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Best Men’s Water Shoes

On this site we’ve covered a lot of the basic equipment you will need while snorkeling. These include the obvious items like a snorkel, mask, fins, etc. However, one thing that we find ourselves and have heard a lot of other people say is how much they have grown to rely on water shoes.

First off, for those who are unaware, water shoes are basically shoes that you can wear in and around the water without having to worry about completely ruining them or never drying out. They aren’t meant to be worn inside your snorkel fins, but rather, for walking around and commuting back and forth from your favorite snorkeling sports.

Water shoes aren’t necessarily water resistant. For the most part, water shoes that are affordable and more all-purpose generally aren’t made of high quality products or 100% water resistant material. However, they are usually made of some water resistant components, and for the most part offer material that will be sure to dry quickly.

Furthermore, water shoes can be nice items to have around the water because they are generally very comfortable. For example, you can often find slip on water shoes that are very thin and have a durable sole that provides lots of traction. Other water shoes may have an open top or look more like sandals, or some may have a lot of mesh material that dries quickly. In any case, there is likely a pair of water shoes that are great for your needs, it’s just a matter of finding the right ones.

Therefore, we felt it was necessary to write this article on some of the best and most popular best men’s water shoes out there (we are also currently developing on for women’s water shoes). Our goal is to provide a variety of different types of water shoes in order for you to gain a larger-picture perspective, perhaps helping you narrow your choices. Please refer to the table and extra information below!

Product Summary Our Rating Price

Combines neoprene for comfort and durability and two-tone mesh panels for comfort and ventilation. Thick textured rubber sole. Slip-on style. Good bang for your buck.

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These are very popular and high quality water sandals. Very well constructed and extremely durable, these water sandals are a top-of-the-line product. Bungee lacing system, EVA molded midsole and footbed, patented toe protection, water-repelling mesh, and much more. The main downside is that they are expensive. A case of you get what you pay for. 

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Popular and reliable water sports brand. Combined 4 way stretch neoprene and mesh panels, and about 0.75" of rubber under the heel, these are durable and functional water shoes. Outsole designed to provide traction both above- and underwater. Good water shoes.

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Another pair of Speedo water shoes, these are basically a step up from the ones above. They feature a similar neoprene and mesh panel combination with a really nice rubber sole. Bungee laces provide quick and secure fit. These are great water shoes if they are in the budget.

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These are a very basic and cheap pair of water shoes. Neoprene construction, a little bit of mesh, and a rubber sole that provides some traction. Lots of styles to choose from. Main complaint is durability, they don't last. Good for minimal usage. 

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Primarily mesh with no neoprene. Solyte midsole is lightweight and durable, Water Grip outsole provides good traction. Not the best for colder water, but very comfortable and more similar to a sneaker than most water shoes. Cool product. 

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Neoprene/mesh combo and lightweight flexible rubber sole for wet or dry grip. A little more heavy duty, but still quite lightweight overall. Cord lacing with toggle lock for quick and optimal fit. These are solid water shoes. 

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Comfortable, durable, and stylish. These water shoes are very well reviewed by many customers. Better for rocks than sand. Better for water sports than walking around on land for long periods of time. Interesting Adidas drainage system. Rubber sole is ok for grip, not the best. Pretty expensive. 

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These are basically a combination between neoprene socks and water shoes. 3mm thick neoprene (no mesh), low-cut slip-on style boot. The rubber sole provides great traction, way more than your typical neoprene sock. Simple, yet effective. Great water shoes!

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For the most part, these are the same as the Starbay water shoes reviewed above, but more variety in styles are available. Similarly, these ones are often on sale at different times. Very affordable, but not very durable. 

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Combines neoprene for comfort and durability and two-tone mesh panels for comfort and ventilation. Thick textured rubber sole. Slip-on style. Good bang for your buck.

These are very popular and high quality water sandals. Very well constructed and extremely durable, these water sandals are a top-of-the-line product. Bungee lacing system, EVA molded midsole and footbed, patented toe protection, water-repelling mesh, and much more. The main downside is that they are expensive. A case of you get what you pay for. 

Popular and reliable water sports brand. Combined 4 way stretch neoprene and mesh panels, and about 0.75" of rubber under the heel, these are durable and functional water shoes. Outsole designed to provide traction both above- and underwater. Good water shoes.

Another pair of Speedo water shoes, these are basically a step up from the ones above. They feature a similar neoprene and mesh panel combination with a really nice rubber sole. Bungee laces provide quick and secure fit. These are great water shoes if they are in the budget.

These are a very basic and cheap pair of water shoes. Neoprene construction, a little bit of mesh, and a rubber sole that provides some traction. Lots of styles to choose from. Main complaint is durability, they don't last. Good for minimal usage. 

Primarily mesh with no neoprene. Solyte midsole is lightweight and durable, Water Grip outsole provides good traction. Not the best for colder water, but very comfortable and more similar to a sneaker than most water shoes. Cool product. 

Neoprene/mesh combo and lightweight flexible rubber sole for wet or dry grip. A little more heavy duty, but still quite lightweight overall. Cord lacing with toggle lock for quick and optimal fit. These are solid water shoes. 

Comfortable, durable, and stylish. These water shoes are very well reviewed by many customers. Better for rocks than sand. Better for water sports than walking around on land for long periods of time. Interesting Adidas drainage system. Rubber sole is ok for grip, not the best. Pretty expensive. 

These are basically a combination between neoprene socks and water shoes. 3mm thick neoprene (no mesh), low-cut slip-on style boot. The rubber sole provides great traction, way more than your typical neoprene sock. Simple, yet effective. Great water shoes!

For the most part, these are the same as the Starbay water shoes reviewed above, but more variety in styles are available. Similarly, these ones are often on sale at different times. Very affordable, but not very durable. 

Who Needs Water Shoes?

Water shoes aren't usually necessary for snorkeling, but they can definitely make the difference between a tedious snorkeling session and a fun stress-free snorkeling session. Water shoes are not usually worn underwater while you are actually snorkeling, as you will likely be wearing fins instead (perhaps with a pair of neoprene socks ), but for scoping out your spots, chilling in the surrounding areas, or exploring areas in a more amphibious manner, then water shoes can be a great addition to your snorkel gear.

Protection

The primary benefit of water shoes is protection, whether it be direct protection, or indirect protection. Direct protection comes from the fact that your feet will be well protected from jagged surfaces by utilizing a thick layer of rubber on the sole. Sometimes this rubber will extend up in front of the toes, offering additional protection there as well. Similarly, most water shoes come with either mesh panels or neoprene (or both), which offer some added protection for the entire foot as well.

The indirect protection comes in the form of increased traction on wet surfaces. Many pair of water shoes are designed to improve grip on wet surfaces by incorporate various groove design into the rubber. This can be crucial when trying to navigate the deck of a boat or walking across rocks to get to your favorite snorkeling spot.

Although most water shoes are pretty good at offering ample protection on the bottom of the foot with nice thick rubber soles, often times the quality of the grip/traction will vary across different brands and models of water shoes. In this case, it's always helpful to read previous customer reviews , as quality of grip will depend on activity , type of person, and may not be apparent simply from the design of the sole. 

Comfort

Even if you find that your snorkeling destinations don't really require that you have water shoes, sometimes they can simply offer more comfort than just walking in neoprene socks or bare feet. Rocks can be pointy enough to still aggravate you through thick neoprene socks, so having a nice rubber sole can make a big difference.

Water Shoes versus Normal Running Shoes

So why no just wear regular runner? Nothing is stopping you from doing this. This may actually be the cheapest option especially if you already have an old pair of runners that you can devote to this purpose. However, we recommend you consider the following benefits of water shoes before making a final decision: 

  • Water shoes are typically very lightweight 
  • Even though your feet may still get wet, the water resistant material will allow for faster drying and maintenance of the very lightweight feel (as opposed to runner that will become saturated with water and therefore very heavy).
  • Water shoes usually offer better traction on wet surfaces
  • Variety of price ranges for water shoes, so there's lots out there for different budgets. 

Variety

One nice things about water shoes is that they can be very affordable, but you can also pay more to get a really good pair of water shoes that will last a long time. In any case, there's a good chance you can find a pair of water shoes that fit your needs and your budget.

What if you just moved somewhere or haven't been snorkeling enough to know exactly what you will need? We would suggest the following two options. 1) Wait until you have a better idea of your favorite snorkeling spots and how much protection or comfort you need, or 2) Start with a really cheap pair of water shoes, even if they don't last long, just to get a sense of what may or may not work for you. One could picture the latter as being a longer term choice.

These could be considered a "default" pair of water shoes. They are really basic, nothing fancy, and very affordable. In essence, they are a cheap pair of water shoes that will do the trick.

These are slip on water shoes that combine neoprene with mesh panels for comfort. The neoprene and mesh combination not only facilitates comfort, but the water shoes will dry very quickly after use, way more quickly than a normal pair of runners. Additionally, they will stay lightweight even after you submerge them underwater.

The rubber sole is pretty thick and therefore provides adequate protection. The traction is also pretty standard for water shoes. The main thing you need to watch out for in this pair of water shoes is the durability. They have been known to fall apart very quickly. Therefore, we recommend these water shoes.

We definitely saved the best for last this time! Although, one could argue we are not technically correct, as these are sandals, not shoes. That being said, they are meant for the same purpose, not just walking around the city, and are known to be a top-of-the-line product.

The multi-direction lug pattern provides excellent grip on wet and dry surfaces, the midsole is made of molded EVA for comfort, and there is a patented toe protection feature built in. The shoes are machine washable and are known to be extremely durable.

These are just awesome water sandals all around. With all the features you expect plus lots more, solid performance and comfort, and good durability.

The main piece of advice we have is to simply be real with yourself. If you don't think you'll get any extra benefit out of these because you just need a simple pair of water shoes for the beach, then don't get them. If you want to improve upon an existing pair, or know you will be very active in them, then these water shoes are definitely worth the consideration.

Awarded by us as best value water shoes, these Speedo water shoes are pretty much one step above the water shoes we

Speedo is a reputable water sports brand, which immediately suggests some sort of competency when designing and constructing water shoes, but let's take a closer look. In this pair of Speedo water shoes, they use a relatively high proportion of neoprene with a textile type of mesh panel to compliment. These are slip on water shoes that are known to be quite comfortable, especially for the seemingly simple design.

There is ample rubber to provide protection to the bottoms of your feet, measuring 3/4" thick at the heel . Many people have been surprised by their performance on land, for example when hiking to a favorite snorkeling spot, and then have also provided good reviews towards the underwater performance as well.

Overall, these are great value water shoes that perform well in all aspects, but don't provide anything really fancy. The durability is pretty good. Again, nothing crazy, but definitely not bad. Perhaps one of the most underrated features of these water shoes are the comfort both in water and on land, especially for the price. Overall, we recommend these water shoes, particularly if you are on fairly tight budget.

These men's water shoes are actually quite unique. Instead of adopting a more conventional design with lots of neoprene, these water shoes are made predominantly of mesh. This is obviously very conducive to ventilation, and most find this to also be very comfortable.

It's debatable how you would classify these water shoes. They're not water resistant, as your actual feet will be wet, but the water won't damage the shoes, and given they are made of rubber and mesh, they will dry extremely quickly. Moreover, since there is no material that can really soak up the water, they remain very lightweight underwater.

The Solyte midsole and Water Grip outsole combine good performance with good grip. The water is allowed to drain out the bottom of the shoes, as the sole as numerous holes for the water to pass through. There is an inner

Overall, most people really like these water shoes. However, the main drawback is that they are not good for cold temperatures, as they provide basically zero insulation. Otherwise, these are excellent, unique, and stylish water shoes that are definitely worth consideration. 

These are extremely stylish water shoes, or as they are categorized, boat shoes . There are tons of color schemes available, and they are so stylish that we were originally quite skeptical. However, they do perform well, and they are way lighter than they look, particularly the low cut shoes with more mesh.

The grip is actually pretty good and there Adidas provides a good drainage system where the water can drain out of many areas of the shoe, including the sole. Some people don't like the holes in the bottom of the shoe because sand can get in, but that's pretty much the biggest concern.

They take a little while to break in, but otherwise are comfortable and perform well both under and above water. The shoes themselves are known to be quite durable, but the bungee laces are pretty standard, so if you use these a lot don't expect them to last forever.

Overall, these are a really good pair of water shoes that are very stylish and quite durable, albeit at a more expensive price range. We suggest considering these if you haven't had much luck with other brands and have room in the budget, but wouldn't consider these a pair of beginner water shoes.


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