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Daisybelle
05-20-2008, 07:02 PM
Ok, I keep seeing Crocs mentioned in threads and many great things said about them. My question is why are they so loved? :confused3 They look plastic and...large. Are they better and more comfortable then a sport sandal?

I'd love to read folks' opinions. :surfweb:

bumbershoot
05-20-2008, 07:15 PM
They work better for me than any Teva I've owned, and they are often more comfortable than my running shoes. And I only have the mary janes, which are actually too narrow for my hobbit feet, but I just can't handle putting MORE width onto my tootsies. Once I get brave enough, I bet the Caymans (is that the normal style?) will be even more comfy for me.

But for me it's always about variety, with two pairs of shoes a day to keep 'em happy.

JenDisneylandlver
05-20-2008, 07:23 PM
They are super comfortable to me, and the only shoes that I don't get serious blisters while wearing at DL.

I have wide flat feet, so the width is really comfy!

prettyprincessbelle
05-20-2008, 07:49 PM
I wore my two pairs of Mary Janes this past weekend (4 days) and my feet loved me for them. The Caymans are a tad bit more comfy, but my feet look HUGE in them (I wear a size 10) and I just have one pair I wear around the house.

The only thing about my MJs is the plastic nob on the sides did rub and HURT but after a couple days BEFORE my trip of wearing them that pain went away and it didn't hurt anymore..

But I did get pretty funky tan lines from them... :laughing:

toocherie
05-20-2008, 07:56 PM
I have the Mary Janes, the Beach style and the Mickey crocs (which I believe are like the Beach style, but with Mickey head holes). I love them. I tried wearing tennis shoes last time and my feet didn't like me for it.

ScrapperKimmyD
05-20-2008, 08:17 PM
They are light weight and are supposed to fit loosley. That means no pressure points which means fewer blisters. They can get wet and it's not a problem. They don't get stinky (they're antibacteria) and they float in the water, so you don't lose them.

Beach are wider than Cayman. I have wide (but not fat) feet and I can't wear the Cayman (they are more narrow). I have the Beach (Red Mickeys, black, lime green, tan, pink), Mammoth and one of the ones with no holes (specialist, I think). I also have 2 pair of the flip flops (the first ones, whatever they're called). I just got a pair of Mary Janes and they are the teeniest bit snug in one area, but I haven't tried to stretch them at all yet. Once I do, they'll be FINE! :goodvibes

I can walk around in them for DAYS and not get blisters - unlike any tennies I've ever worn.

I wore my New Balance to work an 8 hour shift and by the end of the shift my feet were killing me. The next night I wore my Crocs for a 12 hour shift and my feet were fine.


I wear my orthotics in them which make them perfect for my feet. I hardly wear anything else now. I'm looking forward to trying the new HEELS they have now! :banana:

bumbershoot
05-20-2008, 08:30 PM
"Beach are wider than Cayman"

Good to know!!!!! My maryjanes are tight, so they do rub a bit, but it's still better than my Sauconys (or last year my Asics or the year before my New Balances) after a few hours!

Also good to know you can wear orthotics in them.

My ONLY real problem with them is that they squeak, and I HATE shoes that squeak. It's a major problem for me...

scooter15
05-20-2008, 08:38 PM
My kids love them. My son says they are soft and they dont hurt. I broke down and bought mary janes at Costco the other day and wore them to disneyland. My feet didnt' hurt at all and it felt very soft and bouncy. DH is finally getting a pair too!

ScrapperKimmyD
05-20-2008, 08:41 PM
My kids love them. My son says they are soft and they dont hurt. I broke down and bought mary janes at Costco the other day and wore them to disneyland. My feet didnt' hurt at all and it felt very soft and bouncy. DH is finally getting a pair too!

COSTCO?!?!?!?!????? Are you kidding me????

I've gotta go!

Disneynut71
05-20-2008, 08:48 PM
I love my crocs. I have 4 pairs.

2 mickey Crocs black/red and blue/green
2 beach crocs Purple and of course Lime Green

I have tried so many different shoes at the parks. Sneakers, Flip flops you name it. Nothing worked. Last March for a trip to WDW I bought my first pair of Crocs. I never wore anything else the entire trip. My feet didn't' hurt at all. I do wear no show socks for blisters.

I now where them all the time. To and from work, on my days off...everywhere. I love them

Both of my kids have crocs as well and love them.

Brenna&Noah's Mom
05-20-2008, 09:03 PM
I just bought my first pair of Crocs this weekend(mary janes).They are so comfy.I think if you get a pair you won't regret it.I walked around the store I bought mine at with them on for a while to see how they were.

bumbershoot
05-20-2008, 09:05 PM
You guys mentioning your kids reminded me! DS got a pair of Mickey crocs (shoebuy!) at Yule. Although they are still a bit too big (meaning they are much bigger than his foot), they are his most comfy shoes. He is prone to leg aches and growing pains (the leg aches come from me, the growing pains come from growing, but DH remembers being in agony with them at 3 as well), and the leg aches are especially strong if he's spent a big day running around.

But if he runs around in the crocs, even if it's all day jumping and being crazy, he does NOT hurt. All his other shoes...stride rites, Nikes, Buster Browns, they hurt his legs at the end of the day (arnica cream is his best friend on those nights), but not the Crocs. So even if I couldn't wear them, I'd love them b/c of him!


I forgot about Costco...might have to go run out and get some Beaches...

jodilynnw0214
05-20-2008, 09:12 PM
I love my crocs. I only wear the athens (which are flip flops) or the Nile which are kinda like sandals. Last year I took my tennis shoes and a pair of athens crocs to disneyland and only wore the crocs because the other shoes hurt my feet. This year I bought the athens and the Nile to wear. My dd got the Nile and my Dh wears the athens also. We all think they are the best on the feet after a long day of walking. Jodi

scooter15
05-20-2008, 09:13 PM
Yup...Costco! But out of the 4 that I live by, they are the only ones that carried them. They were $21 and they also had caymans.

emum
05-20-2008, 09:16 PM
I've had my Crocs for 4 years... mega comfy, durable, waterproof.

The only thing is, mine are the wrong colour for anything other than wearing around the pool / beach, so I may well invest in new pair before we head o/s (although it sounds as though they're cheaper in the US).

Silly Little Pixie
05-20-2008, 09:29 PM
I have arthritis in my legs, hips, back, and feet. Last summer I went to DL in my New Balance runners. My feet were sore by the end of the day- but the next morning, I literally couldn't get out of bed. I was horrified. Now, DH has sworn by Crocs for years, and told me to get some. So on our next visit, my first stop was at the Emporium where I got some hot pink Mickey crocs!

And not only were my feet not sore- the next day, I felt like any other day! I was SOLD. So now, they're pretty much all I'll wear to DL. No, I'm not a fan of the "look" of the Beach crocs- but man, if they can keep me going until midnight, so be it!

Now I want to get some mary janes for regular use, and another pair- maybe the Caymans? I know there's a Crocs store in Santa Monica, but I don't get over there very often. Where else can I buy mary janes besides online? I'd like to try them on first since they are a little different fit.

prettyprincessbelle
05-20-2008, 09:47 PM
Oh yes! They are VERY water proof! I wore them on the 3 times we went on GRR and the 1 time we went on Splash and my feet got SOAKED (especially on GRR!) and 5 minutes after we exited the ride, I swear my feet were dry. DBF was jealous I had dry comfy feet and he didn't.. :angel:

Daisybelle
05-20-2008, 09:48 PM
Ok, Y'all have convinced me. I'll have to hunt them down this weekend and try a pair. I looked online at their website and I didn't realize there were so many types! Whatever will help me go all day for 5 days, I'll try!

ScrapperKimmyD
05-20-2008, 10:20 PM
Where else can I buy mary janes besides online? I'd like to try them on first since they are a little different fit.

I went to my local mall and found several stores that sell them. Nordstrom, Journeys, and several others. Just look around - they seem to be everywhere these days.

bumbershoot
05-20-2008, 10:33 PM
Now I want to get some mary janes for regular use, and another pair- maybe the Caymans? I know there's a Crocs store in Santa Monica, but I don't get over there very often. Where else can I buy mary janes besides online? I'd like to try them on first since they are a little different fit.

I've seen the maryjanes at REI.


Ok, Y'all have convinced me. I'll have to hunt them down this weekend and try a pair. I looked online at their website and I didn't realize there were so many types! Whatever will help me go all day for 5 days, I'll try!

Little backing up here...so far, the only people who have posted are those for whom Crocs work. There are definitely people that can't wear them, or can't wear them to the parks. You might be one of them, or you might be one of "us", but you'll only know if you try them!

toocherie
05-20-2008, 10:45 PM
I have arthritis in my legs, hips, back, and feet. Last summer I went to DL in my New Balance runners. My feet were sore by the end of the day- but the next morning, I literally couldn't get out of bed. I was horrified. Now, DH has sworn by Crocs for years, and told me to get some. So on our next visit, my first stop was at the Emporium where I got some hot pink Mickey crocs!

And not only were my feet not sore- the next day, I felt like any other day! I was SOLD. So now, they're pretty much all I'll wear to DL. No, I'm not a fan of the "look" of the Beach crocs- but man, if they can keep me going until midnight, so be it!

Now I want to get some mary janes for regular use, and another pair- maybe the Caymans? I know there's a Crocs store in Santa Monica, but I don't get over there very often. Where else can I buy mary janes besides online? I'd like to try them on first since they are a little different fit.

I got my Mary Janes at Nordstrom . . . . .

Daisybelle
05-20-2008, 10:53 PM
That's what I figure Bumbershoot, I'll go to the sporting good store that says they sell them and wander around their store in them for a bit. Hopefully that'll give me some idea if they are going to work for my chubby little hobbit feet (minus the fur).

JenDisneylandlver
05-20-2008, 10:55 PM
Hey, wondering how long your guys crocs last you? I got mine last June and the little nubs seems to have worn quite a bit. Wondering if maybe I should get myself some new Mickey ones when I'm there.

Mom of three
05-20-2008, 11:15 PM
Something else I liked about them....aside from being antibacterial and oober comfortable...they are dishwasher safe!! I also recall hearing that they are made of recycled material and/or biodegradable as well.

bumbershoot
05-20-2008, 11:26 PM
That's what I figure Bumbershoot, I'll go to the sporting good store that says they sell them and wander around their store in them for a bit. Hopefully that'll give me some idea if they are going to work for my chubby little hobbit feet (minus the fur).

I'm very glad you already knew that. There are some people who hear all the raves, but then they don't work for their feet, and it's a real letdown! I always feel bad for those people.

Please be careful with what you say, by the way...take it from someone who used to have a tag that went something like "I have obnoxious toe hair"...:rotfl:

NWPrincess
05-20-2008, 11:29 PM
I gave in and bought the Disney Beach Crocs for my upcoming trip in September. They are really cute--pink with white straps and mickey holes. I know there was some discussion of the bigness of the original Crocs, but I got a good deal at Shoebuy for $27.50 and they have a free shipping return policy, so even though I have big feet (size 10 women's), I figure if they look hideous on me or are not comfy, I'll just return them--I plan on wearing them around the house everyday to get used to them. Plus, it's Disneyland. I'm not there to impress anyone, just to be comfy (it will go with my Beauty and Cinderella shirts and I'm 25--as of Sunday...:thumbsup2 ).

Anyway, thanks for convincing me. I'm sure I will not be disappointed.

avalon451
05-20-2008, 11:35 PM
Wonder if it's your foot shape that determines how comfy they are? I'm hearing a lot of "wide, flat feet" comments here.

I've never tried them, I'll have to do that. Gonna check my local Costco. But I have real high arches that tend to spasm without support (part of the whole plantar fascietis deal, the podiatrist kindly informed me), and I pronate pretty bad. (When my heeled shoes sit lined up in the closet, they are all leaning away from each other 'cause I wore down the outside edge of the soles!)

auntyjenn
05-20-2008, 11:39 PM
Gee, I would think that your feet would get all sweaty and stinky in plastic shoes like that. Hm, are the fake brands as good?

:boat:

JenDisneylandlver
05-20-2008, 11:53 PM
My Mom has a pretty good arch and they didn't work out for her. So I do think that might have something to do with it, especially the wide Beach kind.

Dobie
05-21-2008, 12:20 AM
the growing pains come from growing,...

:rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

bumbershoot
05-21-2008, 12:28 AM
Gee, I would think that your feet would get all sweaty and stinky in plastic shoes like that. Hm, are the fake brands as good?

:boat:

My feet do get sweaty, but NOT stinky. (oh buddha, please let the tag fairy be sleeping)

I feel like I'm borderline about being able to wear them. They are supposed to not touch your foot at all, other than the soles of the feet. With my feet they do touch in the maryjanes (and if I recall correctly, the Caymans too), so they don't officially fit. But they are so comfy that I figure it's OK.

bumbershoot
05-21-2008, 12:34 AM
Sounded pretty dumb, didn't it? :rotfl:

I'm so stressed about moving and getting on a plane on Thursday for a trip we would have canceled if we used Southwest...I'm saying not-so-bright things that make no sense (or exact, obvious, definitive sense about growing pains, I guess) all over the place! :scared:

auntyjenn
05-21-2008, 12:41 AM
I can't say I didn't giggle a little when I read it. :flower3:

I would also think they would slosh around on your feet if they're not snug. I hate shoes that slip off my heel, would these drive me crazy?

Daisybelle
05-21-2008, 01:16 AM
:scared1: Thanks for the tip about watching my phraseology! So much to learn...

Leofoenget
05-21-2008, 01:24 AM
Ok, I keep seeing Crocs mentioned in threads and many great things said about them. My question is why are they so loved? :confused3 They look plastic and...large. Are they better and more comfortable then a sport sandal?

I'd love to read folks' opinions. :surfweb:

NO IMO. I am a KEEN lover. I have some Crocs and I will say they have a place in my life, (ie Yard work!) I would never wear them to DL all day. Not nearly enough arch support. Stick with a real shoe.

Leofoenget
05-21-2008, 01:28 AM
My feet do get sweaty, but NOT stinky. (oh buddha, please let the tag fairy be sleeping)

I feel like I'm borderline about being able to wear them. They are supposed to not touch your foot at all, other than the soles of the feet. With my feet they do touch in the maryjanes (and if I recall correctly, the Caymans too), so they don't officially fit. But they are so comfy that I figure it's OK.

There are not supposed to be any "pressure points" so if there are they are too small. I wear a size smaller in the flip flop than I do in the normal ugly ones, plus I keep arch supports in them and they are pretty comfortable FOR YARD WORK.

Silly Little Pixie
05-21-2008, 02:27 AM
I can't say I didn't giggle a little when I read it. :flower3:

I would also think they would slosh around on your feet if they're not snug. I hate shoes that slip off my heel, would these drive me crazy?

I thought the same thing, but no. :confused3 Sometimes I wear them with the strap in back (and they don't slip off...) and sometimes with the strap in front. I have a narrow heel and so hate shoes that slip, but oddly, these don't. Another reason I was sure I would hate Crocs.

quest4dl
05-21-2008, 07:42 AM
I'm having a hard time seeing how sweaty feet in a plastic shoe could be comfortable? :confused3 Do y'all wear crocs bare foot or with socks? For those who wear them with orthortics, how do you prevent the orthotics from slipping out?

Sunobo
05-21-2008, 07:59 AM
Wonder if it's your foot shape that determines how comfy they are? I'm hearing a lot of "wide, flat feet" comments here.

I've never tried them, I'll have to do that. Gonna check my local Costco. But I have real high arches that tend to spasm without support (part of the whole plantar fascietis deal, the podiatrist kindly informed me), and I pronate pretty bad. (When my heeled shoes sit lined up in the closet, they are all leaning away from each other 'cause I wore down the outside edge of the soles!)

I have the same problem as you with high arches and if I don't get good support, my heels kill me. I remember seeing a simillar thread and there were shoes like crocs that had better arch support. I can't remember what they were but maybe somebody else will.

4Ollies
05-21-2008, 09:12 AM
Add me to the list of people that can't wear Crocs. If my shoes don't have really good arch support I can't move the next day. Wearing different shoes each day works best for me. Not sure why, but that makes my feet much happier. Sore feet and Disney don't mix well.

Grumpy'sWife4Ever
05-21-2008, 10:01 AM
I love my Crocs, I have the big' old ugly ones that are SO comfortable for my poor feet. A few years back I fractured my baby pinky toe (stupid accident, I'll spare you the lack of grace I exhibited at the time) and the fracture spiraled down the toe and became a stress fracture at the top of my foot. In simple terms, when I am on my feet for any amount of time, that foot swells and hurts. If I am in tight/restrictive shoes, that whole side of my foot actually goes numb. Once I take the shoe off, I have to limp everywhere for a day or two.
I have no such problems with my Crocs. I can go all day with no foot pain to speak of. I hadn't discovered my Croc love yet when we hit DL in '06 (I was aware of them, I just thought they were hideously ugly and hadn't deigned to try them) but I am getting some Mickey's for next years' trip....I am stoked about the thought of being able to walk from one end of the park to other (a few hundred times) and not be hobbling back to Hojo at the end of the day.....
On a side note, I do have wide fat feet (to match my wide, Pooh sized body) and my Crocs fit great, never flop off, never rub. My DH has very narrow feet and very high arches, and he tried on a pair which did NOT work for him. I think this is another case of when they good they are very very good, but when they are bad.....Don't buy them. ;)

ScrapperKimmyD
05-21-2008, 10:50 AM
Hey, wondering how long your guys crocs last you? I got mine last June and the little nubs seems to have worn quite a bit. Wondering if maybe I should get myself some new Mickey ones when I'm there.

ANY excuse to buy the Mickey Crocs is fine! Go for it!

... Plus, it's Disneyland. I'm not there to impress anyone, just to be comfy (it will go with my Beauty and Cinderella shirts and I'm 25--as of Sunday...:thumbsup2 ).

I'm going for my 40th and will be wearing shirts with Pooh, Thumper, Mickey or Tigger. Comfort is all that matters - and everyone can be a kid! :cheer2:

... and I pronate pretty bad. (When my heeled shoes sit lined up in the closet, they are all leaning away from each other 'cause I wore down the outside edge of the soles!)

That would be supination. Pronation is when your feet turn inward (that's what I have - had to wear casts on my feet as a baby, too, to fix it, except my DM couldn't handle putting on the night bar that I was supposed to wear after the casts, so my feet never healed like they were supposed to). :(

Gee, I would think that your feet would get all sweaty and stinky in plastic shoes like that. Hm, are the fake brands as good? :boat:

No, frocs (fake crocs) are not as good. The only ones that I've heard that are really, really close are All Hearts (nursing catalogue), but they don't have all the fun colors that Crocs have. But they are less expensive. Crocs somehow don't get stinky - maybe because they're anti-bacterial, so stinky bacteria can't grow.


I can't say I didn't giggle a little when I read it. :flower3:

I would also think they would slosh around on your feet if they're not snug. I hate shoes that slip off my heel, would these drive me crazy?

The heel strap helps. Cayman is more narrow than Beach, and there are other (and cuter) styles that are more narrow if you have narrow feet.

I'm having a hard time seeing how sweaty feet in a plastic shoe could be comfortable? :confused3 Do y'all wear crocs bare foot or with socks? For those who wear them with orthortics, how do you prevent the orthotics from slipping out?


I wear low socks with my Crocs. I try to match shoe color or skin color to help be a little more aesthetically pleasing. :laughing:
The heel cup is big enough for the orthotics. I don't have any problem with them. I can even wear them in the Mary Janes. But not the flip flops. :laughing: :

I have the same problem as you with high arches and if I don't get good support, my heels kill me. I remember seeing a simillar thread and there were shoes like crocs that had better arch support. I can't remember what they were but maybe somebody else will.


There are some Rx styles that have more support. One is even designed for diabetics.

RaeRae's Mommy
05-21-2008, 11:34 AM
Wonder if it's your foot shape that determines how comfy they are? I'm hearing a lot of "wide, flat feet" comments here.

I've never tried them, I'll have to do that. Gonna check my local Costco. But I have real high arches that tend to spasm without support (part of the whole plantar fascietis deal, the podiatrist kindly informed me), and I pronate pretty bad. (When my heeled shoes sit lined up in the closet, they are all leaning away from each other 'cause I wore down the outside edge of the soles!)

Gail, Let me know if you find the crocs at Costco. I was at the Silver Lake Store on Monday and I did not see any but I was not looking for them and could of over looked them. Thanks

bumbershoot
05-21-2008, 12:29 PM
NO IMO. I am a KEEN lover. I have some Crocs and I will say they have a place in my life, (ie Yard work!) I would never wear them to DL all day. Not nearly enough arch support. Stick with a real shoe.

:)

I'd love to have Keens, but they seem to think no one has wide feet, so I can't throw a hundred bucks or so their way. Bummer for them!


If I wear a shoe with a high arch, I'm in agony almost instantly, so Crocs work very well for me.

Leofoenget
05-21-2008, 12:37 PM
:)

I'd love to have Keens, but they seem to think no one has wide feet, so I can't throw a hundred bucks or so their way. Bummer for them!


If I wear a shoe with a high arch, I'm in agony almost instantly, so Crocs work very well for me.

My feet are 11 women and they don't make 11 in womans sizes. So I get mens. This is what I do. First you have to break them in wearing socks. Second don't tighten them (or very little) wear them around town and as they stretch out tighten them as needed.

As for sweaty feet and arch supports slipping out:

A) Wear socks

B) they won't slip out. I bought a pair of cheapo tennis shoes from walmart and swapped out the insouls and put the cheapo ones in my Crocks. They dont' slip out

jenjersnap
05-21-2008, 01:13 PM
I am a high arched person who loves my Crocs. The key is changing up my shoe choices though so I wear them for only part of the day. At Disney, I wear them with socks.

As far as the disparaging "plastic" comments, don't knock it 'til you tried it! Crocs are much more than plastic, the resin re-shapes to exactly fit your foot like a custom made shoe.

I've never been able to wear Keens but I did finally find one style I like - the Carmels. I have been wearing them around the house and so far so good. Hoping to take them on the trip.

bumbershoot
05-21-2008, 01:54 PM
I'm having a hard time seeing how sweaty feet in a plastic shoe could be comfortable? :confused3

I will state that during the sweaty times, it's not that comfy. :goodvibes But overall they are comfy.

If I start the day in Crocs, I do indeed wear socks, until it gets warm enough. Then I take off the socks. And later in the day I will usually change to my Sauconys. If I start the day with the Sauconys, I'll reverse that order.


My feet are 11 women and they don't make 11 in womans sizes. So I get mens. This is what I do. First you have to break them in wearing socks. Second don't tighten them (or very little) wear them around town and as they stretch out tighten them as needed.


Since I'm only an 8W, finding shoes in men's sizes is not so easy. And with me, stretching a shoe doesn't work if the sole of it isn't actually wide. I landed myself with two NASTY athletic injuries from running in shoes that "ran wide" and that I could stretch to fit...pulled the peroneus longus in first one leg, then the other after the first leg had healed (thank goodness I was on a varsity sport at a school with an athletic training and PT/OT program, b/c I got PT for free!!!). Never again! :goodvibes

Plus I'd want the mary jane Keens, and they, for some crazy reason, don't make those for men!!!:upsidedow

WhtMagick
05-21-2008, 08:26 PM
I am totally addicted to Crocs. I wear a size 8M which sometimes tends towards a bit more narrow than medium and my arch is a bit high. I teach special ed and am constantly on my feet. I have an old broken ankle injury, knee injury and I'm old and fat. All reasons for my feet, ankle, knee, legs and back to kill me when I am up and walking especially all day at DL! TEVA's were pretty good for awhile but my feet eventually sank into them and after a few months they needed to be replaced. This doesn't happen with Crocs. The first ones I had were actually fake ones made by BearTrap. They were good but the second day at DL I did end up with a blister on the bottom of my foot where they were rubbing. Since then, I have gotten a few more styles but I went with the authentic Crocs. Here in AZ they sell them at a store called Dillards but we also have kiosks in our malls where there are huge varieties. One reason feet don't sweat is because of the ventilation holes in many styles. I bought one style that didn't have the holes and my feet do get a little damp. Those are the ones I use for yard work. I have 3 or 4 colors of the MaryJanes since they are adorable for school. I lived in a pair of Mammoth this winter since they are lined with the softest fake fur. Living in northern AZ we had a very snowy winter for a change. It was great to wear boots into school and slip into my Mammoth Crocs. You can get some good deals on eBay .....just make sure they are NWT (new with tag). You can wear them with or without socks ..... just depends on the weather and your preferences. Hope this helps!

avalon451
05-21-2008, 11:44 PM
That would be supination. Pronation is when your feet turn inward (that's what I have - had to wear casts on my feet as a baby, too, to fix it, except my DM couldn't handle putting on the night bar that I was supposed to wear after the casts, so my feet never healed like they were supposed to). :(


Well, no, it IS pronation, says my podiatrist, because yeah, my feet tend to turn inward... thus the weight is on the outside edges of my feet and my soles wear down on that side. I broke my foot 2 years ago and got to know the anatomy of my right foot waayyyyy more than I really wanted to.:sad1:

Rae Rae's mommy: That's my Costco, too! We live about 3 miles from Silver Lake. Rats, so they don't have 'em? I'm not inclined to run down to Kirkland or Aurora Village. Bet they have them somewhere up at the Seattle Outlet Stores in Marysville...? Somehow I'm always more willing to make that trip :rotfl: great shopping!

tortugaverde
05-21-2008, 11:58 PM
I'm very glad you already knew that. There are some people who hear all the raves, but then they don't work for their feet, and it's a real letdown! I always feel bad for those people.

Please be careful with what you say, by the way...take it from someone who used to have a tag that went something like "I have obnoxious toe hair"...:rotfl:

Before I knew about the Tag Fairy, I read your tag and thought "Why on earth did she put that toe hair comment above her pic???" :rotfl:
I get it now, YOU didn't;) Oh and... shhhh, I have obnoxious toe hair as well, lol.

mariezp
05-21-2008, 11:59 PM
Another satisfied croc wearer here! We go to DL for 10 days. Last year I took 3 pair of shoes to swap out throughout the day. After the first couple days I went to wearing only my crocs. I came home with no blisters and my legs did not get all achy as they have in previous years. I did slip in heal cushions as my heals can get sore but they worked just fine and did not slip out. Some days I wore socks and some days not.

I bragged on them enough that my DH had me order a couple new men's styles for him to try. He had to agree that they are the comfiest thing he has ever worn.

Yep, they are ugly but who cares if you are still able to walk at the end of a long day at the park!

If anyone is interested, there is a store online, EASTBAY.COM, that has some mens and kids on sale for $19.99. Most are team colors. Just do a search and a bunch will show up.

grumpyvet
05-22-2008, 12:15 AM
I have boat sized feet that are flat as flat can be. I wear a women's 11M. I tried to like crocs. don't work for me either. Somehow I manage to catch my toes on the front holes with each step...they are plenty big, so don't know what my toes are doing reaching up high with each step. I bet they would be super comfy if I was willing to wear them with sox. They are the PERFECT backyard/garden shoes however!!

I haver only tried the Beach ones. I am all bitter that the MAryJanes only go up to size 10, or I'd be trying them!!!

cccdisney
05-22-2008, 12:32 AM
I have boat sized feet that are flat as flat can be. I wear a women's 11M. I tried to like crocs. don't work for me either. Somehow I mange to catch my toes on the front holes with each step...they are plenty big, so don't know what my toes are doing reaching up high with each step. I be tthey would be super comfy if I was willing to wear them with sox. They are the PERFECT backyard/garden shoes however!!

I haver only tried the Beach ones. I am all bitter that the MAryJanes only go up to size 10, or I'd be trying them!!!

I also wear an 11M and bought a size 11 MaryJanes today at our Macy's. My first pair of Crocs! I have had them on my feet since buying them and love them. I went searching for them today after reading everyone raving about them on this thread. I will be doing a quick trip to WDW next weekend and wanted to try something lighter and cooler than tennis shoes.
Anyway,
Yes they DO HAVE maryjanes in women's size 11! :cool1:

grumpyvet
05-22-2008, 12:39 AM
I am SO looking for them in an 11!! They only go up to 10 on all the websites I have checked and the clerk at Macy's said that they "don't go up that big in this style" with a big ol' contemptious sneer on her size 6 wearing face!!

I love MaryJanes of all sorts!!! (Dansko/Born/Skechers!!) You make a MaryJane, heck I am gonna wear it!!

Thank you for posting!!!!

cccdisney
05-22-2008, 12:52 AM
I am SO looking for them in an 11!! They only go up to 10 on all the websites I have checked and the clerk at Macy's said that they "don't go up that big in this style" with a big ol' contemptious sneer on her size 6 wearing face!!

I love MaryJanes of all sorts!!! (Dansko/Born/Skechers!!) You make a MaryJane, heck I am gonna wear it!!

Thank you for posting!!!!

You are welcome! Don't you hate wearing 11's ?? I miss my size 10 days (pre-four children)! It was SO much easier to find shoes!

I first tried on some of the Beach style ones but the combo size (10/11) were too small - and the 12/13 were too big!
Good luck in finding them! :)

tortugaverde
05-22-2008, 01:07 AM
You are welcome! Don't you hate wearing 11's ?? I miss my size 10 days (pre-four children)! It was SO much easier to find shoes!

I first tried on some of the Beach style ones but the combo size (10/11) were too small - and the 12/13 were too big!
Good luck in finding them! :)

Glad you all are discussing size 11 shoes, that is me as well! Good to know croc's come in that size, if I ever decide to try them:)

Funny how your feet grow during pregancy... with my first I went from a size 9 to a 10 and with my second child I went from a 10 to an 11! SOMETIMES I can squeeze into a 10, just depends on the shoe!

For variety, I sometimes shop in the men's section! It seems they NEVER have size 11 in stock and if they do, it is an ugly shoe. At least if I look at men's shoes... I have a few to pick from!

quest4dl
05-22-2008, 01:49 AM
As far as the disparaging "plastic" comments, don't knock it 'til you tried it! Crocs are much more than plastic, the resin re-shapes to exactly fit your foot like a custom made shoe.



Wow! I sure didn't mean to disparage the Crocs - sorry Crocs! I guess I meant man-made material - my feet (maybe not everyone's) tend to sweat more in man-made materials and I have heard other people comment about feet getting sweaty. While I am not a 'fashionista' I'm also not sure if socks are the right look with Crocs? I seem to fall in one of the demographics for Crocs (wide and flat feet) so perhaps I should give them a try

bumbershoot
05-22-2008, 02:01 AM
Before I knew about the Tag Fairy, I read your tag and thought "Why on earth did she put that toe hair comment above her pic???" :rotfl:
I get it now, YOU didn't;) Oh and... shhhh, I have obnoxious toe hair as well, lol.

:rotfl: :lmao: :rotfl2:

I think my toe hair comment was in the context of a bigger story about an injury as a kid (possibly the accidental dog bite I mentioned on the community board, or the aftermath of stepping into a man-made lake where some classy people had been drinking beer before, and slicing the bottom of my toe) and going to a family reunion on a beach and not being able to get it wet, and having my dad change my bandage every day and each time being in horrid pain b/c the man couldn't figure out to put gauze on TOP of my toe, too! (must have been the toe injury rather than the bite on my heel then)

The tag fairy shows up everywhere (getting paranoid).

Somehow I manage to catch my toes on the front holes with each step...they are plenty big, so don't know what my toes are doing reaching up high with each step.

My mom told me about trying on shoes when she was a kid; they had an xray fluoroscopy box that you stepped into, and you could SEE if your shoes fit or not. She loved that thing. Sounds like it would be interesting to see your feet in such a thing!

But don't do it; she later on got a form of leukemia seen in children and in adults exposed to radiation as children... :scared1:



Funny how your feet grow during pregancy... with my first I went from a size 9 to a 10 and with my second child I went from a 10 to an 11!


Oh no, don't say that! I hold out hope that we'll have more babies, but I really can't handle the idea of being a 9W and only 5'3"! Going to an 8 was hard enough, after being a perfectly fine 7W since I was a teen! nooooooo.

jenjersnap
05-22-2008, 02:06 AM
Wow! I sure didn't mean to disparage the Crocs - sorry Crocs! I guess I meant man-made material - my feet (maybe not everyone's) tend to sweat more in man-made materials and I have heard other people comment about feet getting sweaty. While I am not a 'fashionista' I'm also not sure if socks are the right look with Crocs? I seem to fall in one of the demographics for Crocs (wide and flat feet) so perhaps I should give them a try

I meant to put a smiley there, sorry. "Plastic" makes me think of those jelly shoes that re-appear every few years. Besides, the future of the Crocs empire is dependent on reaching skeptics, lol, since sales are flat and I was just doing my part being from the area where they originated. ;)

For the record, I wouldn't be caught dead wearing the Crocs -n- socks combo at home where I might be seen by people who know me. That look is reserved for Disney!

quest4dl
05-22-2008, 02:11 AM
Funny how your feet grow during pregancy... with my first I went from a size 9 to a 10 and with my second child I went from a 10 to an 11! SOMETIMES I can squeeze into a 10, just depends on the shoe!



I have a funny story about pregnancy and shoe size. A friend had told me that her foot grew after her pregnancy. So when I was expecting and needing new shoes, I asked the sales person to measure my feet and then get me a half size bigger and I recall them looking at me like :upsidedow . And then of course, my feet never did get any bigger with the pregnancy and I was left with a pair of shoes that didn't fit! :laughing:

AQW
05-22-2008, 02:33 AM
But I have real high arches that tend to spasm without support (part of the whole plantar fascietis deal, the podiatrist kindly informed me), and I pronate pretty bad. (When my heeled shoes sit lined up in the closet, they are all leaning away from each other 'cause I wore down the outside edge of the soles!)


You are my people. :) I have very high arches and have long-standing problems with supination (in other words, I walk on the outside edges of my feet/heels and thereby wear down the outside edges of my shoes). Crocs have been a lifesaver for me. I've never worn a more comfortable shoe. If they'd only let me wear them to the gym, I'd be happy. ;) My Caymans are much more comfortable than my $110 workout shoes.

In addition to the high arch and supination, my feet are wide. My experience with various Crocs styles:

Nile - cute and okay-comfy, not something I would wear for Disney but an afternoon BBQ, yes

Athens - same

Prima - no way, no how - bad choice for wide feet

Mary Janes - my second favorite - much cuter than the bigger styles, comfy enough for all day

Caymans - best of the best - ugly as all get out but COMFORTABLE. I've never had a more comfortable pair of shoes. I can walk for DAYS in these shoes with nary a problem.

My current inventory:
1 pr Nile (red)
1 pr Athens (black)
5 pr Mary Janes (black, ruby, silver, pink, grape)
4 pr Caymans (2pr black, purple, lime green)

I love, love, sparkly-heart-LOVE my Crocs. :lovestruc

Silly Little Pixie
05-22-2008, 03:35 AM
I hold out hope that we'll have more babies, but I really can't handle the idea of being a 9W and only 5'3"! Going to an 8 was hard enough, after being a perfectly fine 7W since I was a teen! nooooooo.

Mine went from a 5 1/2 to a 6 with DD (and out went all my wonderful, wonderful shoes- I think I got rid of 28 pairs in all :eek: ). With DS they grew again- this time to a 6 1/2. I bought only 2 pairs of shoes because I was going to be darned if I was getting rid of ALL my shoes AGAIN! I kept telling myself they would go back, they would go back... and they did!

So ya never know! Maybe the foot gods will bless you:hippie:

Disneynut71
05-22-2008, 05:56 AM
And all this time I thought I was one of the few with huge size 11 feet:lmao: :lmao:


I wanted to mention they do have Crocs outlet stores. I found one in Michigan City,IN.

They have great prices.

ScrapperKimmyD
05-22-2008, 08:53 AM
Well, no, it IS pronation, says my podiatrist, because yeah, my feet tend to turn inward... thus the weight is on the outside edges of my feet and my soles wear down on that side. I broke my foot 2 years ago and got to know the anatomy of my right foot waayyyyy more than I really wanted to.:sad1:


Based on what you said before - that your shoes lean away from each other because you wore down the outside edges - that is pronation. If your feet turn inward, all the wt. is on the inside and you wear out the inside. Maybe your podiatrist mis-spoke or you misunderstood? And, as a side note, I am an RN and used to work for a podiatrist.


Pronation
After initial ground contact, the foot is designed to roll inward to disperse shock
Over-pronators roll in too much. This causes excessive movement of the foot and lower leg.
Under-pronators have feet that don't roll enough after ground contact.

Overpronation

Definition: Excessive inward roll of the foot after landing. The foot continues to roll when it should be pushing off. This twists the foot, shin and knee and can cause pain in all those areas.
Diagnosis: Excessive wear on the inner side of your running shoes. Your shoes will tilt inward if you place them on a flat surface. Knock knees or flat feet contribute to overpronation.
Remedies: Wear shoes with straight or semicurved lasts. Motion-control or stability shoes with firm, multidensity midsoles and external control features that limit pronation are best. Over-the-counter orthotics or arch supports can help, too. Overpronation causes extra stress and tightness to the muscles, so do a little extra stretching.

Supination (Under-pronation)

Definition: Insufficient inward roll of the foot after landing. This places extra stress on the foot and can result in iliotibial band syndrome of the knee, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis.
Diagnosis: Shoes that wear on the entire outside edge, with the side of the shoe becoming overstretched. Your shoes will tilt outward when placed on a flat surface. High arches and tight Achilles tendons contribute to supination..
Remedies: Wear shoes with curved lasts to allow pronation. Lightweight trainers allow more foot motion. Check for flexibility on the inner side of the shoe. Supinators should do extra stretching for the calves, hamstrings, quads and iliotibial band.






But I have real high arches that tend to spasm without support (part of the whole plantar fascietis deal, the podiatrist kindly informed me), and I pronate pretty bad. (When my heeled shoes sit lined up in the closet, they are all leaning away from each other 'cause I wore down the outside edge of the soles!)

I have very high arches and have long-standing problems with supination (in other words, I walk on the outside edges of my feet/heels and thereby wear down the outside edges of my shoes).

RaeRae's Mommy
05-22-2008, 09:39 AM
Rae Rae's mommy: That's my Costco, too! We live about 3 miles from Silver Lake. Rats, so they don't have 'em? I'm not inclined to run down to Kirkland or Aurora Village. Bet they have them somewhere up at the Seattle Outlet Stores in Marysville...? Somehow I'm always more willing to make that trip :rotfl: great shopping![/QUOTE]

If I see them there at all, all PM you. I go 2 or 3 times a month. We live really close to the lake out of 116th so I'm there alot even more in the summer. And I get my gas there too.:thumbsup2

kuusimo
05-22-2008, 11:48 AM
I have also heard that you can use body glide on your feet (found at sports stores) instead of socks to prevent blisters.

I have had crocs since 2005 and bought them the day before our trip to Disneyland. I wore them all 3 days and for the first time I had no blisters. I have answered a lot of questions over the years from people in stores that always wanted to know about them. Once I take one off and have them feel it they are sold. They do not feel like plastic on my feet.

The only problem I have had with them is little thorns getting stuck in them from yard work. Those do not feel good...

I know they do not work for everyone though. I am just glad that I found a shoe that works for me!

nurse.darcy
05-22-2008, 12:01 PM
Why crocs you ask?

Well, my first pair of crocs were bought for work. . .I am an RN and live in shoes (12 hr shifts ya know). I bought professionals. My feet were oh so happy that I decided to by crocs beach for everyday. . .VERY NICE. . .breathable, etc. . .so this past May singles trip I wanted thong sandals, got athens and bajas. . .WOW, can I just say WOW. . .

athens - great for wider feet and make your feet VERY HAPPY.

Baja - same materials as athens with a more slim and narrow fit. . .great for those who can wear a medium no problem. . .

avalon451
05-22-2008, 12:09 PM
Scrapper Kimmy, thanks for the very complete info! I stand corrected. I must have heard wrong or something.

JenDisneylandlver
05-22-2008, 12:47 PM
I think my blisters were always from my feet being "smashed" in my shoes. Even with buying "wide" tennis shoes, my feet were smashed. I'd get horrible blisters, at least 4-5 of them on each foot. I would be limping something terrible just the second day of our trip! I'd be miserable!

Never a single blister with the crocs, and they don't feel like walking in plastic at all. They feel like heaven! The only time I wear anything else is if the weather is bad, rain or snow!

HoneyBee06
05-22-2008, 02:18 PM
Ok, I keep seeing Crocs mentioned in threads and many great things said about them. My question is why are they so loved? :confused3 They look plastic and...large. Are they better and more comfortable then a sport sandal?

I'd love to read folks' opinions. :surfweb:

I have never worn them so I can't say if they are comfortable or not.

But to me...they are fairly hideous. And remind me a lot of Jelly shoes from the 80's. I wore them when I was a kid and they were plastic and got all slimey and dirty with sweat in the summer.

so yeah...I won't be wearing crocs anytime soon...haha.

HoneyBee06
05-22-2008, 02:24 PM
Wonder if it's your foot shape that determines how comfy they are? I'm hearing a lot of "wide, flat feet" comments here.

I've never tried them, I'll have to do that. Gonna check my local Costco. But I have real high arches that tend to spasm without support (part of the whole plantar fascietis deal, the podiatrist kindly informed me), and I pronate pretty bad. (When my heeled shoes sit lined up in the closet, they are all leaning away from each other 'cause I wore down the outside edge of the soles!)

I would think they WOULDN'T be good for people with flat feet. I have flat (but not wide) feet. I need to have arch support. Having flat feet is not good for walking.

Grumpy'sWife4Ever
05-22-2008, 03:50 PM
Just to show how fashion backward I am, I wear Crocs and socks all the time. Here on the Oregon coast, where summer is kind of a "blink and you miss it" season, we tend to wear socks pretty much year 'round..... It is kind of nice being a fashion pariah, there is a freedom to it.....:upsidedow

Cinderlala
05-22-2008, 05:21 PM
Just thought I'd throw in my two cents here....

I am a Croc convert.

I spent most of my life being lectured by my Dad for wearing impractical shoes everywhere---I'm usually willing to "suffer for beauty", so to speak. ;) Therefore, it is no surprise that I considered Crocs to be hideous & would not wear them.

Well, a couple of years ago, our son got his first bike, so we went for walks all the time. I kept getting blisters with every pair of shoes regardless of the type. So I tried Crocs Mary Janes & no blisters! It was amazing!!

I still don't like the look of them, but they are good shoes!! :thumbsup2

[Oh, and my feet are not wide or flat.]

honeymom
05-22-2008, 06:08 PM
I just went and bought a pair of croc mary janes. I bought from a regular shoe store, but they were on special for $10. I am wearing right now and while there is some sweatiness and they certainly aren't the most fashionable, I am liking the comfort.

ScrapperKimmyD
05-23-2008, 06:04 PM
Scrapper Kimmy, thanks for the very complete info! I stand corrected. I must have heard wrong or something.

:)

I remember is 6th grade doing an ocean study and learning the word anemone and working really, really hard to make sure I was saying it correctly. YEARS later, I found that I had been practicing it WRONG. LOL Now I have to work really hard to make sure I'm saying it correctly. :rolleyes:

I have never worn them so I can't say if they are comfortable or not.

But to me...they are fairly hideous. And remind me a lot of Jelly shoes from the 80's. I wore them when I was a kid and they were plastic and got all slimey and dirty with sweat in the summer.

so yeah...I won't be wearing crocs anytime soon...haha.

Yes, they are pretty ugly. I thought they would be like the jelly shoes, too. But, they are NOTHING like those! Whatever that material is that they're made of, it's very different from jellys. Somehow, they breath or something. But, if you think they're ugly (and some are) AND you don't have any problem with comfortable shoes, than there's no reason to even try them. :goodvibes

I would think they WOULDN'T be good for people with flat feet. I have flat (but not wide) feet. I need to have arch support. Having flat feet is not good for walking.


The different styles of Crocs have different levels of arch support. Some have a normal amount, some have lots. Some have room for orthotics. ;)


New Style Review:

I just bought some new ones today - Adara. Very comfy and I could feel the arch support when I put them on. And, my wide feet fit in there very easily. I'm a little worried that they may stretch and be too wide.

I tried the baja today, too. A lot like the Athens (which I have and love), but seem to be for a more narrow foot. The straps were a little too tight for me.

Next, I want to try the Cyprus!

Handbag Lady
05-23-2008, 06:33 PM
Yes, they are ugly as all get-out, but I am wearing my pink Mickey crocs to day at work.

Let them see how much I love the mouse!!!!

But DAAAAAANNNGGG, after wearing girly shoes and heels all week, my feet are thanking me today.