Crocs bite! Shoes pose danger on escalators.

by Paul Michael on 17 July 2007 20 comments

bad croc

How many of you think Crocs are just the best thing since sliced bread? I'd have to put my hand up, too. But several news stories have broken in the last few days that say Crocs are a hazard on escalators and that several injuries have already led to malls and other public places banning Crocs.

News 5, in Pheonix, AZ, has reported that children are having their Crocs shoes ripped off in escalators. This is most likely due to the design of the shoe, which fits loose for comfort and is made of a rubber-like material for support and grip. However, these benefits soon become a hazard on a fast-moving escalator. If the shoe gets too close to the edge, the rubber substance and loose fit provide perfect conditions for a shoe being pulled down into the machinery.

Doctors have always warned of escalator dangers, especially with children involved. The machinery is built to endure a lot, and may not stop if a child's foot is dragged into the mechanism. The Croc shoe could be an ideal way for that horrific eventually to become real.

The Daily News in Canada also reports that signs warning of the dangers have started to appear in malls. Expect to see them in a mall near you soon. The soft sole of a Croc does not stand up well to escalators, like a harder-soled sneaker. If the Croc gets stuck in the side, it could very well pull down a child's foot in seconds.

After doing a little more digging, I discovered that this is not a new danger. ABC reported the story way back in 2005, along with the tale a little girl who's foot was sucked into the side of a moving escalator.Why am I, and you, only just hearing about this then?

A spokesperson for Crocs is standing behind the shoe, saying they are "completely safe" and that escalators have always been a danger. However, although I'll still be wearing my Crocs I now have serious doubts about letting my toddler daughter wear Crocs, especially near escalators.

It's also worth noting that flip-flops can pose a similar threat, so basically take extra care folks. Let's try and have a safe summer.

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Jared

My wife wasn't allowed to wear hers when she worked in a daycare center, as once they get a little older, they have unreliable traction on wet surfaces.

And I have to agree with the spokesperson - I was ALWAYS warned of the danger of escalators as a kid. Parents need to be more observant of their children while using heavy machinery.

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mapgirl

This seems to be a case where user error is part of the issue. Has anyone else noticed that there are warning signs on escalators that adults should hold the hands of children and supervise their use of the thing?

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jos

wow... crazy, i love my crocs... and i mean LOVE, im a crocs fan gurl and didnt really think they could be dangerous... i have experienced slipping once they wear alot... i think and have thought since i got my first pair in mid 2005 that crocs are great for adults... for boating, going to the beach, walking the dog in the rain, gardening, and doing other yard work and to wear around the house... i have found it quite bizzare that they have become so popular and that so many kids (and their parents) wear them, crocs have little to no support... i guess its just another case of uneducated consumers???

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Brian

I agree - for work around the house, fine. But otherwise, they're not very ergonomic, not particularly hardy, and probably the most god-awfully ugly pieces of footwear I've ever seen.

Jessica Okon's picture

Paul I'm calling my sister right now!

Also folks, the shoes MELT! Read here for my  experience

Andrea Karim's picture

But I'm having trouble imagining them getting stuck in an escalator, any more often than, say, shoelaces.

Guest's picture

Just posted about it on US Recall News. Can't believe I missed this one. But I agree that they are probably no more dangerous than untied shoelaces or flip flops.

Paul Michael's picture

..but at least most shoes and sneakers have a much more rigid sole than these rubber Crocs. I can ball my daughter's Crocs up in my hand.

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Guest

I don't know about wearing them in public or on escalators. I bought some from their website to wear as house slippers and relief for my plantar fasciitis. Frankly, the shoes are overpriced and not anything to brag about. My feet still hurt and buying the overpriced shoes has not cured me of it. Making it worse is the returns. I've been waiting over 3 weeks for a credit on my return and still have not received it. Worst return policy ever and I'm an online shop-a-holic! Who do I complain to?!

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Guest

I recieved a pair of crocs for fathers day this year and I only wear them to do yard work and wear them at the cottage.
on July 21'st I found out how slippery the sole's of the crocs are.On wet grass and small down hill I now wear a cast. I'm not sure if I will wear them again.
Has anyone else had this problem?

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Lynne

I was walking to my car one day during very light rain wearing my crocs and slipped off a curb, breaking one ankle and severely spraining the other. I spent six weeks in a wheelchair, followed by six weeks in physical therapy with crutches. A year and a half later, I still have problems walking more than about a half hour and am too panicky to wear crocs in anything but the driest days. Good to know I wasn't the only one.

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Amandasmom

Exiting the New York Subway while on vacation, my daughters' croc got stuck at the top of the escallator. We didn't realize that this had
happened to others and thought it was a fluke. I emailed Croc over a month ago and still have had no response. She wasn't hurt but her $35.00 crocs are now garbage. She was a lucky one.

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Guest

4 year old boy's toe injured.. he's interviewed about what happened.
http://www.nbc4.com/news/14026136/detail.html?dl=mainclick

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Johanna

My 7 year old daughter wears her crocs all the time and it sucks to hear that it's an added danger but to tell the truth it could happen with ANY SHOE. When she was 5 years old she was rocking a pair of skater Vans, we're talking the super cushioned, bubble style ones, like Ethnies but even more cushioned inside and out with a two inch rubber sole to protect the foot when kids are learning to skate on a board. We were on an MTA escalator when she started screeching. Her entire foot went under and the escalator just kept going. We were lucky she was wearing those sneakers because other then bruising and scraping around the ball of her foot and two small scratches where the escalator teeth pierced the side of her shoe she was fine. Yes the more cushioned shoe saved her foot but how did it go under in the first place. Its not the croc, its the escalators that are not being built to meet safety standards, that are equipped with malfunctioning auto-stops. I was holding my daughter's hand and she wasn't being rowdy and I wasn't distracted. We were just going up the escalator like we did every day.

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BIANCA ROMANO

AUG 25, 2008 VISITING LOS ANGELES WITH MY TWO TEEN CHILDREN, I,49 YEARS OF AGE WAS RIDING AN ESCALATOR IN A SHOPPING MALL WHEN REACHING THE TOP OF THE ESCALATOR I FELT AN UNCONTROLLABLE SUCKING FEELING UNDER THE TOP OF A CROCS SANDALS, THE ONLY THING A COULD THINK OF WERE ALL THE REPORTS I REMEMBERED READING ABOUT CROCS ON ESCALATORS ,AND MY REACTION WAS TO IMMEDIATELY TO SAVE MY LEG NOT THE CROC. I YANKED AS HARD AS I COULD TO RELEASE MY FOOT FROM THE CROC(THE BACK STRAP ON MY CROC WAS AROUND THE ANKLE) I PULLED SO HARD I BRUISED MY OTHER TOE WHICH LEFT A BLACK GASH ON MY OTHER CROC BUT I ESCAPED WITH ALL 10 TOES, I AM STILL SHAKING FROM THIS INCIDENT BOTH LEGS AND MY BACK ARE STILL VERY SORE, MY TOE WAS BRUISED AND MUSCLES WERE PULLED. MY SON 14, ENDED UP PULLING 2/3 OF THE CROC FROM THE TOP OF THE ESCALATOR BUT THE OTHER HALF REMAINING INSIDE THE ESCALATOR. IF I WAS NOT PRE-WARNED ABOUT CROCS ,I WOULD HAVE ACTED DIFFERENTLY AND PROBABLY WOULD HAVE LOST MY TOES BUT I REACTED IN A LIGHTING SECOND...PLEASE ALL WHO ARE READING THIS.. CROCS ON ESCALATORS ARE VERY DANGEROUS; I WAS NOT FOOLING AROUND OR DOING ANYTHING OUT OF THE NORM, JUST RIDING AN ESCALATOR. IT WAS A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE BUT THANK GOD I CAME OUT W/MUSCLE STRAINS,BACK STRAIN, BRUISES BUT THE CROCS WERE MANGLED. BE CAREFUL.. CROCS CAN EFFECTS ADULTS TOO. I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHO TO CONTACT..

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marcus

I saw the lawyers who are suing CROCS on the CBS daily show--they were saying that CROCS knew about as many as 200+ such incidents from around the world, and still kept saying the shoes were safe--the lawyers are at robyablaw.com in nyc, but they have cases around the us

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I hate kids

IT'S TRUE !!! I was at the mall this morning and a kid got on the escalator who was wearing Crocs and I could see the Crocs were involuntarily MAKING the kid move his foot closer to the edge of the escalator step just as he approached the end of the ride so that it would cause the kids foot to get caught into the menacing jaws of the escalator! The kid tried to fight it but the Crocs were just too strong -- oh, if only he ate Wheaties that morning instead of that Walmart generic brand of sugar pops with two more spoons of sugar on top! The parent? Oh, she was busy talking on her cell phone and looking for her next bargain -- at that particular moment in time, she didn't even KNOW her kid existed. PARENTS: WATCH YOUR LITTLE MONSTER CHILDREN -- they are too stupid to know where to place their feet when riding an escalator -- Crocs or not. (moral of the story: Guns don't kill people, people kill people -- if you don't get it, just let your kid ride the escalator BAREFOOTED, morons).

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Shocked at Stupidity

Ok...SERIOUSLY people? The whole escalator thing is ridiculous. I do believe it can happen, but I believe it can happen with ANY shoe. I work part-time at the mall, right by the escalators, and I've seen tons of kids get their feet caught just wearing sneakers. Not to mention stupid parents who take the strollers up and down the escalators and get stuck or injured. So, does that make strollers dangerous??? Better stop buyin' those, too. Just to be safe, of course. And, of course, if your Crocs have worn down on the bottom (after many months of wear), they are GOING to be slippery when it is wet outside, just like any flip-flop or shoe. I think maybe we should all just wearing shoes since they are so "dangerous."

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Kevin

My son is 5 and has has flat feet. His foot Dr said no no to crocks. I got a call from his pre-school last year and was informed that he fell three times (in one day)I have actually seen him fall while wearing them. On the rare occasion that he actually does wear crocks I hold his hand. I love crocks and I wear them myself. Crocks have no support. My son now wears orthodics.

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Guest

Crocs including the flip flop variety are slippery on most wet surfaces especially after a few months wear. Far more so than a pair of 5 dollar flip flops after a year or two... I think that this is the biggest concern