Crocs were never the most stylish of shoes but, then again, they were never intended to be. However, they have a lot of uses and they make one of the best, all-around house shoes that you can find. But how are they around the water?

Crocs make good “all-around” shoes and they are great for the water as well. Like all shoes, though, there are some pros and cons to embracing Crocs as your go-to water shoe, though there’s little doubt that you will lack comfort in wearing them.

Crocs have been around for a score of years now and have enjoyed a moment in time of immense popularity, waning interest, and a surge of popularity once more. Now, they seem to have settled in as one of the more popular brands of what we would call a “lounge” shoe, built for relaxation and comfort.

They’re manufactured using proprietary technology using synthetic fiber, closed-cell foam resin EVA. The material is called croslite and it’s responsible for the high comfort level that Crocs offer.

Can Crocs be used as water shoes?

black crocs on table

Around the water, whether it’s a swimming pool, a lake, the beach, or the river, you’ll often see people wearing Crocs and there are a lot of good reasons for wearing them. As an all-around shoe, Crocs reign supreme in terms of comfort and foot health. The material that they use in the manufacturing process offers both heel and arch support.

The material is highly water-resistant so you can dip your toes and your Crocs will be dry again in no time at all. They’re also anti-microbial so you don’t have to worry much about the combination of warmth and moisture, although you should give them a cleaning once-over every now and then.

There are some negatives to wearing Crocs around the water as well. They don’t maintain a very good grip because there isn’t much to the sole and they can get pretty slick when they are wet, so it’s important to watch where and what you are stepping on while wearing them.

You don’t want to navigate rounded river stones with Crocs on, for instance. SO there are several pros and cons to wearing them, which we will cover each in turn.

Pros of wearing Crocs in the water

One thing that people love about Crocs and one of the most popular of points that come up in its favor, is that they float. Kids love it, as they offer a weird sort of flotation effect when kids wear them in the swimming pool and they end up having a lot of fun with them.

For adults, it means no more swimming to the bottom of the pool trying to collect them. If they come off, they’ll bob right up to the surface.

Crocs are light and breathable, which is another reason that they are popular around the water. Nobody hits the beach or goes for a swim in the river during the winter unless they are doing a polar bear dip and if that’s your thing, more power to you.

It’s during the summer that breathability really matters. When the sweltering heat is pushing everybody to go swimming and cool off, it’s nice to have some air around your feet. Crocs are lightweight, springy, and practically begging to be taken to the beach.

They also dry fast so you’re not constantly creating extra friction inside the Crocs; the kind of friction that causes blisters and all manner of other nastiness. They offer great heel and arch support with their cushy soles as well.

“Sports mode” is something that is frequently brought up around Crocs as well. You can raise the front strap up and tighten it down, pressing your foot down into the material and better securing your heel.

Cons of wearing Crocs in the water

Everything seems to come with a caveat these days and Crocs are no exception. For most people, the cons are easy enough to shrug off and move on. For others, the drawbacks to wearing Crocs around the water are deal killers.

If you’re at a swimming pool, it’s not such a big deal but at beaches, rivers, lakes, and creeks, the large holes at the front of the crocs, along with the low heel, allow pebbles, rocks, sand, shells, sticks, and everything else you can imagine, full access to your foot.

Nothing is more irritating than being out in the middle of the lake and suddenly, something that feels razor-sharp is digging into the bottom of your barefoot. They’re also extremely slick when they get wet. If you are at a natural swimming hole, that can spell danger when walking over rounded stones or trying to do a rope walk over wet logs.

Also, Crocs are kind of bulky and if your feet are even a little bit narrow, that can get pretty aggravating pretty fast. It’s probably a lot like wearing giant baseball gloves on your feet and while that may be nice around the house, it may be problematic on the water.

Last but not least, they may not be the best things to wear at a river or creek, where there is a moderate current or worse. The fact that they float is a great thing until you’re in a current and it would be easy to lose one quickly if it were to slide off of your foot.

What type of Crocs should you use as water shoes?

man holding a pair of black crocs

When most people think of Crocs, it’s kind of a one size fits all mental picture. A Croc conjures images of a bulky but pliable, slip-on shoe, that has a bunch of slightly smaller than dime-size holes in the top.

That’s true for the most part, however, Crocs sells a line of Crocs that are considered to be more in line with trips down to the water. There are five types of Crocs that fall under the “water shoes” category. Three of them are unisex and two are primarily designed for women.

1. The Classic Clog

The classic clog is where it all began and Crocs recommends it as a water shoe. It is the exact shoe that you imagine it is when you think of Crocs because it is the original, classic Croc that everyone knows and is familiar with. There are 25 colors to choose from, along with any size you need.

The Classic Clog is exactly what we listed above in terms of pros and cons, yet there is no doubting its superior level of comfort and quick-drying capability.

2. The Crocband Clog

This Croc is not quite as bulky as the Classic, with a more streamlined and “shoe-like” design. The heel is more low-profile than the Classic as well. Its molded out of the same material, however, so the level of comfort and breathability remains.

In fact, there is not much that separates the Crocband from the Classic except for a slightly sportier appearance in the Crocband. The strap is the major difference as it is recommended for wearing around the heel rather than keeping it positioned forward.

3. The Crocband Flip

If you like flip-flops then you will love the Crocband flip. It’s designed just like a flip-flop but with Croc’s proprietary material, so it’s cushiony and far more comfortable than what you will find in a standard flip-flop. Plus, when you’re swimming, it may be more convenient for some to hold their flops on with the y-band design.

4. Women’s Kadee II Flip

The Kadee II Flip is much like the Crocband flip but designed in a smaller format. It also comes with a fuller heel, so Croc’s proprietary, closed-cell foam resin will offer more comfort if that’s what you prefer in your heels. They are also one of the most lightweight flops in the Croc lineup.

5. Women’s Sexi Flip

Imagine combining a flip-flop’s design with the design of a regular shoe and then cutting out all of the material in between. You would end up with the Women’s Sexi Flip, which is a highly popular and comfortable Croc.

It’s great around the water because it has support around the ankle rather than the wide-open, slip-on design of the Classic Croc. The heel is pretty full as well and these shoes have an excellent arch for plenty of support.

Both Crocs and fans of Crocs highly recommend these five shoes for pretty much any outing on the water. Crocs provide plenty of comfort and longevity in the water, without worrying about having to let them dry out or thoroughly cleaning them.

Final thoughts

There are some drawbacks to wearing Crocs out on the water, however, the fallbacks are typically the types of things that only bother those who prefer a different style or fit. For the most part, they make for a good, well-rounded water shoe and one that you can depend on for years to come.