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15 comfortable, durable water shoes for all your outdoor adventures

Your days of complaining about hot concrete and sandy toes are officially over.
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While summer calls for sandals, swimsuits and more comfortable styles, water shoes are your best ally for a lot of outdoor activities. They not only protect your feet from getting burned on hot concrete, but they also keep you from sliding around on wet floors and shield your tootsies from sharp objects while going down a natural spring.

The Shop TODAY team pulled together some shopper-loved water shoes for women and kids that will keep you comfortable, warm and ready for any outdoor undertaking. But first, let's discuss why water shoes are a must-have for your warm weather wardrobe.

Why do you need water shoes?

You might argue the need of adding another pair of shoes to your repertoire. However, water shoes can protect your feet from blisters during high-level water activities and keep your feet warm in cold water. They are great to wear in different water sports like tubing, boating, fishing, kayaking and more.

Water shoes also serve as a protective layer during floods, scuba diving and other areas containing rocks and stones. Aside from preventing any friction to your feet, water shoes also provide balance while walking around dangerous surfaces. According to an academic study, the wrong selection of shoes can lead to orthopedic problems and trigger skin issues.

Women's water shoes to shop

Lands' End Women's Slip-On Water Shoes

These Lands' End water shoes are constructed with a durable rubber sole for embarrassing slips and a lightweight mesh that will feel comfortable inside the water. They have an adjustable cord at the heel for a secured fit.

Teva Hurricane Drift

These Teva water sandals will take your outdoor adventures to the next level thanks to its feminine and versatile design. The shoe is made with recyclable materials with a molded silhouette that feels lightweight on your feet. The sandal can be easily worn from the beach to the lobby with ease.

Seekway Quick-Dry Aqua Socks Barefoot

Break a sweat in these top-rated water shoes made with a smooth fabric to avoid chafing during water activities. Over 2,800 customers rated this pair five stars, with one person elaborating that "they feel just like socks and are more flexible" than most water shoes.

Mishansha Webbing Bathing Shoes

Mishansha's water shoes have garnered over 17,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, plus they're a huge steal at under $30. They can be worn season after season since they are salt-resistant and have plenty of drainage holes to get excess water out. The shoes are made with neoprene and rubber material for a comfortable fit.

Vifuur Water Sports Shoes

Part water shoe and part yoga sock, this sock-shoe hybrid from Vifuur is a fun option for adults and kids. The shoes are super lightweight, can slip on and off easily and come in dozens of colors and designs. Note: While the soles remain protective, the top material can fray a bit after many uses, so be sure to air dry them outside instead of putting them in the dryer.

Aleader Women's Mesh Slip-On Water Shoes

These water shoes from Aleader are the perfect combination of comfort and style that can go from water activities to a casual beachside dinner. The rubber sole will keep you from slipping and sliding around, while the integrated sock liner will keep your feet comfortable all day long. They also come in 14 different colors, so coordinating with your bathing suit will be a breeze.

Barerun Barefoot Quick-Dry Water Sports Shoes

Any water shoe labeled with the words “quick-dry” automatically grabs our attention. These water shoes have over 16,000 five-star ratings on Amazon and are super cheap at just under $15. The shoes are made with a material that has a slight stretch, so there’s no need to worry if your feet are going to fit correctly.

Zhuanglin Quick Drying Aqua Water Shoes

Another quick-dry option are these water shoes from Zhuanglin. They look more like traditional athletic shoes and come in a variety of bright colors. They also have a rubberized sole with mesh fabric for a comfortable feel without the fear of slipping.

Speedo Surfwalker 3.0 Water Shoe

These Speedo water shoes are made with a super stretchy material that allows you to pull them on easier but also keeps the shoe in place while wearing them. Whether you're into water sports or are just looking for something to protect your feet at the local water park, these are a good option.

Native Shoes Lightweight Sneaker

Slip-on water shoes just got even cuter with this pair from Native Shoes. Available in 23 colors, they're ultra-lightweight and covered in small holes so water can escape effortlessly. Note: These kicks run small, so be sure to order a size up to play it safe.

Children's water shoes to shop

Nike Aqua Sock 360 Water Shoes

Nike is primarily known for its superior athletic shoes for kids, but they also make some excellent water shoes for their growing feet. They have a non-slip sole and are made with a stretchy material, so your kids won’t have any trouble pulling these on for a day of fun in the sun.

Aleader Kids Youth Sport Water Hiking Sandals

This water shoe/hiking sandal hybrid is a fun option for kids who love the outdoors. Even better is that they have a secure lacing system that keeps your kid’s feet in place.

Ubfen Water Shoes for Kids

Available in sizes for toddlers, little kids and big kids, these water shoes will give your little water guppy the support and style they crave. The design comes in 23 different colors with a quick-drying material that is comfortable for their feet. With more than 5,200 five-star ratings, these shoes are the best to avoid blisters, burns and calluses. One customer said these ones were "super grippy and have held up in cold rivers and hot rocky mountains of Arizona."

L.L. Bean Kids' Rafters Hilo Strap Water Shoes

These L.L. Bean water shoes are a deal at less than $20. Available in teal and dark blue variations, they have a non-slip rubber sole and velcro straps to make sure the shoes actually stay on. They're also made with a synthetic mesh that gets rid of water quickly.

Teva Original Universal Sandal

Tevas are a fun all-purpose sandal, including for water activities. They currently come in toddler and youth sizes, and kids can pick their favorite design from three different options. There are multiple straps on the shoes, so parents might need to help their kids get in and out of them. However, once their feet are strapped in and secured, you won't have to worry about putting their shoes back on for the rest of the day.

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