Another day, another child wearing Crocs is injured while riding an escalator at the Atlanta airport. Hey, parents. Stop letting your kids wear these on moving walkways and escalators, will ya? [WSBTV] (Thanks, Ryan!)


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  1. blue_duck says:

    There’s the whole danger factor and the fact that they’re ugly as hell.

  2. dry-roasted-peanuts says:

    Since we are throwing out escalator/moving walkway suggestions:

    Just because it’s moving doesn’t mean you have to stop when you step on it!

  3. DH405 says:

    I’d like to see video of this. I don’t know the mechanics of how these kids get hurt.

  4. mgy says:

    @SMSDHubbard: I second that request for video documentation.

  5. blue_duck says:

    @dry-roasted-peanuts: If it aggrivates you to that point, why don’t you just walk on the normal floor?

  6. Murph1908 says:

    I think what happens is, the foot is near the side of the escalator. The Croc touches the side, and sticks due to high friction. The wall side of the foot stops, while the kid side wants to keep moving, causing the foot to drive further toward the side. The shoe gets caught in the workings between the stationary side and the moving step, pulling the foot with it into the teeth.

  7. Toof_75_75 says:

    Maybe this is just a recurring sign these shoes shouldn’t exist… :-)

  8. skipjack says:

    I love my crocs….my toes be damned!

  9. robdew2 says:

    In the time it took to write this blog entry, I bet a dozen children were injured by real dangers.

    Is this really such a prevalent problem?

  10. Craig says:

    Given the number of Crocs out there (a testimony to the continued downfall of style in America) the frequency of these events is relatively low. (Not that any injury to a child is acceptable.) “Another day, another child wearing Crocs is injured?” Come on. How about, “Another day, another sensationalist headline from Consumerist.”

  11. Gopher bond says:

    Don’t these kids have overly-nervous grandparents? My grandparents successfully scared me into paying attention on escalators for fear of losing a foot and being cautious of running the vacuum cleaner over the cord for fear of being electocute. To this day I still refuse to run over the cord and pay attention on escalators.

  12. Jon Mason says:

    @dry-roasted-peanuts: God yes. I freaking HATE being stuck behind people, especially at airports, who stop on escalators and the moving walkways… There are steps on them so that you can CONTINUE TO WALK while it moves…

  13. INTPLibrarian says:

    @robdew2: Uhm, yeah, actually it is. Try googling “crocs escalators” While I agree that parents should be more attentive to their kids and teach them that escalators can be dangerous, getting articles like this out at least make more people aware of this particular danger.

  14. RabbitDinner says:

    This is news? Yeah it happens periodically. Lawsuits against the makers of Crocs, recalls, etc. will be news. Local news about a kid caught in an escalator? Hardly. A dime a dozen. How about a piece on the frequency in which this happens.

  15. INTPLibrarian says:

    @masonreloaded: Doesn’t anyone know the “Walk left, Stand right” rule anymore?

    (I just feel the need to point out that there may be people who have difficulty with stairs who don’t LOOK like they have any sort of disability. Just a reminder.)

    Hmm… does that go the other way in England, I wonder.

  16. dry-roasted-peanuts says:

    @blue_duck: When there area stairs available, I do take them. However, some places only have escalators.

  17. Veeber says:

    @blue_duck: Sure and we should just ban everything that looks ugly to you. If I had my way spandex would be first to go.

    It seems like people just like picking on crocs. I find mine convenient and comfortable. I kindof like the new commercials that they are running which make fun of the “haters”

  18. Canino says:

    Crocs are an affront to God. With every step the wearer kicks Jesus in the face.

  19. crabbyman6 says:

    @testsicles: My mom told me the same thing, I still get kind of nervous at the top of escalators and my wife just doesn’t understand why. Luckily I got a roomba, so problem number 2 is taken care of.

  20. RhymePhile says:

    Parents buy Crocs because they come in so many kid-friendly, eye-catching colors. And obviously they continue to do so because they don’t read articles like this on Consumerist.

  21. djhopscotch says:

  22. Tristan Smith says:

    aww, I had the perfect photo to accompany this post. I was at the mall last night and saw this sign on the escalator.

  23. illtron says:

    I had a flip-flop chewed up by an escalator on the DC Metro a few weeks ago. It’s not just Crocs, so it’s very unfair to single them out. I think the problem here is parents who don’t supervise their kids on escalators. Make them step off before the end!

  24. TheShepherd says:


    I’ll make it a 3rd.

    “Hey, parents. Stop letting your kids wear these on moving walkways and escalators, will ya?”

    how about, hey parents, teach your kids how to walk properly…by picking up their feet instead of shuffling.

    From what people are saying, the kid has to basically wedge his foot into the side for anything to happen. The analogy i would draw is to electricity…if a kid sticks a fork in a power outlet, we don’t blog about the fork being dangerous or how inconsiderate the outlet is, we say “wow, that parent really needs to teach their kids more about basic safety.”

    I think this is very much along the same lines…if the kid was told not to put his foot where it doesn’t belong, then we have no problems. Blaming Crocs is just indicative of the larger issue of no one wanting to take responsibility for failing…especially parents.

  25. TPS Reporter says:

    What type of shoe are crocs exactly? Are they those plastic shoes?

  26. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    I need my Crocs… I have them on right now, at work, black Professionals. My feet get swollen and some days they’re the only shoe I can wear. If you don’t like them, for Christ’s sake just don’t look at them, OK? What are you doing staring at my feet anyway?

  27. Jabes says:

    @INTPLibrarian: “Hmm… does that go the other way in England, I wonder.”

    No, it’s stand on the right, walk on the left there, too.

  28. bigdirty says:

    Somebody needs to teach these kids to fear and respect the escalator!

  29. Xerloq says:

    @rndmideas: No flying strollers or flying crocs?

    My son is terrified of the escalator (think Crocodile Dundee at the airport), but I’m turning that fear into respect. I don’t think that the crocs are to blame. No one made the parents buy them.

    Perhaps we should employ the TSA to watch people getting on escalators. We could have a little conveyor for our shoe-buckets at the top and screen for terrorism in malls!


    Watch where you step.

  30. NikonGal says:

    I clicked on the link to read the article and it doesn’t say anything about the child wearing Crocs. It does refer to a previous “Crocs” incident at the same airport. Has anyone confirmed that this second incident was also due to the child wearing Crocs?

  31. Hateshopping says:

    Crocs have entered our vocabulary in the same generic sense as Kleenex (trademark of Kimberley-Clark tissues). The shoes mentioned in these news reports could be any soft mushy shoe with the ‘Croc-style. That being said, this type of footwear is being used as a cheap & easy (no need to teach kids how to lace shoes) alternative to shoes that properly support and protect kids’ feet. Other posters suggestions to teach kids respect for transportation devices in stores is important as well. I once saw a kid stick his hand in a closing elevator door and both mother & kid screaming as it squished his hand. Why didn’t the mom pay attention and have him keep his hands in the car? Instead everyone blames the store. Same with the elevator and the shoes–always some corporation’s fault instead of the parents.

  32. CRNewsom says:

    From Maddox:

    “The only thing that goes with Crocs is social ostracism.”

    That is all.

  33. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    @CRNewsom: Yeah, it’s creepy, all those people talking to your toes instead of your face. Reminds me of the last time I was in a bar with a low-cut blouse on.

    It further reminds me of high school in the early 80s, where it truly mattered whose name was written across your ass. And it’s fully as relevant now as it was then.

  34. Wes_Sabi says:


    Here are some escalator injury statistics that I found here – []

    Incidents involving elevators and escalators kill about 30 and seriously injure about 17,000 people each year in the United States, according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Elevators cause almost 90% of the deaths and 60% of serious injuries.

    In 1994, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that there were 7,300 escalator and 9,800 elevator injuries requiring hospitalization (CPSC 1998, Cooper 1997). The data were based on a nationwide survey of 90 hospitals. Based on the number of elevators and escalators in the United States, the CPSC estimated that there were 0.221 accidents per escalator and 0.015 accidents per elevator annually.

    The CPSC estimated that 75% of the escalator injuries resulted from falls, 20% from entrapment at the bottom or top of an escalator or between a moving stair and escalator sidewall, and 5% “other.” The “caught-in” incidents generally resulted in more serious injuries than did falls. Of particular concern is the fact that half of the approximately 1,000 sidewall-entrapment injuries involved children under age five (Armstrong 1996b). The children’s injuries were mostly caused when a child’s hands or footwear (including dangling shoelaces) became caught in an escalator comb plate at the top or bottom of an escalator or in the space between moving stairs and an escalator sidewall

    In 2001, the CPSC estimated that there are 6,000 hospital emergency room-treated injuries associated with escalators each year (CPSC 2001).

  35. jennej says:

    @NikonGal: Was going to say the same thing. The article doesn’t mention Crocs for the most recent incident, only for the incident in June.

    And FYI, I have a pair of lined Crocs and use them for my house slippers in the winter. Yes, they are ugly, but they’re most definitely warm and comfy.

  36. Tawnie is Monster Mashing says:

    I hate crocs and heeleys for kids. My daughter gets mad because I *gasp* care about her growing feet and insist that she wear proper shoes. I also care about her safety and there have been too many kids to count that have broken something wearing crocs or heeleys. The heeleys are admitedly worse than crocs those as kids do not watch where they are going when they have the wheels on the shoes out.

  37. xwildebeestx says:

    real shoes don’t kill

  38. KidU says:

    I’ll third that, I clicked through and there is ZERO mention that this child was wearing Crocs. Not reading the article FTL, Consumerist.

  39. captadam says:

    @Hateshopping: I’m generally skeptical of the perceived need to protect and support the feet. Okay, I’m not a podiatrist, nor would I ever want to be. But the feet evolved as they did so that they could support the body and let us move about nimbly. Shoes protect us from the harsh elements of the human environment (metal, broken glass, hot pavement, carnivorous escalators), but don’t the feet typically provide a good job of supporting themselves? The arch is an amazing device.

  40. blue_duck says:

    @Veeber: Don’t be too offended by my comment. I simply displayed my opinion. As did you on your spandex “hating.” Enjoy.

  41. Julia789 says:


    That’s funny, my mother also warned me of the vaccum cord! And she taught me to jump at the bottom of the escalator, to avoid getting toes chewed off. They didn’t have Crocs in the 1970’s but kids got their toes mangled with flip flops enough that millions of mothers have since taught their kids to hop at the bottom of the escalator.

  42. Julia789 says:


    That escalator sign isn’t very clear. It appears to say “No Lacoste Shirts.”

  43. ARP says:

    @TheShepherd: Fourth. I see the same thing constantly with kids:

    1) they love keeping their feet still and watching the escalator “push” them on to the top of the escalator.

    2) They like putting their feet along the sides as letting it drag behind them.

    Seriously, I literally see this every day. And the parents don’t say a word.

    So, add grippy crocs to inattentive parents and you’ll have a problem.

  44. Katxyz says:


    Part of the purpose of moving walkways and escalators, especially at the airport, is to make things go faster. If I’m rushing to a flight, I’ll hop on the moving walkway and use escalators but continue to move so I can get there even faster. People who block the moving walkway at crowded airports suck. Machines should be used to make life more efficient, not lazier.

  45. Katxyz says:

    Oh, and I strongly dislike Crocs aesthetically, but they’re appropriate shoes for small children: easy to get on and off, comfortable, brightly colored. No worse than the Jellies I wore all the time as a kid, and they probably don’t result in horrific blisters like those did.
    They look stupid on adults though. Sorry.

  46. Rachacha says:

    @SMSDHubbard: While not a video of an accident in progress, I think this video will shed a bit of light on how the shoe becomes one with the escalator

    + Watch video

    It seems as if the shoe gets hung up on the metal sides of the escalator, and when the next step comes along, it gets caught in the gap between the step and the metal side, and continues to get “sucked” in.

    I think that someone needs to video an experiment showing how this really happens. I initially thought that it happened at the top or bottom of the escalator where a “hop” off could prevent the problem, but it seems as if that is not how the accidents are happening.

  47. Preppy6917 says:

    @testsicles: Yes, but my parents (and probably yours too) would have blamed ME, not the escalator, if I got injured. But now, pasrents think that their kids can do no wrong. Ever.