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Clipless Crocs Are a Thing Now

Oct 19, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

We thought Adidas was close to jumping the shark when it released cycling versions of its classic Samba earlier this year, but these clipless Crocs take things to a whole new level.

The Crocs come from Valcko Studios, a shoe brand set up by Alex Valcko, a 3x Bike Polo champion from France. Rather than making his own shoes, Alex instead buys fashionable sneakers from Vans, Nike or, now, Crocs, and modifies them to work with clipless pedals.

We've previously seen similar items where a cleat is simply screwed into the sole of a shoe for a laugh, but Alex appears to be taking this pretty seriously. He instead inserts a recessed box that can work with any MTB pedal system to make them suitable for wearing off and on the bike and increase the stiffness of the toe area. Yes, it would be easy to write these shoes off as a gimmick but apparently one of the testers for the shoe was Lachlan Morton, a pro road cyclist who recently rode the entire 2021 Tour de France route, including transfers, unsupported in aid of World Bicycle Relief.


Alex's shoes are modified in Paris and are made to order. The Crocs are currently listed as 'coming soon' with a price still to be announced, but if you can't wait that long you can buy a pair of Vans Old Skool shoes for €140, here, or treat yourself to a pair of legendary Shimano sandals.

For more information, check out Valcko Studios on Instagram here.


177 Comments

  • 193 0
 Ill wait for the downcountry specific crocs
  • 61 0
 you just have to engage the proprietary sport mode strap
  • 14 1
 I’d rather go barefoot
  • 13 1
 Downcountry-specific sandals (with some Tim Horton branding) would be the most Mike Levy thing ever.
  • 11 1
 I guarantee these get better traction walking on the rocks than Sidi's do. AND no need to change shoes after the ride, you already have your apres selection made for you!!
  • 26 0
 Are these the crocs-country version?
  • 6 0
 I'll wait for the clipless UGGs
  • 3 0
 @rivercitycycles: send your bare feet off to France & they’ll fit you some feet cleats
  • 125 0
 jeesus. burn them before they lay eggs...
  • 7 2
 LMFAO!!!!!
  • 84 12
 Another Boulder company doing well, I love to see it. Andrew Rees the CEO over there is a great friend of mine - he pitched me this idea a while back and I obviously loved it - told him we'd even have @mikelevy do a full review!

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 17 9
 There's nothing in your post except you turning the spotlight on yourself.
  • 4 1
 @sonuvagun: that's the point
  • 49 1
 What a load of Croc
  • 13 1
 croc of s*@!
  • 4 1
 country croc?
  • 4 2
 Croc Pot
  • 6 1
 @jesse-effing-edwards: I can't believe they're not magnetic
  • 47 1
 Just because you can doesn't mean you should...
  • 22 1
 in this case you should
  • 1 0
 Came here just to say that
  • 5 0
 Yeah you're right. What I really don't get is that if you feel Crocs are an appropriate bike footwear (for whatever riding that happens to be) surely flat pedals are more than sufficient?!
  • 2 0
 @pen9-wy: when Crocs first came out some 18 years ago, now before they were known as more of a contraceptive, I did a wheelie on my bike in a carpark, looped out and broke one of the rear bands on the crocs, pretty much made them unwearable.
First and last time I bought crocs
  • 3 0
 I always ripped those bands off right away. I’ve a pair I’ve worn for probably about 10 years. I got them In grade 3or 4 and they grew with me.@Waldon83:
  • 2 1
 @neilbarkman02: Should potentially see a doctor for this. A regular man with children's size feet.....
Glad you still wear your foot contraceptives though
  • 2 0
 @Waldon83: Hmmm .. I wear them around the hospital and they don't seem to be working as a contraceptive for me.
  • 43 1
 Bicycle Pubes did it first!
  • 8 3
 poopoopeepee!
  • 2 0
 Where has he disappeared to?
  • 2 0
 @FisherFreerider: he reappeared on Insta briefly recently, but now he’s gone again.
  • 16 0
 My dreams are becoming reality. I think I might throw up.
  • 20 0
 @bravefart: and now I’m here. And now I’m gone. Dust in the wind, mother f*ckers.
  • 3 0
 @FisherFreerider: Adidas got rid of their competition.
  • 2 0
 @bicyclepubes: come back, Pubes! We miss you!
  • 41 1
 @brianpark please make Levy do a long term review of these
  • 2 0
 But remember that for full experience it should be used as a set with this: 9gag.com/gag/aqj7A37
  • 2 0
 How many upvotes do you need to make it happen?
  • 27 1
 Will there be a carbon version for dentists?
  • 10 0
 Pshh, carbon, try aerogel
  • 10 0
 You, Sir are an anti-dentite
  • 3 0
 In turquoise, please.
  • 1 0
 3D printed...obviously.
  • 23 0
 Waiting for SPD Birks, which I'll wear with socks.
  • 7 0
 What about SPD Uggs? Winter is coming your way!!
  • 5 2
 Love Birkies and socks! Off the bike of course. Don't knock until you try it!
  • 2 0
 Only if you're German!!
  • 1 0
 @Bushmaster123: Geek check! LOL. No socks with Birkies! Wink
  • 5 0
 @mybaben: I can live with that! Stopped trying to impress others 20 years ago.
You'll get there!
  • 3 0
 @Bushmaster123: LOL. I'm prob older than you. I just still have a modicum of self respect. Smile lol
  • 4 0
 @mybaben: ahh, just slipped on my camo birkies and favorite wool socks. Life is good. Self repsect haha. You judge yourself based on your shoe/socks combo lol. You sound a bit insecure, but hey, your self respect game is strong!
  • 1 0
 @Bushmaster123: Sounds cozy, just don't look down. Wink
I just have to be prepared in case I'm surprised by any paparazzi!
  • 2 0
 @mybaben: No kidding. Not just No, Hell No!
Life's too short to wear something that ugly.
  • 3 0
 Still waiting for SPD Vibram Fivefingers.
  • 1 0
 @Augustus-G: There are many other colors you know. Although CROC's do have an overall ugly form factor, if you've never tried on a pair, I can tell you they are ridiculously comfortable. Utilitarian, but not fashionable.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Might we waiting quite a while for those...not enough sole to bury a cleat package there.
  • 20 0
 Ctrl+Z
Ctrl+Z
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Nope, they're still there.
  • 12 0
 Normally I wouldn't try to promote violence, but if you ever see anyone riding in these go ahead and punch them in the face, I'll allow it.
  • 11 1
 “Alex instead buys fashionable sneakers from Vans, Nike or, now, Crocs, and modifies them to work with clipless pedals.”

We may have a difference of opinion of fashionable.
  • 11 0
 This is one of those "shoulda stopped to think first before pressing go" moments...
  • 10 1
 Headline: "Clipless Crocs Are a Thing Now"

First reaction: "Well, they shouldn't be..."

Second reaction, after some thoughftul consideration: "Well, they shouldn't be..."
  • 9 0
 I tried the flatpedal version once, lasted 5 minutes . The eaten soles weren't covered under warranty!
  • 8 0
 I'll wait for the flip-flop version and then Ed Masters will have to revise the "Spirit of Enduro" video
  • 9 0
 1) This is absolutely ridiculous

2) Where can I get a pair?
  • 9 0
 Perfect to die in.
  • 9 0
 I hate it here
  • 7 0
 Had to check the date after reading the title of this article.
  • 7 1
 I Can't wait for the s-works clog to come out. I am already talking to a bank about the loan.
  • 7 0
 I made this happen. I’m a hero.
  • 3 0
 Misunderstood genius. Or something.
  • 7 0
 They'll need bedding in. Some petrol and a match should do it
  • 6 0
 These would be perfect ...for something?
  • 12 0
 Starting fires?
  • 3 0
 Designed for the up and coming Friday Fails- poast Covid new to Mtb wannabe Slobs
  • 6 0
 Those are gonna look great with jorts while I'm riding my Redalp
  • 4 0
 This is wonderful, now I can make the clackity clack of clips and the squeak squeak of foot on crocs when I enter my coffee shop everyone will know how cool I am!
  • 6 0
 Germans will love these
  • 1 0
 But they have to be in neon colours..
  • 20 0
 Wrong: we wait for the birkenstock clipless shoe!
  • 1 0
 @MartinKS: I'd take a clipless-capable Super Birki!
  • 4 0
 LOL yeah take that nice cushy croc foam and put a hard plate right under it so it no longer has the comfort of a croc
  • 4 0
 Shouldn't these be woods or jungle cammo to be legit Crocs? These should be e-bike compatible only
  • 5 0
 Wait a minute... Today isn't April 1st
  • 5 0
 Someone get Ed masters on the phone.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I’m waiting for the Salt Water Crocs…
  • 5 1
 They would go great with my wool socks and bar ends as I ride to my boom box full of Nickelback.
  • 4 0
 This is so stupid. Flat pedal grip in crocs is already great, why the F would you clip in!?
  • 4 0
 They say that the holes in Crocs are specifically designed to allow a space for your dignity to leak out.
  • 4 0
 Weight? Stiffness? Power transfer? Come on, we need the important detals!
  • 3 0
 Ready for Fashion Fail Friday! I'll pair mine with Sealskinz waterproof socks - thanks
  • 4 0
 Is it cooler to clip in with your crocs before sex or after?
  • 4 0
 You're leaving out one important option...
  • 4 0
 This is the advancement of bike tech that we need.
  • 1 0
 I'll wait to see what kind of charms are available. Crocs makes 3 D charms, maybe the head of my favorite rider could keep me company on my rides. I just gave away a great patent idea...
  • 3 0
 These would go great with an electric dirt jumper
  • 4 0
 April 1st already??
  • 2 0
 I ask myself the same thing !
  • 1 0
 There’s no scenario where this works unless the entire point is to slip your foot in an out of a cruddy toe basket shaped like a croc....
  • 2 0
 Lachlan wore Birkenstock’s. Using flat pedals. That’s some lazy-ass journalism.
  • 2 0
 My worn out Crocs stick to flat pedals better than any other shoe on the market!
  • 3 0
 A man who wears Crocs is a man who has given up on all hope in life.
  • 1 0
 I love that they don’t even have a photo of anyone wearing them ….they are just being held up like an old pair of dirty socks.
  • 1 0
 Found the first ride of the new flat pedal model they'll drop next month:
www.pinkbike.com/news/eddie-masters-gets-fat-video-2015.html
  • 2 0
 I kinda want to wear these at my next race, not sure if they would let me tho.
  • 3 0
 Rock out with your Crocs out!
  • 1 0
 The holes in crocs are for one thing and one thing only......it allows your dignity to pour out......What next...tacticool pajama shorts and jersey with Walmart Logos?.....
  • 1 0
 Rats I read this as CROC's is making a clipless shoe, not that a third-party is modding them and reselling them. This is slightly less appealing as a result.
  • 1 0
 Holy shit monkey f*cks. The crocs are showing as €666.00.

Don’t know if that’s just a placeholder or going to be the real amount. I’d of had a pair for 100.
  • 3 0
 Just say, "NO!!"
  • 2 0
 To
  • 3 0
 Fun
  • 2 0
 The moment mountain biking jumped the shark. Remember this day
  • 2 0
 Will Eddie Masters give up his jandals for these?
  • 2 0
 I have a better idea. Put clips on moccasins. LMAO
  • 2 0
 On the list of implementation of bad ideas this one is near the top!
  • 1 0
 Are these e-bike compatible? What wool socks will go best with these?
Asking for a friend.
  • 2 0
 Wow, I didn't think they could get any worse.
  • 2 1
 This is one of those things that I both hate but at the same time really wanna own lol
  • 3 0
 my eyes! my eyes!
  • 2 1
 Funny how one clips into clipless pedals. Yes I'm old enough to remember toe straps.
  • 3 0
 We've been there too many times
  • 2 0
 Technically these are toe straps if you just order them super big you can leave them clipped and use normal shoes under them. Look at it as an extra outer layer of protection.
  • 1 0
 @AFunFox: now your talking! Strap on,s . Down country protection.
  • 1 0
 So are these the two wheel drive specific crocs because it's a bicycle, or can we get 4 wheel drive as well?
  • 2 0
 Grumpy old men would point to @raceface RaceVogs as doing this first.
  • 2 0
 wait, did I miss ski season!? (checks calendar)
  • 1 0
 Should of called them Click Clocks
I mean they’re going to need their own name right?
  • 1 0
 Not enough protection at back. I've find a way to sever an artery wearing these.
  • 2 0
 Once you go crocs you never go back
  • 2 0
 is it 2020 again? Crocs should be banned as hate speech.
  • 1 0
 To me crocs are type of shoes u do gardening, visit beach and let your dog chew it just in case
  • 2 0
 i'm still waiting for clipless socks
  • 1 0
 lol Rich from GMBN did some homemade croc SPDs last week. hilarious that this just came out.
  • 1 0
 Outside magazine buys PB and now we have articles about clipless Crocs. Oh.lord.
  • 1 0
 Collaboration with Shane for steel toe clipless version please www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcjgrB9vTec
  • 1 0
 Lol but you can't pedal hard regardless because you're in loose and sloppy crocs
  • 3 1
 Thank god
  • 1 0
 I know regular crocs don't hold up to pedal pins well.
  • 1 0
 That'll work til I can find clipless flippy floppies
  • 1 0
 These will be sweet for bombing fire roads on my e-fatbike
  • 2 0
 just no
  • 1 0
 But do they come with a built-in power meter?!!!!
  • 1 0
 Waiting for the adidas/5-10 flat version
  • 1 0
 I would probably wear these on my touring bike. With socks, obviously
  • 1 0
 Can you get waterproof plugs for excessive mud riding?
  • 1 0
 This is the coverage that I come for
  • 1 0
 and they said.........it couldn't get worse
  • 1 0
 Still waiting for clipless flip flops. Freedom.
  • 1 0
 Theyre unsafe even without clips, now they devised a more deadly croc.
  • 1 0
 Holy crocs, Batman! Be safe be well Incognito Robin
  • 1 0
 April Fools came way to early
  • 2 0
 1st of April already?
  • 1 0
 I’m going to save so many grams now!
  • 1 0
 Ok as long as I can wear socks
  • 1 0
 Missed opportunity to be called Clip Crocs
  • 1 0
 APRIL FOOLS!!!!! Oh wait... Guess not
  • 1 0
 no those are far too sexy for mtb
  • 1 0
 what i see is just a cock.
  • 1 0
 The only 100% effective contraceptive, now cycle friendly.
  • 1 0
 Crocs are the best Contraception method on the market...
  • 1 0
 Knuckle sandwiches are a thing too
  • 1 0
 these shouldn't exit NGL.
  • 1 0
 I would take these for a nice stroll to the beer store 100%
  • 1 0
 What, no hidden snack compartment?
  • 1 0
 Do they make a carbide studded version for wade fishing?
  • 1 0
 Matching handlebar streamers sold separately.
  • 1 0
 This needs to stop my eyes are hurting and this is from hell
  • 1 0
 I thought you only wore crocs when you’ve given up in life for
  • 1 0
 Haha Laughable Mang!
  • 1 0
 lol !!!
  • 1 2
 No! These are for people who put their pronouns in their profile bios haha
  • 1 0
 Dear god…..
  • 1 0
 My eyes!
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