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Summer allows for extra time for camping, rivers, lakes and oceans. All of these activities that are surrounded by bodies of water require the proper footwear to maximize your outdoor experience. Invest in some water shoes so you don’t return with your “every day” shoes destroyed. Here are the best places to pick up a pair of water shoes in San Francisco.

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Pacific Wave
1502 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 458-9283

Pacific Wave in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz embraces all things sand and surf. This retailer carries surfboards, wetsuits, clothing, sunglasses, accessories and shoes for men, women and children. Major brands, as well as smaller local labels, are carried here. The stores carries water shoes as well as sandals, flip flops, sneakers and other specialty footwear.

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Sports Basement
1590 Bryant St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 575-3000

Sports Basement is an all around sporting goods store and community center. It is a one stop shopping spot where you can pick up not only your water shoes but a kayak and tent so you’ll have a good excuse to be wearing those shoes. The store not only carries water shoes, but also has experts in each department if you need help on the right fit. The store is expansive, so feel free to roam around while pondering what other accessories you need. Prices are fair market value, and top brands are sold.

Mollusk Surf Shop
4500 Irving St.
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 564-6300

Mollusk Surf Shop carries surfboards, gear, clothing, art and accessories for all your salty water needs. This boutique style shop reflects San Francisco surf culture and is a fun place to browse if nothing else. It has water booties so you don’t get numb feet if you dare put your toes in the icy Pacific Ocean. The neoprene and rubber soles protect the feet from any leaks. The tab and pull ring located on the heel make it easy to take them on and off.

Aqua Surf Shop
3847 Judah St.
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 242-9283

Aqua Surf Shop is another Outer Sunset favorite among tourists and locals alike. The staff is knowledgable and will give you advice on everything from wetsuits to wax. The store is a mix of SF style, surf and skate. Aqua Surf Shop carries both winter water booties and tropical water shoes, so your feet are protected in the water no matter what the season.

Sonlight Surfshop
575 Crespi Drive, Suite 1
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 359-5471

Sonlight Surfshop is conveniently located near Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica. This local favorite is happy to give advice on what to buy and how to care for the goods you purchase. The little, yet well curated, shop offers rentals and ding repair, but also sells surfboards and gear. It carries Quicksilver and O’Neill booties for all your water needs.

This article was written via Examiner.com for CBS Local Media