Are you thinking about footwear when you’re going boating? If you are, it’s likely because you’ve either ruined a good pair of leather flip-flops or gotten a decent set of tennis shoes soaked and had to dry your feet out barefoot on the deck.
Especially if you’re going to be in and out of the water all day, a solid pair of water shoes can make a good day on the water far more comfortable. These are our top picks.
KEEN Newport Hydro Sandal
There are a lot of great outdoor shoe brands. KEEN is one of them. And for my experience, I love sandals as my water shoes. They dry out faster, you don’t have to worry about an insole, and if you’re not in an area where you’re dealing with lots of sharp objects there’s no need to worry about wrapping your feet completely.
These Keen Hydro sandals come packing a ton of support, and even odor control—not necessarily for your own feet, but from any funky lake gunk that may start to stink in the heat.
HUK Attack Waterproof Low Fishing Shoe
Of course, if you want a full wrap shoe for extra grip and protection from any fish that get too close, a proper shoe will have to do.
For that, the HUK Attack is a great low cut option. Your feet still get plenty of breathability while the drainage system releases water to help your feet dry out quickly. Complete with GripX, no matter the terrain you’re walking on, you’ll have firm footing.
Columbia Santiam 2 Strap Sandal
Lightweight is important in a water shoe. And while the Santiam 2 Strap Sandal is definitely light, it also features an Omni-Grip rubber sole for solid footing. And with two straps, they stay firmly set on your feet—you know, where you want them.
NRS Kicker Remix Wetshoe
Hanging out in cooler water? The NRS Kicker Remix Wetshoe is insulated to keep your toes warm. And because it’s the most important thing, there’s a 3mm patterned rubber sole to keep you put when you’re on slippery surfaces.
Look thin? No worries. They also have a 2mm plastic shim so no sharp rocks will be breaking through.
Sea to Summit Ultra-Flex Booties
Yet another bootie, the Ultra-Flex is perfect for most above-water activities that transition perfectly to in-water. Made from neoprene for extreme durability, they also feature Velcro straps to hold in place and rubber laminated soles so you stay put when you’re walking and can’t see exactly where you’re stepping.
Do you have any shoes you think should be added to this list? Leave a comment below!