Wearing swimming shoes around the pool and on the beach is a smart decision. The grounds around the pool are always wet and warm, which makes them a great place for fungus and viruses to grow. Walking barefoot would expose you to catching an itchy athlete’s foot condition or even a wart. Also, walking barefoot on the boardwalk or the sand can lead to splinters and puncture wounds you could live without. Wearing water shoes would protect you against all that and allow you to have a nice, healthy summer.