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Do you wander around in the water with your typical sandal on? Or when wearing an old, smelly sneaker? Well, if you do, can I make a reservation for you at a local hospital? You see, wandering around in the water, particularly water that has rocks on the bottom, is an absolutely perfect way to break a leg, blow out a knee or take an interesting and unexpected tumble into the water.
If you want to avoid a trip to the hospital, and you like to play in the water, I highly recommend getting a water shoe. Why? Simple. Unlike your typical sneaker, a water shoe is designed for people to play in the water! Thus, if you like river rafting, do some shore fishing or partake in any other water activity where you are wandering in/around the water (and where the rocks are slippery!), a water shoe is a common sense investment that, once you wear one, you'll wonder how on earth you managed to survive so long while wearing some beat up old pair of sneakers.
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Water shoes bestow upon the wearer many advantages that you'll never find in a sneaker or common sandal.
Traction, Traction and More Traction - Yes. Traction. Now, you may think who needs traction when in a boat, right? Well, how about when getting out of that boat? Or when launching that boat? You see, a water shoe provides very good (although not spectacular) traction on wet, slippery surfaces - far better traction than even a new athletic shoe can provide. This superior traction is due to both the tread pattern of the shoe as well as what the sole of the shoe is made of. Your typical atheltic shoe may provide fine traction on the road, but will fail miserably on wet, slippery surfaces.
No More Waterlogged & Squishy Feet - A water shoe, unlike a typical sneaker, is specifically designed to quickly drain water out of the shoe, due to the design of the shoe (it contains numerous drain holes and fabric that allows the water to effortlessly escape). Moreover, the water shoe does NOT absorb and hold water. This is in stark contrast to an athletic shoe, which, once wet, is likely to remain waterlogged until you find time to dry them out.
Lightweight! - Yes, water shoes are light. Well, so are sneakers too, right? Well, sneakers can become truly amazingly heavy once you submerge them in water. And as sneakers hold and absorb water, where as water shoes don't. Thus, keep you feet light and happy by not using sneakers where you plan on going into the water.
Warm Feet Are Happy Feet - Put another way, a wet foot is a cold foot. Now, on a hot summer day, who really cares. However, how about on a day where the temp is a nice, 60 degrees? Well, on those days, a wet foot will quickly become uncomfortably chilled when wet. And since an athletic shoe holds and absorbs water, you can look forward to cold feet all day long! How fun. Now, if you have a water shoe, the water will drain out of the shoe, allowing your foot to quickly dry - keeping it warm.
Overall, if you plan on engaging in active watersports, where you will be going into and then getting out of the water quite frequently, do you feet (and you wallet, by avoiding a trip to the hospital) a favor by investing in an set of water shoes. They are inexpensive, versatile, durable and very handy things to have around.
The following features should be found on any water shoe you get, no matter who makes it and where you get it from.
Toe Guard - This should be standard on any water shoe (after all, it is a shoe, not a sandal). However, there are a handful of water shoes out there that don't have a toe guard, so beware.
Leather : Just Say No! - Do you like leather? Too bad - you don't want it on your water shoe. Why? Leather holds and absorbs water - which not only makes the shoe heavy it also makes your foot cold too. Oh yeah, leather breaks down when it is constantly submerged in water and not properly dried out, too.
THICK Sole - This little feature is something all too often forgotten about. Any water shoe you buy MUST have a thick sole, not some sole that is like 1mm thick. The reason? Three reasons, actually. The first is to make sure that when you step on sharp rocks or over numerous smaller rocks, that the rocks aren't poking the bottom of your foot. A thick sole will prevent that from happening. And secondly, a thick sole is far, far more durable than a thin little thing. And lastly, a thick sole will have far better traction capabilities than a thin sole water shoe.