The Best Water Shoes of 2021
Splash and wade with abandon
Astral TR1 Loop ($125)
For hikes with lots of stream crossings, protect your feet with this full-coverage shoe. The recycled-polyester mesh upper cradles the foot and dries quickly. It’ll pass for a casual sneaker when you head into town, but the five-millimeter lugged tread is hardcore enough to handle any adventure.
Teva Hurricane Verge ($80)
The Verge pairs a robust and rugged EVA foam footbed with an adjustable cross-strap upper to keep your foot locked in. The polyester webbing is lined with lightweight padded mesh to dry fast and prevent chafing. Our favorite part: unclip the buckle to free your feet without undoing the fit.
Ecco X-Trinsic ($100)
This is a performance sport sandal you won’t want to take off after the expedition is over. Its shock-absorbent footbed is supportive and prevents fatigue for all-day wear. The rubber outsole grips even on slippery rocks, and the three adjustable, quick-fastening Velcro straps make the fit fully customizable.
Body Glove Dynamo Vortex ($60)
The Dynamo looks like an athletic river sandal but has the protection of a water shoe, yielding a comfy hybrid that will stay secure through ocean waves and river rapids. The footbed drainage system and stretchy mesh upper shed water, and the ultra-grippy rubber outsole keeps you on your feet. Two adjustable straps cinch easily when wet.
Keen Terradora II Strappy ($110)
Don’t be fooled by its casual look: this sandal is based on Keen’s popular women-specific Terradora hiking boot, with an all-terrain rubber outsole and multidirectional lugs. This strappy number is best for those who want the wind on their toes, even on technical terrain. (Men: check out the Targhee Open Toe sandals.)
OluKai Moku Pae ($120)
Don’t want to choose between a sneaker and a slide? OluKai’s signature foldable heel gives you both. The Moku Pae’s minimally lined upper and mesh tongue are designed for breezy sockless wear. Meanwhile, the dual-density anatomical foam footbed has a gel insert for maximum cushion, and the wet-grip rubber outsole provides stability on deck.