16 Best Water Shoes Reviewed for Men & Women

Tenderly Walking with No Shoes - Will it Hurt?

What shoes do you wear when you want to walk on the beach but the sand is hot enough to fry eggs? 

Do you fancy a swim but can't abide the feel of seaweed around your toes or hate the feel of sharp pebbles on the seabed that make you hobble?

Are you going kayaking but know there is a bit of a hike before you get to where you are going and it's going to be wet?

Or maybe you are going to the club for a swim, or perhaps the water park, and don't fancy picking up some fungus another kind person left on the water slide for your feet.

Welcome to the world of water shoes that can protect and serve your feet in the wet as well as doing a bit of city walking beforehand.

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Last Reviewed on 12 March 2019 - Minor Update - 4 March 2019 - All new content

by Jennifer

Let's get straight into the reviews to serve those who know what they want and want to get on checking out what I think are the best water shoes you can get.

The table below gives a quick view of the shoes covered for men and women. Use the jump links in the table and the reviews to jump up and down the page quickly and easily.

Blue links are for men, pink for women.


Navigation Table & Quick Look (Men's Unisex & Women's)


Best Water Shoes, Pool & Beach Shoes - Men

​OluKai Ohana Men's
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​​Columbia Drainmaker IV
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​​Aleader Slip On
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Best Water Shoes, Pool & Beach Shoes - Women

​​Keen Women's Whisper
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​​​Crocs Swiftwater
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Men's Water Shoes, Pool & Beach Shoes

Best Water Shoe for Hiking for Men
Keen Clearwater CNX

$99.95 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Washable Hiking Sandal

Use:

Light Hikes, Puddles, Walking in Water

Sizing:

Comes Up Slightly Small & A Little Narrow

Grip:

Good Grip Generally

Venting:

Whole Upper

Weight:

Lightweight

Drying:

Quick & Easy

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Integral Supportive

Rating:

84%

Overview

Keen has trimmed the weight down to about 9oz for these sandals.

A thin sole gives a minimalist feel but with support in the contoured footbed for your arch and a metatarsal ridge to help your toes.

Can be used in water or in the dry. Best suited to light hiking, through streams, and around boats or kayaking. Also fine for walking in sand and on the beach.

Fitting

The sandal is only available in medium size and does come up a little on the skinny and short side. If you are a half size order bigger though there is some latitude because of the open construction.

If you are very wide footed they are probably going to press in on the sides of your foot and feel uncomfortable. The best wide width water shoe is the Keen Newport H2 and this will fit you better.

Best Uses

The Keen Clearwaters are thin hiking sandals by description but are actually very adaptable to various uses.

They are fine for short hikes but not suited to rugged long hikes where a proper hiking boot will give more support and more protection.

If you are walking through wet streams and riverbeds then the thin soles will give enough underfoot protection. But if scrambling up rocks with bracken and thorns then get yourself a hiking boot.

For fishing, boating and walking on the sand they are good. They are really good water shoes for rocky beaches looking for shellfish & crabs they are great. Also pretty good for walking in the sand as the open back lets the sand fall out.

Features

These are very light sandals with soles that are thin but enough to keep the soles protected against small rocks and pebbles or sharp barnacles and the like.

The footbed is molded to give support to your foot arches and a metatarsal ridge gives some texture to the toe areas and improves grip and foot positioning.

No insulation of course for colder climates but there is a rubber toe cap to prevent too much toe stubbing.

A good non-marking rubber sole gives plenty of grip on all but the slippiest of surfaces. The upper is fabric & synthetic with a hydrophobic lining that helps reduce rubbing. 

An elastic 'bungee' type lacing system helps ties the shoe down to secure it on your foot too.

Machine washable and quite quick to dry they are a good option for those wanting a bit more than minimal sole protection. 

A good choice for travelers who want to leave the hotel, wander around town a bit before heading down to the beach for a swim because they are really multi-purpose.

Keen Clearwater - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Thin But Protective Sole
  • Offers Some Arch Support
  • Water Resistant Materials 
  • Bungee Lacing for Fit 
  • Machine Washable
  • Hydrophobic Fabric Lined
  • Very Lightweight

Not so Good Things

  • Come up Narrow & Small
  • Only Good Value if You Will Use Them

Best Crocs Water Shoe for Men
Crocs Swiftwater

46% savings
$26.99 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Crocs Water Shoe - Mesh

Use:

Light Walking, Water Sports & Walking in Water

Sizing:

Good Width - Length a Little Short

Grip:

Good Grip Generally

Venting:

Most of The Upper

Weight:

Very Lightweight

Drying:

Very Quick & Easy

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Integral Supportive

Rating:

92%

Overview

Crocs have come a way since their first smelly plastic shoes and have improved their footbed materials over time too.

The Swiftwater is a basic Crocs sole with mesh upper to partially cover the foot.

Great if you are walking about in rivers and streams or in the sea because the sole is quite comfortable and will protect against small sharp rocks and stones.

Not so great for walking in the sand but some of the best water shoes for the ocean. 

Fitting

The Crocs water shoe is only available in a medium width fitting but that is built on a fairly wide last. the fit will probably be fine for you if you normally wear a medium or wide shoe.

Not so great if you wear wider than simply wide though.

The fast drying mesh uppers have a hook & loop strap to undo when you go to put them on and which can be tightened down to secure the shoe on your foot. This allows for a bit of leeway in foot shapes it will fit.

Best Uses

The shoe is somewhat adaptable since it can be worn for regular walking about but not for multi-mile expeditions or hiking. It is good around boats, in water, and on dry land.

It is not so good in the sand though so as a beach shoe there are better solutions. This is because the shape of the sole allows sand to collect under the front part of your arch and gets trapped between the mesh sides and foot which can cause blisters.

If using at the beach use them to walk on wet sand to any rocks or at the edge of the water and you should be fine.

Features

The Croslite material used for the sole provides good comfort and is looped up around the front of the shoe to provide a toe-cap to protect against hidden aquatic creatures, rocks and sharp stones on muddy stream beds.

The shoe is built on a wider than normal last to give a roomier fit. The mesh uppers are very quick drying and secured with a hook and loop strap.

A loop at the rear helps you pull on the shoe which opens up fairly wide with the strap undone.

The footbed is shaped to provide a bit of support but you should not be expecting support at the same level that a full sneaker would provide.

Great for people in the water a lot but less good for sand lovers.

Crocs Swiftwater - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Comfy Crocs Soles
  • A Little Support from Footbed
  • Quick Drying
  • Easy Wash
  • Strap for Better Fit

Not so Good Things

  • Not So Good In Sand
  • Footbed Traps Sand

Best Water Shoe for Boating for Men
Aleader Aqua Water Shoe

$29.99 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Mesh Water Shoe

Use:

Boating, Wet Sand & Pool

Sizing:

Quite Wide - Good Length

Grip:

Good But Traps Stones

Venting:

Through Mesh Upper

Weight:

Very Lightweight

Drying:

Quick - Overnight

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

92%

Overview:

A super lightweight travel-friendly vegan shoe with enclosed mesh uppers and soles full of holes.

The soles are full of holes to let the water drain quickly so that's intentional.

Easy to wash out and dries very quickly for an enclosed type shoe. 

One of the best cheap water shoes so the lack of durability should not bother you too much.

Fitting:

A budget shoe that is made to get your feet wet.

It only comes in a Medium fitting but there are at least some half sizes up to 11.5 and shoe goes up to a 14 but does run a little small in length.

The mesh upper is quite thin but does have an open throat and proper tongue that has a bit of give in it to get the shoe on. 

That said if you are wide footed you might find the fit a bit tight.

Best Uses

The biggest drawback with this shoe is the holes in the bottom which work excellently as drainage outlets but also suck up stones like hoovers. These stones then poke through the bottoms and demand you pick them out.

For this reason the shoe is only useful on fairly flat surfaces. Wet sand, around boats, at the edge of the sea and in water parks and swimming pools.

The other big drawback is the mesh footbed which traps crud entering the shoe from the holes in your soles and getting stuck between the footbed and mesh lining.

It is not always easy to get the trapped material out which can end up smelling if you don't take the time to keep them clean.

Features

A budget shoe with an enclosed mesh upper which is a barrier to the sun

Great water drainage and easy to wash and dry very quickly. Well suited to general outdoor activities around the water.

The design though does require wear in fairly clean environments and it is not great with sand which gets in through the mesh and underfoot and then starts to work like sandpaper for blistering feet.

In the right environment a super budget shoe but in the wrong one a nightmare.

Aleader Aqua Water Shoe - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Cheap
  • Water Drains Easily
  • Easy Wash
  • Super Quick Dry
  • Enclosed Upper Keeps Off Sun

Not so Good Things

  • Traps Sand That Rubs
  • Has a Stone Fetish That Will Drive You Nuts

Best Water Shoe for Beach Wear for Men
Speedo Surfwalker 3.0

15% savings
$23.80 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Casual Beach & Pool Shoe

Use:

Beach Swimming Pool

Sizing:

Long but Narrow

Grip:

Nothing Special

Venting:

Partial Mesh Upper

Weight:

Very Lightweight

Drying:

Quick - Overnight

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable (Can't  Replace)

Rating:

85%

Overview:

This shoe has one use - messing about at the beach or around the poolside. You might come to the conclusion these are perhaps the best water shoes for the pool - on vacation rather than serious swimming though. 

Perfect for lazy holidays where you will be lounging about and swimming most of the day but do take care with sun protection if that is your intent.

Very thin soles good enough to protect your sole against small stones and the like. You will feel large stones and sharp objects, like urchin's spines, can find their way through.

Not great on slippery rocks nor really substantial enough for shellfish searching on jagged rocks.

Best Uses

The shoe is intended to be tight fitting similar to a diving sock with a thicker sole. It comes up pretty long but rather narrow so if you are wide footed you may have difficulty getting it on and off.

The upper is flexible and does give, but exerts some force as it tries to return to shape if you have larger feet.

The very thin sole is not suited to any more demanding use and not designed for it.

As a shoe to pack for a vacation where you intend to spend time around a hotel pool dipping in and out through the day it is perfect as it is super lightweight.

Also for those beach holidays where relaxation is the main objective. 

The price point and weight make it perfect for these purposes.

Comfort & Cushioning

The shoe is intended for wear around the pool, walking on the beach or swimming in the sea. It does this job well.

It has an insole which provides some cushioning but not on a level anywhere near a trainer or boot. It is removable to aid drying but there are no replacements to be found so far as I could source.

A standard orthotic might be a solution but most are not made to be immersed in water and given the price point it would be better to just replace the shoes.

Features

The elastic type upper is stretchy but quite constraining. A snug fit is how Speedo describe it but there is a wide range of foot shapes and snug to a normal foot would translate to tight in a wider fatter foot.

The upper has a mesh panel to help with breathability and the sole has drainage ports to help water drain out of the shoe. These work well.

The perfect water shoe for in and out of the ocean or pool and OK for walking in sand.

They do help keep the harmful effects of the sun from burning the top of your foot which is a good benefit.

Speedo Surfwalker 3.0 - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Protects Top of Foot From Sun
  • Good for Swimmers
  • Washable
  • Quick Drying
  • Cushioning Washable Insole
  • Super Lightweight for Travellers

Not so Good Things

  • Speedo Don't Sell Replacement Insoles
  • Limited Use Types
  • Limited Protection From Sole
  • Token Toe Stubbing Protection

Best Flip Flop Water Shoe for Men
OluKai Ohana

$64.95 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Vegan Thong Beach Sandal

Use:

Walking & Water Play

Sizing:

Wider Last

Grip:

Fair Grip 

Venting:

Open Upper

Weight:

Very Lightweight

Drying:

Very Quick

Sole:

Non-Marking Synthetic

Insole:

Integral Supportive

Rating:

93%

Overview:

When you buy an OluKai product you get great supportive footwear with a contribution to our environment.

This vegan, 100% synthetic water shoe sandal is made for the water and is a cut above the quality of most of the competition.

Good traction, good durability, and multi-purpose use need not limit it to around water even though that is the design focus.

Great support for a thong style flip flop and good quality materials

Fitting:

Although this sandal comes only in a medium width fitting, the last is wider than most and so will fit a medium to wide foot size. They will not fit very wide feet so well.

There is a good range of lengths available up to 18 men's size, but only in whole sizes which is fine for an open sandal.

Best Uses

This thong style sandal is ideal for general wear in and around the waterside.

The comfortable and supportive footbed makes them suited to walking around on dry pavements and in the sand though sand can get trapped between the top strap and instep which you can rectify with a quick shake.

Features

Quite multi-purpose but there is no sun protection to the top of your foot with this style. There is no toe protection either of course so stay clear of stubbing your toes on large rocks!

The faux leather straps look great and have a foam & knit lining for added comfort and the footbed feels very comfy as well as supportive underfoot.

The whole shoe is synthetic and so vegan-friendly as well as super lightweight.

Perfect for travelers and those going on a beach holiday or for around the swimming pool as well as for general walking around beachside towns when you want a break from lying prostrate and toasting.

OluKai Ohana - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Great Supportive Footbed
  • Foam Lined Straps
  • Comfortable to Wear
  • Great General Footwear Around Water
  • Quick Drying & Washable

Not so Good Things

  • Super Wide Feet Not Catered For

Best Barefoot Water Shoe for Men
Vibram Signa FiveFingers

Shoe Specifications

Style:

Barefoot Marine

Use:

Mainly In Water

Sizing:

True

Grip:

Not Outstanding Wet

Venting:

Moderate Through mesh Upper

Weight:

Lightweight

Drying:

Very Quick

Sole:

Vibram Megagrip (When Dry)

Insole:

N/A

Rating:

80%

Overview:

Vibram Five Fingers sounds a bit like a mafia moniker but these shoes are purpose specific.

Perhaps the best water shoes for swimming in the ocean and for getting to and from the sea walking on flat or moderately uneven terrain.

Good around the pool too though you might get a few odd looks!

Fitting:

Only available in medium but the hook and loop straps are there to adjust fit.

The fit is the issue really because with individual pockets for each toe and so many different foot shapes, it is really quite unlikely your toes will fit perfectly.

Either one or more toes will be too short or too long. Not a good chance of a perfect fit especially if you have a slim or low height foot.

The hook and loop straps work fine for medium shaped feet but do not suit smaller girthed feet very well as the straps end up at the end of their range.

Best Uses

This is definitely a water shoe for wearing whilst swimming whilst providing enough protection on the sole to let you wear them on the way to the beach as long as the surfaces are not extreme.

Good grip in the dry but not so much in the wet makes them not great for surfing as they will slip on a waxed board.

Intended to let your feet feel the ground in a minimalist fashion which I personally don't care for when walking on land but which is ideal when in the water.

If you intend to be in and out of the water a lot the sole is thicker than some of the other shoes here and provide a good level of protection.

Features

You may look like someone from planet Zargon wearing these but the idea is to mimic barefoot walking.

Personally, I think the design has some way to improve and fit is always going to be an issue unless the materials are stretchy enough and then you have problems with the shoe becoming loose.

If you want a water shoe to protect your feet on the ocean floor whilst swimming and to get you to the ocean possibly a short walk from where you park up, then these might be ideal.

They are hopeless in dry sand because they fill up and it all gets stuck in there if you are not in water.

Vibram Signa FiveFingers - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • You Can Feel The Ground
  • Better Than Barefoot
  • Sole Sturdy Enough For Paths
  • Straps To Secure
  • Individual Toes

Not so Good Things

  • Is it a Gimmick?
  • Fill With Sand in the Dry
  • Fitting Issues

Best Sneaker Style Water Shoe for Men
Columbia Drainmaker IV

11% savings
$76.00 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Water Resistant Sneaker

Use:

Dry Land or Water

Sizing:

True

Grip:

Excellent

Venting:

Through Midsole & Mesh

Weight:

Quite Lightweight

Drying:

Quite Quick

Sole:

Excellent Wet or Dry

Insole:

Perforated Cushioning

Rating:

90%

Overview:

Definitely the pick of the bunch here for regular walking and walking that takes you through the water.

A proper shoe with a decent midsole, good drainage and excellent support for long wear comfort.

Not a shoe for swimming or wading but more for light hiking, regular town walking, boating and perfect for cruising. And Columbia shoes are generally great!

Fitting:

Sadly, another medium only fit shoe which does fit true to size for most users.

The shoe is trainer style with a full lacing system which is compromised by the rather poor laces which you might like to swap out.

Sizes up to 15 and half sizes to 11.5 make length no problem. 

If you are wider footed you will likely find these water shoes a trifle tight.

Best Uses

The Drainmaker IV does allow sand and small pebbles to enter the inside of the shoe from the drainage holes which makes them pretty unsuitable for walking in soft dry sand or over ground littered with small stones.

I think they are the best water shoes for a cruise and around the pool and for any boating use though. The real benefit is the support the shoe will give when you are just walking about because they behave much as a premium sneaker for comfort and support.

So for those who want a lightweight sneaker for holidays where you are walking about town one minute, walking along the water's edge the next and taking in the air and then boarding a speedboat for your next adventure - perfect!

Features

A mesh upper that breathes and protects your foot from the ravages of the sun with a proper lacing system to secure the water shoe to your foot. As mentioned the laces are not the greatest but they are easily changed.

An excellent high grip non-marking outsole keeps you secure as long as you are not climbing wet slimy moss, algae-covered rocks or other slippery surfaces where nothing can be expected to grip.

Good quality shock absorbing midsole to protect your foot while you are out on your excursions which makes for a perfect choice for going cruising, not least because they are so lightweight too.

Columbia Drainmaker IV - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Quality Water Resistant Sneaker
  • Shock Absorbing Midsole
  • Good Grip from Outsole
  • Dries Pretty Quickly
  • Good for Boat Decks
  • Good for Walking to & From Beach

Not so Good Things

  • Soft Dry Sand Gets Trapped in Shoe
  • Poor Laces
  • Only Medium Width

Best Slip-On Water Shoes for Men
Aleader Slip-On Water Shoe

$27.99 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Budget Water Shoes

Use:

Dry Land or Water

Sizing:

True

Grip:

Fair

Venting:

Through Sole & Mesh

Weight:

Very Lightweight

Drying:

Quite Quick

Sole:

Rubber with Holes 

Insole:

Perforated

Rating:

86%

Overview:

This is a poolside or clearwater creek walking type of shoe more than a sandy, pebbly beach walking kind of shoe.

The reason being all those holes in the sole to let water drain out which unfortunately sucks sand and small pebbles in, uncomfortably underfoot.

If you keep them free from sandy, pebbly or worse muddy cruddy riverbeds, then you'll probably be happy with their performance.

Fitting:

Only medium sizes but they will stretch a bit to fit a standard wide foot. The wider footed you are the tighter they will be and the more difficult to put on.

Other than that and the loops on the top of the instep and back of heel to help get them on, there is not much else to add.

Best Use

As I mentioned in the intro, these shoes are great for general mooching about and around the pool or clean water environments.

Hopeless on dry sand or dirty environments as the crud just squelches through the drainage holes and up through the midsole. 

Features

A very lightweight shoe, perfect for travel and around the pool or walking the dog through clearwater streams if the weather is nice and hot.

Travel shoes don’t need hundreds of shoe features anyway.

Aleader Slip-On Water Shoe - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Good Looking
  • Nice Simple Mesh Shoe
  • Comfortable for Short Walks
  • Great Drainage
  • Quite Quick Drying

Not so Good Things

  • Loves to Collect Sand, Mud & Stones
  • Hard to Put On When Wet
  • Don't Expect Wonderful Arch Support

Women's Water Shoes, Pool & Beach Shoes

Best Water Shoe for Hiking for Women
Keen Whisper Sandal

Shoe Specifications

Style:

Water Shoes for Hiking

Use:

Hiking & Water

Sizing:

Tiny Bit Short but Wide

Grip:

Good

Venting:

Open Upper

Weight:

Very Lightweight

Drying:

Quite Quick

Sole:

Rubber non-Marking 

Insole:

Great Integral Footbed

Rating:

91%

Overview

An excellent choice of light hiking type water shoe to let you navigate rivers and coves before you get to your water sports destination.

Good for walking on the beach as sand just falls out and plenty of protection from the sole to stop those little pebbles annoyingly poking you.

If your day may take you through wet and dry surfaces or you fancy cooling your tootsies in that crystal clear cool water on a hot summer day then get these quality water shoes.

Fitting

Sizes 5 - 11 with half sizes will suit most foot lengths and although the width fitting is only medium, the last is fairly generous in the width.

If you have very wide feet then you may have issues with fit.

The upper has a quick draw elastic lacing system to tighten and secure this water shoe to your foot and sort of pulls it all together.

Best Uses

Aside from very rugged surfaces or those where your feet need protecting from brambles, thorns, and spikes, these shoes can take you anywhere pretty much.

They are a premium brand so will look classy enough for that around the world cruise as well as taking you out on that excursion to Copacabana beach or the Statue of Christ in Rio.

Great comfort and support from the metatomical footbed for dry walks yet equally happy splashing around in the water. I call these my water babies.

Features

Easy care - just wash on delicates in the washing machine and allow to thoroughly air dry out of the sun.

Hydrophobic linings to the straps and around the heel allow the material against your shin to dry as quickly as possible.

An excellent sole & footbed which together give great arch support, cushioning and shock absorbance to your stride.

A well thought out system of lacing to secure the sandal keeps it on the foot without it having to be tight and a huge range of colors to choose from making this our best choice water shoe for women in the list.

Keen Whisper Sandal - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Wonderfully Comfortable
  • Great Color Range
  • Comfortable Arch Support
  • Dries Quick & Easy to Wash
  • Toe Protection Cap & Good Grip

Not so Good Things

  • A Wider Fitting Would Be Helpful for Some 

Best Crocs Water Shoe for Women
Crocs Swiftwater Mesh Sandal

4% savings
$46.39 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Mesh Water Shoe

Use:

Light Walking, Water Sports & Walking in Water

Sizing:

Good Width - Good Length

Grip:

Good Grip Generally

Venting:

Most of The Upper

Weight:

Very Lightweight

Drying:

Very Quick & Easy

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Integral Supportive

Rating:

95%

Overview

Such a versatile shoe for most of us. General walking, around the pool and for walking in streams or in the sea are all perfectly suited activities for these Crocs.

As with the men's shoe, the footbed is shaped to give arch support but as the shoe has open sides this allows sand and small stones to get trapped which is not so easy to shake out.

It is not Crocs vs Water Shoes but THE Crocs Water shoe.

Fitting

These shoes fit to size and are available in whole sizes only. If you are normally a half size my advice is to get the next size up.

The upper has a hook and loop strap which you can use to tighten the shoe onto your foot and it seems a better length than the men's version and works pretty well.

Best Uses

This water shoe is very versatile and is fine for regular walking. The only caveat to that would be that over a prolonged period the synthetic materials can trap sweat which is a little unpleasant. For this reason not good for walking long distances.

They are great in water or out, and good for beachcombing or paddling in the sea or clean water streams. Not so good in loose sand or small pebbled surfaces where the stones can become an annoyance when they get trapped.

Also great for poolside and for all sorts of water sports as they tighten down well and have a good grip.

Features

A comfortable footbed which is the hallmark of Crocs makes a good starting point.

The hook and loop strap allows a range of foot shapes to be accommodated but I should say that over time the hook and loops do tend to lose their 'stickiness'.

The sole is quite grippy though and water drains very rapidly to allow quick drying of the shoe.

A great sandal for most summer adventures that don't involve soft sand and pebbles and great if you are into water sports and like easy washing.

Crocs Swiftwater Mesh Sandal - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Good Footbed
  • Works Well Wet or Dry
  • OK for Short Walking Trips
  • Keeps Sun Off the Top of Your Foot
  • Quite Easy to Get On or Off

Not so Good Things

  • A Sand & Pebble Trap

Best Beach Water Shoe for Women
Vionic Orthaheel Tide Sport

$39.70 - $156.00 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Flip Flop Water Shoe

Use:

Versatile But No Protection

Sizing:

True Fit Mostly

Grip:

Good Grip

Venting:

Open Style

Weight:

Very Lightweight

Drying:

Very Quick & Easy

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Integral Supportive

Rating:

88%

Overview

Flip flops are the ultimate shoe for walking on the beach because any trapped sand you just kick out.

The Orthoheel goes the extra mile though with its great supportive footbed in place of the flat spongy horrors you find with most flip flops.

That good support makes these flip flop water shoes stay more comfortable for longer.

The fact they dry quickly and are happy getting wet is the icing on the cake.

Fitting

Only whole sizes but unless you have a very wide fit you should be good to go.

The open, though contoured, footbed gives plenty of flexibility in this open type design.

Best Uses

These are undoubtedly the best water shoes for vacation and top of the list for those long lazy beach walks along the side of the ocean. I am in my element with the breeze in my hair and the rhythmic pounding in my ears, at one with raw nature.

The only thing that will put me off is the sand. Either boiling my soles or getting everywhere you don't want to feel it.

Well, these shoes don't keep the sand out but they do let you shake it loose which is OK.

Even better to wander along at the edge of the waves on the wetter sand and who cares if one wave bravely washes higher and over your foot. So cool!

Other than that you can wear them around and about general walking and for most uses that do not need protection. On that point, there is no protection to the upper foot skin so get out that sunscreen.

Features

The main features are the excellent footbed and support and comfort that brings and the generally good materials.

The toe post is also quite comfortable for this water flip flop.

Super easy to care for and quite likes a wash now and again but ready for action not long after if left swinging in the breeze. A great travel shoe!

Vionic Orthaheel Tide Sport - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Great Footbed
  • Easy to Wash
  • Comfortable & Supportive
  • Multi-Purpose
  • Likes Water

Not so Good Things

  • Only Medium Width Fittings

Best Water Sandal for Wet Hiking for Women
Viakix Hiking Sandals

Shoe Specifications

Style:

Versatile Light Hiking Water Shoe

Use:

Multi-Use

Sizing:

Runs a Little Short So Upsize

Grip:

Fair Grip

Venting:

Open Style

Weight:

Very Lightweight

Drying:

Quick & Easy

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Integral Supportive

Rating:

82%

Overview

A tougher than normal sandal suitable for light hikes and quite happy dealing with water.

Some good arch support from the sandal though the sole is flexible so the picture shows a greater 'mound' at the arch than is the reality under your weight.

Nevertheless, a good mid-priced sandal that feels comfortable but you need to order up a size from your regular shoes.

Fitting

Only a medium width but the sandal style allows for a bit of leeway which is helped by the hook and loop strap at the instep.

Unless you are very wide footed ordering up a larger size than normal should give you a good shot at getting the correct size.

Best Uses

Really quite a versatile shoe with its more substantial sole and arch support.

Whilst serious hiking is probably stretching its use type a bit, the Viakix are suited to light hiking that involves navigating a bit of water without damage.

If you are looking for a shoe to take on longer hikes then unless these are on even paths you should not really be considering a sandal but rather a dedicated hiking shoe or boot.

Fine for cruise use or around the pool but less suited to constant water immersion because they are not really styled for serious aquatics.

Pretty good for an out and about shoe especially in the tropics where you might get drenched.

Features

The main features of this shoe are the robust sole which can handle rougher surfaces than the average sandal.

A good supportive outer and midsole that flexes for a bit of cushioning and the fact that the materials used are water resistant and so washable are the other features.

Viakix Hiking Sandals - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Price
  • Easy Wash
  • Adjustable Instep Strap
  • Good Support
  • Quite Comfortable
  • Versatile

Not so Good Things

  • Limited Sizing
  • Comes Up a Little Short

Best Beach Water Shoe for Women
OluKai Ohana

$64.95 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Vegan Thong Beach Sandal

Use:

Walking & Water Play

Sizing:

Wider Last

Grip:

Fair Grip 

Venting:

Open Upper

Weight:

Very Lightweight

Drying:

Very Quick

Sole:

Non-Marking Synthetic

Insole:

Integral Supportive

Rating:

93%

Overview

You may have noticed this vegan thong sandal in the men's section and here it is again in the women's. That's because it is a great sandal, well made and perfect for sandy beaches as well as a host of other uses.

The common problem with most water shoes, if you are at the beach, is sand. Almost none are capable of keeping it out and it's uncomfortable.

These vegan thongs don't keep sand out of course, but you can shake it out on the go.

Fitting

The sandal comes in whole size medium fittings from 5 through to 12 and is wide enough for you if you normally take a medium or wide shoe.

If you normally take extra wide shoes then you will find they push in against the sides of your feet where the straps meet the sole.

Best Uses

This is a very versatile water resistant slide thong sandal that you can wear pretty much anywhere.

The excellent footbed provides support whether you are walking around town or out at the beach. Perfect for around the pool, cruising, boating and at the beach.

Features

This is a nicely styled sandal that comes in a vast range of colors though not all colors are easily available in all sizes.

The excellent footbed provides good support to make the shoe versatile which is perfect for you if you are away on vacation and just want a casual shoe that you can take anywhere.

Very lightweight, easy to wash and dries quickly so lots to like about this slide, particularly as it is made of water resistant materials

Olukai Ohana Slide - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Surprisingly Comfy
  • Surprisingly Supportive
  • Water Resistant Materials
  • Easy to Care For
  • Very Versatile
  • Handles Sand Well

Not so Good Things

  • Only Medium Fittings
  • Limited Availability in Colors

Best Aqua Water Shoe for Women
Mishansha Barefoot

$23.99 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Dedicated Aquatic Water Shoe

Use:

Aquatic

Sizing:

Runs Large - Downsize Half

Grip:

Not Great Grip

Venting:

Mesh

Weight:

Very Lightweight

Drying:

Quick & Easy

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable Washable

Rating:

86%

Overview

Mishansha is dedicated to water shoes and that is exactly what this shoe is, or perhaps you would call it a water boot. It is actually Unisex but the sizing is clear for both.

A spandex upper and rubber sole fits your foot like a glove.

Fitting

A range of sizes that run a little longer than advertised.

Loosen off the laces and slip them on then tighten up the elastic and lock it down.

The spandex uppers are flexible allowing for quite a range of fitting shapes it will suit.

Best Uses

It is not suitable for hiking. It is not suitable for walking around town. It is not suitable for a versatile vacation shoe.

What it is suitable for is walking in the ocean, walking in streams and any water activity where you want footwear.

The lack of grip does not lend it very well to surfing - you should get specialized shoes for that activity anyway.

One of the best water shoes for kayaking, paddle boating, canoeing and the like are all Ok sports to wear this shoe.

Features

It comes in tons of colors but less fitting sizes.

Good elastic spandex uppers and decent rubber soles for drainage but which do not give loads of grip.

It is an aquatic shoe suited to being in the water and that is what it should be limited to.

Mishansha Water Shoe - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Stretchy Spandex Uppers
  • Well Drained Rubber Soles
  • Quite Quick Drying
  • Insoles Removable for Washing
  • Elastic Laces to Secure

Not so Good Things

  • Limited Widths
  • Whacky Sizing
  • Comes Up Large So Order Small

Best Sneaker Style Water Shoes for Women
Columbia Drainmaker IV Sneaker

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$64.99 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Water Resistant Sneaker

Use:

Dry Land or Water

Sizing:

True

Grip:

Excellent

Venting:

Through Midsole & Mesh

Weight:

Quite Lightweight

Drying:

Quite Quick

Sole:

Excellent Wet or Dry

Insole:

Perforated Cushioning

Rating:

82%

Overview

If you are looking for regular sneakers style water shoe then this is the best, no doubt.

Most of the other shoes in the list sacrifice the better technology in their efforts to make the lightest water shoes since support and cushioning is not the prime directive.

Columbia has a different take with this water resistant sneaker which incorporates much of the technology of the best sneakers in a version that is happy messing about on the river.

There is a review of the men's version of this shoe above which is also relevant.

Fitting

Sadly it is still only medium fittings for this model and the fit is mostly as expected and true to size.

The standard sneaker type open lacing system allows for a range of instep heights and enables the shoe to be well secured. But there are issues with the laces and the eyelets which should be returned as a quality defect if encountered.

Best Uses

These sneakers are great versatile water shoes for traveling because they are excellent for walking about in.

Great cushioning and support, given they are so lightweight, ensure comfort no matter how long you are out.

Obviously, these are not really suited to walking in water, wearing in the ocean where some of the other shoes in this list are well suited. The Columbia's will happily navigate wet surfaces and get wet without damage and dry quickly.

They are also designed to be washable which makes them excellent travel companions and also great for outdoor walks where you might encounter wet areas.

Features

100% synthetic mesh uppers are breathable and flexible with good cushioning around the heel collar.

An excellent midsole is drained to let any water that gets inside the shoe to drain out but this does make the shoe less useful walking in dry sand which can get in those same drainage holes.

The outsole is grippy, anti-slip, and non-marking making it perfect for walking on boat decks.

The excellent drainage makes them great if you are out walking in really bad weather as they do not fill up with water.

Not everyone walks in the dry!

Columbia Drainmaker IV Women - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Great Support
  • Good Cushioning
  • Drains & Dries Quickly (For a Sneaker)
  • Very Comfortable
  • Washable

Not so Good Things

  • Crappy Laces

Best Aqua Shoes for Women
Aleader Mesh Aqua Shoe

$26.99 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Budget Water Shoes

Use:

Dry Land or Clean Water

Sizing:

True

Grip:

Fair

Venting:

Through Sole & Mesh

Weight:

Very Lightweight

Drying:

Quite Quick

Sole:

Rubber with Holes 

Insole:

Perforated

Rating:

91%

Overview

You'll see the men's version of this shoe up above and it features in the women's section too because for the price it is great value for money.

The same issues afflict the design because sand and pebbles will enter the shoe from the drainage holes in the soles and make walking uncomfortable.

Other detritus will get trapped between the footbed and mesh covering, which makes it difficult to clean and smelly if you don't.

Fitting

Only available in a medium fitting but there is some give and there are the loops at the front and heel that help you pull them on if a bit tight.

Best Uses

These are definitely good water shoes if you keep them away from surfaces where loose material can get up into the shoe. Walking about boat decks, walking through clear water streams and creeks and general wet surfaces are all good. Muddy, stony, sandy surfaces need avoiding like the plague though.

Features

A very good lightweight shoe for certain purposes.

If you are going to a hotel and will be about the pool all day - great. If you are going cruising and out on deck - great. If you are wandering through forests with lovely clear water rivulets and want to look cool - great.

This water shoe is pretty comfortable, has a nice dry feeling sock liner, is super lightweight and dries quickly.

Perfect for some at this price.

Aleader Mesh Aqua Shoe - Features of Interest

Good Things

  • Good Price Point
  • Great Drainage
  • Good for Clean Water Environment
  • Very Lightweight
  • Dries Quick
  • Nice Styling

Not so Good Things

  • Stones Get Trapped
  • Not Gret in Dry Sand

What Are Water Shoes?

'Water shoes' is the term used for footwear designed to get soaking wet with water resistant materials. Activities such as kayaking, swimming, boating & hiking through water require different features so there are a variety of types eg. sneakers, five fingered, aqua sock, etc.

Typically water shoes are lightweight, dry quickly and are washable. They may completely enclose the foot or may have open uppers.

Flip flops made from water resistant materials are great for beach walking as they have open uppers which make it easy to shake off sand but offer no protection to the toes or from the sun.

Five fingered water shoes are those which have individual pockets, like fingers on a glove, where your toes can fit. They are used for swimming and give protection from sharp objects underfoot. Some use these for wet hiking though their applicability is questionable.

Water Shoes for Protection on the Sand

Aqua socks are mesh, spandex or elasticated fabric socks beefed up with a very thin sole. Designed for swimming and to protect the foot from catching something nasty around the pool.

Sneaker type water shoes of various styles are made for walking about town as you would on holiday prior to going to the beach. They are more substantial, containing better support and cushioning similar to a normal sneaker. However they are made from water resistant and washable materials with drainage to let out any water that may get into the shoe.  

Can You Swim With Water Shoes?

Yes you can swim with water shoes that are designed for that purpose. Some water shoes, as well as aqua socks, are specifically made for swimming and other styles are made for hiking or more general walking.

Why do I need Water Shoes?

Water shoes are the shoes everyone forgets when they go off on holiday.

It's a bit weird really. You save up for months, pour over travel magazines and blogs looking at all the fantastic places you can go.

Walking on Pebbles - I Can Think of Better Things to Do

Pristine beaches that you can meander on with your partner. Tropical rainforests to take little hikes in to a kayaking jetty for some white water rafting, cruises to multiple destinations or a fantastic beachside hotel in the middle of some historic city.

How much thought goes in to what you might wear on your feet?

Walking on the sand at sunset is a great picture but lumps of sand underfoot is one reality, spiky shells cutting into your soles another or blisters where the sand got trapped yet another.

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Wearing your regular trainers won't cut it because you know they will stink if they get wet and take days to dry out, so you scorch your feet on the boiling hot sand instead.

And the kayakers have it no better.

Hiking through to get to your kayak is fine but those heavy hiking boots aren't a good idea in the water.  

And what do you do if you are walking through and come across a beautiful cool stream you want to explore, cross or walk up?

Take off your shoes and totter across like some crazy toddler, small pebbles poking painfully into your soles?

Who wants a kiss with that going on?

No Fungus Please!

Or perhaps you want to explore rockpools or wade in the sea where the tropical fishes swarm and forgot there are plenty of sharp nasties underfoot.

Maybe you'd rather not end up with Athlete's Foot or some other fungus someone kindly left behind at the pool!

This is the reason we have water shoes and the compelling reason for grabbing a pair suited to what you might be doing at your destination.

Be prepared Dib Dib Dib, Dob Dob Dob!

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