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 sneakers are made for water. Really. They have outstanding grip and balance, and are perfect for guys who plan on boating.
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 multisport water shoes have quick-drying open mesh for breathability and drainage, nylon for durability and a synthetic exoskeleton for foot support. In short, they can handle anything.
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.
Here's the thing. If you're into Birkenstocks, you'll never take these off, they're that comfortable. They're great for walking around the city, but also when you're tackling anything in the water. They're non-slip and dry fast.
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.
So you're going to scramble up a few rocks, maybe take a dip in a river? And then head to dinner? Then these hydrophobic canvas sneaks are your go-to.
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.
Speedo's water shoes have a neoprene upper with a rubber sole for traction. There's ample stretch, allowing for a snug fit. The shoes have a no-slip grip and weigh a whopping 10 ounces.
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.
If you plan on boating, kayaking, or water-skiing, these are your shoes. They have toe protection, a snug fit and traction, along with a water drainage system.
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.
Keen's water shoes are ideal for dudes who plan on hiking in and out of the water. They're airy and comfortable, yet have toe protection and a solid sole for superior traction. The washable upper segues easily from water to dry land.
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 water shoe is great for rafting or kayaking, and it has an ultra-grip outsole, elastic shock lace for a great fit and zero heel lift for a true barefoot feel.
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 sneakers are lightweight and comfortable, and ideal for anyone going fishing.
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.
These hiking sandals take you in and out of the water. They're made of waterproof leather and stretch Lycra neoprene upper materials.
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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