I'm astounded by the number of dictatorial responses above: "must wear shoes/can't wear shoes on MY boat! My mom taught me to cross streets safely, and to put shoes on when I felt that I needed them. Never argue w/ mom, so that's what I still do -- if it is too hot or too cold I'll wear shoes or sandals on deck
, otherwise I'm usually barefoot. The issue of traction likely depends on the degree of callousing of the subject feet and the type and quality of non-skid on the decks, but on I-2 my bare feet seem to grip just fine, wet or dry. Toes do get stubbed at times, and harsh language follows, but (touch wood) nothing broken on board as yet.
The fancy deck shoes we bought in our newbie days used to work well for a while, and then get progressively slipperier as the rubber aged. Soles got bad long before the uppers gave way. Nowadays they are stupid expensive, and mid-grade cross-trainers etc seem to work about as well if you choose carefully and are maybe 1/3 the price
. But whatever turns you on...
So, if you come for a sail on I-2 you can wear whatever (non-marking) shoes or skin you want... but if you stub or burn or freeze your toe, it's your responsibility.
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying towlers Bay, NSW, Oz