Yes, Crocs shoes have no distinct design for men or women. They are unisex.
I thought it was a difficult one. The basic Croc shape is genderless: it’s like a clog or a shower shoe or any other utilitarian thing you wear on your feet while doing something else.
On the other hand, it’s made of bright colors and covered in Jibbitz, which isn’t really my idea of unisex.
A lot of people also think of Crocs as women’s shoes. Yes, really. That may be because the most famous people wearing Crocs are women, although if a man wears a pair, a lot of people will notice.
The more you think about it, though, the stranger it seems that Crocs should be considered a women’s shoe.
In their basic form, they are not much different from shower shoes or rubber boots, or any of the other rubbery things men wear when they get dirty.
And men have been wearing rubbery things for hundreds of years longer than women have been wearing high-heeled shoes. So, why not call Crocs an old-fashioned but still useful men’s shoe? Or at least call them unisex?
How are Crocs unisex?
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If you were designing a pair of shoes for men and women to wear equally, you could certainly have come up with something better than an open-toed sandal with a strap between the big toe and its neighbor.
But, straps are not inherent to open-toed sandals. Men’s flip-flops don’t have them. Women’s flip-flops don’t have them. Crocs do.
Many people have been surprised to learn that Crocs are unisex. A lot of them are women, and some men wear them too.
But, there is something about the shoes that seems distinctly masculine. Maybe they look like waders or something.
But I think it’s because they have straps, and women’s shoes tend not to have straps. These Crocs are for a woman.
They still look pretty masculine to me, maybe it’s the color, but as you can see, they have straps. And as you can see from these other pictures, all of them do.
So I think it really is the presence of the straps that makes them unisex. And why do they have straps?
Maybe it would be more comfortable if they didn’t; certainly, I’m used to going barefoot most of the time, and I hate shoes with straps.
But, they make Crocs more unisex by having straps. Of course, there is a tradeoff between comfort and fashion (and probably safety). So do women generally go for comfort than men for fashion? I guess not.
The Croslite material is the main source of Crocs comfort. All Crocs shoes are made of this material. Croslite is a patent material that Crocs shoes are made up of.
The croslite material is used because it provides superior comfort, flexibility, slip resistance, and durability. The Crocs material has a patented process to mold the Croslite material into the desired foot shape.
The Croslite material is made by combining two different materials under pressure to create this unique substance.
Crocs use high-quality EVA resin and select grade cork dust to create the Croslite material.
The unique blend makes it possible to mold into any desired shape to make it easier to create premium quality products like shoes, sandals, boots, and flip flops… for all genders.
Crocs also offer other footwear like clogs and boots with different features like memory foam insoles, arch support, and water-resistant leather uppers. This is more recognizable to ladies.
In turn, the footwear satisfies Crocs designs their shoes with an open mind so they can be worn by men too.
Crocs have been successful in doing this especially because of their comfortable soles which are non-marking and slip-resistant for safety reasons.
How are Crocs unisex? Because they have medium heels. They are neither high heels nor low heels. They are in the middle, where they belong.
I am not saying that if you wear them you will become attractive to both sexes. I am just saying that they will fit your feet better than high heels or low heels would.
The Crocs I bought are yellow with black trim, which is probably the masculine option. They come in a wide variety of colors, but not many patterns.
The stripes on my shoes are vertical. I don’t know what the rules are for stripes on women’s shoes.
The sole is flatter than most, which seems like it would be better for women’s shoes. But the heel is medium-sized, which seems more likely to be a man’s shoe since it would be tough to walk in something higher.
There is a simple reason why high heels for men don’t exist: heels are judged in part by their width relative to height, and in that dimension heels for men would just look like regular shoes, not very attractive ones either.
But, imagine if you could make a manly shoe by putting a wedge under it? Now you’ve got a unisex shoe!
How to choose Crocs size? – Crocs shoe size guide
Below is the table for Crocs women sizes:
Below is the table for Crocs men sizes:
How do you know what size of Crocs to get?
Crocs are designed to fit a typical foot and a wide range of typical feet. You can go a size smaller or a size larger if you like, but not everyone will want the same roominess.
There are two competing ideas for how shoes should fit. The first, based on fashion, is that they should be as tight as possible; the second, based on function, is that they should be as loose as possible.
Crocs try to make the best-looking shoes we can within the functional idea of fit.
What it comes down to is this: Crocs will fit more securely than most fashion brands; if you don’t like them snug, you will probably prefer their looser styles.
If you’re between sizes, size down
Crocs will fit best if you order the same size a little down the shoe’s manufacturer sizing. If you are between sizes, a model typically wears a size 8, but she finds that sometimes she needs to order Crocs in a 7.5.
So, if you are between sizes, consider sizing down to the next whole size.
If you are on the borderline between two sizes and have wider feet, consider sizing up one full size so your toes have more room to wiggle.
When measuring your foot, keep in mind that Crocs rely on your heel resting on an insole that sits inside the shoe. With most shoes, measurements are taken from the sole of the foot.
When measuring your foot length for Crocs, place your heel on a piece of paper and trace your foot. Then measure the line created by tracing your foot from toe to heel.
Hopefully, this information will help you determine which pair of Crocs will be just right for you!
Things to know on Crocs sizing
- Crocs are designed with no specific foot shape in mind. If you have narrow or average width feet, you should expect your Crocs to fit similarly to dress shoes. If you have wide feet, Crocs will feel reasonably snug at first but will give way to a wider foot shape over time.
- Crocs are designed specifically for comfort. For this reason, the sizes are given in terms of length rather than width. This offers more precision with sizing. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Crocs run big! To ensure the best fit for all of their customers, they encourage you to order one size smaller than your typical shoe size.
- Order one size down from your normal shoe size if you feel unsure about sizing on your own. If you are typically between sizes then please go ahead and use the sizing chart above to find your best fit.
Why are Crocs, the rubber shoes, so popular with women? Because they are not specifically men-style or women-style shoes. They are unisex.
But how is it possible that one style of shoe can be suitable for both men and women? Is it because most people have feet that are about the same size? No, that’s not why.
The most common foot size for American men is 9, and for American women, it’s 8.5. So if you just go by sizes, most Crocs would be men’s. But in practice, Crocs are available in all sizes.
What is actually happening is that they are unisex in the same way that most clothing is unisex. Most clothing is not specifically male or female. It’s just designed to be worn by humans in general.
That includes Crocs; they’re designed to be worn by people in general, and people, in general, tend to be about the same size.
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