from - but I opted for "Pearl" which is a white with a little shimmer added to it. They are slightly shiny - unilke my original Crocs and so they are they type of thing you could wear with a more delicate or feminine outfit. As I said, there are loads of colours to choose from, including some very bright stand-out-from-the-crowd colours.
These shoes are flat without any heal and are close-toed and backed in a traditional slip-on style. The only design they have on them is 5 small holes cut out of the material on the top of the foot - and so they are unremarkable in design - and such they are a little dull looking to be honest. I know the traditional style also have no design, but I felt their clunkiness was part of their charm really.....but these are just a little boring to look at. Having said that, I don't really think anyone buys Crocs for the way they look.....
As other Crocs, these are made from the lightweight and soft foamy plastic material which are unique to Crocs. The whole shoe is made up from this materal - and so I was hoping that they would be as comfortable as the original Crocs. However, I personally didn't find this to be the case. While they are soft and spongy to stand on, I found them to be a little tight across the toes - despite them being the right size. I wore them recently when I went for a 5 mile walk over fairly flat and easy terrain and the back of the shoes were really rubbing on my heel - which I have never found with the traditional style. I also found that my feet weren't kept particularly cool - and they did become a little sweaty - which didn't help with the rubbing. I was a little disappointed to be honest.
The bonus of these shoes is that they are very light - and so great to pack for traveling. They are also waterproof and will go with most outfits without standing out like a sore thumb. The cost is also pretty good as a pair cost me £14.35 from Amazon - which is very good value. I personally will probably only wear these shoes if I am planning on not being too active - because, as I've said, I didn't find them that comfortable - but they will be okay for just general slobbing around.
Overall, I was a little disappointed as these were no where near as comfortable as the traditional Crocs - and that's a shame.
I work in a profession where i am on my feet for 12 and a half hours at a time walking and sometimes running around. I need to wear shoes that are not opentoed and are black and professional.
I used to own a pair of the original crocs, but these were slingback and also did not look to fabulous with dresses to be fair, Paddles comes to mind.
I saw these Crocs on their website and decided to give them a go, i bought mine in black.
I was not dissapointed.
The Crocs themselves are very lightweight, no more than 250g per shoe and the classic croc material. With these shoes, there are a slight tred and the only evidence that these are Crocs is on the outer edge by the ankle, the CROC name on the side. This is embelished on the side in the same colour as the shoe and therefore does not stick out like a sore thumb, handy in the profession i am in.
The internal sole is made up the same material and is full of lots of tiny 'bumps' i suppose,. little balls that help your feet to grip and also massage your feet almost, lovely!!
The tops of the crocs have 5 holes in the top, perfect if you would like to add the 'jibbitz', the badge like novelties that are easily placed onto the CROC range.
Again at the back of the shoe, there are another 3 holes of the same size as the front of the shoe, and these are great to keep your feet a little cooler and given them some airation.
Now tpo the actual wear of the shoe.
These are not wide fitting shoes, and my feet are a little broad, but i did not have a problem with them. Wearing these with tights were very comfortable for 12 hours although these did not stop my feet being a little on the pongy side, but that is the nature of these and tights i think.
My only grumble i suppose is that sometimes my feet get wet at work and the flooring is vinyll. If i am not careful when my feet are wet i could go skiing across the floor!! The same applies in icy conditions, so beware!!
These Crocs were reasonably priced and were £19.00 when i bought them over a year ago. The beauty of these shoes is that they can be worn and worn and do not wear on the soles for a long while, im talking years!!
All in all, great value shoes that can be used for workwear and casual wear also.
When crocs started to become fashionable I just did not understand it to me they were big looking and clumpy. When I was searching shoes on Amazon I came across some ballerina looking pumps that looked interesting so was very shocked when I seen they were actually made by crocs. I tried my original crocs shoes on and they were comfortable so I thought as I liked this style i would give them a go.
They were petite and small and took my fancy in white although there were many colours to choose from. Amazon told me that the shoes may come with American sizing on them so to try them on before I send them back so I ordered size 3 hoping they would fit.
The material is a rubber plastic type which I think is the key to making them feel so light and comfortable on the feet. I am often on my feet running round and so try to stick to flats as much as I can and these are perfect. Inside the shoe where you feet go it is so soft and comfortable. They have lasted very well 9 months so far and are still in great condition all it takes is a wipe down and they are clean again.
There are a few bad points.As they are made of the rubber type material they some times make a strange noise while I'm walking especially if I have had them on for a while. Also my feet are only petite and they feel a bit bulky in the shoe as if they are a little too shallow so not sure if people with larger feet would maybe feel a little uncomfortable in them.
To be honest I still do not understand what all the hype is about yes they are comfy and lightweight and the ballerina pump style are very lovely looking but to be honest they are still not my thing. I would recommend these if you like the style and are looking for comfort and at the £14.99 I paid for mine they last well and are good value for money.
When the original crocs were introduced to the market, I personallt thought they were horrible, and that they reminded me of those jellybean sandals, you used to get as a kid for playing at the beach with. So I definetly hadn't invested in a pair.
Then when going to the family caravan, I put on a lovely black outfit, and Arggghhh had no shoes to match with me. My auntie lent me a pair of flat black pumps, since we're the same size.
I didn't know at the time they were crocs. They were extremly comfortable, with their little cushioning nodules inside, and I commented on how good my feet felt for once after dancing all night. That was when I was extremly yet pleasently surprised to find out they were crocs.
When I got home I bought myself a pair from the crocs official website, and payed £26.00 for them, I don't mind paying a little bit more for a pair of pumps, if I know they are sturdy and will last a while.
I have mines in black, but they come in a number of colours lavender, lemon, blue, white but to name a few.
The also come in various size, including half sizes, from 3 to 8...
They like there predecessors (which I disliked so much) were again made from sturdy rubber, with the little nodules inside. The whole shoe, is in your chosen colour, no exceptions for sole, or lining.
They have little air vent holes, around the toes, and around the heel.
The style of the shoe itself, is like a ballerina style pump.
However I would advise, that with the exception of the black, these are more casual shoes, than dressy, but with the black shade they can be dressed up or down...
I have since ordered another pair, in the new silver colour. So I would definetly recommend them.
I never bought a pair of the crocs for the reasons that I found them ugly and also very chunky looking. I know everyone raved how comfy they are but I was stubborn to be honest.......
Well that was before I found these. The are just like a pair of pumps and actually quite slim. My office at work is always hot and stuffy and my feet deal with the most of it. Not wearing socks and being able to get air in them with all the holes on the heel bit and the top at the front. Very cool to wear and extremetly comfortable. They do feel like you are walking on a bouncy castle in bare feet.
The other thing I do like about crocs is because they are plastic shoes they are waterproof so great for kids to wear in the summer in the water so no more cut feet by stones or shells which can only be a bonus!!
I bought my ones like these in silver which I was very unsure about when I first bought them because they do look quite chap and nasty but once I got used to them and had worn them for a while I actually started to like the way they looked, especially with grey or black trousers.
I can see why these are such a hit with so many people. The are priced very reasonably, I bought my pair for £19.99 which I think is excellent as they will last for so long. Over time they don't look scuffed or worn either. Very impressed with them
I've never been a fan of Crocs. I think they look big and clumpy, and having size 8 feet I don't need anything that's going to make my feet look any bigger.
Friends wear them and go on about how wonderful and comfortable they are, and I've always felt a bit left out by not being in on the act.
Flicking through the latest edition of the Next Directory I spotted a pair of ballerina pump style shoes and did a double-take when I saw they were made by Crocs. I didn't know there were other styles of Crocs than the big clumpy ones, so I decided to order a pair and see what all the fuss is about.
I ordered a size 8, but when they arrived they were too small. But even though my feet were all squished up in them they were soooo comfy!
Next Directory only stocked the candy pink ones which I wouldn't have the courage to wear, and I didn't fancy paying another lot of postage costs.
I did some research on the Crocs website (http://www.crocsfootwear.co.uk/) to see if there were any local stockists. There weren't any nearby, but I was soon to be visiting relatives down in the Manchester area, so planned to hunt some down while I was there.
I found a shoe shop in the Trafford Centre that stocked the silver Prima shoes. I picked up a pair that had 9 written on the bottom and they too were too small. I tried to ignore the feeling of worry that my feet seemed to be getting ever bigger. They didn't have a bigger size in, but I figured a size 10 should easily fit.
When I got home I Googled Crocs and found a great website that stocks the full range of Crocs shoes (http://www.sweetfeetshoes.co.uk/) - there are loads of different styles.
I placed my order for a pair of black size 10 and eagerly anticipated the arrival of my new shoes. Imagine the disappointment when they arrived and were too big, quickly replaced by a feeling of elation that my feet weren't growing bigger after all.
I looked at the bottom of the shoes and saw it said size 12. Then it occurred to me. The sizes shown on the bottom are American sizes. Sheesh! Off I went to the Post Office to return them, and requested a pair of UK size 9s in their place.
Thankfully when they arrived a few days later they fitted perfectly.
Later inspection of the website lead me to discover they recommend ordering a size larger than your normal size in this style.
I have a problem with any shoe, sandal or mule that I wear without socks. They always leave me with blisters, even wearing them for a short time. I've got many pairs of shoes and sandals that I've only worn once or twice, then put away because of this. With Crocs Prima I've finally found a pair of shoes that I can wear comfortably and not end up with blisters and sore feet.
They're made of a sort of rubbery material, and have bobbly bits inside the shoe, which make them very comfortable to walk in.
They come in a range of colours including pearl white, lavender, gold, fuchsia, pink, ruby, blue, green and silver.
I may just have to get myself another pair, although I'll probably avoid the fuschia colour!
The Crocs site gives the retail price as Euro24.95. Sweetfeetshoes.co.uk sell them for £17.99, although they had a 15% sale on when I bought mine.
Available in several colours.