Finding the perfect water shoe can be quite the challenge because there just so many options out there and it’s hard to know where to start. Ladies, we are just trying to make your life easier here because we have gone through the hundreds of options and selected the top ten. There are always pros and cons to each product, but that often depends on what water activities you will be enjoying. The factors we considered when selecting these ten women’s water shoes are grip, durability, coverage, value, fit, style, drainage, and breathability. Take a moment to think about what kind of adventures you are looking to purchase water shoes for then go ahead and take a look at our list!

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Astral Loyak

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NRS Vibe

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3

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Aleader Mesh Slip-On

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4

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Adidas Terrex

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5

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Chaco Outcross

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6

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Speedo Surfwalker

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7

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Columbia Drainmaker

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8

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Easy USA Wave

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9

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NRS Kicker

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10

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Keen UNEEK

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1. Astral Loyak

Astral LoyakIf you are looking to be styling on the river as well as in town, the Loyak is the way to go. This water shoe doesn’t just look good, you can also cruise around confidently on potentially slippery surfaces because of the self-draining, Flex-Grip™ outsole. What makes the sole ideal is that is is flexible, razor siped, and has 3 mm lugs, resulting in the best gripping water shoe around. Astral makes other styles with this excellent sole, but we like this one because of the secure, comfortable fit.

2. NRS Vibe

NRS Vibe
Do you find yourself going straight from the river to happy hour? Don’t get anymore funny looks because of your out-of-date water shoes and try on the NRS Vibe. This is a good-looking shoe that does not disappoint when you need it to perform. Its big selling point is the rubber outsole that is siped to deliver excellent traction for any tricky water maneuver you find yourself doing. Quick drainage and comfortable with or without socks.

3. Aleader Mesh Slip-On

Aleader Slip-on
The Aleader is where value meets functionality and durability to result in popularity. This water shoe is tried and true on its fit, grip, breathability, and drainage. There are two pull tab to help you slide your foot in and keep it in. Because the majority of the shoe is mesh and the rest rubber with great draining technology, it makes it a lightweight shoe, not holding you back from swimming around comfortably and confidently.

4. Adidas Terrex

Adidas Terrex
Another good-looking shoe in and out of the water. The sleek design is bittersweet because as it fits comfortably and isn’t bulky it doesn’t stay on quite as well in pushy water as the Loyak would. It is an excellent option for breathability when still providing complete coverage. The outsole is Adidas TRAXION technology–providing stability, grip, and great drainage.

5. Chaco Outcross 1.5

Chaco Outcross
The Outcross 1.5 is one of four styles from the Outcross collection. The others are worth looking into but we like the 1.5 for its coverage. This shoe can keep up with the versatile terrain you could be crossing. Chaco is known for their LUVSEAT™ Footbed because of the great arch support that is certified by podiatrist–now that’s shoe you can trust!

6. Speedo Surfwalker Pro 3.0

Speedo Surfwalker
Now here’s a classic watershoe, looks and feels and functions like basic shoe that’s been around and still remains popular. The slender and secure fit will help the shoe stay on even if you are kicking around in the water. Even though it is not the best grip on slippery surfaces, the flexibility of the outsole and mesh material helps with control and quick mobility. You also can’t beat this price!

7. Columbia Drainmaker

Columbia Drainmaker
If you’re looking for a shoe to function as a water shoe then a trail shoe then a water shoe..and on and on…you’ve found your shoe! It is a little bulky for simply a water shoe if you’re swimming around but that is because it has the support of being a solid hiking or running pick too. Great traction with Columbia’s Omni-Grip™ and drains quickly while allowing air-flow.

8. Easy USA Wave

Easy USA Wave
Here is a shoe that has a basic design, not many bells and whistles, but has proven itself to be a great option if price is the biggest factor for you. Rubber soles meet the mesh top to make a shoe that is flexible, breathable, and easy to put on and take off. You get what you pay for as it won’t last through many trips on rough terrain.

9. NRS Kicker

NRS Kicker
If you’ve been liking the options that are minimal profile and fit securely on your foot like a traditional water shoe (Surfwalker and Wave) but want something warmer and more durable, here’s the NRS Kicker! Where the others are mesh, the Kicker is made with 3mm neoprene keeping your foot warmer in those cold rivers. Neoprene also offers stretch for the ease of putting on; it also has a stretchy pull tab on the back to keep it on.

10. Keen UNEEK

Keen UNEEK
Keens 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. There is also razor siping on the rubber sole making it a non-marking bottom with superb traction. Being a wonderful water shoe, its downfall is durability and protection, they are not going to protect your feet from hard or sharp objects you could come across on a river. Pro Tip: UNEEK tends to run small, go a half size bigger than what you usually wear.

 

RankPrice RangeImageItemPrice
1

$$$

Astral Loyak

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2

$$

NRS Vibe

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3

$$

Aleader Mesh Slip-On

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4

$$

Adidas Terrex

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5

$$$

Chaco Outcross

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6

$

Speedo Surfwalker

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7

$$$

Columbia Drainmaker

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8

$

Easy USA Wave

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9

$$

NRS Kicker

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10

$$$

Keen UNEEK

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Even in just our small list of ten there are a number of different styles; hopefully it is not as overwhelming any more but rather comforting to know that you’ll be able to find the shoe that is just right.

We will break it down a little more and discuss what you should look for if you are just getting into a new hobby:

Fishing:

There are many different types of fishing to consider. If you are sitting in a boat the majority of the day you want to seek out a water shoe that is going to be comfortable and very breathable. What you need protection for is taking your boat in and out of the water, otherwise you are not on your feet much. If you are often standing while fishing (on boat or on the shore) your key focus should be grip and comfort. Consider a shoe that has good arch support and a durable out sole.

Kayaking:

For whitewater kayaking, grip and fit are the most important features. You are most likely doing some hiking and/or portaging with a big kayak, the last thing you want is to lose your footing because your water shoe doesn’t do well on slick rocks. A good, secure fit is essential also because God-forbid you swim your shoes will need to stay on and the river can get quite grabby. For recreational and sea kayaking you can be more lenient on grip to focus more on comfort and breathability. You are sitting for the most part so make sure your feet are happy!

Hiking:

If you’re thinking, “Wait, hiking isn’t a water activity?” Think again! Often times when hiking you find yourself having to ford a river or cross though a wet trail and having water shoes that drain well and have good traction will make your hike more enjoyable. Wet feet are more likely to get blisters to it is still important to wear good socks to help prevent blisters or hot spots. If you know you’ll be using your water shoes for many types of activities that requires a lot of different movements, stay away from the lesser quality brands. You won’t remember spending an extra couple of bucks, but you will remember being very comfortable or your shoes not lasting.

Swimming:

Nature can be a marvelous thing that can also surprise you! If you are swimming in natural lakes, calm rivers, or oceans we recommend you have footwear. Although swimming around with shoes can feel funny, having protection on your feet will help prevent injury. Safety first!

 

We hope we helped you consider all the “feet”-tures to get you that ideal pair of water shoes. Enjoy the adventures!

 

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