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The Best Water Shoes of 2020

Amphibious adventures await

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buyer’s guide

Teva Universal Trail ($100)

buyer’s guide
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A sticky undercarriage makes this Teva a great bet for slippery trails. The recycled-polyester webbing is extremely durable and features a soft lining, while a contoured EVA midsole gives you the arch support that many sandals lack.

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OluKai Ulele ($75)

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Looking for street-shoe structure in a lightweight flip-flop? Look no further. The Ulele’s super-soft EVA midsole feels like it was made just for you. And the grippy outsole provides stability when things get slick, whether you’re poolside or at the put-in. 

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Astral TR1 Mesh ($125)

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Here’s an ultralight hiker that’s as comfortable as a sneaker but performs like a water shoe. The TR1 is great for everything from river romps to long hikes, thanks to a Ripstop 2D Mesh upper, TPU overlays at the heel and toe, and sticky five-millimeter lugs.

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Danner Rivercomber ($120)

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The first water shoe from the legendary bootmaker features a quick-drying, abrasion-resistant Cordura upper and a drainable midsole. The closed design means you won’t have to pause to remove pebbles. 

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Reef One ($35)

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This sandal is as easy on your conscience as it is on your feet. It’s injection molded (which reduces production waste) and made without PVC. An organic compound added to the foam during manufacturing speeds ­biodegradation when its lifespan expires. Anatomical contouring makes for comfy all-day wear.

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Merrell Choprock Sieve ($110)

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With a Vibram Megagrip sole and five-­millimeter lugs, the Choprock Sieve has serious grip, along with midsole ports for ditching water. The mesh and webbing don’t hold moisture, so the shoe is always ready for your next move. 

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Hoka One One Hopara ($120)

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If you love Hoka’s bouncy midsoles, this sandal is for you. The synthetic upper provides a snug fit and has cutouts that whoosh away water. The soft neoprene collar adds flexibility, and the speed-lace system means no stopping to retie.

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