I've been eyeing up some komodos as new summer footwear. How well do the uppers in that model breathe? I want to have my feet covered but not feel like I'm wearing shoes.
As for sliding, maybe get some elbow pads or even a padded style shirt. The padding lets you use your forearms and upper body to slide, allowing you to get flatter and hustle along faster. Might make the shoe durability a non issue.