Soft shoes only please.
Shoes are very important, there is a couple of things that we look for in a shoe that could be wear on the boat.
1. A wide heel. Shoes with a wide heel will help you maintain your balance far more than a narrow heel. We sometimes fish on days that are slick calm, but more often than not, the boat is rocking and rolling and balance is at a premium.
2. Cushion. I want a shoe that is going to absorb the shock of long runs and hitting waves. Good cushion and good arch support is also helpful for being on your feet all day.
3. Mesh. On a boat your feet are more than likely to get wet. Shoes that will allow the water to go straight through will remain lightweight and will also dry faster.
4. Good traction on the sole. Most athletic shoes made today will have good traction. Specialized shoes with boat soles like Sperry are really nice if you are getting in and out of the boat and trying not to track a ton of sand into the boat, but for the most part, any athletic shoe is going to prevent slippage.