More children hurt in Crocs-related accidents.

by Paul Michael on 30 August 2007 53 comments
Photo: Croc accident

Some of you may recall my recent article on the inherent dangers of wearing Crocs on escalators. Well, the misery, pain and nasty injuries continue to happen. Since writing the article I have heard more horror stories, including one sent to us by Wisebread reader Dindin. His daughter’s foot was inside the mangled Croc pictured above, and she was lucky to come away from the accident in one piece.

With Dindin’s kind permission I am reprinting his letter to us, along with the pictures that accompanied it. Please, take the time to read it, the story is one that could easily happen to your child or a child you know.

“Crocs are Unsafe for Riding Escalators!

This is not the first time an accident involving children, escalators and
rubber clogs has happened
.

Andie injury

14,200 search results turned out when I typed "crocs,escalator,injury" on
Google. My three-year-old daughter's toe injury caused by her right Croc
getting caught in the side of an escalator is not an isolated case, and many
more injuries could follow unless substantial solutions are delivered at the
soonest possible time.

Parents, mall operators, and the company or companies behind the manufacture
and sale of Crocs footwear should act immediately to put an end to the
disturbing number of accidents involving Crocs and escalator mechanisms.

What happens is that the slip-resistant quality of the footwear, ironically
the same quality that ranks among its unique selling points, causes it to
adhere to the side of a moving escalator upon contact. Resulting injuries
have ranged from simple scratches to toes being actually ripped off. (I
found a collection of news stories on http://crocsaccidents.blogspot.com.
That there is such a site should speak for the gravity of the situation.)

There is no point in raising arguments along the lines of escalators being
inherently dangerous for children, or of the possibility of similar
accidents with every other kind of footwear, or of parents being solely
responsible for the safety of their children when under their care. The fact
is that so many children have been hurt because the traction of their clogs
is unsuitable for escalators. This danger had come to our attention prior to
the accident involving my very own daughter, which is why we are always very
careful when making her ride the escalator with her Crocs on. She even
constantly recites the line "stay on the center," as we always remind her to
do so. But it just took a millisecond for us to fall victim to an already
familiar mishap. Being careful just wasn't enough.

Parents, stop making your children wear Crocs in malls. Believe me when I
say that you can never be too careful when it comes to the nasty combination
of Crocs and escalators.

Mall operators, adopt more child-friendly measures. Post visible notices on
the dangers of wearing rubber clogs on escalators. Make known the presence
of emergency stop buttons. Make your security guards aware of the alarming
number of escalator accidents and train them to render urgent responses.
This is not just token advocacy; this actually makes good business sense.

To the company or companies manufacturing and selling Crocs, mark your
products accordingly. Indicate that they are not safe for riding escalators
because, really, they aren't. Stop saying that they are completely safe. You
owe this to the children who love your shoes. My daughter owns three pairs
of Crocs- a pair of Caymans, a pair of Athens and a pair of Mary Janes. That's
how she likes wearing those clogs. Even the first words that came out of her
mouth after her tiny scream of pain were, "My Crocs! My Crocs!".

mangled croc

Andie is fine now. After the accident, which happened in Megamall at around
9pm of August 19, we rushed her to the Medical City where she got the proper
treatment for her wounds (no quick first aid response in the mall, we had to
run from building B to building A where we were parked. but that's another
issue), x-rays of both her feet, and a tetanus shot. All her toes are intact
and the wounds she got were merely superficial, thank God. With the way her
right foot bled and with the hideous torn and deformed state of her Crocs
right after the accident, we thought the injury would be much worse.

Andie injury 2

But will she ride the escalator again with as much self-confidence as she's
always had before the accident? We pray that she does. Trauma is not healed
with a simple wound dressing and tetanus shot.”

The story was even covered on the news in the Philippines. You don't need to speak the language to get the clear message.

It’s good to know that little Andie came out of it ok, although I suspect the psychological damage could be worse than the injury itself. But why are so many kids getting involved in accidents? I did a little digging of my own.

I typed in “Crocs” and “injury” and over 309,000 hits were returned. When I added “escalator” it was still almost 37,000 results. Is this acceptable? Not to me. However, when I replaced the word “Crocs” with “Sneaker” the results went up. So, does this mean all shoes pose a hazard on escalators? Well, use your common sense. Crocs have been on the market for just a fraction of the time that sneakers have, and yet the injuries with Crocs are snowballing.

What causes the injuries? Time after time the message I’m getting is that the very design of the Croc is magnifying the chance of an accident. As Dindin points out, the rubber material that the Croc is made of helps with traction, but it also grabs on to other materials (such as those of a moving escalator). And the loose-fitting, pliable quality of a Croc means it’s more likely to be sucked down the edge of the escalator.

Should Crocs be banned? For adults, no, of course not. I’ve heard many positive things about them, especially in the medical industry. And my dad swears by them for things like gardening. But the question of them being suitable for children outside of the home is definitely one for serious debate. And until we can figure out how to keep our children safe when they’re in a mall or other area involving escalators, I personally believe that you should keep your kids away from Crocs, at least when your children are outside of the safety of your home.

Andie is going to be fine, thankfully. But how much longer will it be before I’m writing a third article with a far more serious and tragic outcome? I hope it never happens.

Further reading.

http://www.hogshaven.com/story/2007/8/24/162327/768

http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2007/09/03/hlsb0903.htm

http://crocsaccidents.blogspot.com/

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Jessica Okon's picture

All the cheap knock-offs.

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their not cheep if u get the real ones and u should be careful

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their not cheep if u get the real ones and u should be careful

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ALEXONDRO CARPENTER

maby your kid should learn how to walk before you go and blame this on CROCS. I myself have walked on an escalator before with CROCS on. Never been hurt. I wear CROCs everywere I go, I dont blame it on the shoe if I fall. Please find something better to do than blame a shoe.

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My 5 year old and 2 year old LOVE their Crocs. I would rather keep my kids away from escalators than take them away. Besides, a mall is FAR more damaging to a child than an escalator injury.

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I'm really not sure I understand why the mall is more dangerous than an injury caused by an escalator?

I would think I would rather my kids see all the people shopping, than see that my kids toes were ripped off?

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Jennifer

I couldn't agree more.

Paul Michael's picture

there's a little sarcasm to that final comment Wilkes, I'd much rather take my child to a mall than have her foot ripped off. But I take your point.

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Ruth Ann Francis

Okay, I understand what the article is saying. And I know that it's horrible that people, particularly children, have suffered these injuries. But why the rush to ban these shoes? There has always been an inherent danger with feet and escalators. And kids are generally more likely to be standing near the sides (cause they're on the same step as an adult), they've got smaller feet and they're less likely to be able to react quickly and with enough force should something happen. And, yeah, Crocs, due to their very nature, make the situation worse. But, shouldn't education, especially of parents and children, come before a call to ban the shoes?
If people are generally worried about this danger, they have the option of taking the stairs or an elevator. Might not be as convenient, but it would alleviate this issue. And education would allow them to make the choice.
Another option, which is just barely above banning crocs in my opinion, would be to install some sort of non-moving guard on the escalators, something to keep people's feet away from the side. It would have to move with the stairs and would require a retrofit of the escaltors. It would add cost to escalators, and again, it doesn't seem like it would be a horrible idea to educate the public to the issue and let them choose how to handle it.
I'd rather have that happen than for people to continue to rely on the government or other people to keep them safe in situations such as this.

Paul Michael's picture

asking for a ban on Crocs in my article. What I did say is that we need to look into the saftey of these shoes for children, particularly outisde of the home.

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No one is going to revamp every escalator. I think Paul & the father who's kid's foot got mangled are giving everyone fair warning.

Sadly, the way things are lately you can take your kid to the mall and while they're gnawing on a lead painted toy, wearing a flamable bib, they'll get snatched by some pervert who also runs a dog fighting ring. Then while the perv is dragging your kid down the escalator which happens to have faulty wiring he child will get sucked into the escaltor. The criminal though will find himself busted by Dog the Bounty Hunter & Chris Hansen at the mall entrance. Then TMZ will find out he was LiLos coke dealer, and was once busted solicting Clay Aiken and a Senatorin a men's room in Idaho, but was actually in their with the runs from samonella tainted spinahc.

 Glad I don't have kids!

Jessica Okon's picture

The damn things SHRINK!

Paul Michael's picture

my Crocs did shrink. Crocs sent me a new pair free of charge, which was very nice of them. I have to re-iterate that this is not an assualt against Crocs, certainly not for adults anyway. On children, Crocs may be fine for the beach or in the garden, but in the big wild world there are too many hazards for these loose-fitting shoes that get sucked into an escalator easier than a dog devours a piece of beek jerky.

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My childhood friend's father was an engineer for Weinstock's stores for many years, and he was in charge of repairing escalators and elevators in the stores. They had an incident each week with injured escalator riders, mostly children. He told us to stay off of the things completely. Use an elevator or stairs. Maybe the combination is worse than the usual, but I don't ever let my son (or daughter when she was small) stand while on the escalator. I carry him.

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Stories like this are why I get emails claiming that I need to watch out for people who put dirty hypodermic needles on gas pumps.

There were an estimated 26000 escalator-related injuries among children who were 0 to 19 years of age in the United States during 1990–2002 - http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/118/2/e279.

Does anyone want to guess how many kids get injured riding bikes, playing football, walking down stairs, hanging out with dogs, throwing rocks, playing tag, using trampolines, eating candy, taking baths, fishing, etc. I bet there are a whole slew of things that peoples kids do that are far more dangerous and controllable than this. Risk is a part of life; I am not saying not to be a vigilant parent, I am just saying lets not promote fear. If this kid caught a line drive to the head and it gave him a black eye, would we be seeing pictures of the offending baseball?

Parents be careful when your kids wear sticky shoes on escalators because there is a small chance there shoes could get stuck in them. That would have been plenty.

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A few points. Crocs (and their notable rip-offs) have become insanely popular over the last five years. Your stats only go to 2002. Also, most of the other activities you mention always come with an element of risk, which is why parent are more vigilant in those areas. Throwing rocks? Trampolining? Please, these are dangerous activities. The point is, parents don't expect the same dangers from a piece of equipment that is supposed to be safe to ride. This is not an urban legend. This is a genuinely dangerous event that's on the rise. It's not a baseball accident, it's not fear-mongoring. I am trying to get parents to sit up and take notice of a problem with Crocs. I would rather do it this way than underplay it and see a far worse accident haunt us all.

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Out here in Nebraska, we ride our cow to the mall anyway....

I get your article Paul... I don't think you were implying blame on anyone.. just alerting us to the potential dangers.  Thanks for that.  Parents and caregivers of children just need to keep their eyes open.  We take the stairs when we can for the health benefits, anyway (or use the elevator because we are usually hauling 3 in a stroller.)  

There is already a one-page blurb posted and some signs for what you SHOULDN'T do on escalators (take strollers and wheelchairs, go barefoot, etc. etc.) one more warning probably wouldn't even be noticed.  But I do think we need to be careful about what our children wear.  If Bass Pro Shop feels the need to recall hats due to strangulation hazard, then why not make at least a public plea for extra supervision when kids wear crocs?  We live in such a litigious time that all my kids should probably wear steel-toed boots to play outside.. but I'm still so laid-back from my farm upbringing that most of the time they go barefoot outside.

Thanks again for the info, Paul! 

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I did witness a woman fall down the escalator while I was working in a department store & then I took the elevator for months. Then one day the store was closing and an elderly woman asked me to hold her hand as she went down the elevator, I couldn't admit to her that I was scared out of my mind, so I held her hand & all was god.

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Despite the naysayers, I think it's important, thanks for posting. If I'm watching someone's kids, I'll know. And now any parents whose kids wear Crocs knows that the elevator might be a good choice. They know that for some people, taking the escalator in Crocs (unwittingly) led to injury and emotional trauma.

I don't have kids or Crocs. But if this was about my favorite pair of Mary Janes, I'd want to know. Especially since I ride the escalator daily.

-MM

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Jessica

Whatever happened to making sensible choices? I don't feel sorry for people who make the choice to put fashion or "comfort" first.

Escalators and stairs pose risk, but people can make choices to make them less risky. And people who refuse to take personal responsiblity are making it difficult for those who actually have a reason for complaint to be heard.

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I think Paul is just promoting good parenting. Crocs were originally invented for boating. But due to its popularity, kids are now wearing them all over the place. Because the shoe is slip-resistant, parents might think it is actually a safer choice than regular sandals.  However, some parents may fail to consider  how Crocs will interact with escalators. If this article help some people make that connection, then I think it was well worth our effort.

 

 

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Interestingly, Crocs ARE being banned. In the UK. Where Paul is from. Coincidence?

You decide.

 

 

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@ Andrea Dickson - anybody who believes what they read in the Daily Mail needs their head examining. The "Crocs banned in hospitals over safety fears" article is just typical sensationalist Mail "spread the fear" mis-reporting.
The Sheffield NHS trust did not ban Crocs specifically - they just don't currently allow them as they're not an approved shoe within their present formal dress code. They are also in ongoing discussions with the unions as to whether they can be incorporated. They have also stated that there have been no incidents of static damage to UK hospital equipment, and that safety concerns were more to do with the infection risk from operating theatre spillage leaking through the holes onto the wearer's foot.

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Jennifer

The UK is banning Crocs? That's it, I'm going out to buy a pair of crocs in every size for my kid, and a few more for myself, just in case the idiots in the UK have any influence over the US. I've been on the escalators many times with my child at the mall, both of us wearing crocs, and had no problem, know why? Because I'm VERY careful. This is the first I've heard of Crocs being dangerous on escalators, I've been careful b/c I know that ESCALATORS are dangerous!!! Time and time again kids have gotten their shoe laces and pant legs caught in escalators. I recall watching an episode of "Rescue 911" back in the early 90's highlighting the story of a child who was harmed by an escalator, in fact, nearly killed! If Crocs were causing kids to get hurt everywhere they went, then I'd say ban them, but if the main danger is escalators, stop blaming the footwear! Watch your child more closely, make a big deal out of taking a big step off the escalator (not just sliding off) or take the elevator!

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Sara

While the issue of crocs and escalators needs to be brought to parents attention I think there are far worse shoes out there are kids could be wearing such as the dreaded heeleys. The malls around here have turned into nothing but skate parks because of these shoes and mall staff and the staff of other retail stores refuses to do anything about it, such as repremanding kids who are skating in the mall or stores. Parents are also extremely irresponsible for letting kids skate in busy malls in the first place, these shoes were meant to be used as skate shoes outdoors with protective gear, not in malls to weave in and out of the crowds. Oh and has anyone checked out the number of injuries from Heeley's, its much worse then this.

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Ellen Gregorio

In addition to what you said, the young children who wear Heelys think that they can get away with not wearing a helmet and pads, but really, they are only hurting themselves...Also, I know some parents who let their children wear those shoes to school, and they have told me that their children have come home with injuries such as scrapes and bruises, (some I saw and were actually quite nasty...) but I mean, that's their problem because they're the ones who let them wear them to school...I mean, the smart thing would be to only let them use them at home with their helmets and safety pads on, under their supervision. So really, some of theses incidents (like what happened with the Crocs) could have been avoided. Not to blame anyone but, if people heard about these incidents before and they choose to do these things anyway...well, that's their problem. But I don't think that the person who created this blog is to blame. It sounds like that person was uninformed, so they couldn't have done anything to help it. But as for anyone out there who knows about these incidents: WHENEVER YOU HEAR ABOUT ANY INCIDENT LIKE THIS ONE, DON'T JUST THINK "oh, this would never happen to me, or my child." BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW IF THIS ACTUALLY WOULD HAPPEN TO YOU. THE FUTURE IS UNPREDICTABLE. Well, those were my thoughts on this situation.

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My only question for this particular issue is that
"Are they wearing the original crocs or just an imitation (fakes), when they suffered the accident?" Thats all.

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I never would have thought that crocs could be dangerous. I never really liked them (cosmetically speaking) anyway. I hear that they are comfy, though.

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Guest - AL Leonidas

Dear Paul,

I am doing a research on preventing child injury, child injury stats in the Philippines and advocating prevention of child injury.

How is it possible to talk to you?

Thanks.

AL Jose Leonidas, teacher Miriam College, Katipunan Ave. Quezon City.

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I Slipped on wet concrete while wearing a pair of crocs in Houston tx and broke my leg in two places, does anybody know of any law firms specialising in lawsuits against crocs.

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I Slipped on wet concrete while wearing a pair of crocs in Houston tx and broke my leg in two places, does anybody know of any law firms specialising in lawsuits against crocs.

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hey simon got your money from Crocs yet?

ha ha ha you slipped and you blame your shoes...

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haha. right on, Alexondro! i also sometimes wear crocs on elevators and don't get into any accidents. maybe you should learn extra precaution on escalators such as staying withing the yellow lines and stuff. in addition, if the floor you're stepping on is wet, you know better than to be hasty when walking, right? regardless of what shoe or slippers you wear, if you don't take care when walking on slippery places, you'd definitely get hurt. come on think about it, if you wore a nike cross trainer and you trip while running, would you sue nike?

dude, in the end, it still boils down to how you take care of yourself.

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and o by the way, simon, don't step on wet concrete. you'll reall either get stuck or slip. it's friggin' wet concrete!! hahahaha.

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First, I definitely don't think we should all go out and sue CROCs for slipping on a wet floor. Second, I love my crocs! But, I am concerned with the escalator thing (I like the idea of escalator guards - and think retrofitting escalators is not a big deal). I do wonder if the crocs did anything to save the feet, since they are soft of a cushion safety barrier.

But, I write for another safety issue with kids - to give parents a head's up. I was wearing my crocs on the playground and went down a metal slide. Well, at some point near the top of the slide, my shoes stayed and the rest of me kept going (the crocs were sort of glued onto the slide with my feet still in them). It was quite painful (due in part to a previous ACL injury). Now, of course, I am a bit heavier than your average kid, but after that, I make sure that my preschooler doesn't wear the crocs at the playground. I think bigger kids could probably recover better, but, I think it could be dangerous for little kids. Plus, the playground mulch gets in the shoes : )

On some level, I suppose no shoe is totally safe - shoelaces getting caught or causing you to trip, slides falling off, etc. But, just wanted to give a head's up to parents of toddlers out there.

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Airicka20

I have two step daughters, and I cringe every time they come wearing a new pair of crocs! Aside from the escalator deal, they are not a safe shoe. A childs foot is not secure enough in them, they are ill-fitting and dangerous for an active child. Over Father's Day weekend my family was visting with my mother, when my oldest (7) came running, tripped and fell because of her crocs. My youngest (4) can barely climb the stairs to our deck because she'll loose her shoes.
When the kids are in the care of my hubby and I, we limit their croc wearing and encourage wearing sneakers. Children's feet are still growing...they need a sturdy shoe to help ensure proper growth. In just a few short years, there will be kids all over the place with foot problems because of inapropriate footwear! Trust me, I thought they'd be "fun" to wear too, that was until I ended up with a heal spur......stopped wearing the crocs and the problems went away.

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Okay, ignoring the whole escalator thing, I really don't think Crocs should be warn by children less than 8 years old.

As a babysitter with ten years experience for many families, I CRINGE when I see children wearing Crocs.

You wouldn't put a two year old in high heels, would you? Of course not, because they're still learning to walk, and common sense tells us to minimize any extra variables that might hinder the "learning to walk process". Well, the amount of control required to wear heels is on par with wearing Crocs.

I saw a toddler trip and break his teeth because he was running in his Crocs. And don't tell me it's his fault for running. It's easier to make your kids wear sneakers rather than keep them from running.

Parents get sucked into buying Crocs because "they're cute". Well, everything is cute if you miniaturize it. Just because a shoe is cute is no reason to buy it. Just because a company makes a product child-sized, does not make it child-suitable.

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Megamall.... Medical City.... At the mall till 9PM with your 3 year old.... What planet are you living on? Next time, take the stairs.

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i have crocs and i think you shoul d keep them away from the sides of elevators

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The best solution to this problem is to simply shut down all escalators. This action would completely eliminate the danger of the Crocs being caught, It would also save energy, and result in healther people due to them getting more exercise. It is a win win situation all around.

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MEl

it's not the brand. escalators are dangerous especially for kids they could be wearing sneakers and their shoe laces could also get caught. just watch the kids closely when riding escalators.

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Makayla

Just FYI... After my sons foot got caught and in doing research, laced shoes are far better than no laces on escalator because if the shoe is caught, the laces break. It is because of the CROCs "non-slip" materials that make them so dangerous to escalators. With some components moving with you (stairs) to stationary components (wall), if the croc touches the side it does not "slide" as a normal shoe would but instead grabs. Causing a jump in feet getting caught and that jump makes the amount of injuries jump and the majority of all small children related injuries (though mostly due to falls) the 3% that are due to children behaving holdin their parents hand and accidentally touching the side are almost 90% croc related. Coincidence? I think not!

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Guest Louise

wouldn't it be easiest if crocks just put a warning lable on the shoes that escalators can be more hazados when whearing crock...Please take xtra care? Then everyone who owns them can choose for themselves whether to ignor the dangers or take extra care. My daughter does gymnastics and i know the real dangers of that ...so does she. But i will no longer let her wear crocks. I know i can be critized for what might seem hypocritical but i am glad i have the right information on both subjects to make an informed choice. Everyone should have that right. Also most of us choose well fitting shoes checked out by proper fitters or we check that our kids shoes don't wobble around the ankle or slip up and down etc.(to stop twisted ankles etc). But suddenly all those safty and sense issues get forgotten with crocks. I like them and so do my children but i choose to eliminate that risk BECAUSE they live with so many other risks that every unneccasary i can take away is a bonus! Thanks for the info.

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Serpico

Indonesia got that kinda accident too, it was a 4years old girl.. that damn fancy crocs..
poor little girl..

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Troy D

Don't blame a shoe! as a parent it is your job to put the correct shoe on your child for the activity. What's next? I ripped off my foot while riding my motorcycle with Crocs on. Think about it.

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Ireland

Hi,

Both my children wore Crocs all the time, my 18 month son tripped and broke his tooth while wearing his to our extreme disapointment, the next day I took my three year old for a short walk down the street, she fell three times.

I came home and put the Crocs away for "Beach Wear Only"

I think they are a good shoe for relaxing in or the beach, they are NOT for running in when you are just learning to walk.

Sorry Croc as I like your products.

Con.

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I am sitting in a cast because I stepped off the deck onto morning doo grass and severely damaged my right foot. I love these shoes (imitation Ones, Coggers) but wish they came with a worning on the package just so I would have been aware of this danger. It just never occured to me for I am so comoftable in them I just went right out the kitchen door to cut some herbs and,...slip - crunch emergency room. Now I am afraid to wear them because I might forget their on my feet again and out the door I go.... Just a reminder to other gardeners for I know a lot of gardeners wear these...

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Falah Alshammari

Well this is really dangurse and me must tell all the peopel about it

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Bob

Lets pad every sharp edge and line the streeets with padding too. Seriously folks, if your kids' feet get hurt because the shoe got caught because they're rubbing their feet on the edge of the escalator as it moves along then it's because YOU were negligent. An escalator is NOT a toy or a fun carnival ride. There are rules to riding it. NONE of the children who 1) had parents who explained the dangers of an escalator and made them stand squarely front and center on the escalator 2) took the stairs instead (Wish I had a dime for every fat kid who took the escalator instead of walking) or 3)had parents who put SENSIBLE shoes on their kids, got injured.

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Alicia

Why is there an assumption that the kid was horsing around or that the parent wasn't watching their kid. Even with the best of intentions and due diligence a child can be hurt--and I'd bet MOST of the people saying this do not have kids. I tell yah actually being a parent can be a real eye opener, especially in regards to the supposed control you can have over them. Sure, as a parent you really have to watch and monitor them--but it is a pipe dream to think you can protect them from everything...

That said--not sure about the crocs thing but it is a great head up. I wouldn't buy the ugly things anyway. Knowing how active my kiddos are, I hesitate to put them in shoes that can trip them up -- then again, I am sure many Croc buyers felt the shoes were safe enuff...don't see how they would think so though--they are plastic and ill fitting.

I always felt that would be the equivalent of wrapping tiny feet in plastic and putting them on greased linoleum floor--whoooo look at 'em go!lol.

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How about giving your kids real shoes to wear?

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My son just got his foot caught today. He had to get stitches alongside his foot... Unfortunately I have never heard about this seemingly extensive croc issue and am so surprised it hasn't been brought more to light. Any of my friends considers me one of those "crazy Moms" who researches anything and everything! And never once have I heard any controversy of crocs beside how many teachers do not like them to be worn in school (but for very different reasons). As my sons favorite shoe, I have spent a large amount of time in croc stores, shopping crocs online, and in retail stores that carry them, and never once have I heard the slightest suggestion that crocs are more dangerous on an escalator. After today's incident, I googled 3 year old foot caught in escalator while waiting in ER, and almost every single article was an incident involving crocs.
Why hasn't croc taken the responsibility and made this public?!?!
I am so nervous for all te scrutiny I am about to face of being a neglectful parent but anyone who knows me will defend me. I was holding my sons hand, he was behaving, there was nothing to suggest my fault, but of course I will inevitably hear how I could have prevented this. In reality, I feel similar. I can't say I haven't shed any tears troughout today, kicking myself for not carrying my son, or taking the elevator, etc... As a mother I can't help but to think he is my responsibility and it happened in my care. But looking back, (knowing what I know ofcourse I would do today different) I can't say my actions should have changed for any reason unless I would have been informed.