Mine are just as comfortable, but my feet do seem to sweat a bit in the knock-offs and not at all in the crocs. Nothing I can't handle though, and not at all noticeable when I wear them with pants and socks.
Airwalk crocs from Payless for Toddlers - are great! They feel soft & bouyant and my DD and her little friends love them.
Adult Target crocs were HORRIBLE. Nothing like the real thing. At first I bought the Target brand and thought they were fine. Then I tried the real thing. I gave away the Target brand and bought the real crocs for myself.
We have knock offs from Walmart, Payless, and Family Dollar. My favorite is from Family Dollar. I paid $6 for mine and $4 for my youngest. I have never tries the original so I can't say if knock offs are better.
We all have dollar store ones ($3) and they are great. I've been wearing mine since fall and they are my favorite things to put on my feet. I literally wear them from the minute I wake up until I go to bed (I used to have a lot of foot pain before wearing them but it has vanished). My mom has real and fake and says there's no big difference she can notice and she works 12 hour shifts in a nursing home in them. For the kids, I just took the straps and buttons off as they didn't like them anyway. I would like to get a real pair but can't justify the expense.
By chance do they still carry the skater styles at Payless?
Dying as this was a teenage thing of mine...
yup they do! I was very excited for the same reason. DS has had skater shoes since he was 14m. Also it is about time for me to buy more for me. The airwalks are not as good now that they are a payless brand, but they are still a decent basic shoe with good styling for cheap, which is all you expect from payless anyway.