Which Crocs Have a Closed Heel? [Discussing Your Options]


Closed heel Crocs are especially important for those who work in professional settings that demand certain workplace requirements regarding footwear. And although Crocs does offer a couple different types of closed heel clogs, they also offer several clogs that have an open, but taller heel cup which may meet certain workplace requirements. I discuss all of your options in this article.

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These are the different types of closed heel Crocs:

I personally own the Crocs On-the-Clock work clog, which has both a closed heel and a closed toe, which makes it suitable for many work environments.

Here is a look at my Crocs On-the-Clock clog:

closed-heel-Crocs

Obviously, because this is a closed heel Crocs clog, it doesn’t have the pivoting heel strap that most types of Crocs clogs have. Still, I found this clog to have a reasonably lightweight and comfortable feel that is very similar to other clogs. In the article below, I will discuss my experience with this clog in greater detail.

But, as I mentioned at the top, Crocs also offers certain types of open-heel clogs that use a taller heel cup. These taller heel cups help meet certain workplace standards without sacrificing the comfortable open-heel design. You will, of course, need to verify whether or not this type of heel is accepted in your workplace.

For example, here is the heel of my white classic Crocs compared to the heel of my navy blue Crocs Bistro clogs:

crocs-bistro-vs-classic-heel

As you can see, the Crocs Bistro has that taller heel cup, which *may* allow it to meet certain workplace standards. Obviously, if your workplace demands a fully closed-heel shoe, you will want to stick to the closed heel Crocs on the list at the top of the page.

But, if the taller heel cup might work for you, here are the types of Crocs that use the taller heel cup:

In this article let’s take a closer look at the On-the-Clock closed heel Crocs that I own, and let’s also take a closer look at these Crocs that use a taller heel cup. Let’s also discuss several things to consider when shopping for Crocs (including sizing and fit).

My Favorite Closed Heel Crocs

Crocs On-the-Clock Work Clogs

Weight0.84 pounds
ToeNot Vented
HeelClosed
Fit Relaxed

I recently tried nine of the most popular types of Crocs clogs, to compare them on many things, including weight, comfort, and sizing. These Crocs On-the-Clock clogs were one of the styles I tried.

The Crocs On-the-Clock shoes are very different than other types of Crocs Clogs. This Crocs On-the-Clock shoe is designed for work, and because of that, it has both a closed toe and a close heel. Although all Crocs are lightweight compared to other types of shoes, because these Crocs On-the-Clock shoes have a closed heel and toe, they weigh a bit more than other Crocs.

In fact, these were the heaviest out of all the Crocs clogs that I tried. Here is the total weight data:

Type of CrocsWeight (lbs)Photo
Crocs Classic0.43click here to view
Crocs Baya0.43click here to view
Crocs All Terrain0.56click here to view
Crocs Specialist0.60click here to view
Crocs Crocband0.60click here to view
Crocs LiteRide0.66click here to view
Crocs Bistro0.73click here to view
Crocs Bistro Pro0.83click here to view
Crocs On-the-Clock0.84click here to view

And it is important to understand that because this Crocs On-the-Clock shoe is meant to be used primarily as a work shoe, and has a slip on design without a heel strap, it has a snugger fit than Crocs Classics. No, don’t expect a tight fit, but the fit (which Crocs calls “Relaxed”) doesn’t have quite as wide of a toe box as the Crocs Classics.

But if you need a closed heel Crocs clog for the workplace, this Croc On-the-Clock clog provides a comfortable shoe that, although it is heavier than open-heel Crocs, is still very lightweight and easy to wear compared to many types of work shoes.

This is the current price of these Crocs On-the-Clock Clogs available at Crocs.com (paid affiliate link takes you to Crocs.com). If you want to read more about this type of Crocs and see sizing photos, visit my Crocs On-the-Clock Review.


Alternatives to Closed Heel Crocs Clogs

As I mentioned earlier in the article, Crocs also offers certain types of open-heel clogs that use a taller heel cup. These taller heel cups help meet certain workplace standards without sacrificing the comfortable open-heel design. You will, of course, need to verify whether or not this type of heel is accepted in your workplace.

I have personally tried three of these types of Crocs that use a taller heel cup:

  • Crocs Bistro
  • Crocs Bistro Pro LiteRide
  • Crocs Specialist II

Let’s discuss each of these Crocs in further detail.

Crocs Specialist II Clogs

Weight0.60 pounds
ToeNot Vented*
HeelOpen*
Fit Roomy

The Crocs Specialist II Clogs are another type of Crocs work clog, and these clogs have a very similar design to the Crocs Classic Clogs (only they fit a bit looser). The version that I own are not ventilated, but they are also sold in a ventilated option.

Although these Specialist Clogs have an open heel, yes, the heel is taller than normal Crocs (again, think of it like a heel cup) which might help meet certain workplace standards. There is also extra arch support which can be beneficial on the job. Just like the Crocs Classics, they have a roomy toe box area.

Here is a comparison of the Specialist II heel (right) compared to the Crocs Classic heel:

crocs-specialist-heel

It is worth mentioning that these Crocs Specialist II clogs do not have the slip-resistant outsoles. The next two options we discuss (Bistro, Bistro Pro Literide) do have the slip-resistant outsole.

This is the current price of these Crocs Specialist II Clogs available at Crocs.com (paid affiliate link takes you to Crocs.com). If you want to read more about this type of Crocs and see sizing photos, visit my Crocs Specialist Review.

Crocs Bistro Clogs

Weight0.73 pounds
ToeNot Vented
HeelOpen
Fit Roomy

The Crocs Bistro Clog is designed similar to the Crocs Classic, but has a few extra details that make it more work-appropriate. For example, it doesn’t have ventilation holes, and it has the slip-resistant outsole and a taller heel cup. All of these things make this clog a better work option than the Crocs Classic.

Just like the Crocs Classic, the Crocs Bistro has a roomy toe box. I actually found these Crocs Bistro clogs to fit bigger than Crocs Classics. Because it lacks the ventilation holes, the Crocs Bistro was one of the heavier Crocs clogs that I tried (my size 12 weighs 0.73 pounds per shoe).

Again, no, these are not closed heel Crocs, but they do have that taller heel cup. Here is a comparison of the Bistro heel (right) compared to the Crocs Classic heel:

crocs-bistro-vs-classic-heel

This is the current price of these Crocs Bistro Clogs available at Crocs.com (paid affiliate link takes you to Crocs.com). If you want to read more about this style of Crocs and see sizing photos, visit my Crocs Bistro Review.

Crocs Bistro Pro LiteRide Clogs

Weight0.83 pounds
ToeNot Vented
HeelOpen
Fit Roomy

This Crocs Bistro Pro LiteRide Clog is a spin on the Crocs Bistro Clog we discussed above, but there are some significant differences here. This Bistro Pro features the LiteRide foam insoles which provide extra cushioning under the foot.

These Bistro Pro Clogs also have an adjustable heel strap so you can customize the fit for extra support when needed. These Clogs also have the slip-resistant outsoles for extra grip. They do have the same roomy fit as the regular Crocs Bistro clogs, and are not ventilated.

Again, no, these are not closed heel Crocs, but they do have that taller heel cup. Here is a comparison of the Bistro Pro heel (left) compare to the Crocs Classic heel:

crocs-bistro-pro-vs-classic-heel

This is the current price of these Crocs Bistro Pro Clogs available at Crocs.com (paid affiliate link takes you to Crocs.com). If you want to read more about this type of Crocs and see sizing photos, visit my Crocs Bistro Pro LiteRide Review.


What to Consider When Buying Closed Heel Crocs

Would an Adjustable Heel Strap Work?

Perhaps you are searching for closed heel Crocs because you want a more secure fit. Would an adjustable strap be a better option?

Most types of Crocs clogs come with a pivoting heel strap that is not adjustable. If you are searching for a style of Crocs clog that has an adjustable heel strap, yes, there are options.

As we discussed earlier in the article, the Crocs Bistro Pro clogs have an adjustable heel strap. Again, even though these Bistro Pro clogs don’t have a fully closed heel, they do have that taller heel cup.

Here is a look at the adjustable strap on mine:

crocs-bistro-pro-strap

Which Crocs Have the Most Cushion?

If you are standing all day on the job, comfort is essentials. Yes, all Crocs without holes are comfortable – they are made using what Crocs calls a “CrosLite” foam material which creates cushioning and comfort under the foot (Crocs Classics vs LiteRide).

That said, if you want to maximize comfort, I would recommend buying a pair of closed heel Crocs that use the LiteRide insoles. Basically, these LiteRide insoles are just extra foam cushioning, but they make the insole area very soft and comfortable to wear.

In the video below, I tried to capture just how soft my Crocs LiteRide insoles are.

These LiteRide insoles are offered in several different types of Crocs clogs, including the Crocs On-the-Clock closed heel clogs. If you want to read more about these insoles, visit my article about which Crocs have the most comfort.

Slip Resistant Closed Heel Crocs

Do you need slip-resistant shoes for work? Most (but not all) of the Crocs we discussed on this page use the special slip resistant outsoles which make them more work appropriate.

For example, here is the slip-resistant outsole on my Crocs On-the-Clock closed-heel clog:

crocs-on-the-clock-outsole
slip-resistant-crocs

Closed Toe Crocs

If you are wondering whether or not Crocs qualify as closed toe shoes, that will likely just come down to the interpretation of your specific employer. In most cases, ventilated Crocs styles are not considered to be closed toe because they don’t offer the spill protection that non-vented shoes do.

crocs-specialist-side

If you need a closed-toe Crocs clogs, and want to explore options, visit my article that discusses closed toe Crocs.

Do They Make Safety Toe Crocs?

If you are searching for safety toe Crocs, these types of Crocs currently do not exist. Yes, Crocs does make several types of work clogs, but they do not currently make a steel toe or a composite toe option.

To read more about work options, visit my article about work Crocs.

Crocs Sizing Help

Let me just say this: when I recently tried nine different types of Crocs, I was a bit surprised how much difference there was in sizing. Although the large majority of Crocs fit true to size, I did find exceptions.

The two main types of Crocs fits you need to know are relaxed fit and roomy fit. The roomy fit will be the widest toe box, but it is important to note that both of these fits are wider than most types of shoes. Crocs clogs are known for a comfortable, wider fit.

One thing I would encourage your to do is to visit my Crocs sizing guide where I discuss at length my experiences with Crocs sizing, and offer comparison sizing photos like the ones posted below:

Ultimately, depending on the type of closed heel Crocs you choose, the fit will vary. In my experience, Crocs clogs have a wide fit, but the overall length of Crocs is what I would describe as average (meaning you can find brands that fit longer, and brands that fit shorter).

When browsing through the different types of closed heel Crocs, be sure to note the fit. Again, the roomy fit is Crocs widest fit, and the relaxed fit will be less roomy (but still expect the relaxed fit to be wider than most types of shoes). If you will be wearing your closed heel Crocs on the job, making sure you have a secure fit will be crucial.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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