Flip flops expose the toes and entire foot, have a thin sole, and are extremely casual.
Think if you ban Crocs, which have a closed top (well with the Swiss-chees holes), you might have to ban all types of sandals (Birkies, Teva, etc.).
Actually, I am just trying to justify keeping Crocs in the workplace because I LOVE mine--so comfortable!
I think the wearing of Crocs goes with the wearing of shorts and other casual summer fare. It depends on what type of industry and office setting you are in. If you are in a more formal environment, employees can wear Crocs to and from work and change into more appropriate footwear in the office.
Also, I don't think Crocs or any casual shoe, such as sneakers, flip flops, or casual sandals, should be worn to meetings with clients, etc.
Hey, I'd rather drop a stapler on my Croc-d foot than when wearing my flip flops--ha!
We don't allow open toed shoes on our shop floor or in the warehouse for safety reasons, so we put in our dress code policy that they aren't allowed in the company. Nobody has worn Crocs to work--yet.
As a Consultant, I see various dress code policies. Some policies are very specific as to what you can wear, including shoes. I was HR Director for a large company for 20 years and the biggest problem I had with dress code policies was the enforcement of the policy. I think that the size of company and the corporate culture affect your policies and procedures at your workplace.
Crocs at work? I feel that high heeled shoes/platform shoes may be more "dangerous" than Crocs in the workplace. I personally own "Crocs" and they are easy to walk in and do not feel any danger associated with wearing them.
Why do you want to ban them?
Do you think they look too casual?
What is the amount of time one is on their feet?
What kind of office?
Are there lots of clients coming in?
Is it the causual look you object to?
We ended up in one office putting a comittee together, they made dress code suggestions. Then Exec approved or rejected. It worked well.
Looks like Croc's rival, Skechers, is solving the problem with the holes by coming out with hole-less Croc ripoffs that they are selling as "Scrub Wear" for healthcare facilities.