You're old school. ha ha
I was the same way when I started riding the wakeskate about 3 yrs ago.
Shoes didn't feel right. I banged up my feet all the time going wake to wake and the boys always insisted I try the shoes.
Finally, I gave in and my riding improved drastically not to mention the condition of my feet. One word, cushion.
At first it seems as if you lose the feel for the board, but eventually you'll get used to it and will have more confidence.