Think Before you Buy — Crocs: Healthy Shoes or Just Comfy?

Three years ago, a German Report, published by David Ruhum said that Crocs contain materials that is dangerous to health.

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Origin of crocs

Some oddly shaped quirky appearance rubber shoes, especially suitable for summers and rainy season, known as Crocs first hit the market in the early 2000’s. Today’s world, they have become a popular alternative to sandals, indoor footwear, flip-flops, and even shoes.

Although people feel comfortable to wear, but, several studies are showing that putting Crocs and similar rubber clogs on your foot can have serious effects to your health.

Crocs and Foot-Health

It has been noticed that regular use of crocs can lead to serious foot problem. Plantar fasciitis, a build up of calcium on the heel develops a protrusion of bone on the spot where the tendon connects to the ankle. This can be very painful and also requires incredibly invasive surgery to correct.

Crocs And Cancer

According to a lab analysis conducted in Germany, crocs contain highly cancerous substances that can be absorbed through contact with skin.

The cancerous substances are so-called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which have been identified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, or teratogenic.

PAHs were found in six out of ten shoes, with black shoes having the highest amounts. The toxic chemical can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

German broadcasting institution Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) sent 10 different types of plastic crocs to a lab in Germany for analysis. According to the report, 6 out of 10 shoes contained cancerous chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).

According to the 13th Report on Carcinogens (RoC), published by the National Toxicology Program, crocs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) has been linked to an increased risk of developing lung, liver and skin cancers.

Although after many studies, it has been found that the American brand Crocs did not contain any polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, the analysis found that it still contained substances that can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.

It is advisable that before buying Crocs or any of their numerous shoes, it is recommended to smell them. A biting or sweet smell is a sure sign that the shoes are releasing solvents.