But stick around here for the best water sandals for women – because the ones in this list are especially suited to water activities!
What to look for in women’s water sandals
Quality and durability:
When wearing water shoes, you’re likely to be participating in activities on varying terrain, so you want your shoes to hold up.
Some material is more comfortable than others. (I’ve had water sandals which rub, causing blisters – not fun!)
You also want to look for materials that are breathable if the shoes offer full coverage.
Fit and comfort:
Since you’ll be on your feet most of the time while wearing water shoes, a comfortable fit is key. If you have high arches, then get shoes with good arch support.
Durable water shoes for women
The problem with many water sandals is that when you’re constantly in and out of the water, they may not last very long. I’ve found salt water, especially, wreaks havoc on rubber.
I’ve thus done my best to make sure all these shoes are made by reputable brands and are sturdy.
No one wants their footwear coming to pieces while rock-hopping across a river!
19 Best water sandals for women
You know how much I love Amazon for easy shopping, so that’s where you’ll find the following water-friendly sandals. Better yet, most are eligible for Prime shipping! (And if you had any doubts, it’s me, Janice the female half behind this blog, writing this post.)
Anyway, I’m so excited for you to try some of these out. They really will make your water activities much more enjoyable.
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While you may not win any fashion contests wearing KEENs, there’s no denying they are incredible shoes. They’ll last for years and hold up well against wear and tear.
These are the perfect pair of water shoes for hiking when you know you’ll encounter puddles, streams or wet ground. They provide good traction on slippery surfaces like submerged rocks.
The compression-molded EVA midsole is the best you’ll find and offers comfort all day. (EVA is a type of foam used to make midsoles. It’s used in most sports shoes these days because it doesn’t easily compress after long wear and offers lots of cushioned support.)
Of course, these KEEN Whisper sandals have the brand’s famous “bump toe” to protect those delicate toes of yours from sharp objects!
To add color to your outdoor activities, they come in many colors. My last pair were bright blue; my current pair are a bold burgundy.
These KEENs have the same compression-molded EVA midsole and bungee cord tightening system as the Whisper sandal (#1 above), but the straps are chunkier and the openings in the top larger.
Those wide openings allow for water and debris to more easily pass through. That makes them some of the best water shoes for kayaking and tromping across sandy beaches.
The rubber outsole provides great traction as well – no slipping or sliding when trekking across wet boulders or river beds.
If you’re looking for protection for your toes, a shoe that will hold up for years and good grip, then these are the perfect shoes. Lots of ladies (and men) who try KEENs are converted into raving fans!
Teva water shoes are known all over as being some of the best water-friendly sandals. Plus they come in all kinds of fun designs! They’re both attractive and functional.
This is another shoe with the EVA footbed to support your hard-working feet. Easy-to-adjust Velcro straps ensure a secure fit.
You can wear these Tevas for all kinds of water sports like kayaking or for walking on the beach, since you can easily shake the sand out. They’re also fantastic for theme parks where you might get wet on the rides.
Pair them with shorts and a t-shirt or a sporty dress!
Note: If you wear a half-size, go with the smaller size for these shoes.
The polyester webbing that holds your foot into place makes these Tevas a more stylish option in the women’s water sandals category. You really can dress them up or down!
With a lightweight feel, they’re an excellent choice for sightseeing on a hot summer day. Take a walk through the city, and then don’t skip a beat when you head out to the beach.
The foam sole conforms to your foot, making them super comfortable the minute you put them on. You won’t get tired wearing these around all day or night, and I’m sure you’ll get more than a few compliments.
Note: This isn’t the best pair of sandals for women with narrow feet (they may be more loose than you’d like).
The main difference between the Z2 (#5 above) and the ZX1 here is that the ZX1 doesn’t have the toe loop, so that extra stability isn’t there. Some people just can’t get used to the loop on their toe though, and I don’t blame them.
The rubber outsole and tread are still sturdy like a hiking shoe and the straps easily adjust for the right fit, however. So these Chaco sandals are great for a leisurely day of kayaking or some easy hiking – but nothing too serious.
They come in fun patterns and color combinations just like the Z2, but they have multiple thin straps instead of one wide strap.
If you’re looking for more coverage than what sandals offer, then check out these sneaker-like water shoes.
They look like a pair of tennis shoes but are made from a breathable material that dries quickly after getting wet. These are good water shoes for any water sports like whitewater rafting, where you might want your feet to be fully covered.
They easily slip on so you don’t have to worry about tying the laces up.
They come in 25 different colors. That means... You can buy a few to go with different outfits – especially at this price! (I’ve got “sandy rose” on my mind. Then again, the “power pink” looks adorable too. Hmmm…)
These water sandals for women are super cute, durable and comfortable. They’re another option that you can pair with a nice summer outfit or wear for a more laid-back look.
Because there’s no back strap, the Trailway sandals slide on and off easily. Many women therefore like to use them for kayaking or beach activities. Of course, you won’t want to wear them for any adventurous activities where they might fall off. No rock scrambling!
This shoe has good arch support. The top Velcro strap allows you to get a good fit around your foot. And all the straps are soft and comfortable.
Note: These now come in half sizes and wide sizes.
Water shoes for swimming that offer full coverage? Totally flexible? Fit like a sock? Say hello to the VIFUUR aqua socks!
They still have a rubber sole, however, so your feet can fully grip rocky or rough terrain. And because the material is soft and breathable, you don’t have to worry about your tootsies getting hot and sweaty.
These water socks are just the ticket for water sports such as wake-boarding, paddle boarding (SUP in Kauai is fabulous!) or swimming, when you’re worried about coral, rocks or other sharp objects on the ocean or lake bottom.
When you’re done, you can easily wring the water out of them.
With 40+ different colors – and each pair of shoes costing less than $14 – what’s not to love?
Merrel makes such good hiking sandals and shoes, that I couldn’t keep these off our list. But I’d wear them more as light hiking sandals that occasionally come into contact with water, instead of true water sandals. (They handle rain and splashes from puddles okay, and dry out just fine though.)
The footbed is comfortable foam, giving you the support you need in all the right places – plus the sandals don’t get smelly like some other hiking shoes. The straps are adjustable in two places and rarely create blisters.
Yes, these Merrells are cute and feminine – ones you can also wear out on the trail.
Note: Check the sizing chart. You may need to order a size down.
Okay, you know Teva makes some of the best water sandals for women and men – well, here’s another popular pair.
Three different straps allow adjustments to the front and around the ankle, providing an excellent secure fit.
Ideal as adventure sandals for water sports activities, the Teva Tirra sandals also look good enough for everyday wear. With more than 20 colors (from a pretty pale lilac to the always popular black), you’re bound to find some you like.
Wear them on hiking adventures or for sightseeing in the city! They’ll hold up to any wet surfaces that you encounter.
Easily adjustable straps give you the perfect fit. An EVA foam midsole provides great arch support. And these shoes are water-friendly. Viakix ticks all the boxes here.
If you’re searching for a shoe that’s durable, comfortable and functional, stop looking. These outdoor sandals are most suited to hiking but you can also take them boating, water trekking or out on everyday adventures.
Built like the full-coverage Merrells and KEENs, these shoes have extra toe protection, along with spaces for small stones to pass through.
They’re great adventure sandals for hiking, biking or even riding ATVs, where you’re going to get wet.
The Corona Sandal easily slips on and is tightened by an elastic drawstring for a great fit. And the water resistant material dries quickly, so you won’t be clomping around in heavy soggy shoes all day.
Now, all you need to do is plan that waterfall trek you’ve been dreaming about!
Columbia’s sport sandals were built for the water. The strap material is designed to repel water and the rubber sole gives you great grip on slippery surfaces.
Like the name suggests, they have a very sporty look. Wear them for any water adventure or for walking on the trail. But the strappy look of these waterproof sandals for women also make them pretty cute – at least for a sporty shoe.
Here is KEEN’s take on turning the Mary Jane shoe into a sandal. And it works – stylish design plus waterproof equals a win-win!
These are durable and provide great toe protection. No worries about stubbing your toes on boat decks!
They’re probably some of the most flattering shoes that KEEN makes, so if you want the quality the brand is known for, combined with a darling look, then this is your shoe.
Note: These are one of the few ladies’ water sandals that come in half sizes.
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More women’s water shoes and water sandals
That’s it for the best water sandals for women!
If you need more ideas, head over to Amazon.com and have a look around.
And if you’re looking for footwear for your man? See our post on the best flip-flops for men – ones that are comfy in summer!
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About the authors:
Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.