|Before: New Boots|
Choosing a good pair of boots is an intimate and individual choice. What works for me may not work for you. However, there are some standard options for you to consider when shopping for this type of footwear.
First, consider if you think you will need a steel toe boot. Steel toe boots have, just as the name implies, steel in the toe of the boot. This helps prevent your toes from being crushed should something fall on them. This feature also helps if you "kick" things into place like I do. I find the extra toe protection to be a good thing, however some find the unforgiving toe space too confining. My current boots do not have a steel toe, however, if I was working in a toe-crushing potential environment, I would make sure to get a steel toe boot.
|After: Broken In|
Thirdly, what kind of tread do you want? My boots have a lug sole. Vibram soles are common in work boots.This type of sole is thick and has lots of tread to grip. Many other styles of soles are available and should be chosen based on the terrain you will be working in or on. I like the sole on my boots as I find them to have great traction when I am going up or down hill carrying or pulling heavy objects. This style of sole will also help when things get slippery this winter.
|Canyon by Ariat|
My boots are indispensable to me. I cannot imagine working around the farm without them. You can find me wearing them with shorts, pants, and sometimes, when I run outside for something at bedtime or early in the morning, with my nightgown. My boots are the most essential tool on my homestead.