Best Water Shoes
Best Water Shoes: Whether I am heading to the beach, the lake, or to a kayak trip down the river, choosing the right footwear can be a make or break decision.
There are a variety of shoes made specifically for enjoying water-based activities, some are made to meet the needs of a specific activity while others can handle most any wet and wild adventure you are planning.
To help you decide which are right for you, we put together the following list which highlights some of the best options in each category.
If you’re interested in travel shoes, check out Best Travel Shoes: Walking Sandals
Best Hiking Water Shoes
These are the shoes that will take you from a hike in the forest to fording a stream to boogey boarding at the beach.
The Mackenzie by Keen and the Churn by Teva are both great for women who spend all their spare time enjoying the best nature has to offer.
For men, check out the men’s version of the Churn and the Boulder by ECCO.
These shoes will take you anywhere you want to go and keep your feet safe along the way.
Best Water Sandals
For some of us, it just isn’t summer if we aren’t wearing sandals.
Even better than sandals in the summer, sandals on a sunny beach while it is the middle of winter!
Keep your feet protected from sharp rocks or shards of shell with a pair of stylish water sandals.
Keen makes several of the best-selling options for women including the Venice H2 and the Whisper.
Other popular options by Teva like the Hurricane and the Tirra have a different look and fit, but all the same function.
You might also like the fit or styling of the Cambiran Stretch from Merrell or the TechSun 2 from Columbia Sportswear.
Best Traditional Water Shoes
For many people, when we think of water shoes, we don’t think sandals or multi-purpose, we think old-school water shoes like the ones we had when we were kids.
The ones with the rubber bottom and the mesh top.
These are still essentials for people who love to spend their time water skiing on the lake, jet skiing in an ocean bay, or chasing children along the beach.
Speedo provides super-stylish options for both sexes, the Beach Runner for women and the Cruiser for men.
The unisex Aqua from Aquatik combines the traditional look with a more adjustable fit.
Best Running Water Shoe
A dear friend of mine can’t say enough great things about her FiveFingers Trek outdoor shoes by Vibram.
Although they have an unconventional look, think shoe-shaped toe socks, are made to protect your feet while offering your body the benefits of walking barefoot like strengthening muscles and improving posture problems that can be caused by wearing shoes all the time.
Perfect for land and sea adventures or just a day-trip to your favorite amusement park, these non-traditional shoes might be just what you need for all your outdoor fun.
Vibram makes several options for women and men including the Trek, the Sprint, and the Bikila.
Fila offers the same concept with different styling in their Skele-toes brand which are less expensive than Vibram’s options.
Customer reviews indicate that this may be a case of you get what you pay for, Vibram costs more but often fits better and lasts longer.