SA podiatrists ‘bitten’ by Crocs

At the recent meeting of the Northern Branch of the South African Podiatry Association (SAPA), local podiatrists learned more about this interesting and controversial footwear. Because Crocs have been around a while, the consensus amongst SAPA members was "try them before you dismiss them". (Remember the negative UK podiatry opinion in my Post of 16th September).

Gareth Kemp of Crocs SA showed us some of the many styles available in SA, including ‘All Terrain’, ‘Georgie’ – bright gumboots – and even ‘The Hydro’ which they say can function as a flipper! (Just right for Survivor). The medical styles have an enclosed forefoot – removing previous complaints – and the concerns about static electricity build-up are being addressed. There is also one style for people with at risk feet due to diabetes.

So do yourself a favour, visit or if you can’t wait go and buy GENUINE Crocs. (I’m waiting for a free Trial pair, but not in pink!


Andrew has taught at the University as well as providing podiatry services in South Africa since 1977. Twice chair of the Podiatry Association of South Africa and a commentator on care of your feet on both radio and television he now works in private practice in Cape Town and Hout Bay.

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