I'm looking for a gardening shoe that has a flat, flexible sole but still is sturdy enough to allow for digging and is tall enough to protect against thistles, sticks, etc. Does anyone use such footwear? Does it even exist?
It isn't, however, terribly comfortable to do a LOT of digging in these. Digging a hole for a tree or two in soft ground--no problem! Digging in hard ground is painful with my shovel, so I switch to other shoes for that.
Soft star also has a lot of other minamalist shoes, too, and some that are taller. I haven't tried these ones, though: