The popular shoes, Crocs™ worn by kids and adults alike have swept the retail-nation like wildfire. My son has a pair or two. They are easy to get on and off (which is a huge help when kids don’t want to put shoes on AT ALL like mine) and are great for the beach or pool. They’re comfortable, water and slip resistant and the material they’re made with Croslite™, their proprietary foam material is nontoxic, bacteria and mold resistant too.
But not so fast, there are some concerns to be aware of before letting your little one walk to earth in them. While they’re a great convenience, they are being reported as a safety issue with escalators. 77 cases of escalator entrapment have been reported since January of 2006 in connection with Crocs™ and similar imitation brands, according to the CPSC. The hard teeth of escalator steps and the soft nature of the shoe materials have caused some serious injuries to mostly children. The CPSC has warned of the shoes risk when using escalators in the past but with the summer here, they are bringing it to the public’s attention once again.
Consumer Reports has a good article on the subject with a useful bulleted list of safety tips for escalator use. Check it out… but Safe Mama recommends not wearing Crocs™ to the mall or places that have escalators. And be careful on those escalators with kids.
Recycling Tip: I recently stumbled on a website that offers a great recycling option for the shoes. SolesUnited (I can’t tell if this is part of the Crocs™ team or not) collects used shoes and grinds them up to make new shoes for underdeveloped countries and also uses the recycled shoes for playground flooring. You can find a participating store near you on the website or get the mailing address of where to ship your used shoes.