What Are Water Shoes?

Water Shoes by Columbia

The past decade has brought an onslaught of water footwear. Gone are the days when water footwear consisted solely of neoprene slip-ons that were merely an extension of a wetsuit. They really weren’t very practical either since you’d look kind of silly wearing those to the movie theater or out to a casual dinner. These days, water footwear looks and performs like normal sneakers or sandals. They’re a lot more stylish and of course, loaded with comfort and function.  Check out our carefully selected line of men’s water shoes and women’s water shoes.

What are Water Shoes?
Water shoes are typically used for activities where the feet might become wet or saturated like kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, boating, sailing or just hanging near a swimming pool. They are made of mesh and have pliable, durable soles for protection when walking on rocky surfaces. The soles also increase usage possibilities.

Water Shoes by Columbia
Columbia has really stepped up their water footwear game and we’re huge backers of their new line. They incorporate Techlite® which is a protective overlay at the toe and heel. Techlite® is engineered specifically to provide superior cushioning and support for outdoor footwear thanks to its durable impact absorbing material. It delivers consistent support and protection and is specially formulated to provide impact absorbing support, stability and protection. It’s closed cell compound is natually antimicrobrial, easy to care for and odor resistant. To top it off, Techlite® reduces waste by 25-30% compared to other processes thanks to a specially designed molding process.

Columbia Drainmaker


Another Columbia specific technology utilized in shoes is Omni-grip®. It’s a multi terrain traction system that matches specially formulated compounds and treads to specific environments. Multi directinoal digging zones for trail footwear promote scrambling and acceleration. Hiking traction is designed to reduce dirt and gravel while providing a rugged perimeter for weighted packing. The water solution found in water shoes features two zones with draining for traction on wet surface and a perimeter design for a stable stride on solid ground.  Great bargains can be found on Columbia men’s water shoes and women’s water shoes.

Keen Water Shoes
Keen has led the pack with water shoes that don’t look like “aqua socks.” A performance shoe that can transition from boat to river bed to happy hour was the intent. Keen water shoes incorporate a multidirectional lug pattern on the sole for ultimate traction and washable polyester webbing for quick drying. They’re also antimicrobial, which is key for shoes that will frequently get wet!! An EVA midsole and footbed will delivery comfort all day long. Durable water shoes are great if you’re looking for multi-purpose shoes. They’re even burly enough for hiking! The House has a huge selection of men’s Keen water shoes and women’s Keen water shoes.

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