Quick-dry mesh upper drains quickly and dries fast. Thin but very durable fabric allows for multipurpose use, including hiking, kayaking, and walking over rocks. Sock liner for custom fit. Better traction on wet surfaces than some models. Available in 15 different attractive styles and colors. Dries in mere hours.
Can be narrow in the toe box for some users. Some people don’t like the plastic-type feel of the shoe. Limited in arch support.
Quick-drying openwork mesh upper and hole in the sole for water drainage. Lightweight and springy. Super lightweight and very comfortable with a good fit for any foot, including some arch support – missing from many water shoes. Great for multi-use such as kayaking/canoeing. Stylish enough to wear while out and about. Available in 13 different colors/styles.
They run a bit large. Soft sole can wear quickly on pavement/sidewalks. Not a ton of arch support. Rocks can lodge in the openwork pattern in the sole.
Multisport shoes ideal for swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, surfing, poolside, sailing, and other activities. Simple and clean ergonomic design, more of a sock with a sturdier sole than a shoe feel. These have some of the widest varieties of sizes, styles, and colors of all models we reviewed.
Ideal for water-based activity – may not be sturdy enough for major activities like hiking or long walks. Can run small. Insole can bunch up inside the shoe.
Great protection from sand/rocks/shells. Simple and clean look for all types of water-based activity and water sports. Great for pools, water parks, and even as a shower shoe at the gym. Snug fit – won’t slip off during activity and snugger sock-type fit helps repel sand.
Shoes can run long in the toes. Construction isn’t as durable as other water shoes. Little arch support.
Leather and fabric upper provides well-made durability and an attractive design. Vents for quick water drainage and delivers excellent traction on many surfaces. Whether you’re walking in cities, kayaking, hiking in the jungle or hitting several surfaces in one day, this is an ideal multipurpose shoe. Very sturdy all-purpose shoe designed for flexibility and grip across many surfaces.
Can run small and narrow, and the fit can cause blisters for some people. Stitching may come loose after only a few months. Sole can be too slippery for some surfaces/users.
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