Shoes were my most frustrating gear issue on a recent Esclante trip, I found that my Montrail Hardrocks dried quickly enough. However, all kinds of sand came in through the mesh toes, not just at the ankle. I just let the shoe fill till I couldn't take it anymore, stop, empty, repeat.
It seems to me there's a dilemma. Any shoe w/ enough mesh to dry quick is going to let in tons of sand. But if you do an all leather, or denser fabric shoe, to keep out sand, then you lose drying time in a big way. Any thoughts on this?