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Best Women’s Water Shoes

In general, water shoes are more functional than stylish/fashionable. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a cool looking pair of water shoes. For example, the Adidas waters shoes that we reviewed in our men’s water shoes article are very stylish and come in many different color schemes and designs. However, most of the time, water shoes look fairly basic and the manufacturers focus on function over style, which in our opinion is a good thing!

For any that are still listed in men's sizes, we will try and provide some clarification as to what sizes may be best for smaller feet. If you are woman who prefers one of the "men's" pair of water shoes, often times you can find a guide provided by the particular brand that gives an indication of what size may be best. In this article, we will highlight some of the best water shoes for women. Even though there usually isn’t a big difference between men’s and women’s water shoes other than size, water shoes labeled for women may be in the appropriate sizes and you won’t have to convert from a men’s size to a women’s size.

Please find our reviews of the best and most popular women’s water shoes below.

Product Summary Our Rating Price

Pretty much your standard water shoes. Nothing special, but they do the trick. Rubber sole with traction combine with lots of mesh on top. Nothing extraordinary, but solid bang for your buck. 

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Criss-cross strapping system and mesh upper provides maximum ventilation and drainage. Drainage system in sole as well. Memory foam footbed with quick drying insole. Good water shoes with interesting design. 

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A little more expensive, but very comfortable, lightweight, and flixible. Primarily mesh with holes in the sole for drainage as well as good traction. Overall very well reviewed by customers.  

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A classic take on water shoes with slight improvements. Neoprene internal exoskeleton for support, lightweight mesh, and elastic closure. Outsole designed to minimize water resistance while maintaining good traction. Overall, a very good water shoe. 

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Semi-open upper with stretchable neoprene and mesh panels. Rubber sole for good traction. Decent water shoes, but sizes are known to be a bit larger than expected. 

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Yet another design of the Speedo water shoe. Hook-and-loop closure over the top is pretty unique and allows adjustable fit. Good drainage and ventilation, with a top that is fairly open. Known to run a bit small.  

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These are another example of a standard pair of cheap water shoes. Although quite popular, we recommend avoiding these unless in a pinch, as there are better quality shoes available at the same price point.

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These are decent "boat shoe style" water shoes that use a minimalist design to offer good function. Neoprene and mesh uppers with some lace detailing and a nice design. Bungee-pull for a secure fit. Rubber sole with toe and heel bumpers for protection. 

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These are a little more advanced. Pretty much cross trainers that are meant for wet conditions. Porous mesh upper and drainage in the sole. Chlorine-resistant. Good traction on sole. Comfortable and sporty design for more than just walking around. Great water shoes.

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Another Speedo brand water shoe, these use a quick adjusting zipper closure. S-TRAC TRP provides great traction and flow dispersion. Good breathability and material dries very quickly. Overall solid water shoes

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Pretty much your standard water shoes. Nothing special, but they do the trick. Rubber sole with traction combine with lots of mesh on top. Nothing extraordinary, but solid bang for your buck. 

Criss-cross strapping system and mesh upper provides maximum ventilation and drainage. Drainage system in sole as well. Memory foam footbed with quick drying insole. Good water shoes with interesting design. 

A little more expensive, but very comfortable, lightweight, and flixible. Primarily mesh with holes in the sole for drainage as well as good traction. Overall very well reviewed by customers.  

A classic take on water shoes with slight improvements. Neoprene internal exoskeleton for support, lightweight mesh, and elastic closure. Outsole designed to minimize water resistance while maintaining good traction. Overall, a very good water shoe. 

Semi-open upper with stretchable neoprene and mesh panels. Rubber sole for good traction. Decent water shoes, but sizes are known to be a bit larger than expected. 

Yet another design of the Speedo water shoe. Hook-and-loop closure over the top is pretty unique and allows adjustable fit. Good drainage and ventilation, with a top that is fairly open. Known to run a bit small.  

These are another example of a standard pair of cheap water shoes. Although quite popular, we recommend avoiding these unless in a pinch, as there are better quality shoes available at the same price point.

These are decent "boat shoe style" water shoes that use a minimalist design to offer good function. Neoprene and mesh uppers with some lace detailing and a nice design. Bungee-pull for a secure fit. Rubber sole with toe and heel bumpers for protection. 

These are a little more advanced. Pretty much cross trainers that are meant for wet conditions. Porous mesh upper and drainage in the sole. Chlorine-resistant. Good traction on sole. Comfortable and sporty design for more than just walking around. Great water shoes.

Another Speedo brand water shoe, these use a quick adjusting zipper closure. S-TRAC TRP provides great traction and flow dispersion. Good breathability and material dries very quickly. Overall solid water shoes

Are Water Shoes Necessary?

For detailed information about water shoes, please click here. Generally speaking, water shoes aren't totally necessary, but they can help make the difference between a comfortable trip and an uncomfortable one. Water shoes typically offer good protection from small hazards around the beach or in the water. For example, the rubber soles are usually quite tough, and they are often supported with thickened toe and heel bumpers for additional protection.

Water shoes also provide indirect protection from hazards by providing better traction. This can help prevent nasty slips and falls, especially on a wet surface. Therefore, they can be worn in and out of the water without having to take them on and off all the time, and are usually comfortable enough that you won't really notice them on your feet after a while (although they can take a little bit to get used to). 

Therefore, our consensus is that water shoes aren't 100% necessary, but can make a big difference in level of protection, as well as comfort. 

Selection of Water Shoes

There is often a wide variety of water shoes, each having their own design, structure, material, and protection. We find that often times there is a wider selection of styles available in women's sizes, but regardless, there is something for everyone.

When looking to buy a pair of water shoes, we recommend starting with a pair on the cheaper end until you have a better idea of what you do and do not like. Speedo is a pretty good brand to start with, and they have many different water shoes that vary slightly from each other, so that could provide a more simple way to upgrade a current pair of water shoes.

These water shoes are your standard run-of-the-mill water shoes. There's nothing extra special about them, but there's nothing terrible either. However, we understand that's not the most helpful input, so please allow to attempt to break things down a little.

First of all, these water shoes are really cheap. In this case, it's a pretty good thing because the quality isn't the worst. It's not great, as they aren't known to be the most durable water shoes, and they are slightly heavier than lots of other water shoes, but they serve all the basic needs. 

These basic needs are grip and protection. Compared to bare feet, they definitely offer better traction and protection, but nothing out of the ordinary. The upper portion of the shoes is similar to a normal shoe in that it's closed off, and whether or not this is a good thing simply comes down to personal preference. Do you prefer ventilation, or is an open top more comfortable. This style of closed top definitely offers a little more protection.

Overall, we would recommend these women's water shoes primarily on the basis that they are so cheap. If you are unsure of what you want, or you know you will only be using them for a weekend, then they are definitely worth the consideration as long as you know you're not getting the absolute best. 

These are a really cool pair of water shoes that are pretty close in price to the RYKA Hydro Sport water shoes reviewed directly above. We don't like these one quite as much, as the design simply doesn't promote the same level of durability, but while they are in good shape they are quite nice.

The quality of the material is up there, with a memory foam footbed, odor resistant material, and quick-dry insole. The rubber sole provide great traction and the drainage canals are actually a pretty unique and effective design. The upper is simply mesh, but if ventilation and cool feet are what you're after, then you can't get much more "minimal" than this!

The straps are what draws the attention of most people, and we must admit, we do like the fancier design. However, these straps are the main focal point of most durability complaints. People sometimes find the straps are a bit too short, which can strain them over time. Also, just since they are thinner straps that use small velcro pads, they can't really stand up to much stress.

Therefore, we recommend these water shoes more for light water activities and walking, but not necessarily hiking or traversing difficult marine environments. We still think they're a good pair of water shoes, just for lighter activities in general. 

Provided by a reliable water sports brand, these water shoes are definitely a step up from the Wave water shoes that we reviewed above. That being said, they are still very affordable, so it's not as big of a jump in price.

The mesh panels on the top help decrease the weight of the shoes while facilitating ventilation. They are a slip-on style shoe with an elastic closure to help ensure a snug fit. The rest of the upper is made of neoprene, which is expected, but still worth mentioning.

The S-TRAC PCR sole provides great traction without making your feet drag in the water from the resistance. The sole doesn't have holes for drainage, but the mesh paneling and neoprene material should be enough to allow these water shoes to dry quickly.

Overall, these are simple, yet effective, women's water shoes. Perhaps more importantly, they're comfortable. If you're budget isn't extremely tight, we would recommend these over the cheaper Wave water shoes, as there is excellent value here. 

These are another pair of water shoes made by Speedo. This company has one of the widest selections of water shoes, but given some are only slightly different from others, it can be difficult to know which ones are best for you.

In this case, the main unique aspect of these water shoes are the open-top design combined with the hook-and-loop closure. This allows for a free feel while still allowing for some personal adjustability in hopes of providing an optimally snug fit. This is actually a pretty cool design, just be warned that means less protection on the top of your feet!

The upper is primarily mesh allowing for even more ventilation and drainage of water. The sole doesn't have any holes for drainage, but at this point, it would simply be overkill if they did. The sole does provide excellent traction, however, so all around these are pretty nifty water shoes!

Overall, these are great water shoes if you're looking for a more open and free design. There's a little less protection on the top, but the rubber sole is durable and does the job, so good quality all around. One thing many customers have found is that they tend to run about a half size too small, so you may need to account for that when ordering a pair.

Simply put, these are an awesome pair of women's water shoes. However, the increased performance, comfort, and durability, all comes with an increased cost, so they may not be suitable to some of those on a strict budget.

These are essentially cross trainers with a few modifications to allow training and activity in the water as well. They even went one more step further by utilizing chlorine-resistant material, so they're fine to use around the pool, too!

The rubber sole provides good traction, but nothing overly special. After they wear down a little but, you may notice they lose traction a bit faster than other water shoes that are specifically designed for that. However, when you're trying to incorporate a lightweight cross training design, this can be sometimes be difficult to prevent, especially when they may be worn on land a lot as well. 

The sole does incorporate substantial drainage canals, likely due to the fact that there is a lot of material involved in the shoes in general. However, we could be wrong about that, as the upper mesh is very lightweight with ample ventilation. The laces aren't standard laces, but instead are more like bungee cords, which is a nice simple design that enhances the durability.

Overall, we highly recommend these women's water shoes, particularly for those looking to get fit and stay active in or near the water. However, if you're looking for something cheaper, you can still get a great pair of water shoes at a cheaper price point, it may just be difficult to find something with a similar design. 


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