We’ve got a big fight today. The Yeezy Foam Runner and Crocs are two foam-like clog-like sneakers I own.
In fact, I’m going to contrast the Foam Runners with two pairs of Crocs—one pair of the classic variety and the other, brand-new Salehe Bembury Pollex.
In addition, I thought it would be a good comparison to include a pair of the Adidas Pharrell Boost Slides in this shoe comparison to spice it up a bit.
These shoes will compete against one another in a number of categories. I’m going to add up all of those winners, and then we’ll decide who wins.
We’re going to discuss:
- Sizing & Fit
- Heel-to-toe transition
- Ease of wear
Let’s get right into our comparison of the Yeezy Foam Runner, Crocs, and Boost Slides and see which shoe is ideal for you.
One of the two most unusual-looking shoes of the group is the Foam Runner.
The emblem on the shoe’s bottom indicates that it was created by Adidas and is a part of their Yeezy collection.
Although it appears aesthetically ridiculous, the Foam Runner is actually only one piece of solid, molded foam, similar to the Yeezy Slides.
It appears that the Yeezy Foam Runner is created in the United States with a combination of EVA foam and foam made from algae.
Retail cost for the Yeezy Foam Runner when it first debuted was $75. Being a Yeezy shoe, it naturally sold out right away and is now being resold for over $300.
The Salehe Bembury Pollex Crocs, one of the most anticipated releases of 2021, went on sale for the first time on December 14th, 2021 for a suggested retail price of $85.
Salehi Bembury is well-known for his frequent partnerships with a variety of companies, including New Balance, Versace, Cole Haan, Yeezy Gap, and, most recently, Crocs.
He is an expert in the field of footwear design, therefore it goes without saying that he has lately branched out and developed his own brand.
While it is perhaps unexpected that a pair of Crocs is among the most significant footwear trends of the year, it is not unexpected that Salehi Bembury was the driving force behind this Croc.
I enjoy outrageous and outlandish design, and this shoe is undoubtedly one of the most outrageous and outrageous.
I simply can’t emphasize enough what an absurd sneaker this is.
Not only does it appear wild in the best manner possible, but when I chose to compare it to other popular sneaker it turns out that this shoe is one of the most popular sneakers shoe releases of the entire year.releases on Google Trends, it came in first place.
I compared this shoe to recent Yeezy releases like the Beluga reflective, the Air Jordan 1 Trophy Room, and if you look at the graph of how much this shoe was searched, it blows the other shoes out of the water.
I find it absurd that one of the most popular pairs of shoes on Google for the entire year is a pair of Crocs.
The Crocs Classic Clog is the standard Crocs model and the one that pretty much everyone who owns a pair of Crocs has.
The Classic Clog is a fairly straightforward shoe that essentially simply consists of the main clog and the movable strap.
This shoe retails for $44.99 and is made of Crocs’ exclusive Croslite foam.
This shoe, as you can undoubtedly guess from the appearance, resembles other shoes on the market the most. It’s really simply an upgraded version of a conventional slide.
While there have been other Adidas Boost Slides produced, this particular model is the only one still on the market as the others have long ago sold out.
Unfortunately, because this shoe was created in partnership with the musician Pharrell Williams, it is significantly more expensive than the standard Boost Slides. The cost of these shoes is $99.
These Boost slides are a nice alternative even if they aren’t as shoe-like as Crocs or Foam Runners.
And if you’re not going for that outrageous appearance, a pair of Boots Slides might be the perfect way to go.
Let’s start talking about the packaging first..
The Foam Runners are packaged in a simple, natural cardboard box with just one tag on the front.
When you open the box, you’ll notice that it actually has printing that reads Foam RNNR on the top and sides. The shoe also includes a piece of paper in a natural color.
Although the packaging is obviously not expensive, at least you get a box.
The only packaging a pair of traditional Crocs arrive in is a plastic bag. Nothing else, not even a box, is given to you. You only receive the shoes and a plastic bag.
Even while I suppose that for the majority of people, packaging isn’t the most crucial factor, it’s still kind of fascinating since many other $45 shoes, such as pairs of Vans, are available with boxes.
To be fair, though, shipping shoes in bags as opposed to boxes is probably far less expensive for Crocs. Therefore, it is most likely for that reason that they do it.
In terms of packing, Crocs is unquestionably at the bottom of the heap.
The Pollex Crocs come in one of the coolest shoe package designs I’ve ever seen, in contrast to the majority of Crocs pairs, which arrive in bags or even KFC promotional packaging.
The way the packaging was done gives the impression that the shoes are buried beneath the surface of the ground. It’s a wild appearance, and I adore it.
The majority of the packaging is this recycled-feeling cardboard that was probably vacuum-formed.
The branding is then seen on a really creative kind of removable plastic cover that is placed on top of the package for the shoes.
I just have so many wonderful things to say about this project, and I think Salehi did an amazing job.
The new hues (Stratus, Urchin, and Crocodile) will be packaged in this cardboard box, which has a very conventional appearance. I am rather dissatisfied despite the fact that this new box still has a cool appearance.
I think they couldn’t have afforded to send out each and every pair they made in that absurd packaging. That’s just my educated guess.
The package for the Pharrell Boost Slides has a very high-end appearance and feel.
If you’ve ever purchased a pair of Adidas Pharrell shoes, you’ll likely know this package because it resembles every other pair almost perfectly.
The size tag is the only real distinction. The fact that the shoe’s name has changed but its physical silhouette doesn’t match the slides is also sort of humorous.
As a result, even if the Adidas Boost Slides cost the most, you also likely received the nicest packaging overall.
I simply believe that Crocs’ sizing is inconsistent, and their shoes have never truly fit me perfectly. Because they don’t truly fit true to size, Crocs are interesting.
Additionally, they don’t come in half sizes. So you’re out of luck if you’re an 8.5 or anything similar.
Personally, I do have small feet, and I discovered that the traditional Crocs fit somewhat large. I normally wear a size US 9, so there wasn’t a size 8.5 available, so I dropped all the way down to a size 8.
Actually, the size 8 suits me perfectly.
I also have a pair of Crocs KFC in size 9 for comparison, but since they are a size 9 rather than an 8, they don’t fit as well as the regular Crocs.
You might actually fare better in a pair of Crocs than someone who is a complete size if you are one of the unfortunate few who is half size.
I mention that because Crocs do appear to fit a half size smaller. They should fit you perfectly if you take a size 8 if you are an 8.5, and a size 9 if you are a 9.5.If you’re a whole size, however, you’re kind of stuck between going down a whole size, going up a whole size, or just dealing with the size that you’re given.
If you had wide feet, I would size up just because you don’t want a slide to be a tight-fitting shoe. You want a little bit of room, but if you want a snug fit, then go true to size.
Sizing & Strap
Another oddity is that if you use the strap, you can get away with a larger size. Because I don’t like the way it looks, I personally don’t use it.
You can flip down the strap and be good to go if you want to stick with your true size, it doesn’t fit you perfectly, and you want to be able to walk around in the shoe without your foot slipping out.
If the strap is worn forward, you should perhaps size down by a half or whole size.
The Foam Runner, sadly, does not come in half sizes.
I’m not sure if Yeezy and Crocs simply can’t afford to produce molds for half sizes. I understand that it’s expensive to do, but you sell a lot of pairs, so you ought to be able to.
I wear a size 9 in Crocs, as I previously mentioned, and I purchased a size 9 pair of the Yeezy Foam Runner, which really fits me wonderfully.
It goes without saying that due to the unique design of the shoe, there is occasionally some room above your foot or occasionally in the rear of the heel. But it never bothers me enough.
Therefore, if you are a whole size, I recommend ordering the real size because it fits perfectly.
But if you’re a half size, I might advise going down to the next whole size as I think this shoe will still fit you just well.
I find the fit of the Foam Runner to be incredibly perplexing because it seems like you could get away with practically any size that is close to your size.
You could still be able to rock them if you size up one whole size, and you can still sort of stretch them out to fit if you size down one whole size.
In terms of sizing, the Yeezy Foam Runner is actually an odd shoe.All I can say is just go as close to your true size as possible.
However, if you have regular feet or wide feet, you need to go up a full size for the Foam Runner. So, if you’re a 9.5, I would suggest maybe even going up to a size 11.
The Foam Runner can fit you snugly if you have broad feet and always get your normal size. The top of your foot might get a touch warm, but it won’t be so tight as to be painful because of how thick the foam material is.
It is true that the Salehe Bembury Pollex Crocs run large. Unfortunately, half sizes are not offered for these shoes. Specifically, if you are a size 9, I advise reducing to a size 8, and if you are a size 11, I recommend reducing to a size 10.
However, even though the interior and fit of this Crocs clog are somewhat comparable to those of a typical Crocs clog, the exterior appears very different from a standard Crocs clog.
So, if you’ve previously worn Crocs, simply choose your normal Crocs size.
I should have purchased a size 8, not a size 9. I still have the ability to wear these, but I do need to double-sock it, which isn’t a big thing.
If you have the opportunity to try on a pair of these or any other pair of Crocs before purchasing this pair, I highly recommend doing so to ensure that you are he resale prices for this shoe are absolutely insane.purchasing the correct size, especially if you are paying resale for this shoe since