I first heard about Crocs 10 years ago. I worked in a medical-related field and saw the shoes featured in a booth at an industry conference. I took a closer look, and a podiatrist working at the booth told me how great they were. Fast-forward to last week: A friend and I met for coffee, and she was wearing a cute pair of Crocs ballet flats. (There’s now a huge array of Crocs styles that range from ballet flats to espadrilles.) I bet this is the first time in history a podiatrist has predicted a fashion trend, and I love it!
I can see why Crocs are so popular. They clean up well, so that’s great for kids. You can shrink them or make them bigger to perfectly fit your foot. You can even recycle them for a good cause when you no longer want them. Here are my tips for doing all of the above.
Easy Ways to Make Crocs Look New Again
The easiest way to keep your Crocs in top form is to wash them regularly using mild soap and warm water. Add a drop of bleach to the soap solution and soak the shoes in the mixture if you need an even more thorough cleaning. To clean out the ventilation holes, an old toothbrush will do the trick. There’s also a product called Crocs Butter that several bloggers I follow recommend to extend the life of the Crocs material. It’s a solution-soaked sponge that you use just like a more traditional shoe-shining sponge.
How to Un-Shrink Shrunken Crocs
A pair of Crocs will undoubtedly get left in a hot car, or a growth spurt will leave your kiddos’ Crocs a little snugger than before. All you have to do is drop the Crocs in a pot of boiling water for 45 seconds. (Be careful!) After they’ve cooled to a bearable temperature, wear them for a while with a few pairs of thick socks. It will make the Crocs come back to life and remold to your feet. They might seem tight at first, but wearing them will stretch them out a bit. Conversely, if you need them a little smaller, follow the directions above, but don’t wear them after taking them out of the water. Let them cool, and then you can see if they shrunk enough.
Recycle Old Crocs for a Good Cause
Once you get to a point where you can no longer squeak an extra size out of your Crocs, don’t toss them out! An amazing program called Crocs Cares takes donated Crocs and provides footwear to people in need around the world.
Gardening Is Such a Croc!
No longer wear your Crocs but aren’t ready to part with them? Consider making them a part of your garden. Repot flowers into a pair of old Crocs, and voila, you have a new planter with a built-in soil ventilation system. This would be a fun project to do with kids, too. I recommend putting a coffee filter in first, and then put in the soil so the soil doesn’t come out too much when you water the plant. Give it a try for a playful new addition to your garden or porch!
Disclaimer: The shoes shown in this article are the author’s. Please use the above tips at your own discretion. Famous Footwear is not responsible for any damage caused to shoes by using these tips.