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2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide

The Best Water Shoes of 2021

Splash and wade with abandon


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Astral TR1 Loop ($125)

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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.

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Teva Hurricane Verge ($80)

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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.

Men’s Women’s

Ecco X-Trinsic ($100)

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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.

Men’s Women’s

Body Glove Dynamo Vortex ($60)

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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.

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Keen Terradora II Strappy ($110)

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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.)

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OluKai Moku Pae ($120)

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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.

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