When it comes to water-friendly shoes, the most important element to consider is functionality. It’s either water-friendly or it’s not, and pretty shoes generally fall into the latter category. When you’re packing for a beach trip, you often have to bring more than one pair of shoes.
Recently, I found a pair of shoes that satisfies both categories—stylish and good with water.
Sea Star Beachwear Beachcomber Espadrilles have classic espadrille design, but this version substitutes a neoprene upper instead of the traditional canvas. In addition, a protective rubber sole helps the espadrilles keep a water-friendly utility without changing the look of the shoes. You can’t really tell the difference in materials when you look at them, but when that saltwater splashes during your walk on the beach, you’ll be glad you’re wearing them instead of the traditional model.
I’ve worn mine for walks on the sand, water sports, resort pool lounging, and wandering through town. Each time, all I have to do is shake the sand out before putting them on, and I’m good to go.
An important thing to know about the Beachcomber Espadrilles is that they come only in whole sizes, so you’ll want to size up. Initially, they feel a little snug, but that’s to keep the sand out. You’ll get used to them quickly and be glad for that feature.
Sea Star Beachwear Beachcomber Espadrilles for women come in dark denim, white gold, platinum, dark navy, white, black, hot pink, orange, navy/white mixed stripe, dark navy eyelet, and white eyelet. Prices range from $89 to $96 on the Sea Star Beachwear site. The men’s version comes in kelp, white, orange, black, dark navy, and navy/white microstripe, and list for $89 on the Sea Star Beachwear site.