Faux-Croc Footwear Is Having A Serious Moment — Here's Why


The croc-effect trend has become a key part of collections from some notably cool MVPs over the last handful of seasons. Nanshuka's lust-inducing bum bag. Staud's reptile reminiscent Bisset. And Trademark's assortment of totes and buckets all in a super slick faux croc texture. As for footwear, boots were the first place croc popped up, but thankfully, this timeless trend is crawling into more footwear categories for 2019, which means a new pair of croc-effect shoes is feasibly in your future.

Moda Operandi Fashion Director Lisa Aiken considers faux croc a worthy wardrobe inclusion. "I love layering prints from head to toe to create texture," she says. "Especially croc, which is a neutral in my book." A street style star in her own right, Aiken's current approach to the texture is teaming a pair of tall croc boots (these Paris Texas beauties, to be specific) with one of her favorite winter pieces: the midi skirt.

The beauty of the croc-effect trend is that it's seasonally agnostic. Whether you're in the dead of winter (aka right now, unfortunately) or gearing up for a summer holiday, there's a suitable place for faux croc in your wardrobe thanks to its timeless appeal. Looking for a pair of slingback pumps, ankle boots, or new sandals for spring (hang tight, we're almost there), whatever your choosing may be, the roundup below is likely to check off all your (faux) reptile-related boxes.


Sabina Socol adds a textural element to her plaid blazer and blue jeans duo with a pair of oxblood croc-effect boots. The result is an elevated take on an otherwise standard outfit combination.

Rafaella Pumps



Found: Your new goes-with-everything pair of heels.

Pajama Sandals



It's never too early to invest in a pair of beautiful spring sandals.

Logan Knee Boots




Swap out your black leather boots for these stunners.


Brother Vellies's footwear never ceases to induce some serious spending, including these bow-bedecked faux croc heels. Style with an oversize sweater and vintage jeans for your next dinner date look.

Stell Mules



Brother Vellies

The perfect touch of playful femininity.

Betta Knee Boots




There has never been a better time to try the winter white trend.

Ellington Wedge Sandals


Gabriela Hearst

The silhouette on these sandals feels fresh and artistic.


The Zoe Report's Managing Editor Lauren Caruso adds a pop to her all-black ensemble with a pair of croc-effect slingback pumps and a woven bucket bag from Cesta Collective. For a playful finish, hair clips!

Croc-Embossed Leather Knee Boots


Paris Texas

Paris Texas is a brand to watch, which makes investing in these dark green boots all the more a smart choice. Keep an eye on Moda Selects for more to discover more emerging designers in the months to come.

Clarence Ankle Boots




The contrast gold heel gives these boots an architectural aesthetic.

Croc-Effect Shoes



Dress up a shirt and trousers with these Mary-Jane croc-effect flats.


This fashion girl favorite shoe label is unsurprisingly a perfect brand to find the croc-effect trend at; their Victorian-inspired lace-up boots are especially stylish and would look romantic with a white lace dress.

Conie Pumps



Rejina Pyo

Rejina Pyo is a master at crafting unique, beautiful footwear and these croc-effect slingbacks are no exception.

Both Ankle Boots



By Far

To add to your ever-growing collection of lace-up boots.

Vinny Knee Boots



An unexpected stripe can make all the difference.


Experiment with texture even more by styling a pair of faux croc booties with a slip dress and chunky knit layered on top. If it's chilly outside, consider a pair of patterned or colorful tights to add depth.

Carmen Leather Mules




Mules are the footwear trend that keep on giving; make your next pair these croc-effect stunners.

Hurricane Croc Boots



Nothing better than an LBB (little black boot, of course).

Callie Ankle Boots



Buzzworthy brand Ganni offers a slightly western-inspired take on the faux croc look.