How to Choose Water Shoes Size?

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Should I size up, size down or get my actual size?


Water shoes make for an incredible partner that will make your trips to the beach, hikes through wet trails and even swimming pool trips safer and much more enjoyable. You might think that more expensive water shoes are better, but that’s not the only factor influencing their efficacy. No matter how expensive water shoes you may buy, it will be of no use unless they fit you properly. But do you know how to choose water shoes size? Fret not, because that is exactly what we are going to show you how to do in today’s article. Let’s go!

How to choose water shoes size?

Water shoes serve a different purpose than most shoes. Water shoes have to protect your feet from sharp objects, insulate them from the cold, give you extra grip and also be comfortable enough for you to wear them all day. This obviously makes their buying process different from other shoes as well. Unlike most shoes, you can’t buy a water shoe that is a little larger and expect it to work perfectly. Let’s see how to choose water shoes size.


When it comes to water shoes, always go for the one that fits your feet perfectly, or even just a little tightly. A snug fit will allow you to confidently make your strides in the sea without worrying about your shoe falling off.


However, it is important to note that your water shoe should not be too tight so as to irritate your feet. You should have just enough room to wiggle your toes a bit, while everything else stays in place. If you go any bigger you can slip within the shoe, which can be exacerbated if you’re sweaty or as soon as you step into the water. With a larger shoe, there’s always the chance of you slipping within the shoe and falling face first into some coral reef. Yikes!


To prevent this or similar accidents from happening, always test out your water shoes before buying a pair. Run around in them, squat and jump to test ankle mobility and also test their grip even on regular floors. Once they tick all the boxes and you feel confident in them, you’re free to bring home your brand new water shoes!

Do water shoes run big or small?

If you’re ordering online, this question is likely to come to your mind. Do water shoes run big or small? Well thankfully, most water shoes seem to run true to size. So don’t worry, go ahead and order!

Should I wear socks with water shoes?

Remember when we mentioned how a tight shoe could cause problems for you? Well we weren’t kidding. The constant friction from rubbing your feet against your water shoe can turn a fun day into a bad time. Thankfully, there is a solution to this problem. As with regular shoes, wearing socks with water shoes can help prevent dermatitis, shoe bites and blisters!

However, you can’t just wear a pair of cotton socks and think all your problems will be solved. With water shoes, you must wear water socks. Wearing regular socks will just add to your problems as soon as they get wet. On the other hand, water socks are made of neoprene, the same material used to make diving suits. This magic material is completely waterproof and works as an amazing insulator to keep your feet warm. Once you wear the right water sock, your feet will be warm and dry and you will be comfortable enough to play some more!

Final Thoughts

To sum up, thankfully, water shoes are usually true to their size, which means you’ll have an easy time while ordering yourself a pair. You should choose a pair of water shoes that fit your feet comfortably and inspire confidence in you. Too loose and they might just fall off or cause you to fall down. Too tight and you’re likely to rub your feet raw!

In conclusion, the perfect water shoe will hug your feet just tightly enough to let you move around confidently and just loose enough to let you wiggle your toes. We hope this article taught you how to choose water shoes size, thanks for reading!

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Jenny Schmidt

Jenny Schmidt

As an avid swimmer and kayak lover for decades, I know how important it is to get the right shoes to keep your feet healthy.
I'll let you in on some secrets only a few know...

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As an avid swimmer and kayak lover for decades, I know how important it is to get the right shoes to keep your feet healthy.
I’ll let you in on some secrets only a few know…

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