While tennis shoes are great for exercise, easy summer hikes, and even camping trips, they are not right for water activities. Not water-ready, they absorb water like a sponge and retain moisture all the while you continue to wear them. GROSS FACTOR: The bacteria that can build up after several days of wet-wear can become so rank that your shoes aren’t welcome in a crowded room.


Instead of sacrificing your tennies in a water adventure, invest in shoes specifically made for the water, shoes that dry quickly and have grippy soles for slick surfaces.


The Jambu Tidal Terra Marine is just such a shoe. Cute enough to wear to the beach or shopping, the mesh uppers dry quickly and the pull tab on the heel makes for easy-on easy-off wear. The partially recycled sole delivers guilt-free traction wherever you go.


The Chaco Men’s Outcross Lace is all-rugged, all the time. The combo top of mesh and synthetic leather provides a resilient, breathable, comfortable fit. It has a quick-pull lacing system that enables you to adjust how snugly the shoe sits on your foot and a rubber lip on the toe to help protect your toes from rocks.



The VIVOBAREFOOT Women’s Ultra is made for land and sea. It utilizes the quick-pull adjustable laces and the ultra-light perforated EVA uppers promote exceptional breathability and comfort as well as unmatched dry time. The Women’s Ultra also has a removable, internal sock lining, making it a great option for land (with sock) and water (without).


If you just can’t envision yourself wearing actual shoes in the water, we highly a sandal like the Chaco Men’s Z2 Yampa. This all-terrain sandal has a loop designed to go over your big toe. This, combined with the rest of the strap system, keeps the shoe moving with your foot rather than pulling against it when you’re wading through water. The straps can be arranged in a myriad of configurations depending on your style and performance needs.


Similarly, the Ahnu Pescadero is a great water sandal for the ladies. It is a clever mix of fashion and function. The uppers on the sandal are made from waterproof, breathable leather, and the anchoring strap around the ankle and heel ensure a secure fit for when you’re battling currents. The EVA footbed is designed to conform to the curvature of your foot and the rubber outsole has traction on wet and dry surfaces. The vibrant color and attractive design make it a great shoe to wear in town as well as in the water.


Dardano’s offers myriad options in footwear for water adventures. Perfect for a trip to the beach or to conquer spring run-off rapids, count on us for the selection you need. Call us today for more information: 303-692-9355.