A lot of people do, but our coach prefers shoes because our boathouse is on this public island park type thing and there’s tons of gross crap and glass on the ground.
For us, we have like the boat house then a stretch of land that we walk to the docks. We wear like slides (basically athletic flip flops) or crocs so that they’re waterproof and we can wear them between the boathouse and the dock.
So far as I hear, CRI is wicked competitive, tough to beat, and pretty high end. I seriously wouldn’t discount them if they’re in one of your races or heats.
Ah, perhaps only my team calls them slides? They’re what we wear as dock shoes (since sneakers risk getting wet) so they’re like slip on sandals of sorts, usually plastic ones, almost like flip flops without the little toe separating thing.