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Wakeskate shoes are not necessary. Some riders enjoy the freedom of riding barefoot while others opt not to purchase shoes specifically for wakeskating. However, shoes designed for use with a wakeskate can improve the quality of the rider's time spent on the water. Some of the beneficial features of wakeskate shoes include high traction soles, quick drying materials and holes to allow water to escape. These features can improve your riding and increase your comfort level while on the water.