If you are participating in a thrilling water activity, chances are you are going to be walking, jumping, hiking, running, climbing, etc. A good pair of water shoes is a big game changer and will help you get your feet to where your heart seeks to go. We have created a list of top 10 best water shoes. To determine this list we looked at durability, value, grip, fit, breathability, and customer reviews. When looking at our list make sure you keep in mind what kinds of activities you will be using your water shoes for in order to pick the best one for your personal adventures!
1. Astral Loyak
Astral is known best for their magical soles. They use the rubber design they call Flex-Grip™ making you able to grip and walk (or run!) along slippery rocks or other surfaces confidently. There are a number of Astral styles that have this sole but we like the Loyak because of their low profile and snug fit. Combination of drainage holes in the front and laces designed to constantly be wet, this is our top pick for the best water shoe. Look no further if you’re trying to find a shoe that fits adventuring along rivers by day and socializing in town by night!
2. Columbia Drainmaker
The name of this shoes best describes what it is great at! A very popular and well-loved shoe for you fishermen because of the Omni-Grip™ traction rubber and Blood ‘n Guts™ water and stain resistant treatment (both Columbia specific features). With the look and support of a tennis shoe it is still lightweight, not getting weighed down when wet. Here’s a shoe that surely won’t hold you back!
3. NRS Kicker
This is high on our ranking list because when you close your eyes and think of a water shoe, this is probably the shoe you picture. Made from 3mm neoprene to keep your feet warm even when they are wet while not being bulky. There is extra reinforcements where it is needed—at the toe to minimize stubs and on either side of the arch for that secure fit.
4. Adidas Terrex Climacool Boat
If you are in a warm area, trying to keep your toes not so “toe”-sty, the Terrex Climacool is an ideal option. Ventilation all throughout the shoe reduces unnecessary heat build up and makes it a highly breathable water shoe. The soles don’t only have drains but also Adidas TRAXION® technology for stability and grip for all your water endeavors.
5. Keen UNEEK
Keens in general are known to be unexplainably comfortable right out of the box, then they go step it up with the UNEEK! The combination of strong two-cord construction and that the cords are free-moving makes a water shoe that is basically custom fit and very durable. There is also razor siping on the rubber sole making it a non-marking bottom with good traction. Pro Tip: UNEEK tends to run small, go a half size bigger than what you usually wear.
6. Chaco Outcross
If you are looking for a shoe for trail to water to trail to water and on and on, the Outcross is a smart choice! It has enough support to be a trail shoe but also EcoTread™ outsole to help with grip. Mesh meets neoprene to make a warm shoe that is still breathable and easy to put on and take off. Not the best option for a lightweight water shoe but great for multi-use.
7. Aleader Mesh Slip-on
The value is what makes the Aleader Meshe Slip-on a top pick. If you are on a budget this is a good option because it is still lightweight, a secure fit and drains well. With loops on the front and back it is easy to slip into and get going! Because they are so lightweight they are good for swimming in while still having excellent coverage, not letting sand or rocks in.
8. Vibram Signa
Despite looking a little silly, the Signas are a terrific, flexible, and lightweight shoe. Some reviews say they aren’t ideal for sandy environment, as once sand gets in, it is really hard to get out. Because of the flex and extra control you get with individual toe use, you get shockingly great grip on various water sports surfaces. Don’t get discouraged when you are trying on these shoes, they are difficult to put on. Put your toes in their proper toe pocket—big toe to little—then slide your heel in.
9. Speedo Surfwalker Pro 3.0
The Surfwalker is Speedo’s best seller because it is a great value, durable, and fits snugly. This is surely not your most tech-savvy water shoe but is built to fit securely, making it great for swimming in and wearing on long trips. The four-way stretch and heel loop makes it easy to get on and stay on. Speedo makes these in Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s so you can get a pair for the whole family!
10. Teva Original
This will give you the least amount of protection, of course because it is a sandal. This made the top 10 list because of its versatility. It will keep up with you even if you don’t know what activity you will be doing! You can wear this sandal out and about but its made with polyester webbing to be durable and dry quickly. Adjustable, Velcro straps ensure a custom, secure fit that are quick and easy to get on and take off. If your toes are chilly, help socks and sandals make a comeback with Tevas!
We cannot emphasize enough how important reliable footwear is. Adding water into adventurous endeavors also adds risk because landscape gets slick and where you step becomes more prominent. The last thing you want to worry about is if your footwear is going to hold up against the elements. Have fun out there but don’t forget, safety first!