meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

Water Shoes

So many of the excursion reviews for numerous places preach bringing water shoes... Now I may sound silly, but I've never heard, nor wore a pair of water shoes, and generally just deal with the rocks, sand, or whatever...

 

For those that live/breath by them, what are some good brands that you have found, are they cumbersome? The idea of wet shoes, just seem to be uncomfortable or dirty. 

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Johngold
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Contributor Level: Captain

Depending on where you are I guess.

I keep a pair of "water shoes" in my truck if I'm going into a wet area. I have a rugged pair in my truck box also for constriction sites. On holidays I buy a comfortable canvas walking shoe for just that purpose. If they last for a couple of summer months for 20.00 $ then it's worth it. The canvas one dry real quick and can be hosed off if they get sandy.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I do pack a pair of water shoes for beaches or even getting to and from the pool so my real shoes do not get wet.   I picked them up a couple years ago at Costco.   I just saw that my local Costco ha them in stock now.   The ones I have are by Speedo,  they are comfortable like a pair of sandals and very light weight.

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

We have a pair of watershoes we got from Lands End just before last cruise. They are a requirement for climbing Dunn's River Falls. If you do not have any you have to buy or rent a pair or you cannot climb. 

They are basically sandals with ample top cover and have rubber soles with drainage holes. The upper material is made to dry quickly. Comfort wise they are not bad. I actually used them when I got home for walking my dogs in the rain as I hate to wear my good sandals in the rain and get the leather wet.Sandals are the only thing I wear from May 1 to end of October or later. Even into the office so they are a big thing for me.

chvygrl10
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I got mine at Land's End & ended up not even using them. The only reason I didn't get the canvas lighter weight kind is because my last pair did hold up even 2 weeks. I think they were too small though. I made the mistake of having the Land's End too tight when we were walking & they caused my feet to swell. And we didn't even need them then because we were snorkeling 

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Our water shoes are from Walmart, when I'm done with the trip I throw them away.

We got ours from Walgreens. I love my pedicures and my feet in general and they are prettyBig Smile, so I'd like to keep them that way even while on vacation. Water shoes breath and are not closed in...Remember, your out in the sun. You don't get a lot of sand on your feet. Most of all, you will not get cut, step on a crazy fish by mistake and you are protected. Don't want to get sick from a nasty cut on the foot or a bite from some fish that you didn't even see.

chvygrl10
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

We go to the beach, lake & do too much around water not to have a good pair of water shoes. I don't buy the cheap kind & then just throw them away. The cheap ones just tore up on me but they were a little small so that might be why. We go kayaking occasionally & for slippery rocks you HAVE to have a good pair. I got my 1st pair at sports academy & said after that never again will I go the cheap route. 

carmenburgess
Contributor Level: Third Mate

My daughter encouraged me to wear her water sandals on our excursion but I refused thinking they looked 'dorky'.  Needless to say I am nursing a sore foot because I stepped on a shell and cut the bottom of my foot pretty deep. I will wear them next time!!! 

 

Oh my!Surprised

 

maryred
Contributor Level: Third Mate

There 3 types of water shoes mesh tops, neoprene tops, and sandals. All 3 types share a couple of features such as 0 bouyancy and have a tough but very flexible bottom to prevent feet from being cut up on rocks, shells and coral, as well as protecting them stingers, spines, and teeth of marine life.

Inexpensive mesh top ones can be had at places such as Dollar General and 5 Below. The 3 bad things with these is they generally come in split sizes (ex 9/10 or S, M, or Lg) providing imperfect fits, the mesh lets sand & other very small particles in easily but not out again, and generally only last 4-5 wearings before the glue gives out or the bottoms crack.

The neoprene ones are perhaps the most popular and prices range widely on these depending on where you buy and the name brand (or non-brand) you decide on. No names as well as last year's styles of name brands can be had at places like Target and Wallyworld for under $20 in the seasonal section spring to early summer. While new style brands names (Speedo, Body Glove, and Under Armour) can be found year round sporting and marine equipment stores like Modells and West Marine starting at about $30 and going up to over $100. The advantage to this type is when fitted properly and the ankle cinch pulled not much gets into the shoe.

The sandal type is more popular with people that like to go from land sports to water activities without stopping to change. These tend to be the most rugged, being able to handle trails even rock climbing then water sports even white water rafting. If this style is your choice, avoid no names brands for these and stick with Trekkers, Teva, Lands End, and LL Bean. These generally run $70 + & can be found at sporting equipment stores, but if confident on the size you need you can save money ordering direct from the vendor or from outlets online.

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