I'm moving to a tropical climate and looking for a quasi-minimalist shoe with the lightest, most open, breathable mesh upper. It also needs a wide forefoot for my duck feet and decent traction on wet asphalt and concrete. In terms of wet traction I'd just like to avoid slipping on a wet road as has happened with my Merrell hiking shoes with hard Vibram soles. I don't have to be able to climb waterfalls with them or anything. I just don't want to feel like I've stepped onto a skating rink whenever it rains.
Other than my zero drop 12 mm flip flops which I actually wear most of the time at home, I've never worn any sort of minimalist shoe before. I'm looking for a compromise between ground feel and cushion/protection and so I'm thinking in terms of a stack height of at least 8 mm and ideally no more than The One with 18mm. I would prefer zero drop, but could live with a 4mm drop. Ultimately ventilation trumps every other concern except for wet road traction and a good fit for my wide feet.
Some shoes that I'm considering are Altra The One (or possibly Torin), New Balance Minimus MR10v2/MT10v2/MR1, Merrell Bare Access 2 or Vapor/Trail/Road Glove, Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris/Levitas, Skora Base/Phase/Phase-X, Brooks PureDrift, Topo RT, Inov8 TrailRoc 235, Saucony Virrata/Hattori LC, and Skechers GoBionic.
I probably won't actually be doing much running in these shoes. I mostly want something cool and comfortable for a very hot/humid climate that lets me get a bit of that natural barefoot feeling while still protecting my feet from sharp things and hiding them from view. I'll mostly be walking on pavement so as a rule I'm leaning toward road shoes over trail shoes, but I'm not sure the difference really matters for just walking around. I'll probably be wearing a thin pair of socks most of the time.
So can anyone rule out any shoes on my list for not being breathable or cool enough for extreme heat or for being slippery on wet roads? Any suggestions for a minimalist or semi-minimalist running shoe that won't roast your feet on a very hot day?