The Best Water Shoes
Updated Dec 10, 2022
Don’t let one slippery rock interrupt your day of white-water rafting, trekking across a riverbed, or strolling on a pebbly beach. Wearing the right water shoes can help prevent a dangerous fall or a nasty cut—or just keep you covered as you chase your kid through a sprinkler. Although water shoes historically have been known more for their function than their style, we found several pairs that are nice-looking enough to also wear on dry land.The five great pairs we recommend all come in men’s and women’s sizes. Choose from a durable, classic sock-style water shoe; a surprisingly affordable pair; a sporty water sneaker; a tougher shoe with a grippier sole for more-intense activities; and a water-safe shoe that doubles as a stylish espadrille.