The Best Barefoot sandals for the water | Aqua Cloud Review | Xero Shoes

Created by Elly McGuinness

Last Updated: September 19, 2022

CATEGORIES: Physical Fitness

If you’re looking for the best barefoot sandals for the water and beach, you can’t go past the aqua cloud from Xero Shoes. I was excited to receive a complimentary pair of aqua clouds to test and review. In this post, I’ll tell you all about them.

(This post includes affiliate links for which I may earn a commission at no extra cost to you should you make a purchase)

The aqua cloud is a fantastic barefoot sandal with the added bonus of being designed as a water sport sandal. It’s similar to the original and iconic cloud sandal, but with special upgraded features to make it perfect for the water.

Aqua cloud barefoot sandals | features and specs

It has a new, more durable rubber sole with a better grip. And the special barefoot foam has been extended through the heel for added comfort.

Elly's feet wearing the aqua cloud barefoot sandals from Xero Shoes on a beach in Southern Turkey

These barefoot sandals for women and men have all the crucial barefoot features that enable your feet to bend and flex like feet like to do and they help contribute towards better natural movement.

The aqua clouds are super thin and flexible, so you get the real barefoot feel. I love walking along and feeling stones underfoot, yet knowing my feet have just the right level of protection. They’re also perfect for protecting my feet from the scalding hot sand.

Visit the Xero Shoes store to see current Aqua Cloud prices.

Not only can you roll them up because they’re so thin and flexible, but they’re also extremely lightweight. For example, the aqua cloud women’s size 7 weighs only 4.4 ounces for each barefoot sandal. And, of course, like all Xero Shoes and sandals, they’re a zero-drop sandal with a wide toe box to allow your feet to spread.

What I use the aqua cloud barefoot sandal for

The aqua cloud is my current everyday summer sandal and is ideal for beach life here in Southern Turkey. I love the look, and they go great with a dress, skirt, or shorts.

Elly sitting on a jetty at a beach in Southern Turkey wearing the aqua cloud barefoot sandals from Xero Shoes

I wear these out and about everywhere. I’ve taken them for little hill walks, along the beach, across rocky surfaces, and on the slackline.

They have been excellent in every situation, except when I wore them in a river with currents where it was muddy underfoot. They weren’t quite secure enough on my feet, and they’re just so flexible that the current was curving the front of the sandal under my foot. I’m glad I didn’t lose them because I love them for everything else!

(By the way, my daughter wore her z-trails in the same river, and they stayed on just fine).

Elly's feet dangling above the green water wearing the aqua cloud barefoot sandal from Xero Shoes

I’d highly recommend the aqua cloud as functional mens and womens barefoot sandals that are fab for wearing in and around the water (or anywhere else!)

If you’re looking for the best minimalist sandals for barefoot performance, try the aqua cloud.

Visit the Xero Shoes store to see current Aqua Cloud prices.


As I mentioned, I’ve done several other barefoot shoes reviews. Depending on what type of shoe you’re looking for, you may want to check out the following posts.

Wondering what the barefoot buzz is all about? Read about the benefits of barefoot shoes and my Terraflex interview with a podiatrist. Plus, discover the amazing benefits of walking barefoot.

Disclaimer: This article contains affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on one of these recommended service provider links, like an insurance broker, or a travel agent, I may earn a commission – at no extra cost to you. [For my full disclosure, please see my DISCLAIMER page]

Did you enjoy this blog? Have you been inspired by any of my other content such as my social posts or videos? Did you know you can now ‘Buy Me A Coffee‘! Just click the button and express your gratitude however you see fit.

You may also like

How about sharing your own thoughts?

What actions might you take next? What questions do you have?

Leave a comment below to let me know what you think of this post.

Elly McGuinness


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.