Looking At Crocs

By Kristie Turck •  Published 04/14/11 •  3 min read

Last updated on April 17th, 2022 at 06:00 pm

blue crocks safememaI’ve been asked about Crocs™ before a hundred or so times and people have a lot of questions and strong opinions surrounding “Are Crocs safe?”.  With all the chemicals surrounding us, parents are curious about things we use on a daily basis. So I’ll break it down for you and give you the scoop on whether SafeMama thinks Crocs are “safe”.

Based on the materials

The Classic Crocs, are made from their patented Croslite™ material. Crocs don’t disclose the nature of Croslite material making it hard to determine which chemicals are inside the material.
 
I was able to ask a representative. She gave me some reassurance that the chemicals we typically avoid are not in Crocs.

Are Crocs safe?

 

 

Crocs Safety: Beware of Escalators

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 risk of the shoes when using escalators in the past but with the summer here, they are bringing it to the public’s attention once again.

ABC news has a good article on the subject with a useful bulleted list of safety tips for escalator use. Here is another source from ABC from 2016.  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 shoes.  Soles 4 Souls collects used shoes and runs the logistics to get your used shoes to the homeless and people in need. You can send your shoes here. Want to go the extra mile? Set up a Shoe Drive in your community today.

 

Links:

 

Find Them: You can see these and other Crocs brand shoes on their website Crocs.com.