I practice either in socks or barefoot but only go shoeless if I’m playing for some kind of pit situation. I mentioned in another post a while back that Wal-Mart has some super-cheap-faux-leather men’s dress shoes that are just perfect. The ultra thin paper-like quality really lets me navigate the pedals without that horrible clunky heavy boot feel, so making the switch is no problem. Plus they’re dirt cheap. And they should be.