(Attached is a picture of my ideal boot style.).
I suffer from painfully hot feet (not neuropathy nor diabetes, fortunately); just unfortunate circulatory genetics, including sweating in 68*F (20* C). Lately I've been wearing my horrid sneakers more and more and hate it -- it ruins all of my effort at decent styling. I've spent about 60 hours so far researching (including heavily on this forum), but I feel like I've hit a dead end. So I thought I would quit lurking and post to ask you all (you've all provided great advice while lurking over the last 5 years -- thank you!).
I would appreciate any feedback on any of the following. (And I'm happy to spend dozens of hours of research -- I just need some help pointing me in the right direction.)
My previous shoe has been a Corcoran 1500 10" black combat boot laced halfway up. But my feet bake in it. (Moreover, you all on this forum have convinced me of the virtues of rich brown shoes over flat black.)
-- Geox seems like a good solution, however they don't seem to offer any decent chukka/boot styles. (There is very little rain where I live, so that eliminates the problem with Geox.)
-- From advice seen on this forum, I'm keeping an eye on Merrell, Clarks, and even Rockport. However, (A.) I haven't found a similar style, and (B.) I'm skeptical of whether they are significantly more breathable than better boots.
-- Stylewise, investing in Red WIngs or White's would be ideal (from what I've gathered from this forum). But I fear that they'd end up roasting my feet and become very expensive paper weights.
-- Is it possible to have a good cobbler add ventilation inlets to, at least, the inner side of the shoe? How much of a difference do you think that would make?
-- Do you recommend that I abandon the hope of an 8" boot and focus on something else (non-sneaker)?
-- How breathable are good oxfords (like AE)? Do you recommend I abandon my boot hopes for such an oxford instead (given that it only entails losing a few inches of desired style)? Are there any AE (or alternatives) with the bigger shape of a boot?
-- I've read some recommendations here for suede chukkas for hot feet. Are they that much more breathable? They really aren't my style, but I would certainly consider them over wearing sneakers (like I'm currently forced to do).
As seen in the pictures, I would prefer a cap toe, a large round shape, and a very deep brown (though I can, as learned on this forum, deepen a brown with darker shoe polishes). My style tends to be: dark jeans cuffed, textured button down shirts, skinny wool ties, and cardigans or blazers.
Thank you very much for any advice.