A simple but effective water shoe to use poolside or for open water swims, and with the added bonus of looking like a summer trainer if you wear them back on land.
Not much grip
No arch support
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Decathlon Aquashoes 500: first impressions
Decathlon Aquashoes 500s are wallet-friendly water shoes that looks like trainers if you wear them on dry land. But we were looking forward to putting them though through their paces to see how they performed when the going got wet. Would they make it onto our list of best water shoes? Would they be a pair we’d be stashing regularly into our best dry bags?
Decathlon Aquashoes 500: in the water
Decathlon’s unisex Aquashoes are perfect for warm water swimming, paddling and snorkelling – if you need a simple water shoe, they will tick all your boxes without battering your bank account.
They’re lightweight and quick to dry, thanks to their mesh uppers, and their rubber soles offer fair grip and stop you feeling even sharp stones underfoot, which is ideal for river swimming or for wading into the sea on rocky beaches.
• RRP: $24 (US) / £17 (UK)
• Weight: 250g / 8.8oz
• Sizes: 36-47
• Colors: Dark Blue & Turquoise / Blue & Pink
• Compatibility: Wear in the water, poolside or for casual walks
Where we think the Aquashoes stand out when compared to other affordable water shoes is that once out of the water, this unisex strappy design looks rather like a casual summer trainer and so they can be worn with shorts around town or on relaxed beach walks as well as in the water, which can’t be said for most dedicated water shoes.
But while the soles are thick and bouncy enough for walking on established paths or standing on the seabed, confident that your feet are being protected, there’s no decent grip to speak. Also, the soles are flat with no arch support, so these won’t double up as proper walking shoes (see: best women’s walking sandals).
For the price tag, though, the Aquashoes offer really great value for money, and are a comfortable and fuss-free pair of shoes to have in your shoe rack, to pack in your backpack for coastal adventures, or to stick in your suitcase for beach holidays when you want to do some proper exploring.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.