Do Crocs Run Big or Small?


In today’s article, I’m going to be answering, “do Crocs run big or small?

We’re also going to be answering some frequently asked Crocs sizing questions like how they should fit and how Crocs sizing actually works.

If you’ve watched Youtube videos trying to figure out whether Crocs run big or small, I guess your confusion is even worse now.   

Some people say Crocs run big and recommend you size down while others say they run true to size.

But what I would say is everybody’s right.

So, if you’re like me and you really don’t like the hassle of returns, below you’ll find all we could find about Crocs sizing.

Let’s dive right into it…


Do Crocs Run Big or Small?

Crocs typically fit true to size, which means stick to the size you normally wear and don’t size up or down. But, if you’re a half size, go for the next size up since Crocs only come in whole sizes. Easy!

For years, Crocs have been maligned, they’ve been hated on, and they have been the kind of shoe that you would never want to be seen in.

But, over the last couple of years, Crocs have been making their way into pop culture and even sneaker culture in a way that we never expected.

But while Crocs’ popularity has finally been unleashed, their sizing is still confusing.

Crocs sizing is not really that confusing because the problem lies in people’s foot types (regular, narrow, wide), the way they wear the back strap, and the fact that Crocs don’t come in half sizes.

We’re going to give the floor to our reviewers and hopefully, you’ll find the answer you’re looking for.



According to Crocs’ own size guide, they state that their shoes are expected to run true to size.

I have regular feet and what I can tell from my personal experience is that Crocs do not run big or small. I find they actually fit true to size with a little bit of wiggle room.



Typically, my shoe size is 10 (men’s size 8). I ordered 10 and they fit perfectly, especially in the ‘relaxed mode’ (strap flipped forward).

When you put them in ‘beast mode’ (strap flipped backward), it pushes your foot naturally a little bit and your toes are going to be ramming too much into the front.

For reference, I have Converse and Vans so you can see the difference in sizing.

In my Converse, I got a 9.5 (men’s 7.5) because the 10 just didn’t quite work out for me.

For Vans, I got a 10 (men’s 8.5) and the fit was spot on.

So, whatever size you wear in Vans, get the same size in your Crocs and you’ll be completely fine.

Again, I would recommend you get your true size in Crocs and you’ll be fine.



I have narrow feet, and as for sizing and fit, Crocs do run a little big.

Not only that, they only come in whole sizes. So, if you’re a size 9.5, I would definitely recommend going down to a size 9.

For me, I’m a size 9 and I actually really like going down to a size 8 because I just don’t love all the room that this shoe gives you.

While that is appealing to a lot of people, I just like the fact that it doesn’t slide off my foot whenever I’m walking around.

I could fix that problem by going into X games mode (strap flipped backward), but I’m not going to because I think that looks dumb.


Seriously though, it is a very comfortable shoe and if you are half size, I would say go down rather than up.

And if you’re like me and you don’t like the way that your true size fits, you can always go down a hole size and you should be fine.

But as I always suggest, if you have the chance to try this shoe on first before you buy it, definitely do that to make sure you’re grabbing the right size for you.



I have regular feet and when it comes to the fit, I recommend you try and get your true-to-size fit.


I find Crocs run so big. I’m a 9.5 men’s, I sized down to 9, and actually, the 9 fit me perfectly fine.


Talking about Crocs’ sizing and fit, these definitely run large. So, I would recommend sizing down especially if you want to wear them without the strap.

Do Crocs Come in Half Sizes?

Another thing to keep in mind is that Crocs don’t have half sizes, which is a con for a lot of people.

But if I was a half size, I would rather risk going up and having more room than going lower especially if you’re ‘wearing socks with your Crocs’.

For the adult version, you’ll see both the men’s and women’s sizes on the bottom. For the kid sizes, you’ll see ‘J’ (junior) and then the number of the youth sizing.

 Again, Crocs only come in whole sizes and they are unisex.


How Crocs Should Fit

Of course, since these are clogs, they have an overall loose fit. The toe box isn’t too tight and it doesn’t pinch. There’s also plenty of wiggle room for your toes.

The upper of the Crocs doesn’t rub the top of your feet and the heel strap fits really nicely with plenty of wiggle room, which is not going to cause any blisters.

When shopping for Crocs, it’s really important to get the best fit possible. You’ll probably notice that there are actually three types of Crocs fit:

  • The roomy fit is perfect for those with wide feet.
  • The standard fit is the fit that I always choose.
  • The relaxed fit is somewhere in between the roomy and standard, which is perfect for wearing around the house.

Or, if you’re looking to purchase Crocs slippers, the relaxed fit is really nice in those as well.

How To Resize Crocs To Fit Your Feet Perfectly

In this section, I’m going to show you how to perfectly resize and reshape your Crocs to fit your foot better.

Note that the holes might stretch a little bit depending on your foot size. So, if you’re big on jibbitz or charms, maybe don’t do that.

So, you’re going to need:

  • A couple of towels.
  • Three pairs of socks.
  • A dryer.

Throw your towels and your Crocs in the dryer and set the machine to ‘extra dry’. When you heat them up, they’re going to shrink, and then you put them on to kind of resize them.

Put the three pairs of socks on your feet.

Once your Crocs are heated, slide your feet in. Walk in them to help stretch them out a little to kind of get the size that you want and get the sandals to match your foot arch and contours.


Why Are Crocs So Popular?

Crocs are genuinely a really solid everyday shoe and there’s a reason why this shoe has been so popular for so many years.

The reason Crocs are so popular is because:

  • They are simple.
  • They are very inexpensive.
  • They are really comfortable.
  • They’re very easy to wash.


Are Crocs Good for Walking?

While walking, the Crocs don’t slide around. Instead, they will actually grip to your feet thanks to the material that Crocs are made with called Croslite. This is a closed-cell resin with a grippy almost gummy texture.

So, your Crocs should fit really well and feel really secure when you’re walking in them.

Overall, feature-wise, Crocs do hold up to what they are designed for and I do love wearing these when I go swimming or for casual walking.


Are Crocs Good for Running?

I wouldn’t really recommend wearing these beyond walking because they aren’t a substitute for running shoes.

For parents looking to buy these for kids, because Crocs don’t have really much of an arch, I would suggest that you only let your kid wear them when you know they’re not going to do a lot of running in them.

Also, Crocs don’t have any kind of ankle support and they are not something that would prevent your kids from twisting their ankles, which is something that kids will do if they’re running in loose-fitting shoes like Crocs.

However, these running professionals did some running in Crocs…

Crocs Classic Clogs Review



If you’re not familiar with Crocs, the Crocs Classic Clog is the most basic Croc that retails for $44.99.

You might be one of those people who think that $45 is too much to pay for a pair of Crocs and that you never want to be caught dead in a pair of Crocs.

But you may be surprised to find out there are actually collaboration Crocs out there that resell for upwards of $500.

We’ve had Post Malone collaborations, Pleasures collaborations, Chinatown Market collaborations, Salehe Bembury collaboration, and Murakami collaborations that go for like $600.

Overall, prices can vary depending on the colorway, but most basic-colored Crocs retail for about that price.

But you can usually find pairs on sale for much cheaper.


What really surprises me most is that the basic plain-colored Crocs have started to be worn by hypebeasts.

Obviously, while hypebeasts are not the trendsetters themselves although they probably think that they are, they are a good indication of where fashion is going and it looks like Crocs might be the next wave.

I’m sorry to tell you that if you haven’t been wearing Crocs for years, you’ve actually probably already missed out on the wave.

Crocs Are Comfortable, Light & Easy to Wear

I think it’s safe to say that the appeal of a pair of Crocs other than not really caring about what people think of you is the fact that they’re extremely comfortable and they’re very simple.

This shoe is incredibly light and very easy to wear because of how light it is.


Almost the entire shoe itself is made up of one piece of Croslite foam which is essentially Crocs’ proprietary foam. This foam does feel pretty good underneath your foot.

Croslite is not as soft as something like Boost or even the Yeezy Foam Runner for that matter, but it is a good feel underfoot and you’ll definitely be comfortable wearing this shoe all day.

Continuing back in the shoe, you’ve got some more textured foam.

Then and of course, The only other real piece of the shoe is this articulating Croc strap which you can put down to engage ‘X games mode’.

At the pivot point of the strap, you’ve got this nice little Crocs logo. It’s actually a nice little crocodile smiling at you and then you’ve got the Crocs text embossed into the back of the strap.


Around the edge of the toe, you’ve got more ventilation holes and this dimpled texture.


Across the toe portion of the shoe, you’ve got this textured matte finish which has these large circular punch-outs.

Talking about the punch-outs…



These punch-outs are dual purpose.

One, they offer a lot of ventilation, and two, you can also stick these things in called jibbitz which are these little charms that are proprietary to Crocs and they fit in these little holes.

You can pop them in and they have tons of different designs. They come in pretty much any shape you would want.

When you accept the fact that you’re wearing a pair of Crocs, literally nothing is off-limits like a chicken drumstick jibbitz on your shoe.

To be honest, most people are only ever comfortable wearing Crocs around the neighborhood because they’re afraid of being judged, which is a terrible reason not to wear a pair of shoes.



Inside the shoe, you’ve got one of my favorite details on the entire sneaker and that’s this massaging footbed.

I personally really like this dimpled texture. It feels really good against your foot, but it might not be for everybody if you don’t like that sort of dimpled massaging feel.

However, after the first 10 to 15 minutes of wearing the shoe, you stop noticing it.



On the outsole, you’ve got your standard Crocs traction pattern. Then in the center of the midfoot, you’ve got the Crocs logo. You’ve got made in Vietnam and also the men’s and women’s sizing information.



Obviously, the colorway I grabbed is bright yellow. I really wanted the cream white pair or the light pink pair, but they only had yellow and so that’s what ­I went with.

But there are literally hundreds of other colorways if not thousands to choose from.

All in all, will Crocs ever be the next Off-White when it comes to hype releases?

Probably not.

But they are a shoe that a lot of people are coming around to, myself included.

Crocs will obviously never replace the Jordans in my collection, but it’s something that I feel like has a place on my feet every so often.

Again, do Crocs run big or small? It all depends on your foot type and how loose or tight you like to wear your shoes

Now, I would love to know your thoughts on the Crocs Classic Clogs and whether you have a pair for yourself.

As always, thank you so much for making it to the end of this article and I’ll see you all in the next one.

About Eric Barber

Eric Barber is a happy father of two little angels, a husband, and a runner. He eats, sleeps, and dreams anything foot related: running shoes, walking shoes, sneakers, you name it. It all started when Eric was a shoe store specialist watching and fitting people's feet day in and day out.

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