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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Fleece Crocs are a Croc


I got the "winter" Crocs with the fleece lining 'cause they looked cute, and Crocs are really good to wear as slippers. The advertisement made a big deal about the fact that the liners were removable and washable. After wearing them for a month, I decided to wash them; they were getting a little matted and not so fluffy white.

Thank goodness I had saved the little card that tells you how to remove and replace the liners! Getting them out was easy. Putting them back in was not. But first, how they looked after I washed them. They looked gross! It looks like the niff-naff that was on the fleece just stuck to it, and didn't wash away. Whatever, they're soft. I prepared to put the liners back in.

And almost lost four fingers! If I had longer nails, I would've lost those too! There's this grommet that a hole in the fleece has to fit through. It's not like they made a strip for it to slide over. Imagine a quarter on a post. Now imagine a piece of rubber with a hole in it, the size of a dime. Now stretch the dime-sized hole over the quarter. That's was it was like (see photo; the little hole has to fit over the smirking crocodile). I did one slipper, and I'm waiting for my fingers to stop throbbing before I do the other one.

My advice to those who bought fleece-lined Crocs: Don't wash the liners, it ain't worth it!

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I, too, tried to take the liner off the Croc for washing. I read instructions, even used an object to try to slid the "knot" out the hole. I know what you mean by "hurt fingers". My liner is matted but I guess I'm living with it.

shelley5cl said...

Croc liners CAN be washed successfully - just don't remove them from the Crocs! I pretreated, added a little detergent then put them in for a soak cycle, then a delicate cycle and an extra rinse. Liners are a little matted but otherwise No Muss - No Fuss!

Summer said...

Try TabaJacks to for a liner replacement. They fit in any Crocs, not just the mammoths. They also come in many cute colors and patterns. Not just the sherpa, like the mammoths. They slip right out and are machine washable. They are made with anti pill fleece, so they look very nice after washing and are just as soft every time. You can buy as many colors as you'd like, to go with your outfits. Try them at www.tabajacks.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for blogging about this problem as I did a googlesearch and found these posts. I too have the same problem and will take the advice not to remove the damned lining. I can't believe the instructions said they are removable. Incidentally, I could never figure out how the buttons (the flower and pin add-ons they sell) fit into the holes. They claim they pop in and out, but I have yet to see it work. I tried to pop the button on these shearling Crocs in and out and that didn't work. I cannot believe these design defects!!!

Anonymous said...

I managed to put mine back on using a knitting needle and crochet hook in the hole. If you don't knit I'm not sure what you can do ........

midori said...

I just finished putting the liners back in my daughter's crocs. I didn't run into the problems you guys did though. I think it's important to leave the back/heel flap up while you do it. I hooked the lower edge of the hole over the lower lip of the button and just eased tho hole up and over the button. Does that make sense?

Michelle said...

Crocs CAN be washed. I followed the directions that Shelley5cl posted and it worked. However, everyone else is correct in saying they are definitely nothing like they were when I bought them. Had I known this is what would happen I wouldn't have spent the 40.00. Thanks Shelley for helping me salvage my crocs. !

Anonymous said...

its actually pretty easy to get them off, you have to pull to one side then peel them off.

Anonymous said...

Wet them first. E.g. run the shoe under water with liner in or drop them in the washer to soak.

This loosens and stretches the material (not the ruber liner). Then follow instructions above: lift heel fold off, pull liner towards toe (there's a space at the back of the slot for the pin to slip into), then the button slips out the front of the hole.

Anonymous said...

They were a real bugger getting out. I snipped the holes a wee bit bigger to get them back in. Only problem is, they didn't look that much better after washing. Still kind of matted and bits of mulch just would not come out.

Anonymous said...

so its happens to give pretty explicit instructions for all of the things you all are discussing on the crocs website...taking the liners off is EASY and they do indeed sell replacement liners directly from the website as well. They are $20, but exactly the same as what you had before you walked around in them every day.

Jackie said...

The croc liner company called tabajacks.com that is mentioned by summer has been abandoned. There is no way to purchase on the web site and any request for info sent is returned.
Too bad, good idea.

Anonymous said...

Where exactly on the Crocs site does it give intructions for removing the lining?

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Anonymous said...

I've washed and replaced mine and my family's many times. They've come out clean and soft (not as soft as when new). They are a little tough to reinstall, but that's why they stay in well to begin with. I'm happy with mine.

pharmer1 said...

hahaha, use a pliers as a retractor on the tiny grommet hole that you have to pull over the much bigger croc button.
It's just about the same as delivering a baby through the tiny incisions made during a C-section.

Strrrrretcccchh that thing!

Very helpful post and comments, told me exactly which piece to pry.

Anonymous said...

Very helpful. I think the key is to realize that the rivets are not removable, that they are just really buttons. Also, that the rubber button hole needs to be stretched towards the back of the croc, and you work it though by wiggling it with pressure. It takes about 15 to 30 seconds to get it off for each button. Still, I don't see the harm in washing the croc with the liner. BTW, real fleece does not need to be washed as often.

Anonymous said...

I figured it out - take a pair of thin bladed scissors - put them in the hole of the liner and open the blades to stretch out the hole. Then pull the bottom half of the hole of the liner over the rivet - get as much as you can through the hole. Then get the scissors again and close the blades - wiggle them into the top part of the hole - ie towards the part of the hole where the rivet is still not all the way through the hole. From there just pry the rivet through the hole. First one took me a few minutes, the next three were a cinch. Now to ice my fingers due to the hours of failure that preceded this discovery.

Lindadoeshair said...

I found a person that give you directions to make you own, go to
melissascloset.blogspot.com/2009/03/mammoth-crocs-liner-pattern.html

Janice said...

Wash them with the lining in them. That's what I do. Works fine!

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Anonymous said...

midori is right. Lift the back up first then the lining slips out very easily. Now to wash them and see how they look! Thanks midori!

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Anonymous said...

On my Mammoth Crocs this is what I did to remove and replace:

REMOVE:
I used a flat long object like a butter knife to pry under the button and stretch the rubber grommet to get them off.

REPLACE
As someone else noted, I also made sure the back heel flap was up to give extra room to maneuver. I used a sturdy pair of scissors to stretch the rubber grommet horizontally and just held it there for about a minute. When I let go the hole was kinda elongated. I put the bottom part of the button through the hole as far as it would go and used the closed scissors(butter knife would have worked also) to get leverage under the top of the botton to work it through. After working on for a long time, I figured that out it was easy and quick to get them back on.

nanamoo said...

the easiest way is just to remove the croc button, the liner stays put without it and you dont notice its gone after a couple of washes anyway

Anonymous said...

Has anyone tried dying the liners? My pink ones are dingy and I thought I'd try for dark brown, but they say "faux fur". Will it take the dye?

Anonymous said...

Just popped my out with no real problem. Grad a pair of needle nose pliars--use them to push the crocodile face through the small hole. It helps to know that the rubber 'gasket' surrounding the croc face is part of the LINER--not part of the croc face 'button'. So once the plastic croc face is through, you are golden. Pull up the heel lining as well as the lining around the arch of the shoe too before you begin.

Anonymous said...

The first time you try to remove the liners, it's really difficult. Just work slowly, pushing the plastic button through the hole. Once you've done this one time, it's much easier. I've since had my liners out several times, washed them on a fine wash cycle using Woolite, and let them air dry. They look terrible when they first come out of the washer, but after drying look almost as good as new and are definitely nicer to slip into once they're clean.

az2ca09 said...

I used some small pliers I use for beading. Was really easy to get the liners back on!