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Seven Differences Between the Original Crocs Footwear and the Fakes

The Crocs footwear has many analogs, but no alternatives, according to those who have tried to wear both Crocs and similar footwear. Why? The answer is simple – Crocs are made of a unique material called Croslite.

How Exactly do you Distinguish the Original Crocs From Their Imitations?

Not counting the difference in price (the original Crocs are usually much more expensive), there can be found seven main differences between the real Crocs and the fakes.

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Where are the Original Crocs Produced?

Originally the Crocs footwear was produced in Canada. However, thanks to their popularity and high demand, the company eventually created a network of factories, so nowadays the Crocs are produced in six different countries: Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Bosnia, Vietnam, and China. Each pair’s country of origin is mentioned on the sole as well as on the label.

made in Vietnam

Therefore, the original Crocs can be produced in any of the six aforementioned countries. So you shouldn’t be afraid of the “Made in China” labels since China is one of these six. As many people noticed, the Chinese and Vietnamese Crocs, in fact, have better quality than the Mexican ones.

There are 7 main signs of the original Crocs footwear:

  1. The original Crocs always have a shiny and accurate-looking logo button on their surface. The fakes usually have a sticker placed on a button.blue shoe
    red shoe
  2. The original Crocs are supplied and sold together with a branded hanger featuring the company logo.feature of the company
  3. The real Crocs always have several labels containing all the necessary information about their size, material, model name, etc.a few brand labels
  4. The original shoes’ sole feature another Crocs logo in the middle of it, alongside with the information concerning their size, manufacturer and the web link leading to the official site of the trademark (www.crocs.com).Crocs website
  5. Opposite to the site’s address, the words “boulder, colorado” always with a comma and never with a full stop) should be present on the sole.lettering with comma
  6. The real Crocs are sold inside not a cardboard package, but a branded bag – either a transparent plastic one or a white paper one.company package
  7. The last but not the least, the material. Thanks to Croslite, the feet wearing Crocs never perspire or chafe. The Crocs eventually take the shape of your feet, so you’ll forget that you are wearing any shoes at all.

Here are a few photos of the fake Crocs.
Low quality:
crocs fake material

“boulder, colorado” label is absent”
fake crocs 'boulder, colorado' absent

Well, that was probably everything you needed to know to distinguish the original Crocs footwear from the fakes.

42 Comments

  • First, I bought some cheaper fake because I thought that there is no difference between them and really regretted that I wanted to save money. Later, I decided to get Crocs, the original ones, and felt that they had a significant difference. First of all, this is the material. My legs don’t perspire at all and they are so light that I don’t feel them on my legs.

    • I bought fake crocs and they are way more lighter to me and comfy than the real ones..I had a fake pair of crocs previously and they lasted me 10 years.. I bought the real crocs one time and they hurt my feet

  • My original Crocs look great and provide me with the great comfort. I think that this purchase is worth its money. Fakes look completely different. You pay less but get the low-quality shoes, which can’t be worn on the regular basis when it is hot outside because of sweating.

  • Crocs are the best shoes ever that have been designed. They are so light-weight that sometimes it seems that I forgot to wear shoes at all. I think that Crocs are so comfortable for everyday walking that you can walk for several hours and your legs won’t be tired. They are just cool!

  • I am not sure all Real. Crocks are made of the same material. I bought mine at Big 5 a Crocks distributor for around $30 – it had all the real crock indicators. I really loved them !! However going to the beach, leaving them in the sun all day and they had shrunk probably at least a size, I could no longer wear them. I emailed the web site & did not get a decemt answer. The internet is full of complaints like mine. I had suggested they add the words, these shoes are not preshrunk, so buy a larger size (similar to what used fo be on blue jeans LOL). Have not see fake crocks shrink like that. I will never buy another “real” pair.

  • I bought a crocs online..and i thought its a legit crocs..then i read this article and it tells me that i bought a fake crocs online shame..

    • You’re not alone. I purchase online from
      what I thought was the legit CROCS site. The shows were obvious fakes!😡
      I called the number on the packaging. When UPS picked up the shoes, the driver claimed he left his receipt book at his bldg. but would drop it by the next day…been waiting for 4 weeks😢

  • I have fake crocs and they are just as comfortable and nice as the “real ones” and not everyone can afford the real ones so just back off there is nothing wrong with cheaper versions and don’t make fun of anyone who doesn’t have the real ones you don’t know where they are coming from in their past and sometimes it can hurt them for making them look bad because the don’t have the real one

    • Hello Krissy, your reply is really helpful to me as I am trying to decide between fake and real Crocs. I only care about their comfort and whether they will wear out quickly. If anyone makes fun of you for not buying an expensive “brand”, they are pitiful materialist fools. I suppose I should say that such people may have real problems of low self-esteem and identity, but even that doesn’t excuse mocking others.

      Having said all that, I didn’t get the impression this article was about saying real Crocs are better than false, just explaining how to tell the difference. I guess buying fake Crocs at full price would be really annoying.

    • Shut up. Save up your allowance or ask for a pair from Santa Claus. Don’t make others feel bad because YOU’RE less fortunate

    • There is nothing to shame at all i am wearing fake crocs also i feel nice also, my money and my decision to decide what i want to wear soo who cares.. Nobody wants to scanning ur footwear rite lol

    • Who can’t afford 30$ crocs? They are literally one of the cheapest shoes out there…sketchers cost more.

    • That’s like buying bootleg music. It hurts the manufacturer. Knock off purses or shoes/clothes should be illegal.

  • I bought some crocs off eBay and they are the Yukon Mesa and they aren’t fakes they were sold by crocs.. Came in a clear bag.. Have all the originals markings.. They are decent foot ware and being sold cheap on eBay and Amazon worth buying in my opinion…

  • I am wondering where I can purchase crocs made in Italy. They fit the best and I believe are the most comfortable but I’m having a hard time finding them. Most I see are made in China or Mexico and they fit smaller then the Italy ones

  • Just buy it when it’s on sale. I order few pairs for just 17-20$ each pair. So why not get an original one instead

  • I buy my crocs from thier official website and not all styles have the boulder,Colorado on them.Is thier official site selling fakes.? I have bought fakes and they cause discomfort.All pair from the official site I can walk in all day without any problems

    • I have also brought crocs from shopcrocs.in website official distributors of crocs in india, Dorset NY have boulder,Colorado on it

  • If the free give away for medical workers include crocs made in China…you can keep them.

  • I bought a replacement pair of crocks sprring of 2019 at suppershoes for the ones I lost. I noticed the material looked different. The sales clerk said they are still made of the same material. Luckily I found my old pair . In the summer my new crocks started to feel tighter and tighter. I compared the new to the old and couln’t believe they looked smaller. I could no longer wear them so I have been wearing my old ones. I have had the new ones inside hopping to take them back. I finnally got up the courage to take them in to ask about this only to find them covid closed. I just started to google and found others are experiencing the same problem. I just got of the phone with a crocks representitive who said they changed the material so they could make a greater variety of shoes. I said I don’t think its right to sell a product that used to be stellar only to have people deal with this shoe shrinkage. This company is irresponsible. My old crocks were worn every day all day out in the garden for over ten years. Fabulous shoes. Am so sad I’ll never have a new pair just like my old ones. I was offered a 50 % discount for another pair . WOW !!!! yes ! I want to spend 60.00 for a pair I cannot wear after a few months that I have to boil and risk burning my feet.

  • Crocs are a croc of shit. What a crappy-ass company. They sold out quality and decency – why? Money. And then they do their best to confuse and hide the fact that all of their product is now made in low quality sweatshops. They hide the fact that they change their materials – for the benefit of better footwear? Obviously not. For the exclusive benefit of their monthly profits, and at the expense of quality & durability. Increasing profits, shrinking Crocs. Most sad of all, people continue to eat up the crap, pardon me, “Crocs”, they serve. Congrats to Crocs for being sell-out shills. So cheap and shoddy.

  • silly question: So crocs can say made in any of the six different countries listed above? I recently ordered some for myself and my daughter and one pair says China and the other says Vietnam.

  • Anyone know if or why a croc would have one button with a star on it and the other button is a croc and the matching shoe has two croc buttons as well?

  • It’s a shame that the original crocs moulds were not used by the outsourced manufactures as the newer versions are narrower and do not have same comfort or fit.

  • Obviously she ment to phrase or word things differently. Rude comments made by insensitive people are well….RUDE !

  • NEVER buy anything including Crocs from a place called Dorin Graphics. Cheap garbage from China and/or Vietnam, takes 2 month to arrive and they reek to the high heavens from the dye they used.

  • NEVER buy Crocs from a shop/vendor online that shows up on PayPal as ” ZEBRINA ” . It’s a crook in China! I bought mine in early November with the promise of a 15-day delivery – I ordered the Mossy Green ones, and more than 7 weeks later, I finally received them, BUT – they are bright orange with a too tight (probably shrunk) strap! Has anybody had the same experience? After reading all the comments here, I’m not sure if they are real – but no matter what, I will fill a dispute with my credit card company or PayPal.
    DO NOT BUY FROM CHINA!

  • I agree my crocs from Italy are wider and slightly longer than my crocs from Bosnia. I’ve just ordered a new pair so I hope they’re from Italy. You would think they would all be the same but my crocs from Bosnia are also harder than the ones from Italy. Apart from that they are identical.

  • Bought what several of Crocs from an ad on Facebook…zq shoes. They sent me different Croc’s from what I ordered..refuse to refund or replace. From China…I spent almost $100.00. Sent wrong size, not what I ordered…GOT RIPPED OFF!!

  • I am VERY confused! I have three different pairs of Crocs (or so I thought) from garage sales. They have been very good, but thought I might buy myself a new pair as a treat. One pair I know are fake because there is no Croc logo anywhere, but wow, the tread and inside sole is identical to these photos that are of real ones. The other two pair have the Croc logo on the buttons which this article says is phony and they also have Boulder, California stamped where it is supposed to be. They are probably at least 6 or 7 years old so perhaps they still are authentic? Then I went to local stores web sites including Kohl’s Dept. stores as well as Dunham’s Sports to look up their Crocs, and they all have the logo on the button. If they are fake, they are $54.99,, pretty expensive for not real ones.

  • So i just got a pair of crocs, But… I got them from walmart, At first i thought i there’s no difference, But then when i got home i did the research, And there are tons of differences, But that don’t matter at all, Cause people who Pick on you is just dumb little kids, Cause imma be real i’m 14, And ik how hard this culture is pick on you about the dumbest things ever, When there looking dumb buying a 50 dollar pair of slides that there gonna grow out of in the next 2 months. In my opinion you should go with the cheaper ones, Yea they might not have the same quality as the so called “Real” Ones but girl they are comfortable in my eyes. 10/10

  • A friend of mine complained to her doctor about her burning feet. The doctor told her not to wear shoes made in China as they use a kind of material that gives off a chemical that’s not good for the feet. My Crocs burn my feet so I checked google and came across this article. I checked my ‘Crocs’ and yes, they’re made in China (legitimately) but none of the criteria listed in this article. Thank you for pointing out the fakes. I now wear my Crocs with socks!

  • A few months ago I bought two pairs of Crocs at a store in the mall. They have everything stated in this article that says they’re authentic. I never thought otherwise. They’re the most comfortable shoes ever!!! (And I got 2 pairs for $50!)
    They were buy one get one half off.) Oh, and they came in a Crocs box.
    This past weekend I went to the Crocs outlet (“outlet,” my a$$! Nothing was cheaper!) and bought a pair. These are not as comfy, I can’t feel the bumps inside (my favorite!), and they don’t have the website, or “Boulder, Colorado” on the bottoms. Can anyone explain why the pair from the actual Crocs store are worse quality??

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