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MakinMagicforBunky
04-14-2006, 12:34 AM
Ok, so I'd heard such great things about Crocs (and the Airwalk knock offs at Payless) so I grabbed a pair for my son and two for me. I wear them with my socks and they are comfy for walking, but I wore them sockless tonight and was NOT impressed. They're still comfy, but my feet were hot and a bit sweaty. TMI.

My son still loves his, and he has sandals, tennis shoes, etc, but I need something to wear.

So, any suggestions for something that will work for all day walking, not feel gross if they get wet, and will look decent with capri pants??

I'm the kind of person who can live in flip flops all summer long, but don't want my legs to hurt from walking around with not much support.

Thanks!

11 days til my first trip to the 'World!

stemikger
04-14-2006, 12:42 AM
The first year I wore payless for my 10 day marathon trip (I did a lot of walking).

The next year I bought another type at payless and I got blisters, so it really depends. I'm glad I bought my other pair with me.

I would bring more then one pair.

jonestavern
04-14-2006, 12:47 AM
What model Crocs did you get, the completely closed or the ones with holes?
It does make a difference.
Crocs also makes a flip flop you may want to give a try-
I take 3 pair of shoes with me, I find that switching off makes a big difference.

Jean

MakinMagicforBunky
04-14-2006, 07:20 AM
I actually got the Payless knock offs, after reading they were similar. I do think they're comfy, they just made my feet hot and I don't like hot feet, lol!

I do plan to bring several pairs of shoes to switch out, I'm just worried about wearing my legs out while trying to keep up with my 5 yo!!

phantom728
04-14-2006, 08:22 AM
I generally wear good sneakers during the day since it gets warm. We tend to take a later afternoon break before dinner to relax at the room. I then usually switch to birks or comfy sandals and wear them in the evening to give my feet a chance to breath.

I've never tried Croc's and am not sure what they are.

makinorlando
04-14-2006, 09:53 AM
My shoe of choice since buying them in February are my Crocs (Beach style)without socks (I HATE socks). DD also wears her's sockless, and she says they are her most comfy shoes as well. We were at MK yesterday and she wore her sneakers, and she commented her feet hurt - which she does not mention with her crocs. DD and I averaged one day a week at a park (or DTD) since I bought our Crocs!

My DSis flew into Orlando on Saturday, and the first thing we did was hit the Croc store in the airpor, as she wanted to see them and try them on before buying them (she mostly shops on line) - she bought a pair - Caymen (?) - no holes on top, but around the sides - and she has worn other shoes that she brought with her only one day to Sea World this week!! She loves them and keeps commenting that she can't believe that $30 worth of "plastic" (we know it is not plastic) can be so comfortable!!!

Just our humble opinion

spiceycat
04-14-2006, 10:32 AM
new balance - but they aren't cheap.

stitch63
04-14-2006, 10:41 AM
Can anyone explain what makes the Croc's so comfortable? I have seem them in stores, but didn't know what they were called. I thought they were kind of ugly, but maybe they're worth a try...

LuluLovesDisney
04-14-2006, 11:20 AM
I like the mesh land and water shoes. They are made to drain water so they are breatheable and dry quickly. Cuter than Crocs. They come in lots of colors, too.

http://landsend.com/cd/fp/prod/0,,1_2_1930_59671_137253_115660_5:view=-1,00.html?CM_MERCH=PAGE_58083&sid=2436142095860175810

nephthys43
04-14-2006, 01:39 PM
i have the llbean summer sneakers. they're lightweight and dry quickly. i have to wear mine with socks because of my insoles, but my sis wears hers without them and says they're very comfy.

4shinystars
04-17-2006, 08:23 AM
I just bought 2 pair of shoes to break in for my August trip- Merrell Reactor Ventilator sneakers and Merrell Reactor Sport sandals. I lucked out and got the sneakers at Dick's on clearance for only $29.99 (reg. $89.95) and the sandals at DSW marked down to $27 (reg $69.99).
I was going to get a pair of Tevas, but the front of my foot is wide and I can't seem to get a pair that doesn't rub. I have Birkenstocks, but I wanted more of a sport sandal that will stay on. Merrell is a great brand, high quality and comfy. (at least for me :) )
I tried on Crocs, but they were too narrow-I'd be better off getting a men's size. I can't wear thong sandals, and the clogs just make these size 10-11 feet look even bigger! Stores here don't carry the slide style.
Have a great trip!!!

Boncho
04-17-2006, 08:45 AM
I wear flip flops all summer. Last year on our WDW trip (and I will again on this years trip) I wore flip flops all the time. They are the ones with a little bit thicker sole which gave alot of cushioning; I get them at Wal-Mart for only $10. I didn't mind my feet getting wet, my feet didn't get too hot and they were nice and comfortable (no blisters).

Disneyof3
04-17-2006, 04:16 PM
:thumbsup2

I also wear running shoes with socks. Mine are the Walmart X2X ones. They I find are the most comfortable shoes when doing alot of walking. My feet do get hot but my back of my heels don't blister in them. My feet always get blisters on them when walking alot except with my running shoes.




:cheer2: Next WDW trip Feb.2007 or March 2007 :banana: :love: :banana:

sarabelle
04-18-2006, 08:13 PM
On my last trip I wore Rainbow sandals. They were amazing, very comfortable, much better than tennis shoes. They're high-quality, leather sandals and they dry very quickly. They are a bit pricey for sandals though. They usually run from $40 to $50, but I've worn mine pretty much everyday for 1 1/2 years (from the south, we wear sandals in winter) and they are still great. I normally wear out a pair of sandals over one summer but I expect to get a couple of more years out of these. Warning though, don't get them the week before you go on your trip. Give yourself a month or so to really break them in and they will mold to the shape of your feet.

colaz
04-18-2006, 08:32 PM
I bought a couple pairs of Crocs. I wore one pair and my daughter wore my other pair - neither of us had a problem. My husband bought a pair and also loved his. None of us got sweaty or hot feet. Then my dad purchased a pair of knock-off crocs. He still wears them but not for long periods of time. His feet get sweaty and hot in them.
I don't know what the difference is but all I can say is after a day of walking in the parks this is the first shoe that I don't immediately take off when walking into the hotel room. It is also the first shoe that I don't mind put back on to run out for ice.

Luv4Mickey
04-19-2006, 10:59 PM
I am trying to find out if anyone owns a pair of the "nile" by Croc? I want to know if the heel strap is removable? ;)

mx55mom
04-20-2006, 06:45 AM
I am trying to find out if anyone owns a pair of the "nile" by Croc? I want to know if the heel strap is removable? ;)

If you don't get an answer you could contact http://shop.crocs.com/c-4-Footwear.aspx?reqid=4&reqProdTypeId=4&subsectionname=footwear.

Seems like 8 out of 10 people were wearing Crocs when we were there. I don't have any and wonder if you buy them big for a reason. Maybe they looked big because no one had socks on??? They are definitely the rage!

colaz
05-02-2006, 05:49 PM
Seems like 8 out of 10 people were wearing Crocs when we were there. I don't have any and wonder if you buy them big for a reason. Maybe they looked big because no one had socks on??? They are definitely the rage![/QUOTE]


I just saw this and the reason that I have the size I bought is because the salesperson stressed that your toes should come no where near the front of the shoe. I wasn't sure about it when I tried them on but they stay on and feel great. They do look huge though! When I first saw them I thought they were the ugliest shoes I had ever seen.

Also in response to the strap question. I am not sure if I have Nile or not but mine have straps that I push up (so it is over the top of my foot). I have worn them with the strap but they stay on either way and it is easier to slip them on and off that way.

texasthree
05-02-2006, 05:54 PM
I love the crocs nile. They look more like a sandle and are open. They dry quickly too. If anyones interested in getting the niles for cheaper. Von Maur in Michigan has then marked down for $20 right now. You can call and order them and they ship for free and if you live in a state that doesnt have a von maur theres no sales tax either. Just an fyi, heres the number (734) 622-0233, ask for Lena. She was great and found me 2 pairs in my size.

nurseypoo5
05-02-2006, 07:12 PM
I love the crocs nile. They look more like a sandle and are open. They dry quickly too. If anyones interested in getting the niles for cheaper. Von Maur in Michigan has then marked down for $20 right now. You can call and order them and they ship for free and if you live in a state that doesnt have a von maur theres no sales tax either. Just an fyi, heres the number (734) 622-0233, ask for Lena. She was great and found me 2 pairs in my size.


Thanks for the info

ENSOCK
05-02-2006, 11:17 PM
I purchased a pair of athens (flip flops) by crocs this weekend. I have worn them all day Sunday and 1/2 day Sat. They are not bad and I am waiting for them to adjust to my feet. I was able to walk for about a 1/4 of a mile in them (getting ready for WDW) with no problem on Sat. The only thing I noticed was that I found the top strap was a little hot on my foot. I could be that me feet were swollen since I was on them for 2 days straight. I am going to bring the crocs and also my New Balance walking shoes and trade out the shoes at about mid day when we go back to the room. :thumbsup2

plove53
05-02-2006, 11:26 PM
one difference between crocs and the knock-offs is that the crocs are a special synthetic material that is antimicrobial, meaning that bacteria cannot thrive on the surface. the knockoffs are mostly made of plastic or other synthetic material that are not antimicrobial. i think it is the special material that also make your feet not so sweaty when compared to the knockoffs... :confused3

wacampbell
05-03-2006, 01:03 AM
I have extremely sweaty feet (genetic and medical condition) this said.. real crocs work wonderfully for me. my feet do not sweat in them. my favorite are the athens II flip flops and Cayman (holes all over style). My feet do not sweat in them, but I have tried Walmart and Payless knock offs, and my feet started sweating 5 minutes after trying them on. They actually started to squeak! I am taking my Crocs both pairs and my puma bashy, I love them since they are so light weight and breath, but still have to wear socks with them since my feet do sweat. I hope this helps.

wacampbell
05-03-2006, 01:04 AM
I am trying to find out if anyone owns a pair of the "nile" by Croc? I want to know if the heel strap is removable? ;)

No the strap is not removable without putting holes in the niles sandals. You can flip it forward but it does not work as well as it does with the clog style crocs.

nurseypoo5
05-03-2006, 01:16 AM
I wonder if i will get badly sunburned feet wearing these. I love the way the niles look. Very cute. Are they as comfortable as the reg. crocs?

How can i convince a very fashion savvy 10 yr old boy to wear Crocs? I hate carrying wet socks and hearing him whine!

So some say to get them big..but they say they run big. My shoe is a 9m, should I get the 8/9????

tsd1202
05-05-2006, 11:21 AM
I love the crocs nile. They look more like a sandle and are open. They dry quickly too. If anyones interested in getting the niles for cheaper. Von Maur in Michigan has then marked down for $20 right now. You can call and order them and they ship for free and if you live in a state that doesnt have a von maur theres no sales tax either. Just an fyi, heres the number (734) 622-0233, ask for Lena. She was great and found me 2 pairs in my size.

I just ordered mine from Lena at Von Maur- She was super helpful. I got a Pearl pair of Niles and Kahki pair of Beach for $50 no shipping,no tax- AWESOME!!! Thanks TEXASTHREE. :wizard:

texasthree
05-05-2006, 02:02 PM
Oh good Trudi! She said she would call me if they get discounted even more! I already bought 2 pairs plus some Kswiss they had on clearance for my son!

Princess and Frog
05-06-2006, 07:25 PM
Has anyone ever tried P.U.R sandals? They seem to be similar to Crocs, and they are comfy.

Hope73
05-08-2006, 11:00 AM
For my kids I bought Lnad's End Sandals that are adjustable. OUr first trip was in Jan and I couldn't find any sandals for them and they had outgorwn theirs form summer. It was a fluke but they worked out perfect and I have bought since then for other trips. They are waterprood, have the big soles and adjustable in two places. I think I will buy slides for myself form there as well.

We only take 2 pairs of shoes each tennis shoes and the Sandals. I pack lite. I also pack half of the clothes I need and wash half through the trip. We bring 2 suitcases for a family of 4.

Kitka
05-08-2006, 11:07 AM
I swear by Earth Shoes. They're just the best. I bought a pair for my April trip and didn't have one issue.

Boncho
05-08-2006, 12:15 PM
I swear by Earth Shoes. They're just the best. I bought a pair for my April trip and didn't have one issue.

I just bought a pair of the Earth Shoe sandals and they are the most comfortable sandals I've ever worn (besides my flipflops of course). I picked them up at Walmart for only $29.95. The first time I put them on I wore them all day and they didn't bother my feet at all. :thumbsup2

Cynt
05-08-2006, 01:00 PM
The best $32 I've spent. Funny this thread appeared today because I'm seriously thinking about going back to the store and purchasing another pair of Croc flip flops for my trip Sunday. They are so comfortable that it's unbelievable.

I highly recommend them if you like to wear flip flops.

I'm carrying my croc FF, my broken in Reeboks and K-Swiss, and about 2 additional pair of flip flops to wear around the hotel pool and water parks.

laura001
05-08-2006, 01:05 PM
I just purchased my first pair of crocs and love them so far.

When I am in the parks, I suffer suffer suffer, have tried every shoe imaginable and still my poor feet..... :sad2: They become so sore that I can't even stand to step on the carpet back in the room. Last year I changed between sandals (birks) and runners. I still suffered. Am hoping that I like these crocs and then that is what I will take next year with me.

I am worried that the crocs will make the bottom of my feet sore.... :confused3