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When it comes time to spend a day at the beach or by the lake, protecting your skin is always an important part of planning ahead. Sunscreen and hats can shield your face from the sun, but what about your feet?
Water shoes are an easy way to make sure that your feet don’t burn on the hot sand or end up cut by jagged underwater rocks, making them an essential part of your packing list this summer. If you're looking for an affordable way to test whether or not they're for you, one Amazon brand seems to be popular with shoppers — and starting at just $15 they’ll keep your feet safe from any conditions you can throw at them this season.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $15
What are they?
The Bopika Water Socks are the multipurpose footwear that protect your feet from the elements while still feeling lightweight and comfortable. Made from a flexible and water-safe material, they conform to the shape of your feet and offer a barefoot feel that still keeps you safe.
Each pair features a durable rubber sole that prevents slipping on wet surfaces like rocks or sand. They’re also breathable, so if you’re more inclined to higher intensity activity like paddle boarding or beach volleyball, your feet will stay cool during your workout. They even come with a waterproof phone case to keep your device dry through any activity.
Available in a wide range of sizes to fit men and women, the water shoes fit anywhere from a women’s shoe size 5.5 to 14, or a men's size 4 to 12. They also come in a huge selection of colours and patterns to choose from — 30 to be exact.
What shoppers think
Backed by a 4.3-star rating on more than 3,800 reviews, shoppers have been impressed with these water shoes thanks to their snug fit and protective abilities.
"Sole is nice and thick, not like a shoe sole obviously, but solid enough to protect my feet. Size is good, I'm a 7.5 women's so I got the 7-8US," noted one reviewer. "Colour is pretty close to picture, just much brighter. Also the phone bag was nowhere in the title, just a weird picture of it so I thought I wasn't getting it, but I did! Nice bonus!"
In addition to working well for outdoor water activities, reviewers have also shared that the Bopika Water Socks also fare well on slipper indoor pool tiles.
"These are very good quality, gripped well when wet or dry, dry fast once wet and look great. Shoes are required for Aquafit class and when the teacher stopped class to question where were my shoes, she was very impressed and wanted to know where to purchase," reads one review.
Since these water socks do fit snug to your feet, some shoppers have recommended sizing up in order to find the most comfortable fit.
"I usually wear a 8-1/2 to 9 size shoe. However, after reading the reviews, I decided to upsize to L 9-1/2 to 10-1/2. I’m sure glad I did! They are a bit big, but fit comfortably and still snug enough to not slide off. I haven’t worn them in the water yet, but they should work perfectly. Very happy with this purchase," shared one reviewer.
If you’re looking to protect your feet outdoors with an affordable pair of footwear, then these water socks are a great option that stays securely on your feet both in and out of the water.
Starting at just $15, you can easily pick up multiple pairs of these water socks to have on hand for trips to the cottage, beach, or local swimming pool. However, shoppers do caution that you may want to size up from your regular size.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.