Water shoes are hitting their stride as designers pull inspiration from beyond the river banks, be it the skate park or the yacht club. Here are five pairs of shoes that perform well in the water but also look good kicking around town.
Adidas Terrex CC Boat ($65)
Adidas applies their signature style to a river-friendly shoe with a stretchable heel insert for a tight fit, and one of the grippiest rubber outsoles on the market.
Under Armour Kilchis ($70)
They’re not flashy, but the mesh upper dries fast and a neoprene collar gives this shoe a snug fit. You get solid performance in a water shoe that looks like an understated sneaker.
Astral Brewer ($60)
Astral helped change the water shoe game with the release of the Brewer, which is as stylish as it is functional. The shoe features an incredibly grippy outsole, a fast-drying mesh and Cordura upper, and a retro two-tone aesthetic that makes you want to wear them all the time.
NRS Vibe ($75)
The Vibe is built by kayakers for kayakers so you know performance is priority number one. The shoe is a mix of Cordura and mesh with drainage ports and a non-absorbent footbed. We dig the seamless internal design and the skate-shoe aesthetic.
Columbia Dorado PFG ($60)
Take the classic boat shoe and give it performance chops with a bouncy midsole and stain resistant mesh upper and you’ve got the Dorado. Yacht not included.