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Is one allowed to wear crocs on Yom Kippur? Or are they too comfortable or something???

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Strictly according the law there is no problem with crocs, I've seen many תלמידי חכמים that wear crocs on Yom Kippur. However, there is an opinion that crocs are too comfortable.

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Some sources would be nice. –  Double AA Jul 24 '12 at 19:21
@DoubleAA I agree, but this information is from lectures I've heard, so I can't point to a specific source. Sorry. –  jutky Jul 24 '12 at 19:41

See this article from Rabbi Brody.

Basically there are two opinions about yom kippur shoes. One is that anything non-leather is fine. The other is that they should also be not-too-cushiony. While the former seems to be common practice, the latter is cited as a good practice by many poskim.

So there are three possibilities about crocs:

  1. They are permissible (former view)
  2. They are prohibited (latter view)
  3. They are less-than-ideal (somewhere in between)

Rabbi Brody concluded that in his opinion, to say 3 was not an absurd chumra.

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Rabbi Elyashiv ZY"A said that the wearing of Crocs on Yom Kippur is forbidden because they are indeed too comfortable. (Source)

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