For activities like kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding, the water shoes you wear should fit like a glove without feeling too constricting. It’s important they’re made with materials that feel comfortable on the skin for hours and handle water well. Many use neoprene, which is lightweight, flexible and non-slip. It’s also super durable and quick-drying. The soles should be tough while still allowing you to bend your feet and move your toes easily. For portaging kayaks across rocky waters and terrain, you’ll also want your soles to be extremely grippy. And when standing up on paddle boards, added traction reduces the chance of slippage. With all this considered, we rounded up the best kayak and paddle boarding shoes for women on the market.
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1. NeoSport Premium Water Boots
These neoprene booties feature a Water Entry Barrier (WEB) construction to prevent water from getting in through the zippers.
Pros: They have durable, puncture-resistant soles with rugged traction. They’re offered in different levels of thickness for warm, moderate and cold water. Medial zippers allow for simple entry.
Cons: Some may find they run a tad small.
2. Keen Newport H2 Sandal
This sandal is equipped with patented toe bumpers and a polyester webbing upper featuring odor-fighting technology.
Pros: Multi-directional lug soles with razor-siping provide excellent traction on slick ground. A removable dual-density insole and compression-molded EVA midsole offer enhanced cushioning. They come in many colorways.
Cons: They may be too wide for some.
3. Body Glove 3T Barefoot Max Water Shoe
This pair has an easy-on, three-toe design that allows for ultimate dexterity and anti-slip soles with zero heel lift for a superior board feel.
Pros: An Integrated Drainage System (IDS) lets water out of the shoe and encourages airflow. A velcro strap offers a secure, customizable fit. The footbed is treated to reduce shoe odor. They come in three colorways.
Cons: Some may find they are slightly difficult to put on.