In Seattle, as soon as the sun comes out all we want to do is pull out our most comfortable shoes. And oftentimes those are Crocs. We know you love them. They're comfortable, easy to slip on and wash off, affordable, and they protect your toes (well sort of). And they have an arch which you know is good for you.
But I would never recommend Crocs for a long walk or for everyday wear. If you're headed for the beach or the pool they're fine, but that's it. Unfortunately, many people wear Crocs all summer as if they're a perfectly good shoe or sandal, but they aren't.
Crocs don't secure the heel - like flip flops crocs won't keep your heel in place; when that happens you're going to grip with your toes which can lead to tendinitis, worsening of existing foot problems, and nails issues.
Crocs are not supportive - crocs are made out of resin which is very bendable. It's fine if you have a shoe that only bends at the toe, but shoes like crocs that can easily bend in the middle and can easily be twisted are not a supportive or stable shoe. Heel pain injuries and arch pain can result from long term wear of unsupportive shoes even if they do have an arch.
Crocs can cause other problems - crocs can give people a false sense of security because they cover the toes. But because crocs have holes and the resin can easily be punctured, never wear crocs when doing any kind of yardwork or using heavy machinery. Crocs can also cause major blisters.
What Are the Best Shoes To Wear in Seattle?
You should always choose a shoe designed for the activity you're doing. If you're walking around Green Lake in Seattle, wear either a supportive tennis shoe or a sandal that has straps. If you're running, choose a running shoe that will provide the sport and cushioning you need. If you're doing a light hike through Discovery or Carkeek Park, a trail shoe may be just the ticket.
Headed to the mountains to do some day hiking, you'll need a boot that can allow you to walk over rocks without twisting your ankle. You can learn about the best boots for you by downloading my eBook, "How to Buy Hiking Boots to Prevent Plantar Fasciitis". I also made a series of short videos on the same topic here.
If you're after a sandal that can get wet and keep you out of pain I recommend that you buy Keens or Tevas available at REI or other sports stores. Both sandals totally secure your foot and have arch support to boot. Learn other tips for wearing flip flops without killing your feet if you choose to wear them.
Need Relief From Wearing Crocs in Seattle, Washington? Request an Appointment Now
If your Crocs are causing you foot pain, stop wearing them and come see us. We'll help you get your feet back to health. Complete the contact form on this page or call our office at 206-368-7000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Berg.
Most new patients are seen within 1-2 week's time. During your initial visit, Dr. Berg will spend up to 30 minutes getting to know you, your podiatry complaints, and your goals so that he can recommend the treatment best meets your needs. Don’t wait—contact us today.
North Seattle Foot & Ankle Specialist Dr. Rion Berg offers compassionate podiatry care for all foot and ankle problems to those living in Seattle Washington and the surrounding areas. Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an immediate appointment or request an appointment online.