Whether you’re ocean swimming, kayaking or participating in a range of other water sports, wearing water shoes is key to keeping feet comfortable. They’ll help protect feet from rocks and sharp objects, yet are light enough to avoid weighing you down. Plus, they’ll do double duty outside of the water, too, able to prevent the soles of your feet from getting burned on hot sand.
While past models were often clunky and unsightly, a range of brands are now offering stylish options you won’t be embarrassed to wear. In fact, many of them could easily pass for classic sneakers or even low-profile slippers. Below, we’ve rounded up the best looks to shop now. Read on to discover them all.
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1. Vifuur Water Shoes
In addition to protecting the bottom of feet, this style effectively gaurds toes with a reinforced toe box.
Pros: Features breathable fabrics and sturdy rubber sole. Includes smooth neck designed to prevent chafing. Quick-drying. Available in 42 different prints and colors to match any bathing suit, as well as women's and kids sizes.
Cons: May be too narrow for wide feet (wide feet should size up). Insert may bunch inside shoe with wear.
2. Simari Water Shoes
Unlike many other water shoes on the market, this option offers slight shock absorbing cushioning in the sole extra support.
Pros: Upper is made of diving material that's breathable and quick-drying. Includes TPR plastic soles for optimal slip-resistance. Features smooth neck designed to prevent chafing. Available in over two dozen colorways, as well as women's sizes. Product comes with a 30 day money back guarantee and one year warranty to cover any product damages.
Cons: Tend to run small.
3. Zhuanglin Water Shoes
Perfect for more intense excursions like climbing lava rocks, these sneaker-water shoe hybrids feature a thick rubber sole for added protection.
Pros: Includes breathable mesh upper and holes in the sole for optimal drainage. Solyte midsole is designed to be lightweight and offer extra bounce-back. Features ComforDry sockliner that provides breathability to help shoes dry fast and reduce stink. Offers minimal to moderate arch support.
Cons: Not good for walking through mud, which can ooze through the drainage holes in the bottom of the shoe.
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