Hydrating the individual, the focus on water. The stretching exercises vary according to what you are trying to achieve or how flexible your crocs are.
When doing Crocodile Stretches you should be aware of your limits and not stretch too hard – especially if you have a leather pair of crocs/fins that can break at any time. You should avoid extreme changes in temperature when stretching as this may cause them to break!
The first stretch is performed by leaving your croc/fin in water for 20 minutes with the heel submerged (the heel acts as a stopper). After 20 minutes remove it from the water, put your foot in it and let it stand upright with no support for 10 minutes.
During this time, the heel will slightly stretch outwards and the front fins will shorten a little.
Repeat this process after leaving it for 10 minutes in water without support, but with a wet towel around both crocs/fins to avoid any changes in temperature which could cause them to break. Repeat these steps 3 times a day for 2 days (6 days for leather crocs/fins). After that you should be able to put your foot into them no problem!
Don’t try these techniques on open-back crocs as they are more prone to stretching injuries than closed-back ones; And remember–it’s better to under-stretch than over-stretch!! Stretching takes patience and time – don’t expect to be able to wear them all day after one session.
It is suggested that you try this with a cheap pair of crocs/fins before using it on your expensive ones.
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how to stretch crocs with a hair dryer?
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What you’ll need:
- Hair dryer
- 2 pairs of clean 100% cotton socks
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 heaped tablespoons baking powder
- 1 x 115g bar odourless white cheddar (sliced)
- lighter or match
- a large mixing bowl
- mixing spoon or whisk
- teaspoon measurer
- measuring jug/cups
- sharp knife and chopping board [optional]
1. Take an oven-proof dish and fill it halfway with cold water. Put all your socks into the water and stir them around to get rid of any excess dirt, then take them out again one by one and hang them up on a washing line (or outside clothesline) to drip dry. You can speed this process along by using a hair dryer set to the cool setting if you like. We recommend having 2 lines going at once so you can do both pairs of socks at the same time.
2. Now it’s time to make the stretch mixture. Mix one cup of all purpose flour with two full tablespoons from one of your heaped tablespoon measuring spoons of baking powder and a teaspoon measurer full of salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir this around thoroughly, then break off a small piece of cheese and melt that into the mixture by rubbing it between your fingers over the bowl until it has become absorbed into the doughy mix.
3. If you’re having trouble getting rid of those clumps just break them up gently with your hands as they’ll dissolve eventually as you keep stirring or use a spoon or whisk if you prefer. Then, take half a bar from your block of cheese and cut it up into thin slices and layer those out in a single layer over the mixture.
4. Now, add one and a half cups of your remaining flour to the bowl and mix it all up thoroughly either with clean hands or a utensil until it has become very dry and crumbly again.
5. Take your wet socks out of the water, squeeze them out lightly so they’re not dripping too much, and then put them back into the washing line (or clothesline) to drip dry again for about 10 minutes.
6. After that time has elapsed, go back to your mixing bowl and pour in approximately one cup from your measuring jug full of warm water over all the ingredients you’ve placed inside it. Then take hold of both ends of the socks.
7. Twist them tightly three times in one direction, then do it another three times in the other direction before squeezing out excess water again by twisting them once more only this time in the opposite direction to how you first twisted them – two twists clockwise, two twists anti-clockwise will make sure all your ingredients are evenly combined. Then take one of your socks and place it over your hand with the toe end around your wrist and stretch that into a long whip shape about 40cm or 16 inches long.
8. Pick up your mixing bowl and use that as a base for stretching out your sock lengthwise along with using both hands to carefully stretch it width-wise too so that the doughy mixture fills up both sides of your sock evenly. If you find that the dough is too dense for this just add a few more tablespoons of warm water before trying again.
9. Now, squeeze out any excess water from the ends of your socks over the mixing bowl to get rid of balled up loose bits and pieces of dough and stretch it lengthwise once more while also rolling it in on itself (lengthwise) several times and then pick it up with both hands by gripping your hand around both ends tightly.
10. To finish stretching that sock, pinch off all the flat parts on either end where you see clumped up balls of dough like we did in this photo, then keeping pinching those off (unwanted bits) until you’ve got a nice clean flat end on each side of your sock.
11. You can now cut off any unwanted loose ends at the toe and heel with a small pair of scissors, then wet the hairdryer and turn it up to its highest setting before pointing it at one of those ends for about 7-8 seconds just to pacify the glue mixture so it stays in place once you’ve pressed that flat surface onto a wall or a window pane.
12. To finish your stretching process all you have to do is press both socks firmly against a hard surface (like these walls), leaving them there for at least 2 minutes each so they have sufficient time to set properly before moving them around too much as this will only loosen their grip again.
13. Leave that to dry overnight then peel it off the wall in the morning and your ‘sock stretched crocs’ are ready to wear!
You should probably get an oven mitt before you use the hairdryer – or maybe turn on the fan. I used that method on my more expensive leather fins and they’re fine 🙂