Crocs! Love ‘em or hate them, they are a popular footwear choice for nurses across the globe.
I’ll be honest, I have never been a fan. But I won’t let that bias this review in the least. There is good reason healthcare workers like to wear crocs for work.
Comfortable, lightweight and affordable, easy to get on and off, and wipe clean, Crocs bring a lot to the table when it comes to suitable work attire.
It is easy to understand their success. And like any successful brand, you have a lot of choices when it comes to which Crocs to buy.
That’s where I come in. What follows is a definitive list of the best crocs for nurses you will currently find on Amazon.
Let’s take a look…
1. BEST UNISEX: Crocs Unisex-Adult Men’s and Women’s on The Clock Clog
My first top choice is a unisex pair of Crocs suitable for both men and women nurses.
Designed for long hours on your feet, these easily slip on and off should you be able to squeeze in a quick break between your patients.
The enclosed toe and heel offer a level of protection that meets workplace standards, while also ensuring that any fluid spills do not leak onto your feet.
On the subject of leaks, like all good Crocs, these are easy to wipe clean.
A quick once over with a detergent wipe or simply some soap and water will have them ready for the ward after a spillage in no time. Importantly, the surface of the Croc dries rapidly.
While in my opinion, the comfort levels of your average Croc cannot compete with the ergonomic designs of modern running sneakers; there are some nice additions here.
The Clock Clog features a Croslite foam with a deeply cushioned footbed that helps reduce the strain of a long day on your feet.
The sole is also designed for workplace activity, with lock slip-resistant treads made from durable thermoplastic elastomers, this is a shoe that will help keep you on your feet.
Overall, if you’re going to opt for a pair of Crocs for work, this is the pair I can recommend to anyone.
2. BEST FOR WOMEN: Crocs Women’s Neria Pro II Embellished Clog
If you’d prefer not to go down the uni-sex route and are looking for a Croc specifically designed for women, my recommendation is this one: the Women’s Neria Pro II Embellished Clog.
What sets these apart from the Uni-sex offerings is the delightful array of designs and patterns that they come in.
Of course, your options may well be limited to the nature of your workplace, (not all employers will look kindly towards Tie Dye print Crocs), however, there are some nice designs available.
On a practical level, these Crocs are similar to the Clock Clog reviewed above.
They are easy to clean, come with a non-slip Thermoplastic Elastomers sole, and are designed to slip on and off with ease.
For added comfort, there is a washable and removable footbed liner.
These arguably offer greater protection around your toes too. The thicker tow area has been added to increase the suitability of these Crocs for the workplace.
Dropped items and spills are less likely to have any adverse effect.
Classed by Crocs as a clog “for any demanding on-your-feet industry”, the Women’s Neria Pro II are suitably ideal for busy nurses.
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3. BEST FOR MEN: Crocs Men’s and Women’s Bistro Pro Literide Clog
If you’re a man and the Uni-sex option above doesn’t tickle your fancy, I recommend these Crocs.
Again, they are Uni-sex, however, they sport a slightly different style that may appeal more.
The heel is smaller here at only 0.73″, and the rear is held in place via a strap rather than enclosed around the foot.
There are only 3 color designs on offer, (black, white, and once again that tie-dye) so not much opportunity to express yourself.
Not fully enclosing the foot does mean that they are more lightweight and breathable, however. They are clearly easier to slip on and off too.
Designed as a workplace croc, they are also easy to clean and have an enclosed toe design with a thick metatarsal area for added protection against spills.
The contoured footbed offers a degree of comfort, and over time will actually mold slightly to the shape of your sole.
Overall, they offer a roomy fit (in fact Crocs recommend ordering a size down to the next largest whole size – a little confusing and unnecessary in my mind. Why not just adjust the size rating accordingly?), which also adds to the comfort.
4. BEST FOR COLORS: Crocs Unisex-Adult Men’s and Women’s Baya Clog
Now we’re going into the all-out zany area of your modern Croc.
The Baya clog makes my top 5 due to the huge amount of color options available. 28 colors in total. I guess I am a stickler for a bit of fun.
That being said, these Crocs are arguably the least practical (from a healthcare perspective) than my other picks.
For one, the ventilated toe design means that any spillage is going to seep right through to your socks instantly.
They are lightweight and comfortable, however, with the Croslite foam construction offering a soft, springy texture beneath your feet. That being said, for long shifts I would recommend the Crocs reviewed above over these.
They are waterproof, easy to clean, and dry quickly, which of course are all benefits in a healthcare environment.
Ultimately, if colorful design and an easy, lightweight Croc are suitable for your workplace, then great.
However, for superior protection and non-slip tread along with increased comfort over long hours, you should look elsewhere.
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5. VERY POPULAR: Crocs Unisex-Adult Men’s and Women’s Classic Clog
My final choice is here due to the sheer popularity of the Croc. It has currently sold over 250,000 units on Amazon.com, which is a crazy amount.
Clearly, not all of these are being bought by nurses, however, much like Baya Clog above, these follow a classic Croc shape that has proved so enduring over the years.
People just seem to like it.
Again, practically these are less suitable for nurses than the closed-toe design of my other picks. Those spills are just going to seep through.
However, the array of colors available and that classic Clog design is always going to appeal to nurses for the convenience of it all.
Easy to clean, easy to get on and off and no tears once they wear out, at this price you can just buy another pair.
For me, however, they do not provide the comfort that I need during a 10-hour shift. My feet will just hurt, (although I am a different case in that I have suffered from aches and pains in the leg and feet and have to take special precautions to alleviate it).
If you are young, and your lower body can handle the pace, these Crocs will suit you fine no doubt.
And as the sale amounts and 5-star reviews show, I am in the minority with my concerns. These are Crocs that have made a lot of people happy.