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Review: Crocs Rx Relief

PastaQueen reviews the Crocs RX Relief shoes which are comfy but not ideal for throwing at the president.


Disclosure: I was sent two pairs of Crocs RX Relief shoes for free to complete this review.

I first heard about Crocs because people couldn’t stop complaining about how ugly they are. For those of you out of step with the latest footwear, Crocs are clog-like shoes made out of a lightweight resin material. They have holes for ventilation which some people decorate with charms. They are praised for being comfortable and I’ve seen nurses wear them while making their rounds. They come in a variety of colors, many of which remind me of the web-safe palette web designers had to use in the 90’s.

The 216 web safe colors or the latest Crocs colors?

Personally, I’ve never felt strongly one way or the other about Crocs. I’ve never been compelled to buy a pair, but I don’t have vitriolic hate for them either. Who am I to begrudge people their funky colored shoes? Not I, who loved my pink patent leather shoes and my purple jelly shoes in the 80’s.

Jelly shoes!

I was recently offered a pair of the new Crocs RX shoes to review, designed for diabetics and people with foot conditions. I received a black pair of the “Relief” brand. Crocs don’t come in half sizes, so my size 9 and 1/2 feet wore a size 10, which was equivalent to a men’s size 8 since the shoes don’t come in different men’s and women’s styles.


The shoes are definitely lightweight. If you are looking to hurl shoes at the leader of the free world, Crocs would not be your podiatric projectile of choice. I wore them around the apartment one evening and thought they were comfortable, except for the fact that they kept slipping off. I also liked the cute little handles on top which made it easy to carry the shoes around.


(Boy, it’s hard to take pictures of my feet at this angle.)

A couple days later I went to put the shoes on and started playing with the handle when I suddenly realized – oops – that wasn’t a handle, it was the heel! How was I supposed to know something like this which is clearly illustrated on their web site and marketing materials?


After that, the shoes stayed on much better. I kept them by the door to slip on when I ran out for small errands, like doing the laundry or taking out the trash. I doubt I would want to wear them out in the freezing ice tonight since they have holes in the side, but they seem like they’d be fine to wear around the house or outside during the summer. The tips of my toes did rub against the end of the shoe. I’m not sure if this is by design or just because my second toe is my longest toe. It could get annoying after awhile. I liked the dotted texture on the bottom of the shoe which was slightly massaging.


You can find out more at the Crocs RX website.

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Cathleen • December 17, 2008 at 8:47 am

They are a weird combination of comfortable and ugly, aren’t they?

If your toes are rubbing, though, you probably want a size up — Crocs are supposed to fit big. If you don’t mind looking like a Dutch milkmaid.


LOLfitness • December 17, 2008 at 9:09 am

But do they offer any relief?


PastaQueen • December 17, 2008 at 9:11 am

@LOLfitness – Not for my headache :)


Andra Ruscoe • December 17, 2008 at 9:39 am

I love Crocs! Ugly, maybe, but I adore them. I’m a nurse and wear them to work, I have a pair for around the house and errands and pink ones that I wear for fun in summer. They are the most comfortable thing that I ever put on my feet that wasn’t administered by an expert pedicurist. One drawback, I get so spoiled from wearing them that my “big girl” shoes are kind of uncomfortable when I put them on.


mrsteetime • December 17, 2008 at 9:41 am

I always thought they were ugly, until I bought a pair and found them to be pretty comfortable. They’re great for wearing around the house and in the backyard when gardening, especially since you can just hose them off.

The only downside: static electricity when wearing them around the house in the winter! Talk about a hair raising experience!!!

Note: I buy the knockoffs for $5.00 at Christmas Tree Shops (in New England). Real Crocs are too pricey.


Rebecca • December 17, 2008 at 9:56 am

Yup, they’re ugly all right. I wear both the flip flop version and the regular clog full of holes versions when I’m at the pool coaching or lifeguarding. I used to wear those foam flip flops with the fabric straps (can’t wear plastic ones ’cause they give me blisters) and those get very, very smelly from the chlorinated water and foot smell! Yuck! The crocs, however, have no such smell and they dry out completely and quickly…and for some reason they don’t give me blisters like other plastic flip flops do.

I think it’s funny though, that I work in a private school and they actually had to put them on the official dress code for staff of footwear that is unacceptable to wear to work (unless you’re in the pool of course)! Apparently some staff thought it was appropriate to wear business casual clothes with plastic shoes!?


moonduster • December 17, 2008 at 10:13 am

A few years ago, I developed plantaar fasciitis (*no idea how it’s spelled) (meaning painful, inflamed heel injuries). It hurt like crazy just to walk or stand! Crocs, as ugly as they are, helped cure my heels! And now there are cute Crocs that can be bought like the Crocs Prima, Crocs Sassari and others.


Mymsie • December 17, 2008 at 10:19 am

I live in my Malindis. Comfortable and cute! LOVE ’em!


Rachael • December 17, 2008 at 10:36 am

@Mymsie – I think the Malindis are adorable, but my feet pop out the top when they get sweaty! (I live in Florida.)


Dawn • December 17, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Oh I was a big time hater…until I got plantar fasciitis and couldn’t wear anything else. Yep, I even had to wear them to work with my business casual clothes for a while.

Still think there has got to be a way to make them look nicer, but I love them and I have repented of my hater views.


Quix • December 17, 2008 at 12:37 pm

I bought a pair of knock offs and hated them. I figure the real ones have to be more comfortable because so many people wear them, and it’s not because they’re pretty. The pair you have look the least offensive of any crocs I’ve seen though – they could almost pass for real shoes underneath a nice long pair of jeans. :)


Melanie Gross • December 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Diabetics take note: I am diabetic and have tender feet. I can’t wear Crocs without socks. The knobs on the bottom make your feet sore. Also, as you walk around and the shoe rubs up and down your toes, this can make a sore spot or even a blister. Wear socks.


Sarah • December 17, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Yeah, they’re ugly. Probably the ugliest shoes I’ve ever seen in my life. But I love them. I caved and bought a pair like what you have (not special RX ones though, and mine have holes in the top) when I was dealing with bursitis and tendonitis (one on each foot, good times), and loved them. Then I bought a pair of their flip flops and wore them every day this summer (still have tan lines to prove it). My new Nadia boots just came last week and I’m in love all over again. I am trying to figure out how to never wear another brand of shoes again. They feel that good.


Kimberly • December 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Okay, see, I am putting myself through all this lifestyle change to lose weight and look better. Why would I put one of the ugliest pairs of shoes known to man on my feet? ;)


Kellie • December 17, 2008 at 4:08 pm

I hate shoes and have gone barefoot as much as possible my entire life (been walking 30 years, lol.) The downside to feeling free is that my heels dry up, crack and sometimes even bleed. For years, I had vicious cycle of going barefoot, cracked heels, tender care, wearing sneakers for their soft heel, pedicures, going barefoot, cracked heels…and so on. Till I discovered Crocs. It’s like you aren’t wearing shoes at all!

I wear them around the house, walking in the yard, occasionally on errands and always when I travel. I am able to still feel “free”, but protect my feet. My heels have never been in better shape.

Ugly as all get out. Nobody can deny it. I make a statement by buying the craziest colors they have (hot pink being my fave) so I can acknowledge they are ugly, but the color sure is pretty. :)

And the knockoffs are a ripoff. You really do need that magic material that Crocs use. Other brands are hard and nowhere near as comfortable.

Wait, are your readers supposed to give reviews, too, or is that just you? Ooops! Can we score a free pair of Crocs out of this?


Alisha • December 17, 2008 at 5:20 pm

I live in Alaska, and it is very weird but you know those boots Uggs or whatever, well they are the WORST on the snow covered ice that is our walking ground 8 months out of the year. I fell a few times wearing them before I gave them up. My feet would just slip from under me . Once I even fell under a parked car. I was wearing another style of boots on my way out to my car for work and overnight my concrete steps to my house had iced over. I fell all the way down 6 stairs and landed on the bottom stair using my tailbone as a buffer. That happened TWICE in different boots. I put ice melt down but when ice melts it is water and water turns back to ice. Then I noticed, when I wore my crocs outside to take the garbage out they had amazing grip on the ice. So I went to the site and bought a pair of Mammoth crocs, it has removable lining with fake fur. They have saved my butt…literally.


PurpleGirl • December 17, 2008 at 6:08 pm

I’ve been debating for ages whether to get a pair of these or not. My mom was required to wear them for her hospital job, and says they’re comfortable … but when I try them on, I always feel like a duck. :)


kyle • December 17, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Never in my life did I get more hate comments on the Stylelist blog than when I post something saying how high-heeled crocs are a huge stylefoul. I couldn’t believe how angry at me people were. However, I’m not scared of the internets and I stand by my opinion. That being said, for comfort, if someone gave me some for free, I would totally where them in the comfort of my own home.


PastaQueen • December 18, 2008 at 9:15 am

@Alisha – I hear YakTrax are good for preventing slips too. They’re little chains that hook onto the bottom of your shoes.


Dinah Soar • December 18, 2008 at 10:48 am

My sister has a flowbee and she loves it…gives haircuts to her whole family. I thought they were a daft idea too. Who knew there would actually be people who like the thing?


Dinah Soar • December 18, 2008 at 10:58 am

Weighing in on crocs–they are ugly but I love them. I wear them for the comfort they bring my poor feet. I owned the Rx ones first–they resolved my heel pain from plantar fasciitis. I bought a second pair because they are so comfy and funky. I wear them in cold weather with socks. Now I just need to get a pair of the winter version–the ones minus the holes….the ones with the furry liner.

My first pairs were conservative..brown and navy…and I want black or taupe for winter…but eventually I’m getting every color..purple, pink, orange, frog green…who knew shoes could be so much fun and arouse so much anger in people.

The kicker for me that they were worth trying was seeing how many nurses wear them…though most don’t get the Croc brand, but a brand that has no holes–nurses don’t want to get stuck with needles in the top of their feet.


Jessica • December 18, 2008 at 12:14 pm

My best friend is from the town Crocs were first tested, Red Oak, IA, and she sent me a pair of light blue ones. I had just gotten out of the hospital and been diagnosed a diabetic. They were so comfortable. I think the ones you tested are kinda cute with jeans. I guess I am just a “shoe nerd”! ;) Thanks for the review!


Tara • December 18, 2008 at 2:20 pm

I love my Crocs. I wear them all the time, and the best part is that you can wash them in the dishwasher when they get filthy.

A word of caution though: if the surface you are walking on is in anyway wet, do not step on anything painted. For example – the painted lines of a crosswalk. They are dangerous when wet and wearing Crocs. You will skid out of control and flap your arms wildly to maintain your balance. (No, this didn’t happen to me, why do you ask?)


coolred38 • December 18, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Yes, Crocs are very slippy on slippy surfaces…I discovered at the tender age of 40 that I could do the splits…it wasnt a welcome or painless discovery either. But they are comfortable..especially for long haul air travel.


Shai • December 18, 2008 at 11:49 pm

Crocs saved my life when I was in Vegas for the first time. I had thought the three pairs of runners I brought would have been good enough but no, my croc rip offs were awesome.

I love them for gardening or mowing the lawn or stepping out on the deck. The lightweight material is great.

I’ve never been too concerned about fashion so wearing them doesn’t make me feel like an ogre.


K • December 19, 2008 at 6:36 am

The big concern I would have is… do they make your feet sweaty? They are, after all, plastic.

Maybe not such an issue in winter. Or maybe it is. Sweaty socks lead to chilly feet.

I agree that they polarise people! I’ve noticed something similar with Birkenstock sandals – either people are devoted, or they’re all “yuck, ugly clumpy hippie sandals”. I will admit I don’t much like the look of the classic two-straps ones, but I got some with toeposts this summer and am a convert.

I don’t have to take sides in the Crocs debate since I couldn’t put my orthotics in them anyway. But if they’re comfy and they make you feel good… why worry about what they look like?


Jessica • December 19, 2008 at 7:31 am

@K – They have only made my feet sweaty if I wear them in the summer without socks. With socks, there is never any dampness unless I find a puddle or it rains. The vent holes seem to keep my feet nice and cool, and that is saying something as I am always overheated! I too love that you can wash them out, though I will not put them in the dishwasher, I just do it by hand.


Donna Belbin • December 19, 2008 at 4:50 pm

@moonduster – did they really help while your heel healed? I’m suffering with plantar “f” right now and heel pain insole inserts by dr. scholls have not helped much. i would be willing to try the dishwashable shoes if it meant that i didn’t have to be afraid to take a step for fear of excruciating pain!


Trinity • December 19, 2008 at 5:43 pm

@Donna Belbin – I also have PF – I LOVE the crocs (or payless’s cheaper version) the definitely helped my heel pain – which was peristant and aggravating to say the least! I’d give them a try by starting with one of the cheaper versions. Don’t go around barefoot with PF that will only aggravate it.


Manic Mommy • December 22, 2008 at 2:09 am

Good review! Laughed about the handle/heel! And I like your review policies!


Denise • February 16, 2009 at 12:56 am

@Donna Belbin – I am a nurse in a busy ER. I also have Plantar Fasciaitis. My physician recommended the Crocs RX Relief. After much refusal to wear the ugly shoes that every other nurse was wearing I had to give them a try. I had tried every brand of tennis shoe available. But the Crocs Rx Relief did provide great relief. I find myself buying clothing that I can wear with my crocs…. need I say, I don’t just wear them to work. I wear them all the time. I don’t think you would be disappointed.


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