Monday, September 5, 2011

Ode to Crocs

If you thought that crocs are large, wide plastic shoes that are full of holes, you must think again. The Crocs range involves all kinds of awesome shoes for all seasons and generic brands are following suit. I thought I'd share some interesting facts about one of my favorite shoe brands / styles with you.

The company Crocs Inc. was founded by three friends, George Boedecker, Jr.,Scott Seamans and Lyndon "Duke" Hanson. Initially they were distributors of  the foam shoe was first designed as a spa shoe by Foam Creations. Crocs bought Foam Creations in 2004 along with the exclusive rights to the foam resin, known as Croslite.

By 2006 the company filed eleven complaints against companies that manufacture, distribute or import croc-offs (fake Crocs).

A number of podiatrists the foam used in geniune Crocs is great for the wearer as it shapes itself around the feet. The U.S. Ergonomics company,  American Podiatric Medical Association and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved one of the styles as approved diabetic footwear. Crocs, Inc. also offers a range of therapeutic shoes, known as Crocs Rx.

According to a number of orthopedic specialists, pediatricians and podiatrists interviewed by WebMD, Crocs are supportive for kids to wear. They are also comfortable and the holes allow air to circulate around the feet, keeping them cool and fresh. The antimicrobial properties of the foam help to prevent infections.  However, they should not be worn all day long and they are unsuitable for certain activities, such as for sports practice, hiking and on cold days. 

As for adults, a surgeon said that he always suggests them to his patients and said that he wears Crocs all the time too, particularly when he is operating. He said that when it gets warmer and everyone puts on their flip-flops, he reaches for his Crocs, as they offer more arch support and more protection in case you stub your toe.

Some other experts are skeptical, but hey, the floor is mine now - so take a look at the styles below and grab a pair (of each). You can alternate them with your favorite flip-flops every other day. With delicious names like Custard and Berry-licious, be sure to remember they should be stored in your shoe closet and not in the refrigeration!

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