Going barefoot at the beach has its risks; swimming in a natural body of water, like a lake or the ocean, can be just as dangerous. We'll discuss what could happen if you don't wear water shoes and offer three recommendations for shoes that can keep your feet protected while you swim.

Do I Really Need Water Shoes?Leg with black and blue water shoes on a rock in front of blue water

The beach can be highly hazardous for many reasons. Besides the risk of sunburn, did you know your feet could be at-risk too? In a recent blog, we discussed ways you can keep your feet safe at the beach. Wearing water shoes can help you avoid injury in more ways than one.

Avoid Scrapes, Cuts, and Puncture Wounds

I don't know about you, but here in Michigan, the sand tends to end at the shoreline. The lakebed can turn rocky and sharp, littered with sharp stones and shells. Wading into the water without water shoes leaves you unprotected from cutting and even puncturing the soles of your feet. Also, who wants to tred over that sharpness with bare feet? Regardless of the fact that a major cut or scrape could end your beach day before it even begins, walking barefoot in the water hurts, plain and simple!

Minimize Falls

Rocks and stones in the water are often covered in algae, making them slippery. This is a podiatrist's worst nightmare! Even if you aren't prone to falls on dry land, it's all too easy to twist your ankle or stub your toe. Wearing water shoes gives you extra traction and helps you avoid falling and possibly injuring yourself. 

Which Shoes Are Best in Water?

Buying a whole extra pair of shoes you can only wear at the beach might seem a little wasteful. While we will offer three of the best water shoes below, by no means does that warrant a shopping trip. If you already have a pair on hand, Crocs are one popular choice to wear at the beach. They are breathable, and the rubber soles are well-treaded and durable. The material they are made of doesn't absorb water, so you don't have to worry about ruining them. 

3 of the Best Water Shoes For the Beach

SIMARI1. SIMARI Water Shoes - $15 to $30

  • Sporty style
  • Available in men's and women's
  • Made from polyester
  • Anti-slip rubber soles
  • 8 drainage holes for quick drying


water shoes2. ANLUKE Water Shoes - $11

  • Barefoot style
  • Available in men's and women's
  • Fine stretch, sock-like material
  • Anti-slip rubber soles
  • Fast drainage and cross ventilation



water shoes3. MISHANSHA Water Shoes - $24 to $30

  • Sneaker-like design 
  • Available in men's and women's
  • Made from lightweight lycra
  • Anti-slip rubber soles
  • Drainage holes for fast drying

Bonus! Water Shoes For Kids

kids water shoesCIOR Water Shoes - $18 to $30

  • Athletic sneaker-style
  • Kids' sizing
  • Lightweight mesh material
  • Anti-slip, wear-resistant rubber soles
  • Drainage holes for quick drying

Slip and Fall? Bumps and Bruises?

Let us get you back on your feet! If you've had a less-than-lucky day at the beach or otherwise find yourself with foot, ankle, or toe pain, give us a call! By using non-invasive advanced treatments, we can rid you of your heel pain without surgery. Alternative options for healing ingrown toenails, fungal nails, warts, and more are also available! We are Mid-Michigan's #1-rated podiatrist and we are ready to get you back to doing the things you love! Give us a call at 989-695-6788 or fill out our handy online contact form. A member of our compassionate team would be happy to answer any questions you might have. 

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