I grew up in a jellies-obsessed time, so those were the only summer shoes I ever needed as a child. Plus, as uncomfortable as they were, they looked so much cooler than water shoes. I never thought the day would come when I would buy them.
But then I saw water shoes being sold for $5 at a Big Lots-type store and I couldn’t resist. Why? Because one day I might need them. How do I know this? Well, I don’t, but what I do know is that these situations in my life could have gone more smoothly if only I’d had a $5 pair of water shoes:
- Walking along a coral reef beach in Australia. As pretty as it is, it’s important to remember: that stuff is pointy and hurts!
- Randomly climbing a mountain in St. Lucia. When you’re navigating a rocky path with nothing between you and your tragic death but your footwear, flip flops just don’t give you the confidence you need.
- Hiking up waterfalls in Jamaica. If you don’t have water shoes, you may end up buying a pair of $7 sneakers to wear in the water, and these shoes may smell so bad–before you even get them wet–that you will have to immediately throw them away.
I don’t have any guarantee, of course, that I’ll ever encounter another situation where water shoes will come in handy, but as long as I keep enjoying visiting places with water, I’d say there’s a good chance. And being prepared never hurt anybody. (At least as far as I know. I don’t know everyone who was ever prepared for anything in the history of the universe, so I’m just going with my gut here.)