The popularity of water sports such as surfing, paddle and wake-boarding and windsurfing has risen over the last few years. And with it is a corresponding rise in the need for a decent pair of water shoes. Thankfully manufacturers have taken notice and now there are many designs to choose from. So whether you are out boating, fishing, on the beach or just lazing by the pool, if you want the best water shoes here is what we recommend:
This pair of Crocs Swiftwater sandals have had a revamp for 2019. The bestsellers are now more streamlined with wider gaps to allow more water to drain out. They are adjustable and flexible in and out of the water and won’t slip.
These are expensive but if you are in the water a lot they are definitely worth the extra money. Super traction thanks to the multi-direction pattern on the sole. You get sturdy toe protection which most water shoes don’t provide and they give excellent drainage. We think the style is pretty good too.
A lot of water shoes don’t provide good support because they are concentrating on the drainage and traction in the soles. These pair have a cushioned layer and structured underlays for superior wear. They also use elements from volcanic ash to stop odours and you can adjust the fit.
These are a one-piece, 3D constructed amphibious shoe made to conform to the contours of your own feet. They are lightweight, with superb traction on slippery surfaces, and have directional channels for water drainage. If you like barefoot shoes these are for you.
An updated design of Speedo’s surf shoe which the designers reckon is better. Great fit thanks to the bungee lacing design and an easy pull on/off tab at the heel. The shoe also has amazing traction so you won’t slip on wet surfaces like boats or boards.
These water shoes are great for hiking in rough terrain where you are likely to come across water gorges and creeks and you have to walk through and in them. Very robust, made with a wax waterproof leather upper and features antimicrobial agents which help to reduce shoe odour
If you prefer a more lightweight shoe to wear in the water you might like this one from Lakeland. They are designed to be worn on the beach and with normal clothes so you don’t have to take them on and off going to and from your destination. They have a midsole which drains the water and lightweight cushioning which allows a barefoot feel.
A very reasonable pair of shoes here that are designed for all water sports and the beach. The good thing about these shoes is that you can wear them with neoprene socks if the water is really cold. They have mesh uppers for drainage and the laces are elasticated for a better fit.