Classic sock-style water shoes: Speedo Surf Knit Pro
Speedo Surf Knit Pro (men’s)
Men’s traditional soft booties
The Speedo Surf Knit Pros are comfy, quick-drying, and look good for what they are: a basic pair of water shoes. They come in men’s sizes 7 to 14.
Speedo Surf Knit Pro (women’s)
Women’s traditional soft booties
Just as comfortable and quick-drying as the men’s version, available in women’s sizes 5 to 11.
Why they’re great: The Speedos are protective and comfortable, and they dry about as quickly as other pairs we tried—in about 2 hours 30 minutes. The Surf Knit Pros are also about as good-looking (sleek, unadorned, in non-wacky colors) as you can hope for in this type of water shoe—not suited to going out for a nice dinner but just fine for grabbing burgers after a day at the lake.
In testing, the Speedo Surf Knit Pro water shoes were light, with comfortable polyester knit uppers that had plenty of stretch. And they had thick outsoles that I felt confident would protect my feet from rocky environments. The shoes have soft—and prominently ribbed—hydrophobic rubber insoles, which are supportive without feeling bumpy. The insoles are easy to remove, so the shoes can dry more quickly, too. The Surf Knit Pros aren’t as hearty as some of our other recommendations, like the extra-durable Astral Loyak Water Shoes. But this pair’s stitching and materials have a high-quality feel, and we think they strike a good balance of comfort, simplicity, and reasonable price. We’ve seen some reviewers say they run small, but in our testing, the Surf Knit Pros were true to size.
The Surf Knit Pros air-dried in 2 hours 30 minutes with their insoles removed—not as quickly as the hour it took the Crocs Swiftwater Mesh Waves, but faster than it took most other shoes in this style. For example, the Lands’ End Slip On pair we tested dried in 3 hours 45 minutes, and the Easy USA water shoes dried in 5 hours 10 minutes. Though two and a half hours may seem like a while, it’s enough time for the shoes to be dry enough—after a quick morning dip—on the drive back to the city after lunch.
At the time of writing, both the men’s and women’s versions come in five colors, but we believe some of these are seasonal, so that may change.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Speedos are about as attractive as a basic pair of slip-on water shoes can be, but they’re not exactly what we’d deem to be “stylish.” Though the color gradients are a nice touch, they still look like you’re wearing an adult-size pair of baby booties.
Shoe sizes: men’s 7 to 14, women’s 5 to 11
Color options: eight colors
Return window: 30 days