I know I sound like a broken record on paddles, but here goes anyway. For the money, the best you can do is a Carlisle Expedition. Yes, you can spend a lot more money, but the Expedition is just a superb paddle for a great price. All the better if you find it on sale.
Be aware that there is also the Expedition fishing paddle if you’re into ugly. You wouldn’t have to worry about anyone trying to steel it from you.
It really pays to shop around on the Internet. Prices will vary a lot, but you should be able to find one for less than $150. Amazon is showing one for $99, but I think it is a shorty. Nope, actually after checking again, it turns out to be a longy (240). In my opinion, the Carlisle Expedition is almost comparable to a Werner Shuna.
On the other hand, if you aren’t looking for a bargain price, my favorite paddle is the Werner Camano. Even they can be found on sale from time to time for about $200.
You mentioned paddling in shallow water. You might want to carry a beater paddle with you for that kind of service.