While activities that involve water are things that I enjoy greatly, slipping and falling on my tail is not one of them.  What I have discovered over the years is that my bare feet are not built for traction on all surfaces.  I cannot tell you how many times I have taken a tumble because I was not wearing adequate footwear around water.  Since I have developed a healthy respect for the damage that can occur when the intersection of the ground and my own skull become one, I felt that I needed to do something that would prevent them from meeting.  After doing a little research, I discovered that a quality pair of water shoes help to eliminate slipping and other common problems while not interfering with my activities around water.

However, people have mixed reviews with the different types of water shoes on the market today. There are some shoes out there that claim to be water shoes but their somewhat smooth soles prove to be almost dangerous in situations around slick surfaces such as those that can be found around some pools.  While these may be fine for beach wear, they are definitely not useful near the pool.

To be sure that you can wear your water shoes for all activities, be sure that you choose a pair with soles that will provide grip and traction in all situations.  I participate in activities ranging from swimming in the backyard pool to climbing on wet rocks around the beach. 

To provide foot protection around pools that have rough textured surfaces, water shoes have to be worn.  You will only wear them if they look good and are comfortable.  So do not sacrifice these things simply for protection or you will likely leave them in the garage and never wear them.

If you participate in more violent activities such as rafting on swift water, make sure you choose water shoes that provide a good closure system.  Nothing is more aggravating than to have your straps constantly becoming loose and having the shoes fall off.  It is hard to have fun when you spend your time trying to find your shoes.

I like to wear water shoes since I am not comfortable being bare footed.  If you are like me in that regard, take your time, do some research and locate a pair of water shoes that meet the criteria we have covered.  If you do, you will find that your return on investment is easily covered many times over.