- Dec 06, 2018 -
Benefits of Water Shoes
Foot Protection – We’re not talking about flip flops here. Slides have their place, too – the local pool or, say, a public shower – but water shoes are generally designed for more active pursuits. Ever walked on a sharp, rocky lake bed or floated through turbulent whitewater after falling out of your boat? Water shoes protect your feet from the spikes, bumps, and abrasions of the unfriendly underwater world, all while keeping the rocks and sediment out.
Manufacturers – In search of a “one shoe to rule them all” type of thing, have blurred the line between water sports and land sports. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call them amphibious shoes rather than water shoes, because they’re good on land, on water, and in the air (you know, when you prop up your feet to lie back and take a nap). Depending on the model, they’re equally at home on an overnight river trip, on a rainy walk through the city, or on a sailboat destined for the sunset.
Excellent Traction – Because water shoes are obviously meant to be used in water, companies recognize the high possibility of slippery footing and the importance of a grippy sole. In all the situations listed above, above-average traction will give you an advantage.
But… many, if not all, of these traits can be found in normal hiking shoes. What can water shoes do that regular shoes don’t?
Quick Drying – The purpose of water shoes is not to keep your feet dry. You can accomplish dry feet in a number of ways – sealed rubber boots, Gore-Tex socks, staying at home – but water shoes are a less expensive, more durable, and infinitely more fun option. Your feet get wet, so what? The important thing is that they don’t stay Water shoes shine in this regard.
Ever Smelled Your Feet – after they’ve been sloshing around in a hiking boot all day? ‘Nuff said.