There's a tradition in South Europe of people wearing highly
breathable, comfortable shoes. Often it's older people who do
it, calling the shoes "T-bags" and choosing
styles that you probably wouldn't wear to job interview. Just
recently a firm in Alicante has started making some quite respectable
Mary-Janes out of the same kind of fabric - a spongy honeycomb
design that stretches around your feet and breathes so well in
hot weather that you could make a mask out of it. Customer feedback
is that they are a stubby broad-toe shape without extra space
in front of the toes. Sales points are geared to the comfort
and disability market: the shoe is washable, the heel stiffener
springs-up; the thick foam insole is removable for a second-chance
at fitting, the strap has a touch-fastening system so it fits
accurately, and the shoes have an anti-bacterial treatment .
But you probably didn't want to know that; the comfort features
are a bonus. These are just informal every-day comfortable shoes
that you could wear to an office, if not always to a job interview.
They even come in a smart box, with the "Sanitized"
tag very small in case you're giving the shoes as a present.