We never thought it would happen, but Crocs are now cool! The (unfashionable?) footwear was originally developed as a boating shoe, but quickly found themselves used by doctors scrubbing into surgeries because they’re so freakin’ comfortable.
With ‘90s trends back in style, Crocs are having a moment in the sun. The shoes have been sported by the likes of Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Justin Bieber, making them a certified fashion item.
Made from a special polymer resin called croslite, Crocs are non-toxic and actually prevent bacterial growth. Even though the material is anti-microbial and keeps odors, sweat, and fungus at bay, it’s still a good idea to give them a thorough clean once in a while. Here’s how to make your Crocs look brand new.
Fill a wash basin with cold water, as anything too hot can cause the croslite to degrade or shrink. Add a mild laundry detergent to the basin and swish it around with your hand so the water is nice and soapy. Toss the Crocs in the basin and let them soak for 30 minutes or so. Remove the shoes from the wash basin and dip a microfiber cloth in the soapy liquid. Use the cloth to target any remaining stains. Rinse the Crocs under cold water to remove any soapy residue and leave them to air dry. If the shoes include Sherpa lining, gently dry the fur using a hairdryer on the lowest setting, keeping it at a distance.
Use a microfiber cloth or soft rubber sponge that has been dampened very slightly (leather and water are not friends) to gently buff away visible dirt and stains from the surface of the Crocs. Apply a professional leather cream to the exterior of the Crocs using a cotton brush to give them a glossy sheen. Finish off with a spritz of leather-friendly, water-repellent spray.