How Should Water Shoes Fit?

There are different shoe designs out there. Each design is made to serve a certain purpose: some follow fashion trends others are more specialized like safety boots. In sports, finding the right shoe size is most important. Shoes that do not fit properly may cause some serious injuries.

This piece takes a brief look at water shoes and aims to answer the question: how should water shoes fit? This specialized type of footwear serves many safety purposes; this is why it is important to make sure you find the right size for your foot.

Shoe length vs foot length

Usually when people buy shoes, they tend to choose sizes that are slightly bigger/longer than their feet. Shoes that are exactly the size of your foot are uncomfortable, especially those made from hard material or leather.

When it comes to water shoes, the opposite is applicable. It is most advisable to buy a size that is exactly the size of your foot.

These shoes have incredible traction on both wet and dry surfaces. Wearing a bigger size will cause you to slip in the shoe itself. This will happen when you become exposed to water or when your feet start to sweat.

As your foot rubs against the shoe, you are more likely to develop irritations such as shoe dermatitis. These are common in shoes made from rubber such as water shoes, boots, and sandals.  Here is a look at shoe dermatitis.

Foot Protection

The underwater terrain is as different as the landscape above ground. That is why it is important to wear water shoes whenever you go swimming anywhere other than the swimming pool.

Under many rivers there are rocks and with different textures. Some of them may even cut your skin when you accidentally kick or slip on them.

Water shoes have what is called a closed toe design. This make is simple to notice: you will realize that the rubber that makes the sole of the shoe is thicker around the toe area of the shoe.

When you put on your pair, make sure your toes fit well under the protective rubber. This will protect your toes against scrapes and toe nails that have been ripped-off.

So, how should water shoes fit? The answer is simple: just make sure the length of your foot fits well on the base of the shoe. Check to see if your toes are properly covered by the thick rubber in front of the shoe. Failure to pass these security checks may result in foot injuries of skin irritations. SnorkelsandFins has a guide for snorkel and diving shoes basics, learn more here.