Comfortable, yet summery, outdoor work shoes

Q. I am looking for a stylish, summery, comfortable, flat work shoe that can be good for lots of walking (tours) and be good in the dirt of the garden (garden tours). Some ideas are: metallic tessa clogs, minnetonka loafers, flat espadrilles….anything come to mind that would be a winner?

A. It sounds like you need a comfortable, chic flat that can withstand a lot of walking and perhaps dirty or muddy conditions. The clogs you mentioned are certainly an option, but Minnetonka loafers and flat espadrilles are not ideal for walks in the garden as dirt will cling to the surfaces of the shoes, making it difficult to remove. Your best bet is to look for a flat or low wedge with a rubber sole that will provide comfort and a washable barrier for dirt. Boat shoes are made for outdoor living and come in a great variety of prints and colors, making them a great option for walking tours. A comfortable, yet sturdy, sandal is also an option if your job allows it. Here are some styles to help you get started with your search:

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