By Rehan Iqbal
Hey, wondering if Crocs run big or small?
It depends. Well, at least for my Frankenfeet it does.
My Bistro Clogs run slightly big, but that’s just the way I like it. Some of my coworkers have Specialist II clogs that also run a tad large.
It really comes down to each individual type of Croc. After 5 years of wearing at least 10 different pairs of Crocs, I’d say YES, Crocs tend to run slightly big, but you won’t notice if you get your true size.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer (pun intended), so my advice is to read this guide, find the pair you’re looking to buy, and see my experience with them. I’ll also provide some sizing advice.
Let’s get to it!
Crocs tend to run big, but like I said before, this is a tough question to answer for a few reasons.
For one, Crocs are supposed to be airy, roomy, and a bit loose on the feet. They aren’t gym shoes or hiking boots. Crocs are also supposed to be ergonomic, which is why there’s so much extra toe room.
All that extra room prevents toe and heel pain. Unlike your average Friday night high heel that’s designed to basically break your toes (I think it’s some evil plot financed by podiatrists).
In general, just go with your true size and you should be fine in 99% of cases. If they run slightly large, that’s totally fine. Most Crocs come with straps that help secure the shoe, so even if it’s slightly big, it won’t fly off your feet.
TL;DR: Just get your true size. Crocs are supposed to be a bit loose.
The cool thing about Crocs is they have 3 different types of fit depending on what you’re going for, so it’s always easy to find the perfect fit no matter how monster-like your feet are.
Again, it really all comes down to what you want. Do you want an easy slip on and slip off? Then there’s nothing wrong with a shoe that runs big. Do you need something tighter for a busy workplace? Then maybe get a tighter fit and pull the strap tight.
Here are the different types of fit offered by Crocs:
**echo, echo, echo**
This is basically the empty football stadium of shoe fits. Roomy Crocs are generous, airy, and a bit heaven-like for anyone with regular foot pain. These shoes run very wide for extra breathability and comfort. Your feet won’t touch the sides, and your toes won’t touch the front either. Think of them like walking on two pillows.
Classic Crocs Clogs tend to be roomy and so are Bistro models. These are my favorites.
A bit more secure than Roomy, but still light and loose enough to feel comfortable and breathable.
Definitely a more snug fit, especially if you wear yours with socks. Crocs Crocband Clogs are a good example of Relaxed style Crocs.
“I have become comfortably snug”
Standard fitting Crocs leave no room. That doesn’t mean they’ll smash your toes or heel though. Just that they aren’t like typical Crocs where you can wiggle your toes easily.
I highly recommend these for fast paced workplaces where you’re going to be running back and forth like a madman all day.
What About Crocs for Half Sizes?
If your feet are somewhere in between, Crocs recommends that you just round up.
However, as with all things, the answer isn’t black and white.
It depends on how you want to wear your shoes. Do you want to wear them as slip-ons around the house? Sure, round up. For example, if you’re a 7.5, then a 8 will be nice and light with a ton of room.
If you want a more snug fit and plan to wear the strap up, then definitely round down. Especially if you’re getting Classic Crocs Clogs. Most people seem to agree that rounding down is the way to go. Check this out:
Which Crocs Run Large or Small (Shoe-By-Shoe Experience)
I’m a Croc-a-holic, so I actually have hands-on experience with a bunch of different Crocs models. Some run big, some run small, and some are true to size. Check and see if your favorite pair is here and decide for yourself.
1. Crocs Classic
Crocs Classic shoes fit true to size.
Just to make sure we’re on the same page, let me explain.
Crocs Classics fit like Crocs are supposed to fit, meaning airy and a tiny bit loose with ample breathing room. So when I say “true to size”, I mean that you’ll get a standard Crocs fit at your true size.
So if you’re a size 10, then a Crocs size 10 will fit you in an airy, roomy way. Does that make sense?
2. Crocs Bistro
Crocs Bistro shoes are a bit bigger than Crocs Classics. They are a tad bit wider and feel loose on my feet.
I see a pretty big problem with this. These are work shoes, right? So, that means you’re going to be running all day in them.
If I were you I would definitely get a size down and get that snugger, tighter fit. You don’t want to be taking any chances in a slippery environment.
Just to be clear, even at a size down with a tight fit, the shoe will still feel breathable enough and comfortable. You aren’t going to choke your foot blue or anything.
3. Crocs On-The-Clock
Crocs-On-The-Clock are definitely true-to-size, but in their own special way.
Again, let me explain. I told you all this Crocs stuff was complicated.
These shoes have what’s called a “relaxed fit”, meaning they are a bit tighter than roomy shoes. They have a closed heel without a strap, so you can easily slip them on and off without damaging the shoe.
So, when I say they’re true-to-size, I mean that if you’re a size 10, then get a size 10 expecting a snug but airy fit with some room in the toe box. That’s the way these shoes were meant to be worn.
4. Crocs Specialist II
Crocs Specialists II run a bit big in my experience, so I definitely recommend wearing a size down. You can get a true size pair, but it’ll be a bit too loose in my opinion.
Really depends what you’re after. If you’re wearing them out in public, then too loose a fit is a danger and a nuisance. If they’re just slippers for the house then get your normal size.
5. Crocs Bistro Pro
Crocs Bistro Pro shoes are a bit difficult to give an opinion on.
They definitely run a bit long, so expect more toe room and a slightly awkward fit.
But they come with an adjustable strap in the back to help you find the perfect fit. That’s the beauty of these shoes. It really doesn’t matter how long or wide your foot is as long as you’re in the general vicinity. The strap will make your life 10x easier. Want a slipper? It can be a slipper? Need to tighten up and get to work? You can do that too.
It’s definitely worth the $10 extra. Trust me.
My Verdict - Do Crocs Run Big or Small?
In my far too extensive experience with Crocs, they do tend to run a bit big…but that’s the point of the shoe. They’re supposed to give you an airy fit with room to breathe and be easy to kick off when you come home from work.
When in doubt, always just round down for a slightly snug fit. You’ll never really be disappointed.
Always ask yourself: “what do I need these shoes for?”.
If it’s for work, err on the side of caution and get a size down. If it’s for walking around the garden, don’t break a sweat and get your normal size. You’ll thank me later.
Happy Crocking! Let me know if your Crocs run big or small. The more we know the better!
Q: Should you size up or down in Crocs?
A: In general, you should size down in Crocs for a snug fit and size up for a roomy fit. However, most Crocs fit true to size, so it’s best not to worry about it.
Q: Do Crocs run true to size?
A: Yes, Crocs usually run true to size. But keep in mind these shoes are supposed to be roomy and loose, so don’t expect a snug fit with a true to size shoe.
Q: Is your Crocs size the same as your shoe size?
A: Yes, your Crocs size is the same as your shoe size as long as you want your shoes to fit loosely. If you want your shoes to fit snug, then round down.
Q: What is size 7.5 in Crocs?
A: 7.5 in regular shoes is an 8 in Crocs. In general, half sizes should round up. But if you want a snug fit, round down to 7.
Q: Should I size up or down for Crocs if I’m half?
A: You should size up if you’re half in Crocs, but if you would like a tight fitting shoe, then there’s no problem with sizing down. Keep in mind that some Crocs are roomy and some are standard, so if a Croc is roomy, you should consider sizing down to avoid your shoe being too loose.