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Better design, not quite as comfortable as the classic
on August 21, 2011
Sizing: I know there has been a lot of confusion over the sizing of this particular shoe, and for good reason. The Crocs website only recommends ordering a half size down if you wear a half size (since they only offer whole sizes in this style). However, this shoe definitely runs big. I ordered a size 8, even though I usually wear a size 9. (I was wearing a size 8 Men's in the Bistro Croc). They almost seemed too big when I got them, but after a couple of days they adjusted to my feet and I didn't have to wear the heel strap anymore. This shoe is also a lot narrower than others, which partly contributes to the sizing difference. I would suggest choosing another style if you have wide feet.
Design: These shoes are definitely designed a lot better than the older styles. They still offer the non-slip soles and the same type of nubby interior material. They look a lot better (a little less like clown shoes) than previous versions. Also, the soles come up higher on the shoe and seem to be a bit stronger (good news for me because the last pair were done in by a small hole in the toe). Like most Crocs designed for work, they are enclosed so they are spill-proof and easy to clean. These are not your typical flat Crocs though, you can see they have a raised arch.
Fit/Comfort: Upon first trying these on, I found they definitely don't fit like the Bistro or more classic styles that were wide and roomy. As said before, they are narrower and more conforming to the foot, and have taken me a little while to get used to. I wore them during 10 hour shifts three days in a row, and I did have blisters on my little toes by the third day. With only a day's break however, I have been able to go back to wearing them without this problem. My feet were also kind of sore the first few days, but this happens with most new shoes. Because of the new design, you really have to break these in, and they will conform to your feet to cause less pain and rubbing (although a lot of the older styles didn't really have a break-in period).
Overall, if you are looking to combine a more desirable look with comfort, these are great shoes to buy. If you really don't care about the look, however, I might suggest one of the more classic Crocs styles, as they may be just a little bit more comfortable.