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Cheap water shoes you can get in a hurry: DigiHero Water Shoes

DigiHero Water Shoes

DigiHero Water Shoes

Basic but affordable

If you need water shoes as soon as possible, this pair is available with two-day Amazon Prime shipping. They’re not as durable as some we tried, but they’re affordable and functional. And they come in a myriad of colors.

DigiHero Water Shoes

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How to wear these: The DigiHero Water Shoes are best to wear during water activities, so bring another pair to change into for lunch afterward. However, they come in so many colors and patterns—from neon to black—that you can match them to almost any swimsuit.

Why they’re great: For 12 bucks, these basic booties are comfortable and functional, and they cost a fraction of the price of other shoes we recommend. They’re easy and quick to order with Amazon Prime, so they’re ideal if you’re planning an upcoming vacation and need a basic pair of water shoes delivered to your door as soon as possible. Compared with the two other pairs of nearly identical cheap shoes we ordered from Amazon, these shoes protected our feet better and dried more quickly. DigiHero Water Shoes come in a bunch of colors, too, from subtle to bright.

The DigiHeros are comfortable and lightweight, thanks to their thin polyester construction (we’re guessing about the polyester part, since the company doesn’t specify). So they’re also easy to flatten for travel. Their thick soles protected our feet from rocks and twigs during testing, and the elastic around the ankles was snug enough to stop any errant objects from sneaking in. The stretchy material took more time to bounce back into shape than higher-quality-yet-pricier shoes we tried. That, combined with the flyaway threads we spotted, indicate low-quality materials and construction—but again, these cost $12.

The DigiHeros dried in 1 hour 45 minutes (about half an hour less than other aqua socks we tested), which set them apart from the competition. As of this writing, they come in 19 colors, ranging from leopard print to rainbow. If you prefer something simpler, we would recommend the basic “black 2” pair we ordered.

DigiHero Water Shoes

DigiHero Water Shoes

DigiHero Water Shoes

DigiHero Water Shoes

DigiHero Water Shoes

We noticed some discrepancies between the images on the Amazon listing and what we received. In the photo, the “black 2” shoes we ordered have a white logo, but the shoes we received had no logo or branding whatsoever (a look we actually prefer). We ordered a second pair to be sure it wasn’t a fluke, and we received the logo-free design again. We think DigiHero recently changed the design but didn’t update the photos. We’ve reached out to the company to confirm this, but at the time of writing, we haven’t heard back. A printed pair we ordered came exactly as advertised.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Although the shoes received largely positive reviews—4.4 stars from more than 4,000 Amazon customers—a quick scroll of the one-star reviews highlights various complaints, from the shoes being defective upon arrival to immediately developing holes. And multiple reviewers say they were sent two left shoes. We didn’t have these problems with our three orders, but if you do, Amazon has a 30-day return policy.

Shoe sizes: men’s 4½ to 12½, women’s 5½ to 13½
Color options: 18 colors
Return window: 30 days

 

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Classic sock-style water shoes: Speedo Surf Knit Pro

Classic sock-style water shoes: Speedo Surf Knit Pro

 

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.

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Classic sock-style water shoes: Speedo Surf Knit Pro

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.

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How to wear these: The Speedo Surf Knit Pros (men’s and women’s) are traditional sock-style water shoes. They’re soft booties that you can pull on and off easily; this also makes them well suited for people who might have trouble tying laces.

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.

Classic sock-style water shoes: Speedo Surf Knit Pro

Classic sock-style water shoes: Speedo Surf Knit Pro

Classic sock-style water shoes: Speedo Surf Knit Pro

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

 

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