It's the closest thing to being barefoot in the water. Beware of chlorine and hot tubs! My first pair stretched so badly from using them in the hot tub that I bought my next pair a size down and vowed never to go in hot water in them. (It says right on the label not to wash them in water more than 85 degrees). But it took about 6 months of this abuse to get that way. Aside from stretching, the glue and stitching held fast. The second pair has lasted about a year of being in chlorinated water 3-5 times a week, and the velcro straps are starting to not hold as well as they used to. Just bought two more pair in case they get discontinued. They drain well and dry quickly. Soles are paper thin, which is great in the water, but less so if you're walking across a pebbly parking lot to get to the water. Recommended for swimming pools when you don't want to pick up foot diseases but still want to feel like you're barefoot.