If you are active in the water, you need water shoes. Why? Because they provide traction, support, cushioning, and thermal protection. Your feet won’t get trashed by sharp river rocks. You won’t slip and fall when you’re navigating wet docks or boats.
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Thankfully, the days of clunky, hideous water shoes have gone the way of disgraced lawyer Michael Cohen. They’re history. Now, you can get water shoes that are specifically tailored for your specific needs, be it kayaking, fishing, or just hiking. These are some of our favorites.
These water sneakers have a super-grippy rubber outsole, so you’re stable on your feet. They have holes in the front and back to drain water. The balanced footbed ensures that you’re always stable. And the water shoes are vegan. Oh, and they’re pretty damn good looking, too.
These vegan water shoes are just as at home on the trail is in the river. They have dual-density footbeds, which are removable and washable, and a sticky rubber outsole that will make sure you don’t lose your footing on wet surfaces.
The key word here is Birkenstocks. These Birks are odor-resistant, lightweight and flexible, and have shock-absorbing EVA foam for outstanding support. The Arizona is totally waterproof and is easily washable. But as for its design, if you hate Birks, these aren’t for you.
These shoes drain and dry quickly, have a solid sole that works on land and in water, and look sleek while doing it all. They come with water-resistant laces.
Gorgeous, they’re not. Functional? Absolutely. They’re slip-on, slip-off, with stellar traction for wet pools and other slippery surfaces. They dry quickly, and these water shoes are designed with mesh panels for ventilation and faster drying time. No more stinky feet.
This water shoe is a slip-on style, with a nylon mesh upper that makes it very, very breathable. Which is sort of a must if you’re spending a lot of time in water. And the outsole is meant for water sports.
If you need more support than a casual water shoe can offer, you need these Keen water shoes. They have a rubber sole, a quick-dry lining, and a compression-molded EVA midsole for extra support and comfort.
This is a high performance minimalist shoe that can be worn in and out of the water. With an easy-on three-toe design, the water shoes gives you full use of your toes for balance. Your foot stays protected, but you feel like you’re barefoot.
These water shoes have a highly breathable, quick-dry textile upper, and a fixed bungee lacing system for easy removal. The shoes have a contoured midsole so water drains away fast. And there’s a rubber outsole for solid grips on wet surfaces.
Never let water get between you and a great hike. These Merrell hiking sandals have a protective toe bumper, an anti-microbial system to keep stench away, and a Vibram outsole for traction.
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