Crocs – The Most Tactical Shoe

Social media in this industry can get weird sometimes. It often seems that the second most effective way to generate engagement (after half-naked women) is tactical curmudgeon posts. You’ve seen these posts before. They say things “No man should ever wear shower shoes” or, “Crocs will get you killed in the streets!” Nuance is eschewed in favor of appealing to machismo. Everyone gets to have their tribe moment where they high-five and act like they are so glad they aren’t like all the other clueless goobers.

Are Crocs really all that bad? Are they possibly even… tactical? I’ve answered that question for myself and I won’t be without a pair of Crocs. In spite of what the tactical-stick-in-the-muds say, I think they are actually pretty darn practical. They might even be the MOST tactical shoe (in some situations… for some people… doing some activities… maybe).

For instance, you can put your feet into a pair of Crocs about as fast as you can put your feet on the ground when getting out of bed. Unlike something like a thong sandal, your toes are protected and there is heel retention so you can actually run in them. That’s right. Crocs are the ultimate bump in the night footwear.

They also happen to be a great addition to your backcountry mobility kit. They are lightweight, don’t absorb water, can be wiped dry, stay on your feet well during movement, and are comfortable. This makes them perfect for creek crossings or taking care of your feet in camp.

This article is only partially about Crocs. It’s really more about thinking for yourself and understanding that it is okay to like what you like. Don’t buy into the absolute statements that get tossed around by the grumpy tacticians who know no other way of engaging their groupies. If you like Crocs, wear them. You might find they are actually useful.

After all, if Crocs aren’t tactical how do you explain the fact that they are MLOK compatible?

6 Responses to Crocs – The Most Tactical Shoe

  1. Gerard July 30, 2021 at 16:26 #

    Loved your review, Im convinced. I ordered a pair
    Im sick of flip flops that dont stay on my feet

  2. Sean James July 31, 2021 at 01:52 #

    I made fun of a friend for wearing crocs, and I was serious about getting him to stop, mostly because “I” just thought they wern’t “manly” tough guy shoes. But after we got caught in a thunderstorm from hell, I totally see their tactical and common sense utility. My $200 boots were filled with water and mud, I had to stop and cause a major delay, to clear my boots and get moving again. My buddy slipped off his crocs, wringed out his socks and was rolling in less than a minute. Do they come in “keymod”? Good write up, made me laugh!

  3. Gerard August 1, 2021 at 00:02 #

    Just got the Crocks all I have to say is…Crocks Rock!

    • Matt August 1, 2021 at 10:17 #

      Welcome to the dark but comfortable side.

      • Gerard August 2, 2021 at 16:58 #

        Well put

  4. tirod3 August 1, 2021 at 15:10 #

    I have sand colored Crox and nobody even sees Coyote tacticool accessories on the beach.

    Be careful kick fishing in the surf, don’t bark your shins with a dive knife. Ask me how I’m recovering.

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