The coronavirus pandemic has private companies pitching in to help healthcare frontline workers. Crocs, the footwear company, is the latest to offer free pairs of shoes for hospital workers saving COVID-19 positive patients.
Crocs have launched its “Free Pair for Healthcare” program so doctors, nurses, orderlies, and other medical employees may get one free pair of its classic Crocs clogs. Priced between $39.99 to $59.99, the Croc Classic Clogs and Crocs At Work styles are already a favorite among hospital workers.
The shoes are made of soft rubber-like foam material that feels very comfortable on the feet; thus, it’s perfect for long-hour shifts. Crocs are also waterproof and may be easily cleaned, which is excellent for COVID-19 front-liners who have to take special precautions to contain the coronavirus spread.
“Over the past week, we have spoken to health care workers, their facilities and even their family and friends, and they have specifically asked for our shoes in an effort to provide ease on their feet, Andrew Reese, the president of Crocs,” said.
“These workers have our deepest respect, and we are humbled to be able to answer their call and provide whatever we can to help during this unprecedented time.”
Healthcare workers may avail of the Crocs free pair via their website. Demand has been high, so there’s a queue for ordering, which starts at 12:00 p.m. EST.
Reese said that the online requests would remain as long as there is a demand, and they have the inventory. He also assured healthcare workers that Crocs is ready to give away 10,000 pairs online every day.
Aside from the online service, the company will also ship 100,000 pairs in hospitals across the United States with the help of establishments like Famous Footwear, Shoe Carnival, and Rack Room Shoes.
Several fashion companies have also pitched in to help the front-liners. Retailers like Zara, Gap, and Hanes are making special scrubs, masks, and gowns to protect the healthcare workers. High-end fashion brands like Dior and Givenchy are temporarily turning their perfume factories into alcohol factories. Ralph Lauren, Versace, and Giorgio Armani are donating millions of dollars to hospitals and medical organizations.