gary D, what model? Don't hold back
I was gonna say, you can wear your old running shoes in a creeker. Much better arch support than my NRS Cross-4 Wetshoes, and those have a better sole than playboat booties. Then I started wearing old low top hikers, which have better toe protection than trail runners. To upgrade from there => sticky rubber, and a higher boot to keep out sand (with drysuit latex socks, I don't like getting sand and pebbles in my shoes). Would like to try on the Keene Gorge boots, in spite of the spotty reviews on durability. The 5.10 Canyoneers don't fit my hard-to-fit feet. Interested in the proliferation of lowtop "water shoe" models, but over $100 I am not sold yet. 5.10 Savants look like a deluxe high dollar option. I have some old 5.tennies that could work, but they are sized smaller for climbing.
Playboating, you have to go with what fits in the boat. One reason I upsized to a Monstar was so I can wear comfy shoes. (I am not much of a playboater obviously, but I like to surf and spin, and attempt new tricks like the 180 headplant