Hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, chasing the kids through the sprinkler and weekends at the lake—summer activities are guaranteed to get a little wet. To avoid any accidental slipping and sliding this year, consider adding a pair of water shoes to your rotation. From sneaker-inspired designs to trendy Tevas (yes, seriously), here are three pairs to take along on every adventure this summer.
The 3 Best Water Shoes on Amazon
Editors’ Pick: Doussprt Women's Water Shoes Quick Drying Sports Aqua Shoes
- Breathable and durable mesh upper
- Bungee laces for a custom fit
- Looks and fits like a sneaker
What’s the trick to getting over an aversion to water shoes? (Admittedly, they are not the cutest things.) This pair, which could pass for regular old running sneakers. One editor brought them on a recent trip to Costa Rica saying, “I really didn’t want to buy water shoes for an adventure trip, but it was kind of a nonnegotiable. They were necessary for maneuvering up slippery cliffs and, bonus, my pedicure stayed intact for the entire ten days.”
Best Value: Vifuur Water Sports Quick-dry Aqua Yoga Socks
- Smooth design prevents chafing
- Flexible, stretchy fabric feels like a sock
- Rubber sole protects from sharp objects
Want something a little less bulky? These sock-like water shoes have a barely-there, second-skin feel. They take up minimal real estate in your carry-on, so bringing them along for your next trip is a no-brainer. This flexible pair is so versatile, they can also provide extra traction on stand-up paddleboards.
Splurge-worthy: Teva Women's Hurricane Drift Sport Sandal
- Easy hook-and-loop closure for adjustable fit
- Lug sole prevents slips
- Designed with super-light, waterproof material
These trendy Teva sandals may not look like traditional water shoes, but they function just like the real deal. Made from a super-lightweight, waterproof material and finished with a lug sole, they help keep your footing on wet and slippery surfaces. You can adjust the fit with the Velcro ankle strap, but don’t worry if they slip off while kayaking—they’re light enough to float to the surface, so you’ll never lose them.