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Are Crocs Nonslip and Suitable for the Workplace?

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Crocs have shot up in popularity over recent years and are one of the most popular shoe brands on the market. They are known for their comfort; however, many people wonder if Crocs are actually nonslip and if they can be used in the workplace, such as in restaurants or in healthcare.

Are Crocs Nonslip?

Well, the good news is that "some" Crocs are slip-resistant. Of course, no shoes are 100% nonslip – you always need to be cautious and take precautions.

Some Crocs have the Crocs Lock™ tread that allows them to be "slip-resistant" (which can be interpreted as a bit different to the description of "nonslip"). The following shoes have that specific tread:

  • On The Clock Crocs Clog (intended for healthcare workers)
  • Crocs Bistro Clog (for the hospitality industry)
  • Specialist Clog Work Shoes
  • Bistro Pro Literide Clog
  • Busy Day Ballet Flat
  • Neria Pro Li Clog (for the kitchen)

These are Crocs that are specifically built with preventing slips in mind and are aimed at different industries. Keep in mind that not all Crocs have this built in, so you need to look for ones specifically with this feature.

Crocs Lock™ Tests by FootArt

"Crocs Lock™ tread consistently tested above a 0.45 CoF on wet (.75), dry (.84), soapy (.50), oily (.55), oily/wet (.55) and greasy/wet (.55) surfaces.

When tested on quarry tile commonly found in restaurants, crocs lock™ tread was found to be slip-resistant under certain wet, dry, soapy, oily, and greasy conditions."

— Crocs Lock™ Independent Tests by

What Is Crocs Lock™?

Crocs Lock™ is a slip-resistant technology that is added to the soles of Crocs shoes. It is made up of tiny nubs that grip the ground and provide traction, making it ideal for those who need nonslip footwear for work.

This means they have specifically been made for those who need to be on their feet all day and who work in environments where spills are common, such as in restaurants or hospitals.

They also tend to be lightweight (what they deem as "Croslite™") and very easy to clean, which is another bonus if you are working in a busy environment.

So, if you are looking for nonslip Crocs for work, then I would recommend opting for a pair with Crocs Lock™, as they have been specifically made for the industry standards for nonslip.

What Is Crocs@work™?

Crocs@work™ is a range of Crocs shoes that have been designed specifically for those who need footwear for work. Again, this includes healthcare workers, chefs, restaurant staff and more.

Then within that segment, you get slip-resistant Crocks that are designed for those who need nonslip shoes while working. As we've mentioned, these have the Crocs Lock™ tread on the bottom of the shoe, which provides excellent grip and traction.

Then if you want to make sure that they are quite light in nature to improve endurance, go for ones that have Croslite™.

If you work in a busy environment where spills are common, then Crocs@work™ shoes are definitely worth considering as they are easy to clean and slip-resistant – plus, they are comfortable too.

It depends on the specific pair of Crocs, but you will often find these types have a more robust construction and improved arch support to make the whole shoe more comfortable and provide you with better endurance.

There's even a specialist Bistro version that has a closed heel and toe design to protect your feet from spills, which is ideal for those working in restaurants.

Crocs vary in price, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $30–$60 for a pair. I would recommend checking out the different styles and seeing which one is the best fit for you, both in terms of price and style.


Not All Crocs Are Slip-Resistant

It's important to remember that not all Crocs are slip-resistant. So, if you are looking for nonslip Crocs, make sure that you check that they have the Crocs Lock tread on the bottom of the shoe.

If you don't see that, then it's likely that they are not slip-resistant and won't provide the same level of traction and grip that you need for a busy work environment.

Do the Slip-Resistant Crocs Come in Different Styles?

Crocs come in a range of different styles – from the classic clog to flats. So, you can definitely find a pair of Crocs that will suit your needs and taste.

Plus, in typical Crocs fashion, they come in a range of different graphics and colors too. So, you can definitely find a pair of slip-resistant Crocs that will make you stand out from the crowd.

What Are the Advantages of Wearing Crocs@work™?

There are a few advantages of wearing Crocs@work™, and these include:

  • They are slip-resistant
  • They are easy to clean
  • They are comfortable
  • They come in a range of styles
  • Some offer additional arch support
  • They are lightweight

I think the fact that they are easy to clean and comfortable makes them ideal for busy environments. So, if you work in healthcare, restaurants or anywhere where spills are common, Crocs@work™ shoes are definitely worth considering.

Plus, they come in a variety of different styles so you can find a pair that suits your needs and taste.

What Are the Disadvantages of Wearing Crocs@work™?

There are a few disadvantages of wearing Crocs@work™, and these include:

  • They may not be suitable for more formal workplaces
  • They may not last as long as other types of work shoes
  • Some people find them too casual

I think the main disadvantage is that they may not be suitable for more formal workplaces. So, if you have a job that requires you to dress up, then Crocs probably aren't going to be the best option.

However, if you have a job that is more relaxed in terms of the dress code, then Crocs@work™ shoes could be a good option. I would make sure to double-check with them first, though.

Another disadvantage is that some people find them too casual, and they may not be appropriate for certain work environments. Again, it depends on the specific workplace, but it's something to keep in mind.

Lastly, Crocs@work™ shoes may not last as long as other types of work shoes, but this will depend on how often you wear them and how well you take care of them.

How Can You Make Crocs Nonslip?

There are a few things you can do to make your Crocs more nonslip. One is to buy special inserts that go into the Crocs and have a grippy surface.

Another is to spray the bottom of the Crocs with a product designed to make them less slippery.

Apply sandpaper or a rough surface to the bottom of your Crocs. This will help to create more friction and make them less slippery.

Make sure that you are wearing your Crocs correctly. If they are too loose, they are more likely to slip off. Make sure that they are tight enough that they aren't going to fall off but not so tight that they are uncomfortable

Wet conditions will make any shoe more slippery, so be extra careful when wearing Crocs in the rain or near water. Take extra care when walking on wet surfaces such as tile or concrete.

Try out Shoe Goo. It's a product that you can apply to the bottom of your shoes to make them more grippy. There are also sprays that you can use on the bottom of the Crocs with a product designed to make them less slippery.

Check the tread. If your Crocs are starting to look worn, they may be less effective at gripping surfaces. Consider getting a new pair if the bottom is starting to look smooth.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Elin Beck