Running in Crocs

February 7, 2015 by
Filed under: Footwear, Footwear Products, Sports 

Efraim Manzano caught my eye a few weeks when I learned that he had run the HURT 100 in Hawaii in Crocs. I messaged in on Facebook and we chatted back and forth a few times. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and has been running all his life, but running races for the past 10 years, and ultras for five years. Efraim said he’d be happy to share some tips about running in Crocs and how he came to use them rather than trail shoes. Here are the questions I asked Efraim and his responses. I added content about Crocs in a couple of sections.

Question: How often do you run in Crocs?
I run with my Crocs all the time.

Question: Do you also run in road or trail shoes?
No road or trail shoes, I only run in Crocs.

Question: What style Crocs do you use?
I use the Classic Beach style for road running (Marathon, Ironman) and the Bistro style for trail running. The Classic model has vent holes both on top of the toebox and around the side of the toe and forefoot. These are good for road races and help ventilate the feet. Crocs on average weigh 11 ounces per pair.

Running the Honolulu Marathon

Running the Honolulu Marathon in Crocs Classics

Question: How did you get started in wearing Crocs?
Back in 2007 before the Honolulu Marathon a friend of mine dared me to run in a Bahag (Filipino G String) or loincloth, commonly used throughout the Philippines before the arrival of the European colonizers, and which is still used by the indigenous tribe of the Philippines today. Shoes looked awkward with the Bahag so that’s when the Crocs came about and been I’ve been running in them ever since then.

Question: Do you use them in training and in races?
Yes! I always train in Crocs and use them in all my races.

Question: What’s the longest run you have done in them?
My longest run in Crocs is 100 miles.

Question: How long will they last (miles/time)?
They last a long time, approximately 1000+ miles, I still have the Crocs that I’ve use back in 2007 Honolulu Marathon and still use that pair for training.

Question: Do you wear socks with them?
Yes I always wear socks with them. I use any socks – even use socks I buy from Costco.

Question: Because they fit loosely, how do you keep them on your feet? Do you use the strap around the heel?
My feet always swell up after running anything over a marathon distance so I like my Crocs to be loose and yes, I always use the strap around the heels for insurance. The swelling that I’m talking about is the normal swelling of the feet when you are running or cycling. With regular running shoes it would bother me a lot because my feet get squeezed in there – so I like the looseness of the Crocs specially on those long run like marathons and especially on those ultra runs.

The Crocs Bistro

The Crocs Bistro

Question: Because they are fairly smooth on the bottom, how are they on trails?
I use the Crocs Bistro style on the trail. Crocs Bistros are designed specifically for those in the food service, hospitality and health care industries and has the Crocs lock slip-resistant tread. It works pretty well on the trails, even muddy trails. The Bistro also has an enclosed toe and forefoot design without the holes common to other Crocs designs like the Classic. The Bistro also has a more cushioned metatarsal area in the forefoot. The Bistro Pro has even more cushioning, an adjustable heel strap, and beefed up toe and heel bumpers for protection. The Bistro sells for about $45 and the Bistro Pro for $60.

Running the Hurt 100 in Crocs Bistros

Running the Hurt 100 in Crocs Bistros

Question: Have you had problems with rocks, dirt and trail grit getting inside?
At the HURT 100 a couple weeks ago when I feel something inside my Crocs I don’t let it bother me. I just stop running and take my Crocs off and shake it out. It gives me three seconds rest and recovery! The enclosed toe design helps keep junk out of the toebox.

Question: Have you had any foot problems from wearing them?
By the grace of God I never had any foot problems from wearing them, I had more problems before when I use to wear those high-end shoes. About blisters, it all depends if the socks got wet, this past HURT 100 I didn’t got any blisters. I changed my socks every loop so I didn’t get any blisters, but in the previous races that I’ve done before I’ve had blisters from the Crocs – especially on the rainy day.

Note: Thank you John for giving me this privilege to share my experience using the best and the most comfy running/cycling shoes in the world!

There you have it. You can run in Crocs! Thanks Efriam for sharing your story with our readers. I’ve heard of people wearing Crocs before, but this had never made a connection to do an interview. I’ll continue to use the three pair I have at home. Maybe the next pair I get will be the Bistro Pro. If you want to leaner more about the entire Crocs line, check them out at Crocs.com.

Dodging roots in the HURT 100

Dodging roots in the HURT 100

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6 Comments on Running in Crocs

  1. Deborah Steinberg on Sun, 8th Feb 2015 10:43 pm
  2. Hey John, this article about running in Crocs really intrigued me. I have such horrible feet with bunions, blister problems, etc, and I like that Crocs have such a large toe box. I might just try it!

  3. John Vonhof on Sun, 8th Feb 2015 10:53 pm
  4. For trails, the Bistro Pro has an adjustable heel strap, which I think is a plus. With some quality socks, they are worth a shot. I assume you’ve tried shoes like the Altras with a wider toe box.

  5. Brown Fiskit on Fri, 13th Feb 2015 4:33 am
  6. A large toe box for my feet, I guess I have to try this one.

  7. Leo on Sat, 29th Aug 2015 9:27 pm
  8. Wow!! I also go on road runs and trail runs wearing crocs and been doing so since I was 9. I’m now 17 and have only been through 3 pairs of them. The newest pair which I got when I was about 11/12 has lasted me until now; although the tread(>2000km in them (walking included)) is gone, the lightness of the shoe and the thin sole is unmatched. I could go on about how crocs in general are amazing but anyone should definitely try it out. I believe also when running in them your foot strike is far more natural as opposed to running in high end shoes (I own nike flyknit and adidas boost) and I have never had an injury due to running in crocs (right now I average 5-8 km a day in them-10km/hr with 14% slopes). CROCS ARE THE BEST!

  9. John on Tue, 1st Sep 2015 8:36 pm
  10. For some runners, Crocs work. I’m glad they work for your feet.

  11. CoastalRunner1 on Wed, 12th Apr 2017 4:37 pm
  12. I’ve only ran myself wearing the Crocs with the holes only on the sides while on a short trip; in which I did not pack my running shoes. The Crocs were on sale at the time. I ended up running, daily for the week, on a nearby 7.5 mile loop bike path from the hotel in them. I was surprised on how they worked out. The first two days, I had not worn socks with them. The third day I decided to purchase a pair of low cut Smart Wool socks. I did not blister. The sweat factor was a concern. I see why you wear socks with these beach shoes.

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