They are brightly colored and though deemed unfashionable, people still love them anyway. Locally known as floaters, croc shoes are quite popular among kids and adults in equal measure.
Whether you are in the village or in the urban areas, looking around will reveal kids playing in them. Adults can also be spotted going about their daily routines while donning them. Indoors, they are also common while relaxing. Given these scenarios, what makes croc shoes so popular?
Made in the year 2002, croc shoes were meant for boating due to their non-slip and water proof qualities. With time though, they have found themselves outside the boating industry into our daily lives.
Croc shoes have holes that allow for great air flow which makes them odorless. This means that you can spend the whole day in them without having to worry about feet odor. They are also light and roomy making them comfortable for people with leg conditions such as bunions.
Since they are easy to clean, they make for convenient outdoor shoes. Their convenience is also experienced indoors as they do not leave any makes on delicate types of flooring. In addition, croc shoes are cheap and long lasting. With Ksh200 you can get a pair locally.
While the above may seem like too many advantages for a simple pair of shoes, are they healthy and what do doctors have to say about them?
Dr. Megan Leahy, a Chicago based podiatrist, while talking to the Huffington Post expressed some health concerns about croc shoes saying they are not suitable for all day use. While they offer nice arch support, the shoes “do not adequately secure the heel. When the heel is unstable, toes tend to grip which can lead to tendinitis, worsening of toe deformities, nail problems, corns and calluses.”
Dr. Leahy went ahead to express concern about how often children tend to trip and fall while in the shoes.
While podiatrists agree that the shoes are okay for a short duration such as taking a walk on the beach, they warn against wearing the shoes all day.