Make a splash: the best aqua shoes to use this summer Posted by Melanie van Zyl on 20 January 2017 Protect your feet when kloofing or rock-pool exploring. We found the best aqua shoes for summer adventures. Why do I need these? Water shoes are designed for submersion, are breathable when wet because of the open construction and range in practical application ‒ from paddling down a river or fishing off shell-caked rocks to safely exploring the Zanzibar corals. Sadly, many beaches are becoming polluted and littered with dangerous items, making footwear a good safety measure too. Some aqua shoes are as at home on land as they are in the water and are similar to sandals. Others, like neoprene booties, are aquatic-only. Whether you’re a beachcomber or river-fording hiker, these shoes all offer protection and are quick to dry.