If you and the kids are going to be playing around water in the great outdoors this summer, you might think about getting another pair of shoes … just for the water.
Flip flops are probably your best choice if you’re going to be playing on sandy beaches. With just a few kicks, you’ll be able to clear the sand from your flip flops.
These shoes fail though when they get wet. Your feet tend to slip around in them. So if you’ll be scrambling over rocks or chasing the kids around in the shallows, a pair of water shoes would be better.
There are a few things to consider when buying a pair of water shoes. Number one is if they will give you enough support when running around by the water. You might be climbing over rocks or hiking down a trail to get to the water. To get that support, you should be able to tighten the shoes around your feet either by laces, or some other mechanism, so that your feet won’t slide around in the shoes.
You’ll also be looking for a sturdy mesh to cover the “holes” in the shoes. That mesh should be able to prevent tiny stones from getting into the shoes. You’ll get pretty annoyed if you have to keep taking them off to dump the stones out.
If you don’t get shoes that have mesh covering up the “holes,” little stones will get into your shoes. You’ll have to keep swishing your feet around in the water to remove them. That’ll get annoying fast and it will slow you down.
The bad part about the mesh is that it will trap sand in the shoes. The sand will most likely accumulate around your toes making the shoes very uncomfortable. In the water it isn’t that bad. You can swish your feet around. The problem really becomes apparent when you are playing around on the dry, sandy part of the beach.
Will the shoes stink on the way home? Ideally you would want a pair of shoes you can wear straight from the house to the water and back. This will help you minimize the amount of things you have to take on the trip. You’re no doubt going to be packing loads of stuff for the kids. So the less you have to carry around the better. Make sure the shoes have some kind of antibacterial coating or material. That should cut down on the aroma.
If the shoes are tight on your feet, driving with them should be legal. Depending upon where you live, driving with flip flops on might not be all that legal.
Get a good pair. You’ll be so happy that you did. They’ll protect your feet and make your day so much more enjoyable.
Have fun with the kids!