Water Shoes - the good, the bad and they're all ugly ...

I have owned numerous pairs of water shoes from the cheapies to the expensive ... there's not much difference unless you are a diver/snorkeler. This time of year the discount stores sell cheapo water shoes that work just fine for strolling along the beach. They're designed to get wet and protect your feet from rocks, coral, critters, etc. Sandals or flip flops are too open and slip off - they don't protect your feet. The expensive water shoes that divers/snorkelers use are somewhat different in that they fit better in fins, have heavier protection, etc.

If you need water shoes, go immediately to Walmart, Kmart, Target, etc. and buy the cheapest ones that fit. I pack them in a plastic bag and wear good walking shoes and only wear them in the water. I never wear water shoes all day... unless I'm on the beach all day which isn't a bad thing.

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Are they really called water shoes?

Yes - or sometimes water socks - they look like a sneaker because they cover the top of your foot. (I remove them when sun bathing so I don't get marks) They are an absolute necessity on most beaches. They're designed to dry quickly. But most importantly, they do protect your feet. I've stepped on things on the most pristine beaches that have washed ashore so while shelling or strolling the beach, I always wear them.

Probably inexpensive as well. Ill check them out.

Less than ten bucks this time of year...

Google water shoes and you'll find a bunch very cheap!

I had asked in a post before about best watershoes because I read that they benefit those at Labadee and I will be doing a waterfall excursion too... Lots of good inf from experts and I was just looking at Famous Footwear that have a buy one get one 1/2 off... Very inexpensive, under 30 bucks so look for sales too.

I got some nice water shoes on Amazon for around $20 on clearance. They have thicker soles with padding so the rocks don't poke your feet. Also, they have a zipper closure which you can adjust if your feet swell (and mine will Big Smile). I've had them for our last two cruises and I love them :)

I got Speedo Water shoes at Costco a couple years ago they are comfortable to wear for extended time. I also use them on the ship for going to the pool and the hot tub so I do not get my gym shoes wet on the way back to the cabin. I now pack them on almost all trips, they are very light weight for packing.

I don't care for the cheap ones because the soles are so thin and I would rather spend extra to get better quality. I believe "you get what you pay for" with them. A Walmart pair that I first bought left me with blisters from the cheap wet material irritating my foot.


Maryred had some good pointers and tips on watershoes.

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