The Best Shower Shoes for Men and Women in 2023

Showaflops Antimicrobial Water Sandals add traction to showertime.

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Best Shower Shoes
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Shower shoes are the best way to protect your feet from germs in public showers, such as the ones you find at swimming pools, campsites, airport lounges, and college dorms. They keep your feet away from the gross floor (hey, most of us can't use one of the world's dreamiest outdoor showers every day) while providing non-slip support and extra comfort.

We've picked the best shower shoes for men and women across a variety of categories, designs, and price points. Our favorite overall pair is the Showaflops Antimicrobial Water Sandal because of its adjustable strap that lets you customize the fit to your foot, drainage holes, and antimicrobial, non-slip material. But if you'd prefer a different style — say, a flip-flop or a closed-toe shoe — we have you covered.

Best Overall

Showaflops Men's Antimicrobial Slip-Resistant Lightweight Sandal



Why We Love It: They're adjustable to give you the most supportive fit, and they're made of an antimicrobial material to prevent mold and mildew growth.

What to Consider: There's a serious lack of color options for the women's version of the shoe.

This pair of shower shoes checks all the boxes. It's made of a waterproof, antimicrobial, and non-slip material; it has an adjustable strap so you can customize the fit of the shoe; and it has drainage holes in the sole. In fact, they're not just great for showering but also for the beach, the pool, the gym — really anywhere you might wear a slide sandal, especially places that have to do with water.

The only downside is that the shoe is primarily made for men; the women's model only comes in two colors, both of which are tie-dye. Showaflops does make a flip-flop version of the shoe for women, which comes in far more colors, but we prefer the adjustable nature of the slide. That said, if you're just planning on using the shoes in the shower, perhaps making a fashion statement isn't the most important consideration.

Price at time of publish: $21

Sizes: Women's 5 to 10, men's 7 to 12 | Material: EVA-rubber blend | Style: Slides

Best Budget

Room Essentials Shower Flip Flop Black

Room Essentials Shower Flip Flop Black
Shower Flip Flop.

Why We Love It: They go one step beyond basic flip-flops with the addition of drainage holes.

What to Consider: There are only two color options.

These flip-flops get the job done, and they do it at a very affordable price. While it's true that you could just wear any old flip-flops in the shower, this pair has a perforated sole that allows water to drain through. And it's made from waterproof plastic (in either black or baby blue), so you know they'll dry quickly, and they provide that extra bit of cushion that makes your showertime all the more blissful. Just note that they don't come in traditional shoe sizes — they're sized XS to XL. If you take a look at the size chart, you can see how that syncs with your regular size.

Price at time of publish: $6

Sizes: XS to XL | Material: Polyethylene | Style: Flip-flops

Best Slides

Xomiboe Shower Shoes Quick Drying Non-Slip Comfortable Slippers

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Why We Love It: The EVA material is highly supportive.

What to Consider: They are a little bulky (but very lightweight).

If you don't love the way thonged sandals feel between your toes, slides are a great option for shower shoes. This pair is made from extremely lightweight EVA (a type of plastic), which is springy and supportive — and therefore very comfortable. And these shower shoes come in six different colors to suit your personal style. As for their shower performance, they're perforated on the top and bottom to let water run right through, and they have grips both inside and out, providing a stable, non-slip platform to stand on. The only thing to consider is they're a little bulky, so they'll take up a fair bit of room in your bag.

Price at time of publish: $16

Sizes: Women's 5.5 to 15, men's 4.5 to 12 | Material: EVA | Style: Slides

Best Flip-flops

Shower Shoez Women's Non-Slip Sandals Flip Flops

Flip Flops

Shower Shoez

Why We Love It: They're perforated to allow water to drain.

What to Consider: They're a little pricey for a flip-flop.

Flip-flops of all types have long been a shower shoe, but this pair, which comes in both women's and men's sizes, is loaded with features that make them extra convenient to use when it's time to wash up. As with the best shower shoes, its sole is perforated for drainage, it has a traction-providing texture on the bottom and top of the sole so you don't slip on the ground or on the shoe itself, and it's antimicrobial to slow the growth of funk. They're made out of EVA rather than rubber, which means they're very lightweight and springy underfoot. They also dry quickly, making them an ideal shower shoe for any type of environment, including the gym or the spa.

Price at time of publish: $15

Sizes: Women's 5–12, men's 6–13 | Material: EVA | Style: Flip-flops

Related: The Most Comfortable Sandals for Women

Best Closed-toe

Amoji Unisex Garden Clogs

Amoji Unisex Garden Clogs in Gray


Why We Love It: This unisex shoe comes in 11 colors.

What to Consider: There are no perforations for drainage.

Some people find clogs provide a bit more stability in the shower than slides or flip-flops, but the key is to buy a pair that has plenty of perforations in its shell. This pair does the trick perfectly, with a honeycomb-like perforation across the entire top of the shoe. As there aren't any perforations on the sole, however, we recommend you flip them upside down to dry, letting the water drain out the top. On the plus side, this pair of unisex clogs comes in 11 colors, and it's made of extra-grippy EVA for a strong non-slip factor.

Price at time of publish: $36

Sizes: Women's 6 to 15, men's 5 to 13 | Material: EVA | Style: Clog

Best Full Shoe

Clapzovr Mens Sandals Shower Water Shoes

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Why We Love It: The cage-like body of the shoe provides extra stability in the shower.

What to Consider: The colors are a little gender stereotypical for the men's and women's version of this shoe.

Not a fan of flip-flops, slides, or clogs? Not to worry — there are full shower shoes that encompass the whole foot, providing top-level stability. We love this pair for all its perforations, which allow water to get in and clean your feet as well as drain out to dry. (Like the clogs, we recommend flipping them upside down for the quickest dry.) Just keep in mind that it'll take a little more work to remove your shoe in the shower if you want to scrub between your toes. These shoes are, however, pretty great for wearing outside of the shower too, whether at a campsite or in your garden.

Price at time of publish: $17

Sizes: Women's 6.5 to 10.5, men's 7 to 12 | Material: EVA | Style: Full shoe

Best for the Gym

Adidas Adilette Shower Slide Sandal

Adidas Adilette Shower Slide Sandal
Adidas Adilette Slide Sandal.

Why We Love It: This is an iconic shoe with a long history in sports.

What to Consider: There are no perforations for drainage.

Athletic brand Adidas designed the Adilette Shower Slide for the German national football team in 1970, and ever since it was released en masse in 1972, the shoe has been a stylistic mainstay of athletes of all levels around the world. We recommend slides for the gym because you can wear socks with them — perhaps not the most fashionable move, but a very practical one! This pair has contour molding to provide great support for the soles of your feet. The only downside is that water pools in the deeper parts of the contour, which means you may need to quickly wipe down the shoe with a towel after use before throwing them in your gym bag.

Price at time of publish: $29

Sizes: 4 to 18 | Material: EVA | Style: Slides

Related: The Best Lightweight Bathrobes for Summer

Best for Camping

Merrell Hydro Moc Women's Water Shoe

Merrell Hydro Moc Women's Water Shoes


Why We Love It: This is an all-purpose water shoe that you can wear for active adventures — or in the shower.

What to Consider: Because they're not designed as shower shoes, they can get expensive quickly.

Campers are pros at packing light, and one way to maximize space in your bag is to wear one pair of shoes for water activities and showering. This pair from beloved shoe brand Merrell can be used for hiking, wading in rivers, fishing, or boating, but it also works perfectly well as a shower shoe. It's perforated across the main body of the shoe, but not the sole, so towel dry or flip upside down for drainage. Both the men's and women's models come in more than a dozen colors, allowing you to match your shoe to your personal style.

Price at time of publish: $74

Sizes: Women's 5 to 11, men's 5 to 15 | Material: EVA | Style: Full shoe

Best for Travel

Teva Hurricane Drift Sandal

Teva Women's Hurricane Drift

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Why We Love It: It's stylish enough to wear as a normal shoe.

What to Consider: The velcro on the straps can take longer to dry than the rest of the shoe.

As with camping, traveling often requires savvy packing jobs — go for the two-in-one combo of a sport sandal and a shower shoe with these Tevas. The EVA material is not only waterproof but also extra comfortable for long days on the road, whether you're walking down city streets or along river beds. And they're extremely lightweight, which is another major plus for packing (or if you accidentally drop them in the water — they'll float!). On top of everything else, these shoes are all-vegan. Keep in mind that it's best to avoid direct sunlight and extra-hot temperatures, as that could affect their shape and coloration.

Price at time of publish: $40

Sizes: Women's 6 to 11, men's 7 to 15 | Material: EVA | Style: Strapped sandal

Best Massage

Xnlonby Refloxology Acupressure Massage Slippers

Honyun Acupressure Massage Slipper
Honyun Acupressure Massage Slipper.

Why We Love It: You can also wear them around the house for a massage.

What to Consider: Since the sole is not flat, some wearers might find it hard to balance in these shoes.

If you love reflexology massages on your feet, this is the pair of shower shoes for you. Inside the EVA sole is a series of nodules that are placed to provide acupressure in just the right spots. These flip-flops just feel good — if your feet aren't ticklish, that is. The only thing to be mindful of is that the bumpy soles might affect your balance, so you'll want to try them on in non-slippery conditions first. In fact, you can even wear these around the house for all-day-long foot comfort.

Price at time of publish: $17

Sizes: Women's 6.5 to 10.5, men's 5.5 to 9.5 | Material: EVA | Style: Slides

Related: The Best Compression Socks for Traveling

Best for Kids

Crocs Kids Classic Clog

Crocs Child Classic Clog

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Why We Love It: The heel strap keeps the shoe secure to the foot.

What to Consider: There are only three sizes for kids.

It's not only adults who need shower shoes! For kids, we recommend classic Crocs for two main reasons: first, the material provides great traction, and second, the heel strap keeps the shoe securely on the foot, both of which make things more stable for little ones in a slippery environment. Plus, the shoes come in a full rainbow of colors, and you can accessorize them with Jibbitz charms. Check the sizing chart to determine the best fit, as there are only three sizes for kids: toddler, little kid, and big kid. Crocs also make great shower shoes for adults, too!

Price at time of publish: $40

Sizes: Toddler, little kid, big kid | Material: EVA | Style: Clogs

Best for Fun

Totenjs Lobster Slippers

Totenjis Lobster Slipper
Lobster Slipper.

Why We Love It: It's an eye-catching design that still has the essentials for a shower shoe.

What to Consider: They may be too wide for narrow feet.

Make a statement with these funky shoes, which are designed to look like lobsters or sharks. They may be a novelty sandal, but they work great as shower shoes, as they're made from springy, supportive EVA, a naturally waterproof material. The lobster model is a slide that comes in three colors, while the shark model is a clog that also comes in three colors. Given their eye-catching design, we definitely think it's a good idea to wear these out in public and not just in the shower! If you decide to wear them out to the beach or the pool and not just the shower, they'll float in water, so you'll never need to worry about losing them.

Price at time of publish: $20

Sizes: Women's 4 to 12, Men's 3.5 to 12.5 | Material: EVA | Style: Slides

Tips for Buying Shower Shoes

Prioritize traction and comfort

Showers are wet environments, and the last thing you want to happen to you while you're in one is a major slip and fall. That's why it's crucial that your shower shoes have good traction. Fortunately, most are made with non-slip materials with treads for extra support. On top of that, you're standing in the shower — make sure your shoes are comfy!

Pick a design with optimal drainage

The best shower shoes are ones that have drainage built into their soles so water and suds don't pool in them. That's not always a dealbreaker, though. For instance, if your shower has a grab bar to help you balance, you can hang on and pick up your foot to manually drain your shoe.

Choose a quick-dry material

Yes, your shower shoes will get wet on this ride. Pick a shower shoe made of a material that dries quickly, like EVA (a type of plastic) or rubber. Otherwise, you might find yourself having to slip damp shoes on the next time you shower or even pack them in your bag.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure writers are shopping and product experts who use personal experience and expert recommendations to choose the best items for shoppers. For this article, Stefanie Waldek read dozens of high-quality consumer reviews and relied on her own experience as a travel writer who frequently wears waterproof shoes on her journeys, both in showers and on the go.

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