Even if you’re not going on a warm-weather vacation this winter, there are lots of uses for water shoes beyond the beach — like taking a hike by a local stream, or even wearing them for better traction in your (heated) pool or jacuzzi. And while we’ve written about women’s shoes before — including the best women’s tennis shoes, the best workout shoes for women, and even the best shoes in hard-to-find sizes — here, we’ve rounded up the best women’s water shoes, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
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Best-rated water shoes for women
These water shoes get five stars from just about 10,000 reviewers, many of whom praise their function and comfort in extreme situations both in and out of the water. One customer wore them on a four-mile mud run with obstacles and says, “They worked perfect. They stayed on my feet the entire race and didn’t rub or anything.” Another, who wears them to work as a lifeguard, agrees that these shoes are comfortable and “provide excellent support for all outdoor and indoor activities on land, water, and mountainous terrain.” A third even says these “shoes saved my life” when they ran downstairs after showering, only to “trip over the damn dog [and] almost do the splits. But the tread on my water shoes saved my life.” Hundreds of other customers say that the grip and tread of these water shoes are on-par with those of athletic sneakers. “It’s like wearing really light sneakers. Doesn’t feel like I’m walking on rocks when I’m walking through rivers,” says one reviewer. Another, who also wore them on a full-day kayaking trip says that they have “great grip on the slick rocks when getting in and out of the water” and hold up well while hiking on land too: “The rubber soles are sturdy enough to prevent sticks from stabbing through and have deep enough treads to keep traction on steep inclines and declines.”
Best-rated (less expensive) water shoes for women
Given their low price point, many reviewers were initially skeptical that these water shoes would be “cheaply made and would be partially falling apart” — as one customer puts it — but many, including that same reviewer, are pleased to find that “they are very well made!” Even the most discerning of customers vouch for their quality, like one reviewer whose feet are sensitive after plantar surgery but says these offered ample support “on a ton of hiking adventures. The bottom sole isn’t thick, but is comfortable.” Over 800 other reviewers describe these shoes as “comfortable,” including one who has diabetic nerve damage in their feet and says these shoes “protect my feet very well.” In fact, they’re so “light that you almost forget you’re wearing them.” And, since they’re lightweight but durable, dozens of reviewers say they’re their go-to water shoes for traveling everywhere from international beach vacations to the neighborhood pool. One initially skeptical customer even uses them “as emergency flats when going out in heels.”
Best plastic water shoes for women
Reviewers find the plastic material of the shoes makes them a practical choice for water activities. One shopper notes that they have “no cloth to sour or mildew,” while another writes, “The best part about these shoes was that, being rubbery plastic, they didn’t need time to dry out after being wet. While my friends had to plan time to wash out and dry their soggy cloth water shoes, these just needed a quick rinse and I was ready to go.” One commenter calls them “cuter and less obvious than Crocs.” Just be sure to wear them with sunscreen: “A note — these give your feet a VERY strange tan pattern, like giraffe spots. LOL.”