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Crocs classic design the Cayman, are, let's face it - the ugliest most unflattering shoes on the market! But where fashion fails, comfort and support prevails. There occasionally (or for some of us, often) is a time we need to be kind to our sore, aching, blistered, swollen feet - and not squeeze them into ill-fitting shoes.
The foam resin material of the Crocs moulds to the shape of your foot, and is shock absorbing, and the inside is dimpled which massages your feet as you walk. They are wide and roomy for even the most swollen wide footed person. They are recommended by countless podiatrists for relief from arthritic foot pain, plantar fasciitis etc. I have very wide feet and struggle to find shoes which don't rub and cause blisters, not helped by the fact that it only takes the weather to get slightly warmer and they swell up like a balloon! I have spent 3 of my 4 pregnancies living in a mix of Crocs and Birkenstocks (another somewhat ugly, podiatrist approved shoes!) as they were the only comfortable shoe to fit when nothing else would. So yes, they may be hideously ugly, but if comfort is more important occasionally then it's well worth getting a pair.
Another reason why I love my Crocs is that the material can go in water - so for the pool and in the garden these are a great choice. It doesn't matter if they get wet, and if they do they are still grippy enough and don't come flying off like flip flops. If they get dirty they can be cleaned under a running tap inside and out.
Crocs have expanded their range enormously since the classic Caymans came out, and include much less clumsy - dare I say it 'stylish' - designs. Everything comes in a huge array of colours too, so you can be as bold or as subtle as you like. My Caymans were approximately £30 when I bought them several years ago, and still have loads of wear left in them, so I have definitely got my monies worth.
Love them or hate them, Crocs are still going strong after they burst onto the shoe market a few years ago now.
I'll put my hands up and freely admit I love my Crocs, they're lightweight, perfect for the summer months for school runs across the field, in the garden, out and about in town etc.
Crocs are a type of very lightweight shoe if you've not seen one before, they have a strap across the back which can be worn around the heel or pushed forward onto the front of the shoe (how I like to wear mine) according to your liking. There are holes on the top of the croc and along the side. No matter how hot the weather becomes, I've not ever known hot sweaty feet in these.
Inside the Croc are lots of well placed nobbles, they help with grip when wearing the shoe and give a massaging effect on the feet. I can't express just how comfy these shoes are in my opinion. They feel very cushioned when walking on them and they are so lightweight. I bought my husband a pair, he can't get on with them at all and finds his flip flops far more comfy, so it really is down to personal opinion.
They can be bought in a rainbow of different colours, mine are a beige colour to fit in with the colour of some of my summer clothes.
They can be worn in water too - I usually put the strap across the back to help hold them on, and found these great for paddling in the sea when the ground was a little pebbley.
Crocs are incredibly easy to keep clean, just a simple wash will revive them.
My Crocs have done many miles and must be nearly three years old now - they don't look worn and certainly not they're age. They certainly have lasted incredibly well.
Many sports shops sell Crocs or you can buy them online on EBay or Amazon. Prices range from £13.00 - £34.00. Available in childrens sizes as well as adults.
I don't know about you, but I tend to get blisters on my feet just by putting my foot into a shoe, I've even got blisters from sandals, right on the edges of my heals where there's no material to rub me, I don't know how and I don't know why but that's my feet for you. I've spent many a day walking round the Disney theme parks in Florida with my feet covered in plasters and blister patches trying not to moan at the pain I was in, so when I saw people merrily skipping round the parks in Crocs without a care in the world I thought I'd give them a go.
They come in a variety of colours ranging from black to bright pink and yellow and they come in many different styles and patterns. I've got the traditional clog slip on ones, the ones that have covered toes but with air holes in the top to allow your feet to breathe and an ankle strap that can be brought forward and then the crocs become more like flip flops, these are know as Caymen Crocs. They are made of a soft rubber like material and have a sole that is approximately 1.5 inches thick so that it cushions your feet as you walk. There are also hundreds of tiny raised dots on the inside of the sole which massage your feet as you walk. This is great as you can wear them all day and your feet and legs don't get as tired as when you walk around in trainers or other shoes. This is particular important if you are walking round the Disney parks, believe me. They also have the added bonus of you being able to wear them in water, the strap will hold them securely to your feet so you can go for a paddle without the fear of stepping on something sharp, I wouldn't advise going swimming in them, but for paddling they are great. They dry easily and can be washed if they become dirty or stained. I have been known to place mine in the shower with me to give them a wash at the same time as I've taken the shower, I simple cover them in shower gel, lather them up, then place them where I know I wont tread on them and shower as normal. I simply then just leave them to dry. They also have the advantage of being uni-sex, there's no need to look for girl's or boy's, just buy the size you want in the colour you want.
For me they have been a god send, I don't get blisters anymore so I'm saving money on plasters and blister patches and I can leave them on all day without my feet or legs feeling tired. Plus I don't moan as much about my aching feet so my partner is happy.
My partner has always said that Crocs are hideous, but last year whilst on holiday in Florida, even he relented and bought a pair, his had to be that little bit different though, they've got Mickey Mouse shaped holes instead of the normal round ones. I think it was just to match mine as I've got salmon pink ones with Mickey holes too, although he says it was just because his feet were hot. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusion to that one.
Crocs the Marmite of the shoe world.
You either love them or hate them.
Crocs were clog like shoes that took to the world at a phenomenal rate just after 2006 and sales exploded. Everyone and anyone bought these shoes cum clogs from all walks of life from ordinary Joe public up to film stars even the President of the USA's wife Michelle Obama has been known to wear them. The original design was called the Cayman. Some find these shoes absolutely hideous to look at and are in fact quite ugly to look at but there are far more benefits to these shoes than just its ugly appearance. People started wearing these shoes in particular they were bought by lots of parents not only for themselves but also for kids too.
Whatever happens when something becomes popular the counterfeits soon appear on the market and millions of fakes were produced and flooded the market. The fake shoes were mass produced all over the world and being sold everywhere for as little as a couple of pounds. They looked similar but did not have the trademark on them. The material was also not quite the same as Crocs used They were a cause for concern because there were quite a few incidents of children losing their shoes on escalators due to the small size of them and the ease of the material being catching on things if they were lose fitting.
Crocs were invented in 2002 by three guys who originally developed the shoe for use in spas. They found that they were particularly good for wearing on boats and they commissioned 200 pairs to be made which sold out fast at a boat show in Florida. They went on to produce these shoes in Tanzania which are made from a special type of foam like resin called Croslite which is neither rubber nor plastic. What is so special about this foam like material is that it is bacteria resistant, light weight and shock absorbing not only that it moulds itself to the foot. You do not even realise that you are wearing them because of the lightweight material. Each shoe weighs a mere 6-8oz which is incredibly light.
A lot of nurses started to wear these shoes but they have been banned by many health authorities not only in this country but worldwide because it was found that there was a build-up of static electricity which in turn had an effect on electrical monitoring equipment used in hospitals. However they have produced a special professional shoe which are anti-static so these can be used in hospitals although they have a closed top and only air vents along the sides of the shoes instead of all over. They also have a closed heel area to comply with health and safety regulations.
Ergonomics and medical benefits.
These shoes have been approved by podiatrists for use by people who have diabetes and foot abnormalities due to the flexibility of the foam like shoes. Not only do they mould themselves to your feet but they also allow the foot to spread allowing the foot to adopt a more natural shape. They are not restrictive in anyway and do not cause pinching or squashing of the foot inside the shoe. There are also little bumps along the surface of the inside of the shoe which encourages circulation. These shoes are incredibly lightweight and due to the flexibility of the foam they act as a shock absorber particularly of the heel. They allow those with bunions, calluses or hammer toes and other foot abnormalities to wear them without causing discomfort or constriction. Not only this because of the shock absorbancy of the shoe it also helps prevent joint injuries of the ankles, knees, hips and spine. They also allow the ball of the foot to spread out which spreads the weight load of the wearer. They have a strap on the back of the shoe which helps to keep them on. You should be able to stick a finger between the strap and the back of your foot to ensure they are the right fit.
One of the things that I inherited from my father was his ugly misshaped feet. When we were kids we were never ever allowed to wear plimsoles like other kids (trainers were not available when we were kids but my parents would not have allowed us to wear them anyway) and always had our shoes from a reputable shop after our feet being measured and fitted with the shoes. The plimsoles were made by Dunlop and were either available in black or white and were very cheap. I think I have only ever had two pairs of trainers in my life. The first pair my daughter bought for me one birthday I didn't like and only wore them once and the second pair were walking trainers which were lightweight and really comfortable.
Even today I only buy my shoes from Clarkes shoe shops because I find the shoes more comfortable and flexible to wear as I spend a lot of my time on my feet and I feel that they are a good investment and comfortable plus they do half sizes. I have found Crocs ideal as they are lightweight, I don't get any pain or discomfort from wearing them all day long either on the beach or when walking especially when on tour. Remember to look after your feet as they are probably one of the most used and abused parts of the body and take a terrible hammering over a lifetime.
I first became interested in these shoes a few years ago after cutting my foot on some coral whilst swimming off the coast of Mauritius and bought a pair to wear to protect my feet. They are ideal as beachwear shoes not only do they offer some protection from coral they are extremely comfortable to wear. The tops and side of the shoes have air holes in them which allows for good ventilation and also if worn on the beach they allow water to ooze out of the side.
Crocs are available in 20 colours and they have designed and modified them and adapted them for all kinds of uses. They have hundreds of designs and different styles some are more pleasing on the eye and look like proper shoes. You can buy them for around £30 a pair but it is a good investment if you have horrible or painful feet. Other designs are available for anything up to £70. They also produce their own flip flops which are around £19 a pair and shaped flip flop type footwear that exercises the muscles in the leg and lower back. There are also little button type things that you can stick on the shoes to make them appealing for children including flowers or Disney characters. The flexibility of styles are immense.
There are a few shops around that sell Crocs but often you will see a stand in a shopping mall selling them. The last time I bought them was at the Ideal Home exhibition although the variety being sold are quite limited at a mall stall you do get a better selection at a Croc shop which sells the full range of shoes rather than just the Caymen. Some of the newer designs are multi coloured and multi-purpose including deck shoes, court shoes, Gold shoes and some are made with a mixture of materials.
So do I recommend them?
Not being one for fashion but for me comfort wins every time I do recommend Crocs. They are practical and sensible. They are ideal for beach wear and for walking and now they have produced Crocs that appear more like proper shoes even boots and slippers, some with inner linings too. I would definitely endorse them. I do not think they should be dismissed and ridiculed as much as they are. They have received a negative press due to the look of the Caymans but to be honest if you open your mind and look at the varieties that are available you will be pleasantly surprised.
Don't be closed minded and or too quick to be dismissive of Crocs, explore the variations that are available I am sure you will be surprised and you will find one that will suit you!
If you wish to look at the Crocs web site I am sure you are going to be really surprised at the variety available.
Well perhaps only in my head, but really. Crocs? Is this what my life has come to?
When these monstrosities first came out I was suitably horrified when faced with adults wearing them. Children wearing them was fine, and being the mother of a toddler who loves to go to the local Welsh beaches I totally see the appeal of rugged waterproof shoes that cope with everything that a toddler can throw at them. But grown ups? Really? I mean, why?
These are ugly. Very. Probably the most unflattering thing that you could ever put on your feet. They could only be made more uncool by wearing socks with them. The thought makes me feel slightly ill.
These shapeless and oafish lumps of plastic tat were something that I told myself that I would never stoop to. I had several friends who loved them but I refused to lower myself to that undeniably low standard.
Now I am not what you could call stylish by any stretch. I couldn't give a damn about fashion.
My idea of being suitably attired is a) actually wearing clothes in the first place and b) what is clean and not covered in toddler snot/felt tip/ playdoh? I live in gordonjack boots or bare feet. But even I could see that these things are just wrong.
I have health issues, ME and some mobility problems since having mini-croc wearer, and my pain levels and discomfort have got progressively worse. On a good day I tend to walk like John Wayne and on a bad, well, it ain't pretty. Due to falling apart pelvis and creaky back my ankles and feet were starting to give me gyp.
Somebody suggested crocs. I raised an eyebrow and went back to watching the 8th repeat of "get well soon" on cbeebies. I know how to live see?
But something made me wonder....
I found myself on amazon late at night scouring the "croc pages" with a feeling of shame. Yes they were STILL hideous but maybe they would help me?
And so confession time (it is good for the soul yes? ), I actually bought my first pair of hideous plastic monstrosities. In black (understated colour due to shame issues).
I have worn them around the house (and once when feeling brave ventured into the front garden ) and you know what? I am in a lot less pain than I was. I am partly thrilled by this but also a bit gutted that it took something as revolting as these things to ease said pain.
I now officially have no coolness rating (did I ever have one) and am probably doomed to spending the rest of my life reading SAGA magazine whilst drinking Horlicks. I will be moaning about the price of eggs and the youth of today. I am 43.
Here endeth my confession. Thank you for listening. Saved me a fortune on therapy.
I first encountered crocs a few summers ago when I noticed all the kids locally seemed to be wearing them. I was a little confused as I found them very unattractive and seriously lacking style. After chatting with some friends I was advised that crocs were the latest trend and apparently very good for your feet and very comfortable. I still was not convinced and it wasn't until months later when my sister arrived sporting a pair that my mind was changed. I tried on her crocs and had a walk around in them, purely out of curiosity and was amazed at how comfortable they were. I decided to buy a pair for my upcoming holiday as I always suffer from sore feet whilst abroad in the heat and thought they would be good for around the hotel.
I purchased my first pair of crocs from a local independent shoe shop and they cost me £35 which I believe to be about average price, they were bright pink and traditional clog style. I wore my crocs everyday and every night on holiday, I was amazed at how comfortable they were and how good my feet felt, I wore them to the beach, to the restaurant and to the pub and have never looked back since. This was my first holiday without swollen red feet with blisters, Now every summer out come my crocs and they don't go away again until autumn.
Crocs are made from a very light weight material (sort of plastic) and have holes all over them allowing air to circulate around your feet keeping them cool. They are ideal for the beach as they can be worn in and out the water and simply dried off with a towel. They are easily cleaned with sop and water and mine have never marked. The soles have a fantastic grip on them which also makes them fab for around the swimming pool or walking on decking etc as you feel secure. I have only ever purchased the original clog style croc however I have been on the official website and you can buy winter crocs, croc wellies, croc boots etc.
I would not be without a pair of crocs in summer and especially for holidays but still think they are majorly lacking in street cred!
I have never been a croc fan really , my girls have a few pairs and they look very cute on them but for me i was not sure. When i first tried on the crocs i felt quite stupid and the shoes looked very clumsy on my feet however i only needed a set for going in the sea with and was recommended crocs by a friend so why not after all they were for the water no one would really see them.
Cayman crocs cost £10 for adult sizes from sports direct, this is the cheapest i have seen the cayman real crocs you can buy cheap imitations but they are poorly made compared to the craymans.
When i was trying on the crocs there was so many different colours to choose from, blue, green, pink, purple, tie die ones too, i choose plain white because at least if i had to wear them they will go with whatever i am wearing.
The crocs are made from lightweight plastic or rubber that's what they feel like very cushy. I have researched everywhere and i can not find out what exactly what materials the crocs are made from.
When holding the shoes they have no weight about them at all not even when i put them on and walk around such a strange but nice feeling.
Croc are like shoe sandals with little holes on the front of them to let the air in about your foot and let the water drain out of wearing them in the water. Crocs also sell accessories for the crocs called jibbitz which come in all shapes and colours even disney characters. Each tiny jibbitz cost around £2.50 and fit into the holes of the crocs to jazz them up a little, fit like a button to the shoes. I don't have any on my crocs but my girls have a few each on their crocs.
There is a sling back strap on the back of the croc to hold the the foot in the shoe, if you don't want to use the strap it can be moved forward over the front of the shoe, this band has the croc name on it. I often wear the strap across the front unless i'm in the water and i don't want my crocs floating away.
The strap of the shoes is held on at either side of the shoe with a had plastic pin with circles at either side of the pin, the croc logo is on this part too. The circle inside the shoe did rub my foot to start with but turned out just a tiny little bit of rough plastic sticking out so cut it with nail clippers at the problem was gone.
I have worn the crocs alot more than i thought i would mainly around the house and out in the garden because they are super comfy and lightweight. I have never had a problem with my feet sweating in the crocs so they don't smell either.
Crocs are not very attractive looking and look clumsy on however they fit nicely on my feet, keep my feet safe in the water and dry within minutes of coming out the water. I think they are super for using while gardening or walking around the house.
If you fancy a set i recommend sports direct, adults sizes go up to a size 8 for women and a 10 for men.
I hold a very deep and dark secret away from a number of friends and family, that I have been an avid Crocs owner since 2006. My problem started that summer when camping in Finland, in a messy tent, where I couldn't find the flip-flops I needed to make a quick dash to the shower. My 'tent mate' offered a pair of heavy looking black rubbery shoes, that look like they'd be worn for fishing. There's no getting away from this but they're a bit of an ugly duckling. I noticed on my trip to the shower, how light and comfortable they were, and when I returned I was dying to know what they were. It turned out they were a pair of Crocs Caymans.
Mentioning to my friends at home that I had discovered some sort of footwear revolution, they looked them up on the internet themselves and were horrified. Why would I want these?
Well the Caymans come in a wide variety of colours, light, bright and dark you name it they probably do it. My pair are in what I would describe as firetruck red (it is known as just 'red'), and were a gift from said friends. Needless to say the red would not have been my first choice as they are quite a bold, in your face colour, but I think they wanted everyone to notice what ugly shoes were on my feet. So there should be something to suit your taste (colour wise - you still can't escape the design.)
You can also personalise your Crocs, each pair has 13 (unlucky for some) holes which allow you to pop little charms, called Jibbitz, through. I only have one, but covering the whole pair is particularly popular with kids. There are a whole range of designs for this flowers, animals, jewels and Disney have even collaborated. Prices for Jibbitz can be bought on the Crocs website starting at a mere £1, very pocket money friendly, and a great stocking filler. These holes along with the three vents on each side help provide air to the feet. This keeps my often sticky feet, dry and fresh, also reducing the risk of developing nasty infections like athlete's foot.
When on the shoe covers about two thirds of the length of my foot and has a moveable strap with the word crocs on it. It can either be worn fully forward i.e. rotated up and towards the front of the shoe, this creates a mule, which is very easy to slip on and off. Flip the strap back to give the shoe something to attach to around your heel for added support.
They are made up of a super light resin- material known as Cross-lite designed to mould to your feet. The use of the cross-lite makes Crocs look deceivingly heavy. A single Croc is 150g, that figure probably doesn't mean much so let's say, most light trainers/ or decent sandals will weigh around twice this figure. This means they are great for travel. I have trekked hill villages in Vietnam, waded in the sea in California, explored the Pyramids of Egpyt, and were the first thing I put on at the end of a day walking in Yorkshire during my Duke of Edinburgh Expedition, all in my trusty Crocs. That's right, these shoes have been on four continents! I now only ever pack two types of shoes when I travel: a smart pair, and Crocs.
No need to worry about losing these in the sea, they even float! And glide through the sand. They also dry off so quickly as the water drains away, although I squeak for a little while when I walk. The traction on the grip on my pair started off well, and were pretty good for most terrains, although you can feel uneven ground through them, but they are now becoming quite smooth. The inner surface has an ergonomic design of lots of little bobbles, just rub your feet back and forth in your shoe for a mini foot massage! All made in Italy, surely a sign of great quality and fashionable design. Okay, maybe not the second one.
Trekking? Beaches? Won't they get dirty? A bit, they are super easy to clean put in a bucket with either some bleach (heavy clean) or washing up liquid (quick spruce up). Good as new, well nearly, mine have faded a bit over five years, but I can forgive that.
I agree with many, they are brilliant for work, if they pass the uniform code, Crocs now do a covered version designed for this. Great for anyone on their feet, health professionals, busy parents, I used to wear them when I used to work in a kitchen. I swapped trainers for Crocs, and my feet no longer ached at the end of the day. Now I need a product that can combat my tired legs. I now use them as a general indoor slipper, particularly in summer, or with a warm pair of socks for winter.
I have worn these shoes daily, and they are the comfiest shoes I have ever bought, that includes Uggs, Birkenstocks, and too many trainer brands to tell. All defeated by the mighty Croc! They are now showing signs of wear and probably have another year left in them, still six years is not bad going.
With regards to fit I am a 5.5 and I was given a 6, they are a bit big and wide for my quite narrow feet. If you vary size between brands, I would choose the smaller size in the Croc. They did take a week or two breaking in. They did rub a bit on the inner side of my foot where the mules end and at the heel. Let the Cross-lite mould to your feet and this will no longer cause a problem. At £25 for a pair from the Crocs website, I'd still say they are a bargain. If you want to try a pair on Schuh do still stock these, and Sports Direct sometimes have some pairs lying around, but only a limited selection.
These shoes have lasted forever and come highly recommended. Even looking the way they do, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a pair, maybe in a more discrete colour. I hate to, but I can't help love these shoes.
5 jaw snapping, tail thrashing stars for Crocs Caymans!
I have seen many people wearing Crocs in the summer especially on beaches. I have been thinking about buying a pair for a while but to be honest the price put me off.
I visited my local Cats Protection Charity Shop to hand in some items for them to sell. While looking around the store I spotted a new pair of Crocs. They were the blue coloured Cayman Crocs and they were in a size M5 W7. I had no idea what this meant so I tried the Crocs on and they fitted, so these Crocs must be equivalent to my shoe size, about a UK size 5 The asking price was £6. The box was quite bashed about and worn looking but the Crocs inside the box looked brand new. I gladly gave the shop assistant £6 for the Crocs and off I went home very happy with my purchase.
Crocs are clog type sandals. They are made from a plastic/rubbery resin type material. They are a one piece moulded sandal with a strap at heel to stop the Crocs from slipping off your feet. The Crocs have ventilation holes on the top of the sandals and a padded insole which moulds to support your foot. Crocs are available in lots of different colours and styles. They are unisex and also available for children. The Crocs are marketed to be odour resistant and great as water shoes, meaning that they are wearable in water and on land.
I was delighted to find these Crocs for £6. When I first try them on they seem to be a very wide fit. It really is just as well there is the strap at the heel to keep them on my feet. My feet do not feel very comfortable against the inside of the Crocs, I think this may just be down to the fact that the Crocs are a quite a wide fit and my feet are moving about quite a bit.
I only want these Crocs to wear at the beach and in water. I have no interest at all in wearing them to shop in or walk in. I have other shoes and sandals designed specifically for that purpose.
I pack the Crocs to take on holiday to Cuba. This is predoninately a beach holiday, we are spending a week at a resort that has 3 different beaches. My first day on the beach and I am wearing suitable beach attire and I am wearing my Crocs. I am honestly finding them a bit hard to walk on. I am not getting a great amount of comfort from wearing the Crocs but as I have brought them with me all this way they need to perform!
The Crocs do feel quite light on my feet and the more I walk along the beach in them the more comfortable they become. I can go in and out the water in them and not worry about them getting damaged as these are termed as water shoes. They work well when wearing them in the water as the holes on the top of the Crocs lets the water out.
When I came out of the sea the inside of the Crocs had quite a bit of sand in them. The holes on the top of the Crocs are much better at coping with water than with sand. I then just take the Crocs off and wash them in the sea, they are fine. I can then put them back on to walk to my sunbed - job done!
The Crocs are easy to pack, they are quite lightweight and fitted easily into the bottom of my case. The first day I wore the Crocs they felt really strange as they are quite a wide fit. My feet move around a lot in the Crocs and this was a strange feeling as I am used to well fitting shoes. The Crocs made my feet look really big and I am only a size 5! I soon got used to walking in them and the insole was really neither comfy or uncomfortable, I didn't find it moulded to my feet it just served it's purpose as the inner sole of the sandals.
The great thing about Crocs is that they can be worn in and out of water. When you wear them in water they protect your feet really well and they are completely effective at draining away any water from the sandals. So in my opinion they do exactly what it says on the box.
Great for the beach and if you are into water sports, but there are lots of other shoe/sandal options available to buy for everyday activities that don't involve water.
For the price I paid I am really happy with my Crocs but I would never pay around £25 for a full priced pair.
I bought these in July last year from amazon, as I wanted a pair for my holiday. I have been wondering whether to get a pair of these for years, but I wasn't sure as I think they are such an ugly shoe!
I paid £25 for mine, and they are just black. But amazon do them in loads of different colours, brown, blue, red, pink, purple, green, white etc, there are loads to choose from. I just chose black, as it goes with anything. I did think £25 was very expensive for a pair of these crocs, but as they are real and not fake and I have heard a lot from other people about them being the comfiest shoe they have ever worn, I decided to give them a go!
These crocs can be worn by either men or women, and when I took these out of the packet, they do look just like the cheap version you can get. However I have tried a cheap version of these on, on holiday and they were so uncomfortable, when I tried these crocs on, I was so surprised with the difference.
They are so light weight on your feet, they weigh hardly anything at all. They feel so comfortable to walk in, and they were great for the beach on holiday. I hate the sand burning my feet on the beach, and you can even go in the sea with these on, it doesn't matter if they get wet.
The sole inside the crocs has loads of bumps on it, which I thought would annoy me, but they don't at all, and they make your feet grip really well in them.
I got these in a size four, and they are so comfortable, and not at all tight but they still don't slip off. These are also great for just slipping on to go outside to the bin, or in the garden to my rabbits. They are not great in the rain as they have holes in the top so your feet get wet.
They also have a strap on the shoe which you can have around your ankle at the back if you want to wear them more like a sandal, or you can wear it at the front so they are more like a flip flop. My crocs have lasted the 6 months I have had them for, and they still look brand new. There isn't a mark or dent on them, and I can see these lasting for years.
I think these shoes are great, a bit expensive but so comfortable and long lasting, definitely worth splashing out on these shoes. I wish I had just bought some years ago!
There is no way that Crocs shoes could ever really be called cool, Crocs Caymans are pretty unattractive in my opinion, but the pair I was given (from my sister as an unwanted gift prior to my going on holiday) actually proved themselves to be a good solid pair of shoes, despite appearances.
Crocs usually retail for around £30, meaning they're not the cheapest of shoes anyway, particularly considering they are not particularly attractive, but I think people forgive them for their looks due to how practical and functional they are.
Crocs, and in particular the Cayman style of crocs actually looks quite reptilian, being made out of a tough rubber with ventilation holes cut out of the foot looking like scales. The have a basic, mule / clog shape with the front part of the foot and toes being covered and the heel of the feet being uncovered. There is actually a strap at the back of the shoe which can either be worn down, so the foot is more free, or can be pulled up to help keep the shoes on the feet better. When I've worn my pair, I tend to have the strap up in a slingback style if I'm going to be walking a fair distance, and down if I'm just pottering around, as it's easier to take them on and off this way. I also think they look a bit smarter with the strap up, and less sandal like.
My particular pair of Crocs Caymans are orange, which is not a colour I'd ever pick myself normally. As well as bright colours like pink, yellow and light blue, these shoes are also available in darker, more sensible shades like grey, beige and dark green. If I was buying my own pair I'd have probably gone for black, as the brighter colours are pretty vibrant!
When I used these on holiday I found they were very useful. As a pair of lightweight sandals I found them to be very comfortable, with the sole feeling quite cushioned and soft on my feet. The holes cut into the feet of the shoe meant that my feet were kept cool and for sloshing about by the pool or on the beach these shoes with their holes were great, as any water that got in them drained away easily. I would say they're not particularly suited to UK weather as you're feet would get wet in the rain, but for hot places where you'll get wet or dirty and want a pair of shoes that you can hose down and dry off in a few minutes, these shoes are great. Being made of rubber means they're very hardwearing, and after wearing these for a few weeks on holiday, plus for doing a bit of gardening in, they were great and have no real signs of wear to them at all.
I'm actually thinking about getting a couple of pairs of these for the kids for when we go on holiday next, as the Caymans also come in kids sizes, and they liked the bright colours, plus I know they are comfortable and I can see the rubber being very hardwearing, which is good in a kids' shoe.
Overall, despite the uncool look of these shoes, they do their job very well, and though I might not like to wear them in the streets in the UK, for on holiday or at home, they're very good.
One thing for certain is that the classic Cayman Crocs are not sexy! When I first saw them I couldn't imagine what would drive anyone to wear such hideous rubber monstrosities on their feet - because they are clumpy, plasticky and about as unappealing a shoe as one could possibly come across. However - my dislike for them was very short lived because once I tried them on, I was completely and totally hooked - and fell in love, hook, line and sinker!
The Cayman Crocs are the original classic design. They come in a wide variety of colours - and I have two pairs, one in navy blue - which are great for blending in - and the other in berry, which are great for not blending in! They look like a cross between clogs and plastic jelly beach shoes - which is probably why the first time I saw them I thought they were kids shoes. However, there are loads of colours, including electric blue, dahilia, fuchsia, and chocolate (such inviting names!).
The most amazing thing about my Crocs is how incredibly lightweight they are - and this really makes a difference when they're on my feet. They are so light that they feel really airy and often like there is nothing on my feet at all, especially if I am wearing them without socks. Also, because my feet are quite wide, the extra wide fitting makes my feet feel like they are free rather than being penned in begging for escape. I tend to work 13 hour shifts (I'm a nurse) and I can wear these on my feet all day and they never feel uncomfortable or hot and sweaty as most other shoes tend to end up making my feet feel. Having said that, I don't want to give the impression that they slop around on your feet - because they don't. Its more like they feel like they are designed to fit your feet and that they mold to your feet in some way.
When you stand on them, it makes you feel like you're standing on an aircushion rather than a solid base - and so no achy feet.
As I've said previously, one thing I love about these Crocs is that they make my feet feel like they can breathe. I think that this is on account of the ventilation holes that surround the main body of the shoe, meaning that air can circulate at all times. They are also odour resistant, so no pongy smells - which has to be a bonus, right?!
They are waterproof in as much as the material is plastic (Crosslite) and so waterproof, although the ventilation holes and the open heel does mean that water can get in. However, any water (such as on the beach) does drain away quickly and, surprisingly, the Crocs do not even rub when they're wet.
Ugly or not, I love my Crocs and would not be without them! My most recent Caymen Crocs were bought from Amazon for just £16.99 - with free delivery!
I was never into the whole Crocs craze, and I know they've been around for a long while, but I've always thought they looked a bit too childish. But anyway, I spotted these in my local Sports Direct for just £8 (rrp is apparently £35 for these) and thought they were quite a good bargain, and nice to wear around the house. So I selected a nice pale Pink pair in my normal size, realised they're a bit small, so returned them for one size up, and they were perfect!
This style of Crocs is named Cayman after the Cayman crocodile, and they are indeed quite crocodile in shape, albeit they are thankfully not scaly and scary-looking, and are actually quite cute and colourful. You can get these in all sorts of colours, from bright pink, red, purple and orange, through to more earthy colours like brown and dark green. The design of them is open back, but there is a strap which if pushed towards the back can turn it into a sling-back style so they don't slip off your feet, so you can wear them whichever way you find comfortable.
Crocs are quite unique in their technology, as they are really lightweight, ergonomically designed 'croslite' soles so your feet are comfortable, and have holes which allow your feet to breathe. I wear these both with bare feet and socks, and they are fine either way. They are water-resistant so fine if there are splashes or you want to wear them on the beach, but not ideal for rainy weather of course, your feet would get drenched!
Although they are quite an old model, they are still available widely in many places including the Crocs official website as they are a well loved model and still popular today. They come in both adult and children's sizes.
You can even decorate these by purchasing Jibbitz, which in layman terms are little charms which you can attach to the holes within the Crocs, thus decorating and personalising them as per your choice. these are good for children, as they can buy them in fun designs and even branded Jibbitz such as Disney characters.
Now I have tried a pair, I would be really interested in buying one of their other designs, as they have expanded to provide a plethora of different styles to suit all kinds of people, including boots, work wear and trainers, all with the 'croslite' technology which makes them comfortable and friendly to feet.
I admit I'd still be a teeny bit embarrassed wearing these outside the house, but wouldn't judge anyone else for wearing them....especially now that I have some! They really are comfortable and fun though, so I wouldn't knock them!
Last week I wrote a review about my guilty secret; my Crocs Mammoths and wasn't surprised to read some comments from other members deriding my obscene choice of footwear. One of the more positive comments though came from a Dooyooer via a private message in which she mentioned that she had found that the SportsDirect website were running a sale in which Crocs were included and that she had managed to pick up a pair of Caymans for just £8.00. Never one to miss an opportunity I promptly checked this out for myself and in the process managed to bag myself a bargain of my own; a pair of Crocs Caymans at the same ridiculously discounted price of £8.00 reduced from their original £29.99 price tag.
Unlike the rather understated dirty brown colour illustrated in the above picture my Crocs are bright red and emblazoned with the English flag, presumably they were manufactured in commemoration of England's involvement in the 2010 World Cup earlier this year although there are no references to that on the shoe itself. They are by no means subtle and when I eagerly opened my parcel from SportsDirect I inwardly cringed, I already have a very low opinion on Crocs as it is (see my other Mammoths review) but I cant deny that they are so incredibly comfortable that any shame I have in wearing them is quickly replaced with an overriding sense of sheer heavenly bliss whenever I put them on my feet.
The shoe itself is made from a product called 'croslite' which, apparently is a foam resin and is exclusive to the Crocs brand. In my uninformed opinion they feel like a cross between rubber and plastic and they seem to mould themselves around your foot when it is placed inside. The Caymans have a 'unique' design in that above the sole around the toe are rectangular shaped holes which allow your feet to breathe and on top of the shoe feature even more circular holes. Classy wouldn't be a term I would use to describe their appearance but once you put your foot into one and the sole is caressed by the tiny little ridges that are a feature of their design you really can appreciate just how irresistibly comfortable they actually are.
By their design they are a summer sandal it has to be said, for this time of the year they are unsuitable as your feet and toes will get very cold very quickly and that's probably why they are so heavily discounted at the moment. For knocking around the house and garden in or for short trips out they could be OK but I really wouldn't suggest wearing them for an extended period of time once the weather turns colder. In their favour though they are easy to put on and take off and require very little maintenance only needing a quick wipe over with a wet wipe or cloth if they get dirty and, of course, you can simply buy them to put away for next year which is exactly what I have done.
The shoe features a rather unattractive strap which can be worn at the back of your heel (not recommended for men as it looks silly) or can be pushed to the front where it blends in with the rest of the shoe. The strap is held in position by the trademark 'Crocs' button which features a little illustration of a crocodile (what else?!) and the sole of the shoe has been designed to be non-slip. As a functional shoe they are well designed I have to admit even though I still don't like their appearance, however now that I own 2 pairs of Crocs and have publicly admitted the fact it goes to show how easily swayed I am by the comfort they offer.
Crocs Caymans have always been a popular choice from the brand and are probably the most recognisable from the choices of designs available. There are many variations in colour and sizes which cater for men, women and children so selecting a pair which you like the look of shouldn't pose that many problems. My bright red England ones are still available on the SportsDirect website if my review has tantalised and piqued your curiosity and are still available for the stupidly low price of just £8.00 (link at the end of this review)
I still maintain that if you can get over how they actually look then they are a shoe which will offer you undeniable comfort, however, personal taste in fashion and footwear will dictate if you would ever allow a pair to be seen near your feet. For their comfort the Crocs Cayman shoe gets a perfect 5 star dooyoo rating from me, how they look? well that'd be zero stars.
All in all though definitely recommended. Try them for yourself and see just how good they feel. Thanks for reading my review!
Link to the SportsDirect website where mine and other Crocs are currently available to buy at sale prices: http://www.sportsdirect.com/crocs-nation-cayman-snr02-222238
Three and a half years back my partner came home with a present for me and one for him! He seemed really pleased with himself and couldn't wait till I opened it. I can't remember what I was hoping for but I wasn't too pleased when I opened my package to find what I can only describe as ugly looking plastic clog shoes in a bright red colour for me and a black for himself. All I remember him saying to me was aren't they cool. That wasn't the word I was looking for! Not long after buying them he proudly showed me a magazine with celebrities like Vernon Kay wearing them and saying I told you so.
I have to admit with these it wasn't love at first sight but they have grown on me and have become very useful especially through the time I was pregnant and high heels were out of the question. Crocs are now fashionably and most households in Britain have crocs in their under stairs cupboard.
They are made from a special foam resin called Croslite and what this does is mould it too the shape of your foot as you wear it. It makes it extremely comfortable to wear and walk in. The strap around the back moves backwards and forwards allowing you to wear them like clogs and slip them on and off when going in and out the house. But for those long summer strolls the back is there for support and comfort of your feet. . Health professionals highly recommend these shoes so they must be good.
The soles of the shoes are slip resistance unlike many shoes of this type but it does wear over time. I had my original pair for two years and a half years by the end of that time the bottom had become slippery. And colour had faded a little. As I live in the country I did tend to hose them clean often so this could have affected the colouring fading over that time.
The Cayman croc is like the basic style croc they started out with and is available in so many colours I have lost count. As I have mentioned I had red ones and my partner black. At the time of his purchase the colours were a little limited. But now not only have the colours expanded but the style too. They have moved onto some very different styles and some the ladies ones looked rather cute and more feminine. Which I can't say about the Cayman style.
Crocs are available in all sizes so no one is restricted. My one year old and two and a half year old both have a pair. They are brilliant for them to wear in the summer on the beach and out and about. No little sweaty feet with these.
This type of shoe market has caught on and many people are doing similar things. You may have heard of mocks. I was given a pair as someone had bought them and they didn't fit. Although Crocs are on the pricey side they are worth the extra pounds. I found the mocks uncomfortable, they rub because of the harsh plastic there made out of and had no bend in it.
You can pick crocs up from many shops on the high street and will find they vary quite a bit in price. Amazon are selling the between £20 and £25 at this present time.
So the lesson I have learnt is don't judge a book by its cover! They may not be like those killer heals or smart shoes your recently bought but they have their own purpose. Comfort and ease for your feet after you have worn those uncomfortable shoes the night before!
A lightweight, comfortable, slip-resistant, fashionable yet functional shoe. Available in many styles and colours