What Kind of Paint to Use on "Crocs"

By Nicholas Smith ; Updated April 12, 2017
Customize your pair of Crocs using appropriate types of paint.

When you put on a pair of Crocs, you may think they they are boring and you want to customize them. The shoes are often a single color. Fortunately, you can paint your Crocs to add vitality to them. However, you may or may not wish to keep the designs you paint on the Crocs permanently. If so, you must choose the right type of paint, depending on your needs.

Crocs

The Crocs brand was founded in 2002 as a line of comfortable, versatile shoes. The company markets Crocs as "fun," "innovative" and "comfortable" footwear. For example; the company offers a line of Crocs that appear to be a cartoon character when owners are not wearing them. According to the company's website, the Crocs brand has sold more than 100 million pairs of the shoes.

Material

At first glance, you may think your pair of Crocs are made of either a hard plastic or a heavy rubber. They are actually made of a matrierial called "Croslite." Making the Crocs using Croslite is useful, as the material discourages sweating and foot odor. The material also allows you the wear them on land and in water. Inauthentic Crocs are often made of Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) plastic. Regardless of whether you wear an authentic of inauthentic pair of Crocs, you can decorate them using paint.

Acrylic Paints

Acrylic paint is one of the most flexible paints you can use on your crocs. Acrylic paints are effective to use on crocs as they do not crack, peel or fade, unlike other paints. You can use the paint to change the croc's color, or to create designs to paint on the cros. You can get acrylic paint from your local arts and crafts store.

Fabric Paints

Fabric paints also work well on Crocs. In fact; the "Crocs" brand offers "Croc-a-doodles," which are fabric paint pens designed to use on Crocs. Unlike acrylic paints, however, fabric paints are washable. Because they are washable, you can customize your set of Crocs as often as you want. This is a convenient option if you prefer to change the design periodically.

About the Author

Nicholas Smith has written political articles for SmithonPolitics.com, "The Daily Californian" and other publications since 2004. He is a former commissioner with the city of Berkeley, Calif. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California-Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law.