By Rehan Iqbal
Yea, why are Crocs so expensive, anyway?
$50…for THIS thing? A glorified rubber slipper that looks like a boat?
That’s exactly what I thought when I first saw Crocs. But as soon as I put them on, I was floored.
Crocs can be a bit pricey, but they are totally worth it. They’re like walking on marshmallows and rainbows, and they stop you from falling on grease and winding up in the ER.
Remember, you aren’t buying just a shoe. You are buying your feet feeling nice, your back not hurting, or you not slipping and falling in the kitchen and waking up in the hospital.
Anyways, here’s a few reasons why Crocs are so expensive compared to other shoes. This might actually surprise you.
I bought my work flats for $35 and my Bistro clogs for $50. Crocs are comfortable, durable, 100% safe work shoes for $50 or even less. That isn’t even that expensive, right?
Basic Nike work shoes are like $65. My Adidas gym shoes were $75.
Hell, a salad and coffee at Starbucks is $15. For 3 lunches at Starbucks you get an amazing work shoe that will last up to 5 years.
You have to look at the value you’re getting. Crocs are an investment.
Crocs are best for people on their feet all day. They are made specifically for people working long shifts on slippery surfaces. Wearing them provides extra support for your back, knees, and feet, so you don’t suffer from aches and pains after working 12 hours.
You expect these things to be $20? Crocs isn’t a charity organization. They’re making awesome, comfortable, durable work shoes. The least you can do is pay fair value.
1. Crocs Aren’t Rubber. They’re Made From Croslite - And It’s Expensive
Crocs actually invented a proprietary material called Croslite - a closed cell resin - for their shoes. It’s a foamable ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) along with polyolefin elastomer and pigment.
Basically, what this means is that they’ve got this futuristic Space Age material that’s comfortable, stays dry, and lets you work on your feet all day without feeling like you just got hit by a truck.
It’s a super high-quality material that only they know how to make. So, not only does it command a super high price, they also can’t just mass produce it or import it cheaply from a developing country with low wages. It’s not like plastic or basic rubber.
They make it themselves, it’s super high-quality, has a ton of benefits, and cannot be imported cheaply. That’s why Crocs are more expensive than other shoes.
These aren’t just simple rubber beach shoes we’re talking about here. Actually, I’m amazed that they don’t cost more.
2. Crocs Are Actually Good for Your Health
Whereas your average $5 flip flops will basically ruin your back, Crocs are made specifically to keep you pain and fungal infection free.
It’s true. Crocs will give you eternal life.
THAT’S A JOKE. PLEASE DON’T TAKE ME SERIOUSLY.
Their non-porous material helps keep away infections that would normally thrive in a warm, sweaty environment like your feet. If you’re susceptible to infections, this is a huge advantage. It’s also a huge plus for people with poor circulation.
They also have extra toe room, ample support, and a snug fit in the heel which reduces muscle fatigue, helps fight aches and pains, and could reduce wobbling or pronation.
You don’t have to take my word for it either. Crocs are certified and endorsed by the Bethesda-based American Podiatric Medical Association and United States Ergonomics as providing health benefits and being a healthy alternative to traditional flip flops.
Do you know how much most ergonomic shoes cost? Crocs are way cheaper than most “healthy” shoes.
3. They Basically Last Forever if You Take Care of Them
I fully expect Crocs to inherit the Earth in the event of human extinction. Planet of the Crocs will be reality.
Long story short, Croslite is ultra durable due to it being a closed-cell resin. This makes it waterproof and highly resistant to substances that would normally destroy your everyday pair of shoes.
Oil, water, grease, sweat they do NOTHING to Crocs. And if they do get muddy or worn, just wash them in the sink like you would a dish.
Plus, Crocs are designed for low-stress environments like hospitals or restaurants. It’s not like you’ll be taking them to Everest…right?
All the wear and tear that would destroy a normal shoe at work - sweat, liquid, bending, stress from taking them off and putting them on - is non-existent with Crocs. They are workplace resistant.
So, think about it from a practical point of view. Yes, $40-$50 for what looks like a rubber (it’s not) shoe might seem expensive. But not if you wear them for 5 years.
My latest ones are 3 years old already.
365 days a year for 3 years is 1,095 days. I paid $50. That’s like 4 CENTS A DAY FOR WORK SHOES.
How is that expensive?
So, why are Crocs so expensive?
Well, for one, THEY’RE NOT. $50 for comfortable, back-saving, slip-resistant, ultra durable work shoes is CHEAP.
But if you really must pry, it’s because Crocs are not “just rubber flip flops”. They are ultra durable Croslite made in the most ergonomic way possible. That’s why millions of nurses, baristas, chefs, and even cruise ship crew are wearing them right now: They’re awesome.
So, you basically have two choices. One, get a typical pair of “cheap shoes” and complain when your back hurts and you keep falling. Or invest $20 extra dollars into reducing aches and pains, passing workplace safety regulations, and not falling and breaking a bone.
You chose. I think you should take the Crocs!
Q: Why did Crocs become so expensive?
A: Crocs became so expensive because the Croslite material makes them durable, comfortable, and stylish. Also, when they first came out, the company kept the price low so more people could buy them. Now that they are gaining in popularity, the prices are going up. The design has also been continuously improved, so the shoes are better quality now.
Q: Are Crocs worth buying?
A: Yes, Crocs are worth buying if you need a safe, durable, non-slip work shoe. Not only do Crocs reduce aches and pains, they reduce muscle fatigue so that you can work longer. Crocs are popular among staff in hospitals, restaurants, cafes, and anyone else who works in a slippery environment or works long shifts.
Q: How long will Crocs last?
A: Crocs will last anywhere up to 5+ years depending on their usage, your work environment, and how well you take care of them. They typically last 3-5 years with normal wear and tear. If you wear them only indoors, they could last for 10 years or even more depending on the environment.
Q: What makes Crocs so special?
A: What makes Crocs special is Croslite technology, a comfortable and durable material invented by Crocs that improves Crocs ability to keep you on your feet during long shifts. They are also extremely breathable, helping to reduce odors, wear and tear, and even infections in some cases.