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Homesteading footwear

Lucy on the porch with footwear

When I first started homesteading I was using one pair of decent work boots as an all season solution.

It wasn't working all that well in our Rainforest like climate. My last all purpose boot was an expensive pair of Timberlands, which only lasted 10 months before they got worn to the point of no repair.

My new strategy is to split the work into three chunks.

1. Dry to moist- Ariat hiking boots
2. Soaked in the ground wet- Muck Chore boots
3. Flooded over the calf- Pro Line hip waders

None of these options are steel toed. Something I was forced to wear in the Navy where dropping something heavy was an everyday possibility. I guess if I was doing more industrial farming or working with a tractor I might consider going back to wearing a steel toe.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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That looks like a good lineup. I have the general workboots, the muck boots and a pair of steel toed boots, but no waders since we don't have the big creek. I feel more comfortable with the steel toes when using a chainsaw or the big DR walk-behind brush mower, though walking a lot in them isn't very comfortable as I'm sure you know.
Comment by Everett Mon Jul 16 09:31:21 2012
I don't particularly like safety shoes either, but I won't split wood without them anymore. Safety first.
Comment by Eric in Japan Mon Jul 16 11:09:11 2012

Everett --- The only thing I add is a pair of Tevas for summer gardening (as long as I'm not doing too much digging.)

Eric --- You and Everett have a good point about the safety issues with non-steel toe boots. Mark might should get a pair just for chainsawing....

Comment by anna Mon Jul 16 14:51:03 2012

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