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I just got my first pair of crocs for indoor slipper use.  I love them except for the pivoting strap thingie.  If I flip it forward, the crocs slide off my foot.  If I flip it back they stay on very well but I can't slide them off without using a hand or a foot to hold the strap down.  Has anyone come up with a modification to lock the strap in the back and downish position?  So that it won't rise up as you try to wiggle your foot out?  Of course this is all due to me being lazy and not wanting to bend down or deal with them.  I put these on and off about 20-30 times a day.  Thanks!
 
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Came for the crocodile breeding discussion. Left dissapointed.
 
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If you had the strap in one single position can you get it off and on AND walk around in it without it eating your ankle? I know some women's sandals, you have to have mobility in the strap or you will have blisters. The ankle has a curve to it, and the strap moves up and down that curve as you walk. I suggest try duct taping it tightly and see before you decide to do something permanent to them.

If you decided to do something permanent, a rigid adhesive like epoxy would work well. I usually get one of the double tube types, you need both the part A and part B to make them work, and the tubes are easy to get the same amount out of. Plus those tubes are small enough that you don't usually end up wasting a lot if it goes bad.


Hot glue would work too, anything that sets up fairly rigid and has a bit of body would work, so not anything like Elmer's glue or superglue.

But do check if you really want them permanently in one place, you might not.

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Dillon Nichols wrote:Came for the crocodile breeding discussion. Left dissapointed.



The problem with breeding crocodiles is what traits do you select for? Sharper teeth, or a longer tongue? And how do you check your breeding? "Well, it ate the neighbor's dog in one bite, so I guess those are good pointy teeth!" Plus then you get into the whole bit about codes. Ya know, it's not allowed to keep crocodiles in a backyard pool in most HOA's! Incredibly unreasonable of them.  
 
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Good ideas Pearl!  I think I have some hot glue sticks and a gun lying around, that should be a low risk attempt.  For the speed I walk around the house, I doubt I'll get many blisters

Now I'll have to tell my slippers "See you after a while" when I leave the house...
 
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... and from someone who 'knows' crocs ...


This is how you improve a croc:


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TO THIS:
 
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Seriously though, if you were to wear a thin pair of sock, it may allow the Crocs to slip on/off easier as the plastic wouldn't stick so easily to skin, particularly if you have hot feet and they're clammy?



 
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Better buy your Crocs now, because they are starting to shut down the plants that are making them...
 
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Thanks F, I am wearing socks with them now (winter).  I am looking forward to using them in the summer barefoot.  Maybe they're catching more on my pant cuffs than on my heel as I try to take them off.  Maybe during summer (shorts season) it won't be a problem.  For those two months of the year
 
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Maybe I missed something.  I think my son in law pulls the strap forward so it sits on top of the sandal.

I read that the strap can be stretched so that it fits over the back of the sandal.
 
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Travis: are you serious? Those are good selling things, as far as I can tell, seems weird to not make them. I don't like them, but I'm about the only person I know who doesn't.
 
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Hi Anne, I've tried it with the strap forward and then it just slides forward off my foot as I walk.  So it needs more of a heel/back than it comes with but the strap pivots up on me a bit too well.  It does a great job of keeping the sandals on, I just don't want it to do such a good job when it's time to kick them off and put on outdoor shoes.
 
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Mike Jay wrote:Hi Anne, I've tried it with the strap forward and then it just slides forward off my foot as I walk.  So it needs more of a heel/back than it comes with but the strap pivots up on me a bit too well.  It does a great job of keeping the sandals on, I just don't want it to do such a good job when it's time to kick them off and put on outdoor shoes.



So, maybe permanently stretching & affixing the bottom of the strap to the top of the back of the heel, to form something of a low back?
 
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These have a little bar from heel to back strap, wonder how that would work?
 
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Thanks Carla, I think that's a new option.  I just stretched them so the strap barely overlaps the heel to test it and the slippers come off too easy.  So overlapping doesn't give enough foot containment

I was initially thinking of tying them together with a piece of string through a hole in the heel and a hole in the strap.  Like Pearl's photo but with string.  

But first I'm going to try hot glue.  I found my glue gun and spare glue sticks today so tonight's project is to see if that works.  The main goal is to glue it at the pivot point so the strap stays mostly down.  I'll report back with success or failure
 
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Mike Jay wrote:

I was initially thinking of tying them together with a piece of string through a hole in the heel and a hole in the strap.  Like Pearl's photo but with string.  

But first I'm going to try hot glue.  I found my glue gun and spare glue sticks today so tonight's project is to see if that works.  The main goal is to glue it at the pivot point so the strap stays mostly down.  I'll report back with success or failure


String would only help you take them off, still a problem to get them on. A stiff piece of something, hot glued, might work for both off and on.
I have hot glue in pretty colors, if you need ideas for making sure your crocs look snazzy!
 
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Ok, I did my little art project.  I put a healthy dab of hot glue in both arm pits of the strap.  They seem to be holding well and it didn't melt the croc material.  I ended up with the straps a bit lower than I wanted but they work.  I've only kicked them on and off 5 times but they come off just fine and they don't fling off as I walk or jog up the stairs.  

So after a whopping 2 hours of use, it's a tentative success.  Pics or it didn't happen:
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YAY!!
If you want to change the position, hot glue comes off easily if frozen. In your climate right now, toss them outside for a bit, the glue will pop right off. Warning, don't romp outside with them on, you'll freeze the glue off!! As well as freeze your toes off... .
 
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Dillon Nichols wrote:Came for the crocodile breeding discussion. Left dissapointed.



Same here, I thought maybe they had found a way to put two or three skins on them. Or even just making them really friendly would be helpful to those who do raise them.
 
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I figure the main problem is probably the flavour. But I will admit I'm working with 2ndhand data on that...

The other problem is the legs. If they didn't have legs they'd stay where you put em...

Seems like a farm-pond gator would be a dandy roadkill/carcass/bad neighbour disposal mechanism, if it produced tasty meat in the process and couldn't go wandering..
 
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You put your crocs on 20 or 30 times a day...OCD  ??...I read "The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine" and there was an old article about using Niacin to combat these kind of disorders...heck, it could help...(tee hee hee hee...)   o, being serious for s bit, which is pretty much all i can do in a day, are these crocs worth the money?  
 
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So far they are worth the money.  They have better arch support than the normal slippers I get.  20-30 was probably an exaggeration, likely closer to 10-20.  Shoes come off when you go in the house.  So assuming I come and go 8 times a day, that's 16.  Plus in and out of bed which is 1-2x.  It adds up.  If I go shoeless too much I tend to get a dropped tarsal (or something like that) which requires a chiropractic visit.

The glue has held up well so far, I think we have a winner!
 
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You can build up the back ridge on the sole a little bit to keep your heel from sliding back too easily. Use Shoe Goo, Sugru or make it yourself oogoo.
 
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How'd you find my picture???  

I like the spikes, maybe I should further improve them.  By the way, one glue joint failed so far but I reglued it and no issues since.  Fingers Toes crossed...
 
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