Footwear (besides fins)
There are some other footwear considerations to think about besides just fins.
Booties, which are thin-soled waterproof shoes which provide protection to your feet and are a much better idea than going barefoot and will afford more stability than flip flops. Booties are usually thin enough to be worn with fins attached, and are a great idea for traversing rocky or hot sand. However for steep inclines, muddy surfaces, or sharp rocks, booties are not sufficient and may cause an injury.
Aqua socks are great for increasing comfort while wearing fins in the water, and are a better choice than bulky booties. The socks will reduce the chance of chafing help you break-in a set of fins. Socks also provide a layer of protection for those who may have allergies to the materials found in fins, and also protect one’s foot from the possibility of a jellyfish sting.
Water shoes, as the name implies are basically full-on waterproof shoes. The outsole of a water shoe is usually EVA, giving the same stability, support, and protection you’d find in a tennis shoe. This is the best choice for wear on treacherous paths or long walks to your snorkeling site. You won’t need to worry about sharp rocks, and you’ll also have the best grip on slippery surfaces. Water is obviously not a problem for water shoes, but fins will probably not work with water shoes.
Each of these footwear items has a place in protecting your feet, adding safety, and increasing comfort and you should definitely consider these helpful accessories when you decide on your snorkeling set. Be sure not to forget about allowing more wiggle room in your fin size selection if you think you might want to use any extra footwear with your fins.