Boots are fine if your fishing from shore. Don't punish your dogs, know what type of shoes to wear and pack them in advance. Soft soled shoes everybody. Tennis shoe----OK. Boating shoe---OK. Work boots full of dirt,grease,oil,etc.---NOPE!!! Sandles are OK. NO bare feet. Common sense prevails. Rubber soled foot apparel is OK as long as it's not the gooey black kind that leaves marks all over the gel coat.