How to Prevent Blisters From Crocs (Without Socks)

It’s easy to think that a pair of comfortable and easy-to-wear rubber slippers like Crocs would not cause blisters. But do Crocs actually cause blisters?

Crocs can cause blisters if they are too big or too small. While you can always wear socks to prevent blisters from Crocs, you can also apply an anti-friction balm which adds an invisible layer of protection for your feet.

Additionally, simple actions, like pushing the heel-hugging straps backward, can work wonders to prevent blisters. In this post, we will show you how to not get blisters from Crocs.

Do Crocs Cause Blisters?

Crocs can cause blisters if they are fitted poorly. If the rubber material of Crocs constantly rubs against the skin of your feet, blisters may form, even if you have broken into them.

Let’s explore where Crocs cause blisters and why they happen.

Why do Crocs cause blisters?

Crocs can cause blisters if they are not fitted properly. If Crocs are too big or too tight, they can constantly rub on your feet, which leads to irritation, which in turn causes blisters.

According to MedicineNet, the most common causes of foot blisters are friction when the skin of the feet continuously rubs against a sock or shoe, in this case, Crocs.

Making sure that your Crocs are fitted properly is the first step to not get blisters.

Where do Crocs cause blisters?

Crocs fit differently than sneakers. Because of this, the areas where blisters can form while wearing Crocs are also different. Here are the potential blister areas when wearing Crocs:

  • Inside of the foot, right below the ankle bone (where the strap pivots).
  • Between the big toe and the second toe.
  • Top of the foot.

By far, the most common area that suffers from Crocs blisters is the inside of the foot, right below the ankle. This is the area where the strap pivots and causes the most rubbing.

Some people also experience blisters between the big toe and the second toe. This happens when the Crocs are too tight, causing the two toes to press against one another.

Last but not least, many people experience constant rubbing at the top of the foot. Crocs aren’t supposed to touch the top of your foot, so if this happens, your Crocs are too small.

How to Prevent Blisters From Crocs

In addition to pushing the straps backward into “sports mode”, you can wear socks to prevent blisters from Crocs. Applying anti-friction balm or Moleskin can also do the trick.

Here are the five tips on how to not get blisters from Crocs explained:

1. Buy Crocs that fit your feet perfectly

The best thing you can do to not get blisters from Crocs is to buy the right size. 

When buying Crocs, do not get them to fit on your feet like regular shoes. They are not supposed to feel snug like sneakers. Crocs are supposed to feel “roomy”.

Since Crocs are supposed to fit so loosely, your feet are not going to experience friction because, ideally, none of your skin is touching the rubber material.

Nine times out of ten, if you get the Crocs sizing correct, you should not get blisters. If you are new to Crocs, take the time to learn how Crocs are supposed to fit right here.

2. Push the straps backward into “sports mode”

The second tip might sound simple, but it does a great job of keeping painful blisters at bay.

Most Crocs have heel-hugging back straps for extra stability. If you want to prevent blisters, push the straps backward to stop your feet from sliding forward and backward.

For those of you unfamiliar with Crocs, there are two types of modes for wearing them.

The different strap placements of Crocs.
 Image courtesy of

The first one is “relaxed mode” where the straps are pushed forward. The second is “sports mode” where the straps are pushed backward.

When you wear your Crocs in “relaxed mode”, there is a chance for your feet to slide, promoting constant rubbing and chafing, which in turn causes blisters.

By pushing the straps backward into “sports mode”, you reduce the chance of rubbing and keep your feet securely in place, stopping the potential formation of blisters.

3. Wear socks with Crocs

A safe bet to not get blisters while wearing Crocs is to wear socks.

Socks add a layer of protection, thus preventing the rubber material of Crocs from directly rubbing against the delicate skin of your feet.

Additionally, socks are great during the summer to keep foot odor at bay, especially if you wear moisture-wicking socks. In the winter, they help keep your feet warm.

While some people think that Crocs look better without socks, some people get pretty bad blisters from wearing Crocs without socks.

4. Apply “Blister Blocker Balm” before wearing Crocs

For those of you who are looking to prevent blisters from Crocs without wearing socks, the best thing you can do is to apply some sort of anti-friction balm.

We’ve had great success with the blister blocker balm from Solemates.

This simple and easy-to-use blister defense works like an absolute charm. It protects your feet by blocking strap chafe, heel friction, and toe rubbing blisters like magic.

Not only is the Blister Blocker dermatologist recommended, but it is also completely non-toxic because it is made with natural lubricants that nurture and moisturize the skin. 

All you have to do is apply the blister-blocking balm in hot spots generously. This includes the top of your feet and the inside of your feet, right below the ankle bones.

The best part is, it lasts for up to 6 hours, so you can have a wonderful day at the beach or Disney World, wearing your Crocs without socks and worry of blisters.

5. Apply Moleskin for extra protection

If you want to be safe, you can always carry around some Moleskin just in case.

Moleskin padding roll is a thin and flexible cushioning tape that protects your feet from painful shoe pressure. It also protects the skin from Crocs’ rubber friction.

Dr. Scholl’s Moleskin Plus Padding Roll:

Not only is Moleskin able to be cut into any size, but the thin design conforms to the foot and fits in all shoes. It is designed to stay on all day, whether you are active or sedentary.

We recommend having Moleskin around if you are going out for long hours of walking in your Crocs, just to be safe. Just apply the Moleskin in hot spots and you’re good to go!

Bottom Line

And there you have it, five simple tips on how to prevent blisters from Crocs.

In most cases, wearing socks should protect your feet from Crocs blisters. But if you don’t want to wear socks, apply some anti-friction balm or stick Moleskin in potential hot spots.

As long as you wear Crocs that are correct in size, blisters should not happen, especially if you push the heel-hugging straps all the way back. Your feet will stay securely in place.

Related posts: