The first time I came across Crocs was in the early 2010s. My younger cousins wore them as their go-to footwear around the house, down the street, and anywhere else that required a casual outfit. Today these shoes have become more rampant and if you plan to get a pair (or already have one), you need to know how to style Crocs.
According to World Population Review, there have been over 720 million pairs of Crocs sold worldwide. In other news, almost every child and adult has at least a pair of this footwear(whether fake or original). And if you want to stand out in them, you have to put in the effort to slay.
That’s what we’ll cover in this piece. You’ll also learn everything else you need to know about Crocs so you don’t just wear it because it’s a fad; you wear it because you know what you’re wearing.
A Peek into the Crocs Brand
While many people call the footwear Crocs, that’s not the actual name of these shoes.
Crocs is the name of the leading footwear company that produces foam clogs shoes which the world refers to as Crocs. This footwear is one of the many off-beat trends Gen Zs adopted, perfect for casual wear, recreational activities, and even in semi-formal settings if you love to make a statement.
The brand was founded in 2002 by Scott Seamans, Lyndon “Duke” Hanson, and George Boedecker Jr. who produced and distributed foam boat shoes. Now the shoes come in more than 120 styles for men, women, and children.
Per the brand’s mission, Crocs footwear offers profound comfort, fun, and innovation to the world’s feet. As written on the company’s website, these shoes are:
“uniquely designed and manufactured using the company’s proprietary closed-cell resin, Croslite™, a technology that gives each pair of shoes the soft, comfortable, lightweight, non-marking and odor-resistant qualities that Crocs wearers know and love.”
This Croslite makes the footwear suitable for both land and water. Perhaps, it’s why the company got the name Crocs™ after the multi-environment, amphibious nature of Crocodiles.
How Long do Crocs last?
Crocs can last between three and five years with everyday wear. Though this depends on how well you maintain them and how often you wear them.
If you wear them for everyday activities, like short walks or errands, you’ll get many years out of them. And if you use them solely for indoor wear, they can last even longer than five years.
One reason for its durability is the material used in making this footwear. The Croslite outsoles are tough and can withstand many years of walking on concrete grounds. However, longer periods of everyday wear will depreciate the soles.
Why Wear Crocs
Foam clogs offer comfort. You just slip them on when you’re ready to move and that’ll be all. You don’t need to worry about walking on heels, tying laces, buckling stuff, etc. Just wear your Crocs and get going.
This desire for comfort is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, since the world was on lockdown, people opted for casual outfits and loungewear rather than formal clothes. And to better complement such dress choices, laidback shoes like clogs became the trend.
So if you love to feel comfortable while looking stylish, foam clogs are your best bet.
They’re On Trend
If you love to move with trends, then you should have these shoes. They’re the hottest laidback footwear all over the world. And once you know how to style Crocs with so much finesse, you won’t only be seen as a trendy individual but also a stylish one.
They’re a Renowned Brand
Who wouldn’t love to be caught wearing a brand that oozes luxury while offering comfort?
Crocs is a renowned and successful brand that has come to be loved by many. Moreso, it competes with the best brands in the world. The company has also established itself over the past 20 years.
But the problem is, since everybody loves to associate with success, there’s been so many counterfeit Crocs in the market.
Not to worry though. You can always get original foam clog shoes from the company by shopping directly from their website. But if you prefer to shop elsewhere, read our guide on how to distinguish original designers from knock-offs.
They’re Durable & Waterproof
As you read earlier, these shoes are durable. They can last up to five years or more so long as you wear them right. This is because clogs don’t tear, rip, or wear out easily—thanks to its high manufacturing standards.
Besides being durable, they’re also waterproof shoes. That means you can wear them when it rains, snows, or for any reason you get into water. In addition to that, foam clog shoes can withstand high temperatures. So you need not worry when it gets so hot. Your shoes can withstand the heat of the sun.
You can wear your foam clogs for long hours without worrying about your feet getting hurt. Why?
Because these shoes are comfortable and well-ventilated. If you work long shifts, the cushioning property of foam clogs will make your feet less tired after work.
Furthermore, you need not worry about getting sweaty feet from these shoes. They’re open and have holes at the front. That means there’s enough air to keep your feet going. You only need to maintain a good pedicure habit so you don’t have ugly feet even with your Crocs.
Why do Crocs Have 13 Holes?
Each pair of Crocs have 13 holes. And these holes serve as ventilation to let in air to your feet and let out excess moisture to keep the shoes fresh.
How to Style Crocs
Crocs seems to be the prominent fashion trend taking over the 2020s. The brand has gotten so much street cred —thanks to its latest celebrity collaborations. Now the shoes are everywhere. And your styling options are limitless.
The best part is, celebrities and style icons keep showing us how these shoes are more than casual footwear. For instance, you can wear them on the red carpet, in the office, at the gym, and even in places you’d never imagine.
But how does this work? How do you make beautiful fashion statements with these shoes? Come with me.
1. Go Monochromatic
Pair your clogs with colors in similar shades.
For instance, you can go all white, black, purple, yellow, etc., for a monochromatic look or try different hues of your chosen color for an analogous look.
2. All Things Denim
So, whenever you get confused about how to style Crocs, remember denim is the way to go.
3. Pair with Tight-fitting Pants
Looking for the right shoes for your skinny jeans, leggings, straight-cut pants, etc? Search no more.
Just grab on your tee or shirt and pair your outfit with your Crocs. This look never goes out of style.
4. Pair with Loose Pants
If you love to rock loose-fitting pants, go ahead and do so with your foam clogs. In the image above, Justin Bieber paired his baggy suit with Crocs to the Grammys 2022. If he could do it, you too can.
So go ahead and pull it off with your palazzo, cargo pants, and other loose pants.
5. Pair with Shorter Pants
These shoes also look perfect when paired with bum shorts, biker shorts, cargo shorts, capris, etc.
Just ensure you match your colors right and you’ll be good to go.
6. Pair with Activewear/Athleisure
Feel like hitting the gym but don’t wanna wear some kicks? Not a problem. Slip on your Crocs. It’ll even offer more comfort while you lift those weights.
But be careful though. These shoes lack overall stability and adequate foot protection. They can fall off fairly easily when working out. So, while you may not wear them to work out, you can always pair them with your activewear or athleisure outfits.
7. Wear it with Your Nativewear
Nigerian Crocs ambassador, Enioluwa Adeoluwa, is the perfect inspiration for this. Besides being one of the faces of the brand, this guy is known for pulling off his foam clogs in fashion-forward ways.
Today he’d wear it with loungewear, tomorrow, he’d don Agbada with Crocs. This goes to show there are no limits to how to style Crocs.
8. Make Things a Tad Formal
Surprise your colleagues at work by wearing crocs to work. Absurd, right? But doctors and nurses do this often.
You too can by pairing your foam clogs with your suits or any formal office wear.
9. Pair with Your Dresses/Skirts of all Lengths
Where your mini, midi, and maxi dresses at? Bring ‘em out and rock them with foam clogs.
The same goes for your skirts too.
10. Contrast Your Crocs with the Rest of Your Outfit
Let me tell you how this works:
Say you wanna wear an all-black ensemble. You can lighten things up with bright-colored Crocs.
Or if you’re already wearing a bright-colored piece like a yellow dress, just pair it with a contrasting yet complementary color like blue, green, purple, or pink Crocs.
11. Keep it Simple with Neutral Foam Clogs
If you love to play it safe and wouldn’t like much attention with your color choices, just keep it simple by wearing black, white, navy blue, grey, and light brown crocs.
This also works when you’re wearing clothes with busy prints.
12. Lounge Things Up
This was the only way people wore Crocs before it became a mainstream staple capable of style statements. Pairing your foam clogs with casual, comfortable clothing mostly worn at home never goes out of style.
It’s safe, laidback, usual, and won’t get eyes looking at you queerly.
13. Layer Your Outfits
Done dressing up? Not so fast. Give your clogs outfits a fresh look by layering with your sweater, jackets, coats, and any outerwear that comes in handy.
This is another evergreen way to style Crocs.
You know this list on how to style Crocs won’t be complete without a reminder to accessorize, don’t you? So grab on your jewelry, handbag, wallet, bucket hat, scarf, or any other accessory you think will transform your look.
Accessorizing is a no-brainer that always pays off.
Are Crocs Meant to be Worn with Socks?
Although wear stockings is another tip on how to style Crocs, it all depends on your style and preference. It’s your choice. So, if you wanna wear your foam clogs with stockings, go ahead. And if you don’t want to, that’s fine.
However, if you’re going to pair yours with socks, go for neutral-colored socks like black, white, beige, nude, etc., or opt for color-coordinated socks that give you a thoughtful look.
That’s all about styling Crocs. Now go pull yours off with any of the tips you’ve learned here and don’t be shy to take enough photos for the gram.