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Top 10 Men's Water Sandals 2017

In case you're making plans on hiking throughout rocky rivers, taking walks on shell encrusted beaches or boating on a lake this yr, your feet will thanks if you clad them in a pair of these men's water sandals. Supplying advanced traction on slippery surfaces as well as protection from sharp and difficult items, they will allow you to revel in any outside journey without problems. Whilst customers purchase our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

KEEN Men's Newport H2 Sandal, Midnight Navy/Neutral Gray, 10 M USMerrell Men's All Out Blaze Sieve Water Shoe, Brindle/Butterscotch, 11 M UScrocs Men's Swiftwater Sandal,Espresso/Espresso,13 M USJ-41 Men's Groove II Water Shoe,Black/Kiwi,8.5 M USAT-W111-KBL_Women 7 B(M) Atika Women's Maya Trail Outdoor Water Shoes Sport Sandals W111 (True to Size)Skechers USA Men's Selmo Fisherman Sandal, Brown, 11 M USTeva Men's Omnium Closed Toe Sandal, Turkish Coffee, 9 M UScrocs Men's Swiftwater Leather Fisherman Sandal, Walnut/Khaki, 10 M USColumbia Men's Techsun Sport Sandal, Titanium Mhw, Rocket, 10 Regular USNorthside Men's Burke II Sandal,Black/Red,11 M US

So What If A River Runs Through It

In the town where I grew up, a small river running the long length of our park system ended in a pair of waterfalls before passing out of town and continuing its flow underground. At the point of the drop, the park's designer had built an island of sorts that caused the river to split, creating two separate falls from one source.

As a kid, reaching the island was a kind of dream, as the water was knee-high to anyone under 10-years-old, and it was–according to our parents and a few of the bigger kids–populated with vicious snapping turtles. The turtle story turned out to be a lie, for the most part, but the water was high and there was no bridge to cross.

One summer's day during a long spell between rains, the water level had dropped enough to reveal the tops of a pattern of stones running from the banks of the river straight out to the island. Without hesitating, we all made our way across on the stones. They were slippery, though, and none of us had the time or the inclination to research better footwear options than whatever we all happened to be wearing. I wasn't the first one to fall into the water, but I also wasn't the last.

We had a combination of Converse All-stars, Keds, and Airwalk sneakers, none of which had any decent kind of grip to their bottoms, and all of which, once soaked with river water, where more or less ruined. If we'd had any of the water sandals on our top ten list with us, we might not have even fallen, to begin with. If we had fallen, anyway, the sandals would have been fine and our legs would have dried out in just a few short minutes.

That's because these men's water sandals all share a porousness: holes either small or large in stature that allows them to drain water and dry out with incredible effectiveness. When moisture of any kind is trapped in a shoe, there is limited airflow, which inhibits evaporation. But within a porous show structure, airflow is maximized, and, therefore, so is evaporation.

That means that these shoes can stand up to anything from a sweaty foot to full submersion underwater and last longer–while getting your feet drier sooner–than anything else on the market.

On Even Ground


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The water sandals on our top ten list all work at keeping your feet dry, but they each have their ideal terrain, regardless of the water issue. It's rather like your collection of sweaters: they all keep you nice and warm, but you really only wear the hideous one with the reindeer and the snowflakes on it around Christmas.

If you're on the beach, whether it's a lush, sandy loam or a nasty, rocky shore, you'd do well in either the water sandals on our list that look a bit like they're made of wetsuit material or the sandals that look the most like sandals. The latter has the most generous openings of anything on our list, which means you'll get far less sand trapped among your feet. The former looks the part of the beach-goer more than having any special attribute conducive to a better beach experience.

The sandals on our list with more coverage are a better fit for the rugged among you, those who hit the trails on a regular basis and who don't want to worry about any water fouling things up along the way. Some of these water sandals are ideal for hiking tough terrain, as they have better arch support and even Vibram soles, which are synonymous with comfort and durability.

Once you've decided on your intended terrain, you can evaluate the remaining sandals on our list with an eye for apparent comfort, but also with an eye for style. Nowadays, workout clothes, as well as hiking apparel, have become completely legitimate tools of an individual's fashion statement. If your choice comes down to a pair of sandals that checks off every technical box but leaves you feeling stylistically underwhelmed against a pair that almost gets there technically, but that gets you excited to wear them and be seen in them; my advice says go with the pair that'll make you the happiest.

An Irish Origin


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Before the sandal was the sandal, mankind had a number of foot coverings intended to bring protection to one of the most valuable assets of his body. Early on, ancient civilizations the world over strapped tough leaves or leather to their feet with bits of bark, or with more leather.

In ancient Greece and Rome, sandals began with a leather base and wrapped up the ankle in a crosshatching of leather straps. Higher ankle straps usually denoted a higher standing in society, though many lower individuals would surely have used a higher boot to garner undue respect in the streets.

While these Mediterranean sandals made for fine fashion and a comfortable way to get around, they couldn't really be said to have been water sandals. Nowhere in their design was a thought given to draining water or evaporating moisture more effectively.

Not until peasants in the Irish bogs took a hole punch to their leather foot coverings did we see a shoe of any kind specifically designed to drain water. These punched leather foot coverings developed into the shoe we now call the brogue, or the wingtip in America. Their modern design is miserable for walking in water, but historically, they set the precedent for all the water sandals on our list.


#10.Northside Men's Burke II Sandal,Black/Red,11 M US


So far so good with these. I like the look and feel of these (secure fit). Although I've had Teva's in the past and wanted another pair, I just couldn't justify paying $65-$100 on sandals...for the vast difference in price I think these are a great option to save


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#9.Columbia Men's Techsun Sport Sandal, Titanium Mhw, Rocket, 10 Regular US


Synthetic upper straps with hook and loop closure give you a comfortable and secure fit for walking over uneven ground or traversing a rushing stream. And OMNI-GRIP wet traction rubber helps you find your footing.


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#8.crocs Men's Swiftwater Leather Fisherman Sandal, Walnut/Khaki, 10 M US


Whew, Finally, I found some sandals I can wear more than two days in a row. These are very, very comfortable. For years I tried cheaper department store brand and they would feel comfortable when I tried them but after a full day or two I always embed up with sports on my feet. I used these for two weeks.... I wear 9.5 sites so I bought size 10 sandals. Perfect.


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#7.Teva Men's Omnium Closed Toe Sandal, Turkish Coffee, 9 M US


Teva's Omnium hiking shoe brings the best of both worlds. This part-sandal, part-shoe hybrid has the light weight and breathability of a sandal, along with the added foot protection of a shoe. It also features three points of adjustability for enhanced fit and comfort.


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#6.Skechers USA Men's Selmo Fisherman Sandal, Brown, 11 M US


You need to watch the prices on these sandals. I've seen them fluctuate from the mid-30s to the mid-50s and a little patience will get you a great pair at a great price. I initially bought them for summertime wear but they are so comfortable I'm now using them for house shoes. I don't know if the memory foam will hold odors but I use the mini socks just in case.


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#5.AT-W111-KBL_Women 7 B(M) Atika Women's Maya Trail Outdoor Water Shoes Sport Sandals W111 (True to Size)


Going on a cruise and needed some water shoes for the ocean and these are perfect. They are very adjustable in 3 areas, so they fit perfectly and the soul is very comfortable. It won't be a problem walking around in them all day, so they are more than a water shoe. They won't slip off in the water because they have strong velcro that can be adjusted tightly. Love them, was pleasantly surprised!


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#4.J-41 Men's Groove II Water Shoe,Black/Kiwi,8.5 M US


J-41 Footwear offers the ultimate in style, comfort, and function. For people on-the-go, J-41 is a high performance "go anywhere" shoe designed to meet life's challenges. Engineered using Jeep technology, J-41 provides superior traction and durability. Our colorful, sporty design and cutting-edge materials make J-41 the most versatile footwear an individual can wear as they journey through life.


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#3.crocs Men's Swiftwater Sandal,Espresso/Espresso,13 M US


Crocs Swiftwater Sandals let you play in and around water in comfort! Protection from rocky rivers or mucky lakes. With summer approaching, you know you'll be taking trips all over the place. And the next time you head down the river or check out the "shore less-traveled," wear these sandals! You get the comfort millions and millions of people have come to love, in a style that protects your feet while you're in the river, lake or ocean. Tubing or not tubing: Lightweight but durable WATERPROOF Croslite construction. Mesh uppers with an adjustable strap for secure fit. Toe-coverage for extra safety from aquatic mysteries.


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#2.Merrell Men's All Out Blaze Sieve Water Shoe, Brindle/Butterscotch, 11 M US


These shoes were beasts! Merrell does it again! I used these shoes for everything on my trip to Belize. I used these for camping, walking across waist-deep rivers, climbing wet terrain, and even exploring caves. They are even fashionable enough to use to go out. These puppies fit great too, I am a 13 US and these were perfect, not too tight, nor too big. I would absolutely get another of these, but wont need to bc these will last!


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#1.KEEN Men's Newport H2 Sandal, Midnight Navy/Neutral Gray, 10 M US


Loving these shoe/sandals so far. Just started wearing them and the fit is right-on if not a smidge snug for my wide feet -- the adjustable cords will fine tune the fit in width. The length is perfect. The arch feels good and the entire insole is cushioned and comfortable. The finger loops at the tongue and heel come in handy as does the cord lock at the top.


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