If you are anything like us the summer months are your favourite time of the whole year. There seems to be so much more to do to fill your long summer days. From boating, kayaking and surfing to relaxing on the beach and building a sandcastle, summer tugs at all of our heart strings. The hot summer pavement combined with the chilly alpine waters can pose shocks to our systems, especially our feet. This is why it is so important to protect them in the form of water shoes. Getting the best women’s water shoes will ensure that your feet are shielded from the extreme temperatures and of any sharp rocks.

Investing in the best water shoes for women doesn’t cost a lot of money but may just be the wisest investment you make all summer. Check out below where we list our top picks for this summer.

If you haven’t already, click here to see our list of top mens water shoes.

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How To Choose The Best Water Shoes for Women – Buying Guide

When choosing your perfect pair of swim shoes for women we recommend looking for the following features. These are the things that will make or break your day at the beach. Having incapable shoes could actually become a danger.

Breathability

Water shoes are most often made of a mesh material that provides a lot of breathability. This makes them a great option for summertime and allows your shoes to drain adequately. The mesh cover allows water to freely flow in and out of your shoe which makes them not retain water while kicking giving you the freedom to swim and stay in the water even longer even longer. This level of breathability will allow your shoes to be fast drying which means that they will air dry quickly.

Grip

As these shoes are meant to be used in the water, it is important to ensure that the grip will hold up in wet conditions. The best water shoe will be one that hugs the surface you walk on even when in wet conditions. With that being said, these shoes also need to be able to give you traction out of the water. Walking on the hot sand or rocky terrain should be effortless without slipping or sliding around.

Weight

Having water in your shoes will add a lot of weight to your stride and can make walking through water incredibly difficult. Having a lightweight shoe will help to combat this ensuring that you do not feel dragged down while in the water. Most of the water shoes will feel like your feet are naked in the water. Your kicking power won’t be reduced and you won’t feel like you’re being dragged down by anchors on your feet.

ComforSock

This is a removable liner that is featured in almost all water shoes. This liner adds comfort to your shoe by adding cushioning to your foot. This is removable to accommodate orthotics or to provide more room in your shoe. It also adds hygiene to your shoe by being breathable. Being able to walk on any terrain as if you were wearing regular shoes will give you the confidence to trek up steep, uneven terrain.

Cushioning

Water shoes, like other walking shoes, comes with a thick sole that provides a cushioned layer between your foot and the surface below you. This helps to absorb shock from your step and provide your foot with the comfort that you need. Due to the lightweight design most water shoes come with a removable ComforSock liner. This helps to add additional cushioning to your shoe that is removable to give you a perfect fit.

Purpose

The purpose of your water shoe will determine which water shoe is going to be best for you to purchase. It is obvious that you are going to be using your water shoe in the water, but what else are you going to be using your water shoe for? And, where are you going to be using your water shoe?

Not all water shoes are created equally. For example, a water shoe which is perfect for lounging around the pool when on holiday may not be the perfect shoe for hiking up a mountain, but there will be a shoe which will be perfect for hiking up a mountain. When you are deciding on your shoe, you need to know what it will be used for and how that information will translate into the features of your shoe.

You should also be thinking about the terrain on which you will be using your shoes. If you are walking along a sandy beach, then most water shoes will be fine, but if you are navigating rocky terrain before you go for a dive, then you will want to invest in a pair of water shoes which have a more durable sole.

Decide on where you are going to be using your shoes and on what terrain. Once you have that information, you can begin to think about the type of shoe you need.

Slip-On

One thing which we love about water shoes is the flexibility and versatility. Many water shoes do not come with laces, and instead, you slip them onto your feet. Laces are not ideal for shoes which are going to get wet. The laces can become tighter or looser when the water gets into them, which can leave you feeling uncomfortable. Water shoes are also put on and taken off often, especially if you are undertaking a water sport such as snorkeling and you want to swap your shoes for fins. You do not want to have the hassle of tying and untying your laces constantly. Having a slip-on shoe will make your life easier around the water.

The other benefit of a slip-on shoe is that you can bend down the heel to turn the shoe into a slipper. This is great if you only need to wear your water shoe briefly, and it saves you time getting it on and off again. You also save on the frustration of broken laces. Laces will wear down over time and snap, but especially so with water shoes. Sand and salt can get into the laces and help to break down quicker. With slip-on shoes, you never need to worry about this.

Comfort

As with any pair of shoes, the comfort of the shoe is very important. It is doubly important with a water shoe as the shoe will be worn when it is dry and when it is wet. This opens up more ways in which the shoe can irritate your foot. If the shoe is not completely comfortable when it is dry, then there is a good chance that the shoe is going to irritate you when it is wet. You should seek out shoes which fit you perfectly so that they do not irritate you when you are in and out of the water.

The comfort of your shoes also has something to do with the purpose of the shoes. If you are going to be lazing by the pool when you are wearing your shoes, then a pair which feels comfortable on your foot is going to be fine, but if you are wanting to hike up a mountain with your water shoes on, then you are going to want to invest in something with good arch support and a durable sole. Casual shoes can be fine with any type of sole, but if you are going to be doing a lot of walking, then you are going to need something with a gel or foam insert to leave your feet feeling comfortable at the end of a long day.

Drainage Holes

Drainage holes are very important for water shoes (even if you do not have drainage holes, you may have some other way to allow the water out, such as mesh material). When you are in and around the water, it is inevitable that you are going to get water in your shoes. If this water has nowhere to go, then it is going to sit on your feet and feel uncomfortable as you squelch around with the water in your shoe. It is also going to make uncomfortable noises. On top of that, the water is going to damage your feet. Your feet are going to wrinkle and dry out with the salt in the water.

Look for a way for the water to drain from your shoes. There should be holes on the bottom or the sides of your shoes. We recommend looking for shoes with holes on the sides at the bottom rather than on the bottom. Holes on the bottom will let the water out, but it could also let debris and particles in. Sand and dirt can get in through the bottom, depending on the sizes of holes in your shoes. Holes in the bottom of your shoes also means that your feet are less protected than the soles of the shoes were solid.

Material

A better material means a better shoe. We always recommend spending a little more money on a shoe which will last you. Cheaper shoes will come with cheaper materials which can break down quicker. Look for material which will hold up to salt water, and also material which is durable and flexible.

FAQs

Q: What is a Water Shoe?

A: Water shoes are basically shoes which can be worn in the water. The main difference between water shoes and regular shoes is that water shoes will withstand water better and often feature a harder sole to allow for navigation over rocky terrain or other hard and jagged surfaces.

They also differ from flip flops in that they protect the entire foot as opposed to just the bottom of them. They offer a good compromise between regular shoes and fit flops. You will also find that water shoes feature drainage holes to allow the water to drain as it gets inside your shoe. They are great for walking along the beach, lazing by the pool, and hiking over rocks. You can also use them in water sports, such as surfing, as they are fine for submerging in the water.

Q: Are Water Shoes Necessary?

A: No, they are not necessary. If your feet can stand walking over jagged rocks, then you do not need to wear them. You could avoid rocks altogether. You coral also avoid water altogether. Water shoes are not necessary, but they do make your life a lot easier when you are in and around the water. They protect the soles of your feet from jagged rocks, shells, and sea life. They also give a good transition from dry land to the water. You do not need to take your shoes off to get in the water if you are wearing water shoes.

We love them for walking along a beach and then going for a swim. Sometimes the ocean floor can be rocky or covered in seaweed. Both can feel unpleasant on your feet as you walk out into the water. A good water shoe will protect your feet from that discomfort.

Q: Are Water Shoes Water-Resistant?

A: Water shoes are not water resistant. They are not designed to repel the water or keep it off your feet. Instead, they are designed for comfort and protection. They are designed to keep any sharp objects from penetrating your sole while giving impact-resistance to the remainder of your foot. They do feature drainage holes to drain the water away, but they are not designed to keep water off if your feet. They function in the same way as a regular shoe does, but the difference is that they will not break down quickly with the water exposure, and they will remain comfortable when they are wet.

Q: How Should Water Shoes Fit?

A: A water shoe will fit differently to a regular shoe as they do not usually have shoelaces to tighten the shoe when it is on your foot. When you are sizing your water shoe, you should bear in mind that water shoes will shrink slightly when they are exposed to water. For this reason, we recommend buying a water shoe which is half a size larger (or a size larger if you cannot find half a size larger). When you wear your shoe dry, you will not notice that to is a little bigger, but when it does shrink down a little in the water, you will be thankful that you do not have a shoe which is constrictive. A slightly bigger size will also give more room to wear a water sock underneath.

Q: How To Clean A water Shoe?

A: Cleaning a water shoe is an easy thing to do. We recommend washing your water shoes after they have been in contact with any salt water. You do not want the salt to build up and be left in contact with your shoe, or you risk the shoe wearing out quicker.

We find it best to submerge your shoes in some warm water for a couple of minutes. This will help to loosen any particles and will dissolve the salt. Once they have soaked, you should rinse the shoes off with warm water. This will remove the sand and salt on the shoes. Makes sure to rinse the outside and the inside.

If you find that your shoes are dirty or discolored, then we would recommend washing them with warm soapy water and a sponge. You can also use baking soda to remove any stubborn stains. Once you have washed them, rinse the soapy water from the shoes.

You should leave your shoes to dry, but keep them out of direct sunlight to avoid any damage from UV rays. You could also use a hairdryer to dry them if you need to wear them again before they are going to be dry.

If there is any smell to them, then sprinkle some baking soda inside of team when they are in storage.

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When looking for a summertime shoe, we recommend opting for a shoe that can be used both on land and in the water. A good pair of water shoes can prove invaluable during the summertime whether you are paddleboarding, snorkeling or simply enjoying a day at the beach. A perfect shoe combines a blend of cushion, weight and breathability. The material should be tough enough to withstand rough coral and rocks while giving your feet enough air to breath without sweating.

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Sources

  1. Healthy Feet, Everyday Health
  2. Terrain, Arcana Wiki

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