Despite all their detractors, Crocs have—for better or worse—become a mainstay in footwear. But while the famously unstylish shoes have developed a cult following, that doesn’t seem to include doctors.
In a recent piece on The Huffington Post, several podiatrists give their two cents on the Florida-born shoe, and why they’re bad news for the health of your feet.
“Unfortunately Crocs are not suitable for all-day use,” Dr. Megan Leahy, a Chicago-based podiatrist with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, told HuffPost. “These 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. The same thing can happen with flip flops or any backless shoes as the heel is not secured.”
While she added that the shoes offered “nice arch support,” she said that Crocs were not suitable for long term wear. Dr. Alex Kor, the president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, agreed, saying that Crocs don’t offer a supportive shank, the supportive structure between the heel and the toe which is key for foot health.
“[Crocs] are the ‘poster child’ for shoes with a flexible shank. … In other words, on a daily basis, I see patients who come into my office complaining of arch or heel pain and they are wearing Crocs,” he said. “Under no circumstances can I suggest wearing Crocs 8 to 10 hours per day.”
If you’re still absolutely determined to rock your Crocs, both docs suggested that they should only be worn for short periods of time. Finally—something fashionistas and the medical community can agree on.