How To Stretch Crocs Using Simple Tricks At Home


What’s up Crocs family? In today’s article, I’m going to show you how to stretch Crocs right at home.

But why would you want to stretch your Crocs when you’ve bought the right size for you?

You may want to stretch your brand-new Crocs if they fit a half size smaller and you don’t want to return the shoes.

Also, Crocs are made of this material that tends to shrink when the shoes are:

  • Exposed to high heat in a hot car.
  • Left on the beach or in the porch under the sun.
  • Washed in the dishwasher.

Right after that, we’re going to discuss what makes Crocs really comfortable and touch a little bit on how everything started with Crocs.

Then, we’re going to wrap things up with the most asked questions about Crocs.

Without further ado, this is how you can stretch your Crocs…


How To Stretch Crocs

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Stretch Crocs with boiling water

You’ll need a pair of socks and a pot that can withstand boiling water.

First, Pop the jibbitz out because you don’t want them to get messed up or melted.

Boil the water.

Place your Crocs inside the pot and pour the hot water over them.

Flip and press them down into the hot water.

Keep repeating the process until they get really flexible.

Put the socks on and slide your feet into your Crocs and stand in them to weigh them down.

Keep walking in them until they get cold again. If you find they still fit too tight, repeat the process until you get the size you want.


Stretch Crocs with a hair dryer or a heat gun

For this technique, you’ll need a pair of socks and a hair dryer or a paint stripping gun. The heat gun is much hotter and so you need to be very careful with it.

Set your hair dryer at the highest setting and start the heat gun on the lowest setting. 

Start waving the hair dryer or the heat gun a little bit. Keep the dryer moving to raise the temperature of the Croslite material around the shoe.

When the shoe is loose enough, put on some socks and slide your foot as far as it’ll go into the Croc. You can repeat the process until your foot sits comfortably inside the shoe.

The hair dryer technique is a great technique if you want to stretch an area in particular.

For example, if you have bunions and you just want to loosen that area alone, focus the hair dryer on that area and slide your foot in until your bunions have enough space for them.

Is your Kids’ Crocs strap a bit short?


How to stretch Kids’ Crocs strap

You might want to stretch Crocs when your kids outgrow their shoes enough to where the back strap leaves some mark on the back of their ankles.

Kids love Crocs, but they are just not good at walking in a clog style without the support on the back of the ankle (sport mode).

For this, you’ll need your hair dryer. 

Put the strap at the back of the shoe and keep aiming at it with your hair dryer. It’s going to stretch quite a bit.

Leave them to cool and you’ll find that they are significantly longer and will allow your child to get their feet in them comfortably.

This is how your kid’s Crocs will fit far better and last an entire season, which is a big deal knowing that kids’ feet grow so quickly.


Why Crocs are comfortable

The Croslite material Crocs are made out of is a proprietary closed-cell resin with very unique properties.

  • It’s very good at leveling the loads across the bottom of the foot.
  • It’s very good at absorbing shock.

Some Crocs styles are even certified by the U.S. Ergonomics Council and the American Pediatric Medical Association meaning the certified shoes effectively spread the load out as the person stands and walks.

Croslite has the ability to take the high-pressure points away from your foot and spread them out over a broader area.


Open Cell vs Closed Cell Foam

Another thing that makes the Croslite material unique is its ability to perform both as an open cell and a closed-cell foam.

A typical open-cell foam is very lightweight, very soft, very flexible, and comfortable to the feel.

The problem with it is it compresses very easily and it absorbs water.

So, when you put this material in a shoe, it very quickly gets wet, has a tendency to grow bacteria, and isn’t the ideal material to have in contact with your foot.

When you go to a closed-cell foam, the benefit is that you get a material that’s much more durable and solid and doesn’t absorb water. The problem is it’s not as comfortable to the feel and it doesn’t compress.

Neither of these are ideal in and of themselves for footwear.

So, typically, when people make footwear, they combine both a closed-cell and an open-cell foam.

The problem with that is you still have an open-cell foam against your foot which then absorbs water and grows bacteria.

The magic of Croslite material is that it has the characteristic of an open-cell foam in that it is compressing and soft and light but also has the durability and the hygienic aspect of not absorbing water like a closed-cell foam.

Every time your heel hits the ground, you have the shock that goes up through your skeletal system.

That’s why walking and standing causes your back to hurt, your head to hurt, and your knees to hurt because you have the shock going up through your system.

The Croslite material is really what makes Crocs shoes unique.  

So, when we talk about Croslite, we’re talking really about the science that goes into all of their shoes.

How Crocs Started

They took over the shoe industry and now Crocs have become super popular, especially after the lockdown.

While they have recent partnerships with Justin Bieber and Post Malone as well as many high fashion collaborations, there was a time when this all seemed impossible.

But the brilliant story of Crocs shows how they defied all the odds.

Two Boulder, Colorado entrepreneurs named George Boedecker and Scott Seamans shared a love for sailing, which led them to discover a new boating clog.

The clog used a unique resin for the shoe meaning they were lighter than other rubber shoes and molded to your foot for a perfect fit.

The friends began discussing improvements and shortly after, they launched Crocs with Lynden Hanson.

Originally made with boating in mind, Crocs ignored all design trends instead, focusing on doing its job.

Soon, Crocs became an essential part of the uniform for nurses, chefs, and many others.

The mainstream took hold of the versatile Crocs shoe and never looked back.

Crocs – FAQs

How do you reverse the shrinkage of Crocs?

If your Crocs have shrunken under the sun or they fit you a half size smaller, you can actually stretch them to where you can wear them comfortably again.

Put your Crocs inside a pot full of boiling water and let them get loose. Put some socks on, slide your feet inside the shoe, and walk in them until they get cool. This is how you can shrink them really easily.


Why do Crocs shrink?

Crocs are made of a Croslite material that tends to shrink when the shoes are exposed to high heat in a hot car, left on the beach under the sun, or when washed in the dishwasher.

If your Crocs are exposed to high heat, they’ll shrink, they’ll get too small, and you’ll have to unshrink them again to get them to fit your feet.

Do Crocs shrink in the sun?

Absolutely. If left under the sun, Crocs shoes definitely shrink to where they get unwearable.

Can Crocs be stretched?

Absolutely. It’s easy to stretch your Crocs. You can use the boiling water method or the hair dryer method to get your shoes loose and conform to your foot.

Do Crocs mold to your feet?

Yes, they do. The Croslite material tends to mold to the contours of your foot, which makes the shoes even more comfortable to wear.

Can I wash my Crocs in the washing machine?

You can wash your Crocs in the washing machine, but the problem is when exposed to heat, your Crocs will definitely shrink and so you’ll have to unshrink them again.

Should Crocs be too big or too small?

Crocs should not fit too big or too small. Most Crocs shoes fit true to size. They should fit snug enough to where they stay secure on your feet and roomy enough to where they let your feet breathe inside the shoe.

Should Crocs be worn with socks?

You should be fine wearing your Crocs with or without socks. But because the Croslite material tends to grab on the foot a little bit, some people prefer to wear Crocs with socks.

Are Crocs supposed to be tight?

No shoe is supposed to fit tight. If you get the right size, the strap, the sides, the arch, and the toe box of your Crocs should conform to your feet comfortably. They should not be too tight and your feet shouldn’t swim inside the shoe.

All in all, your Crocs will shrink if you leave them in the car in the hot sum or if you leave them in the porch and the sun beats down on them due to the Croslite material they’re made from.

I hope you’ve learned how to stretch Crocs the easy way. If you have a better technique, please let us know down below.

As always, stay safe and see you 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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