Updated on October 28, 2020

Surfers looking for a little extra grip and warmth while shredding waves need not look any further for the best surf booties. Booties are a simple solution that help you stay grounded on your board while eliminating the chilling bite of cold. 

Whether you’re a summer surfer needing quick drying and breathable surf booties or a naturalist who wants a “second skin” that feels like going barefoot, we’ve got you covered! Thanks to stiff competition, the booties listed below come from a wide range of manufacturers offering a seemingly endless array of features. We’ve streamlined the process to make choosing your next pair of surf booties simple and easy.

For more of our top surfing gear recommendations, check out the Best Surfing Wetsuits.

 

Quick Answer - The Best Surfing Booties

  1. NRS Freestyle
  2. Quicksilver Waterman 1.0 Prologue
  3. NRS Paddle
  4. NRS Kicker Remix
  5. Sea To Summit Ultraflex
  6. Vibram Fivefingers V
  7. Merrell Hydro Glove
  8. Adidas Terrex Climacool Jawpaw II
  9. Z-Joyee Quick Dry
  10. Sea To Summit Blitz

 

Comparison Table - Best Surfing Booties

PictureNameHeightAdjustment MechanismUnisexPriceRating
NRS FreestyleOver The AnkleNone / Slip OnYes$$4.75
Quicksilver Waterman 1.0 PrologueBelow The AnkleNone / Slip OnNo$4.6
NRS PaddleOver The AnkleZipper / Velcro StrapNo$$4.5
NRS Kicker RemixBelow The AnkleNone / Slip OnNo$$4.4
Sea To Summit UltraflexBelow The AnkleStrapYes$$4.3
Vibram Fivefingers VBelow The AnkleStrapNo$$$4.2
Merrell Hydro GloveBelow The AnkleStrapNo$$$4.15
Adidas Terrex Climacool Jawpaw IIBelow The AnkleNone / Slip OnNo$$4.1
Z-Joyee Quick DryBelow The AnkleSingle-Pull LaceYes$3.9
Sea To Summit BlitzSea To Summit BlitzOver The AnkleStrapNo$$3.8
PictureNameHeightAdjustment MechanismUnisexPriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Booties for Surfing

NRS Freestyle

Specs
  • Height: Over The Ankle
  • Unisex: Yes
  • Upper: Neoprene
  • Adjustment Mechanism: None / Slip On
  • Outsole: Rubber
  • Lining: Synthetic / None
Features
  • Women Should Order 1 Size Smaller
  • Fleece Lining Offers Superior Warmth
  • Feet Glide Seamlessly Into Booties With Heel Strap

BEST FOR: SLIM AND LIGHT DESIGN

Surfers of all skill levels who prefer a slim and lightweight design will be overjoyed by the NRS Freestyle Water Shoes. They’ll keep you warm in colder waters as you chase surf through the season or dip your toes into the Pacific!

Most noticeable on these booties is the 3mm neoprene (the material that a wetsuit is made from) which retains water and holds is close to your skin to help keep you warm. Over the ankle design also helps support your ankles while keeping them warm as well. 

The slip on design with heel tab helps keep out sand and debris that would otherwise cause an uncomfortable afternoon in the break.

Quicksilver Waterman 1.0 Prologue

Specs
  • Height: Below The Ankle
  • Unisex: No
  • Upper: Nylon
  • Adjustment Mechanism: None / Slip On
  • Outsole: Rubber
  • Lining: None
Features
  • Reinforced Heels Offer Superior Durability
  • Drainage Holes Provide For A Quick Drying Time When Wet
  • Flatlock Stitching At The Seams Reduces Potential For Chafing

BEST FOR: LONG-LASTING DURABILITY

At a relatively low entry cost, the Quicksilver Waterman 1.0 Prologue Round Toe Reef Surf Boots are an investment piece that provide long-lasting durability. 

The slip on, below the ankle design provides a low-profile feel that almost lets you forget you’re even wearing booties! Without any lining, these booties are best used in water temps exceeding 65°F but do have the upside of draining water quickly and offer a quick drying time. 

Lastly, the flatlock seams are an in-house design that helps reduce chafing. Overall, every aspect is designed with minimalism in mind.

NRS Paddle


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Specs
  • Height: Over The Ankle
  • Unisex: No
  • Upper: Neoprene
  • Adjustment Mechanism: Zipper / Velcro Strap
  • Outsole: Rubber
  • Lining: Terraprene
Features
  • Roomy Toe Area Provides All Day Comfort
  • Rubber Soles Wrap Around Toes For Extra Protection
  • Heat Reflecting Titanium Lining Ensures Your Feet Stay Warm

BEST FOR: KEEPING YOUR FEET WARM

Surfers who brave frigid temperatures in search of the perfect wave may need a little extra warmth beyond their wetsuit. Made from a 3mm neoprene that has heat-reflecting titanium, the NRS Paddle Wetshoes are sure to keep your toes toasty even in the coldest waters. 

The high top design fits over the ankle, allowing you to tuck your wetsuit into these booties for seamless warmth (read: no exposed ankles!). The side zip offers easy entry and exit (especially helpful when wet) with a velcro strap to secure the zipper at the top. 

The Paddle Wetshoes also sport 3mm rubber soles with “high traction” that help protect your feet as you navigate rocky coves and sandy beaches with sharp shells.

NRS Kicker Remix


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Specs
  • Height: Below The Ankle
  • Unisex: No
  • Upper: Neoprene
  • Adjustment Mechanism: None / Slip On
  • Outsole: Rubber
  • Lining: Terraprene
Features
  • Draw Cord At Heels Secures A Snug Fit
  • Textured Rubber Soles Deliver Superior Traction
  • Keeps Feet Warm With Heat Reflecting Titanium Lining

BEST FOR: HIGH TRACTION IN A LOW-PROFILE DESIGN

Kick it comfortably in NRS’s Kicker Remix Wetshoe for high traction surf booties with a low-profile design. Need I continue?

The super grippy, textured rubber soles will keep your feet glued to your surfboard and prevent you from slipping in slick coves when making your way out to sea. The Kicker Remix also sports an easy slip-on style with heel tab with a comfortable below the ankle design. The kicker is that there’s also a draw-cord at the heel for maximum foot hold. 

Finally, elastic rubber cross bands give lateral support as you deliver footwork all across your surfboard.

Sea To Summit Ultraflex

Specs
  • Height: Below The Ankle
  • Unisex: Yes
  • Upper: Neoprene
  • Adjustment Mechanism: Strap
  • Outsole: Rubber
  • Lining: Synthetic
Features
  • Unisex Design Fits Both Men And Women
  • Synthetic Lining Keeps Your Feet Warm In Cold Water
  • Anti-Chafing Stitching Makes These Booties Super Comfortable

BEST FOR: PREVENTING CHAFING

Let’s be real, one of the most annoying things when wearing surf gear is the potential for chafing. Fortunately, with the Sea to Summit Ultraflex Water Booties, you’ll have one less garment to worry about. 

Thanks to a smartly implemented flatlock stitching pattern, chafing is a non-issue with these below the ankle water booties. They also feature a hook and loop strap system to provide superior support and a cozy fit. 

Lastly, the rubber soles are a thinner construction that provides more sensitivity, allowing you to have a good “feel” for your surfboard. But don’t let the words “thin” and “sensitive” turn you away, these booties are super durable too!

Vibram Fivefingers V


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Specs
  • Height: Below The Ankle
  • Unisex: No
  • Upper: Polyester Mesh
  • Adjustment Mechanism: Strap
  • Outsole: Rubber
  • Lining: None
Features
  • 2 Straps Help You Dial In The Perfect Fit
  • Can Be Machine Washed For Easy Cleaning
  • “Megagrip” Outsole Is Super Grippy On Wet Surfaces

BEST FOR: ALL-NATURAL FEEL

The next best thing to being barefoot on your surfboard? Being basically barefoot by wearing Vibram’s FiveFingers V-Aqua Water Shoes! With it’s super weird (should I say acquired taste?) Five Finger design, all of your toes can wiggle about and grip your board naturally as if you had grip tape on the soles of your feet. 

At just 9.8 oz., the V-Aqua Water Shoes are insanely light and you’ll barely notice you’re even wearing them. The 3.7mm “Megagrip” outsoles give superior traction, especially on a wet board while the 2mm insoles give a slight cushion. Bonus: the insoles can be removed and washed separately to get out that saltwater funk. 

Lastly, the V-Aqua’s feature 2 straps for dialing in the perfect fit: one across the top of the foot and one that wraps around the back of the heel.

Merrell Hydro Glove

Specs
  • Height: Below The Ankle
  • Unisex: No
  • Upper: Synthetic Mesh Webbing
  • Adjustment Mechanism: Strap
  • Outsole: Rubber
  • Lining: None
Features
  • Vibram Rubber Outsole Provides Premium Grip
  • Midsole Provides Very Comfort And Cushioning
  • Quick Drying Material Leads To Longer Lasting Booties

BEST FOR: QUICK DRY TIME

One thing that helps prolong the life of your booties and makes your outings much more enjoyable are booties that dry quickly. There’s nothing worse than pulling your feet into a cold, wet, saltwater funky smelling pair of booties the morning after your first surf day. Not only that, but starting day 2 with wet booties can lead to uncomfortable chafing and potential rashes. 

So ditch that old lifestyle in favor of the Merrell Hydro Glove Water Shoes! Not only are they quick drying, they also sport a super grippy Vibram rubber outsole for premium grip. They also feature a strap that helps secure them to your feet and a heel tab to help you slip in seamlessly.

 

Adidas Terrex Climacool Jawpaw II

Specs
  • Height: Below The Ankle
  • Unisex: No
  • Upper: Synthetic
  • Adjustment Mechanism: None / Slip On
  • Outsole: Rubber
  • Lining: ClimaCool
Features
  • Outsoles Feature Water Drainage Holes
  • ClimaCool Lining Keeps Feet Cool On Hot Days
  • Pull Tabs On Heel And Ankle Make Putting On A Breeze

BEST FOR: MAXIMUM WATER DRAINAGE

When you’re ripping waves, stomping on grovelers, and shredding the gnar, you definitely don’t want heavy water-logged shoes to weigh you down. With their built in water draining technology, the Terrex ClimaCool Jawpaw II Water Shoes from Adidas won’t retain excess water and let you dance all over your board.

Sporting ventilated uppers and perforated midsoles, the Jawpaw II’s allow your feet to breathe and dry off rather quickly even while wearing the booties. Add to that a stealth rubber grip outsole for primo grip and you’ve got an all around great pair of water booties.

Z-Joyee Quick Dry

Specs
  • Height: Below The Ankle
  • Unisex: Yes
  • Upper: Mesh
  • Adjustment Mechanism: Single-Pull Lace
  • Outsole: Rubber
  • Lining: None
Features
  • Mesh Uppers Drain Water Quickly
  • Comes In 37 Different Colors/Patterns
  • Single-Pull Quick Lace Helps Dial In Perfect Fit

BEST FOR: BUDGET-CONSCIOUS SURFERS

We get it, you probably spent all your money on a dope new surfboard and need to find a decent pair of booties on a budget. If you’re looking for a pair that won’t break the bank but also tick off all the necessary checkboxes that any quality pair would sport, then we’ve got your feet covered with the Z-Joyee Quick Dry Aqua Socks. 

Made in a unisex size, these booties are ideal for both men and women alike. They also come in a whopping 37 different color and pattern combinations! 

The mesh uppers allow water to drain naturally and quickly from your feet and promote breathability. The Quick Dry Aqua Sock also sport a quick-pull single lace system that helps you dial in the perfect fit every time.

Sea To Summit Blitz

Specs
  • Height: Over The Ankle
  • Unisex: No
  • Upper: Neoprene
  • Adjustment Mechanism: Strap
  • Outsole: Rubber
  • Lining: None
Features
  • Hook And Loop Strap Secures Feet
  • Neoprene Uppers Keep Feet Warm In Chilly Waters
  • Textured Rubber Grip Provides Great Traction On Your Surfboard
Sea To Summit Blitz

BEST FOR: HEAVY-DUTY USE

If you’re going to be hitting surf sessions morning after morning, then you’re going to need a super durable pair of booties that can stand up to heavy-duty use. The aptly named Blitz Booties by Sea to Summit should be your go-to hard workers for your next surf season. 

Featuring an unusual over the ankle design with a below the ankle strap, the Blitz Booties give the best of both worlds in keeping your ankles warm and supported while also ensuring a snug fit on your feet. 

Add to that a 3mm thick neoprene construction and you’ve got yourself a pair of booties that will keep you warm in even the chilliest of waters.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING SURF BOOTIES

 

UPPER

The “upper” part of a shoe, as it’s known, is the top portion of your surf booties that covers the tops of your feet. They are generally made of either a synthetic material, mesh, or neoprene. 

Synthetic materials dry quickly and are great for multi-season use. Mesh uppers are great for draining water quickly and are best suited for summer surfing. Neoprene, the same material that a wetsuit is made of, is best for surfing in cool/cold water as it retains water that is heated by your skin – this provides an insulating effect. 

 

LINING

Some surf booties feature a liner that helps insulate your feet during cold water surfing. The most common type is a titanium reflecting material that bounces heat coming from your body back to you. Make sure you choose a pair of surf booties that are sure to keep your feet warm without overheating depending on the conditions you normally surf in.

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

 

HOOK AND LOOP STRAP

A type of adjustment strap that uses a hook as an anchor where a strap is “looped”, or threaded, into the hook and pulled back for tightening. 

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