I am wondering if anyone has some suggestions for minimalist hiking boots or something of the sort. I have seen some things online, but my main concern is that I will be walking around a lot in an area filled with mesquite (I live in West Texas) for a class and have been told that wearing good boots is important because the mesquite thorns can pierce athletic shoes even. Are there any options to keep my feet safe and comfortable (I've grown somewhat accustomed to minimalist footwear).
So any ideas on minimizing the sole as much as possible while having good protection against super thorny mesquite trees, let me know, or if I'm just out of luck probably I guess that is ok too. There is also a lot of cactus growing around heavy mesquite areas so that will probably be part of the terrain as well. I am also allergic to mesquite so I don't really want to get stabbed by the trees.
Thanks you ya'lls help! :)