The Best Water Shoes of 2021
Splash and wade with abandon
For exclusive access to all of our fitness, gear, adventure, and travel stories, plus discounts on trips, events, and gear, sign up for Outside+ today.
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.