It is not uncommon for our feet to sweat when we wear our favorite pair of shoes. Crocs are made from a non-porous closed resin foam, so, do Crocs make your feet sweat?
Iconic Crocs can make your feet sweat. Crocs are made with vent holes, which helps your feet to breathe and therefore sweat less, however, the Crocs patented Croslite foam is non-porous meaning that they do not absorb moisture (sweat) from your feet.
When wearing Crocs on a hot day, don’t be surprised when your feet get sweaty wearing Crocs.
Let’s take a closer look at Crocs and how to prevent sweaty feet.
Most shoes are generally made of porous and non-porous materials.
Porous material has pores or holes that allow liquid or gas to pass thru them. Porous material will stain and can also harbor bacterial
Non-Porous material does not allow liquid or gas to pass through the surface. This type of material is also more difficult to stain and less likely to promote bacterial growth.
Crocs are made from a non-porous material called Croslite, a closed-cell resin foam that has anti-bacterial properties. So, when your feet perspire, the sweat cannot escape, making them wet. The Crocs had vent holes to allow the “steam” and “sweat” to leave the shoe even though the material doesn’t absorb the moisture.
When you sweat while wearing Crocs, the sweat will sit inside the shoe. It isn’t absorbed by the Croslite material; therefore the inside of your Crocs can become a little slippery.
If you wear your sweaty Crocs for an extended period of time, they may start to smell, however, the bacteria making that smell isn’t getting absorbed into the Crocs material, the bacteria is simply sitting on the surface of the Crocs and on your feet.
One of the advantages of Crocs is that they are designed to go in the water. If your Crocs get smelly, then wash them off with a hose, or in a bathtub. This will give your hot and sweaty feet some relief and remove most of the bacteria that might be growing inside your shoe.
If you wear Crocs every day for extended periods of time without rinsing them off, then there is a chance of them getting sweating starting to smell.
If you own the iconic Crocs (the clog with the strap), then you can wash your shoe with soap and water. This will clean up 99% of the dirt and bacteria that make your Crocs smelly.
Studies have suggested that soap and water are just as effective as a specific anti-bacterial soap. (Source) The important thing is to get the soap into all the pockets and crevices of your shoe.
If you own fuzzy Crocs, then you might consider washing your shoes in the gentle cycle of your washing machine. Use a garment washing bag to protect them and then allow them to air dry.
Some fuzzy Crocs allow you to remove the lining. With those, wash the lining with soap and water and allow to air dry. Wash the base of the fuzzy shoe with soap and water, just like you would with the Iconic Crocs.
Washing or cleaning your Crocs every day can be annoying. But you can treat sweaty feet to keep your Crocs in perfect condition. Some effective methods are highlighted below:
During warmer months, wear cotton socks to enjoy proper ventilation. For winter months, wool is an excellent option. Plus, avoid nylon because it can trap moisture.
Although cotton and wool socks may be expensive, they are worth it.
Sometimes, wearing the right socks may not help. If that’s your case, you may take advantage of antifungal powders. How do they work? Well, any antifungal foot power is manufactured to keep feet odor-free and dry, although you wear a non-porous pair of shoes like Crocs.
If you don’t have an antifungal foot powder yet, you can apply enough cornstarch to your feet. But they are not as strong and effective as the former.
For our sweaty underarm, we apply an antiperspirant deodorant. How about our sweaty feet? We can also try an antiperspirant.
Similar to antifungal powder, an antiperspirant deodorant for feet is easy to use and effective. When applied properly, it can block the thousands of sweat glands in each of our feet.
When to use an antiperspirant? You should apply it to dry feet before bed, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Then, wash them off in the morning. You should repeat the process for a maximum of 4 consecutive nights.
After that, use it once a week. But it depends. You can consult a licensed and experienced dermatologist to achieve a better and quicker result.
Studies have shown that Antiperspirant can be very effective for people with sweaty feet. (Source)
Another possible reason why your feet sweat while using Crocs is the size. Are they super tight? If yes, know your size before making a purchase. Wearing Crocs with the right fit may help.
If you wear Crocs that are too tight, return them for a larger size. While the process takes a few days, make sure to provide all necessary details, including your name and address, to avoid delays.
For more tips on avoiding smelly feet, visit the UK’s National Health Services site.
To get rid of the bacteria and cool your skin down, wash your sweaty feet at least once a day. Aside from an over-the-counter antifungal soap, you can also add a few drops of tea tree, eucalyptus, and other antimicrobial essential oil to the water.
Then, dry them thoroughly and apply cornstarch/antifungal powder before slipping on your socks or Crocs.
Another natural remedy for sweaty feet is using black tea. To do that, place enough warm water in a basin and add black tea bags.
Soaking your feet for 20 minutes helps. Black tea is rich in tannins that may help close the pores in the skin, which can reduce sweating over time.
But there’s no magic in this method. But if you repeat the treatment daily, your feet will not sweat more frequently.
It is uncomfortable when your feet sweat, especially when you’re in the office. For fast relief, apply some rubbing alcohol between your toes and other areas to stop stinky odors.
But don’t do this remedy regularly because it can make your feet dry and lead to serious irritations.
Experts believe that staying hydrated can significantly reduce sweating because it regulates body temperature, especially during physical activity or long summer seasons.
If you apply antifungal powder or antiperspirant to your feet and nothing worked, it’s time to change your shoes.
Yes, Crocs are comfy, lightweight, and sturdy. But if wearing them become a burden, investing in a new pair of breathable shoes is a good idea.
When searching for a replacement, purchase quality and a comfy alternative. Plus, be willing to spend on a trusted brand.
Wearing Crocs makes your feet sweat because of their non-porous/rubber material, which can lead to a foot odor over time.
When left untreated, sweaty feet can cause toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, skin rashes, and other serious problems.
To prevent your Crocs from getting stinky, cleaning them every day is a must. Washing them with a strong detergent is essential.
To reduce the likelihood of feet sweating, apply antifungal and antiperspirant powder to your toes and other areas. A single application may not lead to long-term effects. Repeat the process until you no longer sweat.
You can also consult a dermatologist and other licensed medical professionals to receive treatments that match your unique health condition.