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Homesteading Women wear many hats. From gardening, to animals, to kids. We have to be many different things for many different people. We also have to be prepared to do all that.
The shoes you wear while working are important. Not only do they need to be sturdy, and hold up to whatever task you are doing, but they also need to be comfortable. While instagram likes to show you women gardening and farming in nothing but boots, sometimes, there are better options.
Shoes For Homesteading Women
Boots are multipurpose. I think the main point in a good pair of boots is the fact that they can be worn through just about any task. A good pair of working boots is a must.
Now, finding your pair of working boots may be a bit of a task because there are so many to choose from, and it completely depends on what is more comfortable for you. Check the reviews and see what people are saying before you buy. Here are some different boot options to look at:
Not just any pair of sneakers. A good, comfortable pair that will last and not tear up. Save your Nikes for another day. Sneakers are good when its hot out and you want to wear shorts, and not boots. They are also good when you have allot of standing or walking to do.
I have found that good running shoes are the key to comfort. Saucony are one of my favorites. Absolute comfort while working. They are made to be durrable, so it makes them perfect for farm work.
All terrain running shoes are a good place to start when looking for a pair of farm shoes.
Some of the brands I reccomend are:
Eventually, it will rain, and you will have work to do. Some people swear by Muck boots. I personally, have never had a pair. BUT I do just love to have a few pairs of basic rain boots on hand to switch back and forth between.
Rain boots are super cheap, so I do suggest having at least two pairs. If the insides of one pair get soaked, switch to the other pair.
These aren’t what you are thinking of. These aren’t those shoes you see the mom at the pool wearing.
Water/ hiking shoes are meant to get worked, and dirty. They are made to be tough. The have holes in the bottoms so when they get wet, they drain and dry quickly. Which makes them awesome for farmers, gardeners, and homesteaders. How often are we getting our feet wet? Like every time we step outside.
If its tough enough for hiking, then chances are, it is tough enough for us homesteaders too. Read the reviews and find yourself a pair. I bet you will love them.
Sloggers are great garden shoes. They slip on, are waterproof, and are easy to just wipe down and spray off when you are done with them. They also have a nice tread on the bottom so you aren’t slipping and sliding all over the place in them.
…chicken crap also sprays off quite nicely so…there’s that.
Foot wear and footwear accessories
(Say that in your best Hank from King of the hill voice)
While we are on the subject of homestead footwear, here are a few other things that may be helpful to have around:
For when you get your favorite pair of boots wet and need them dried real quick and in a hurry.
You will thank me later. Keep one of these by the door for when your shoes or boots are caked with dirty or mud and washing them just isn’t taking it all off.
Contain the dirty or muddy shoe mess. Before these, we used to use trash bags or walmart bags to set our muddy shoes on. These are reusable, and, well, they look allot better sitting around.