Hi 16mfutrell, I'm glad you took the initiative to help him. I'm not a fan of shoes and if boots or barefoot are a safe alternative they are my preferences. It depends on the health of the horse's feet, the type of riding and amount, the type of ground ridden on, etc.
Meanwhile I'd definitely leave shoes off until he's 100% sound again and then decide from there what alternatives you can look at. He may also be tender for awhile if he's been kept shod regularly, and the foot and rest of the horse take time to readjust, and a good farrier is priceless to help them in that direction. Again, thank you for taking initiative to care for him and about him.