30 Things I Love: Shoes

I love my Brooks Pure Connects

I love shoes. I won’t even begin to count how many pairs I own. Let’s just say it’s way more than the number that Jonathan owns!

My current favorite shoes are my Brooks running shoes. Looking at me, you wouldn’t automatically think, “oh, she’s a runner”. I try to be, but I’ve got a ways to go before I will look like one. I wear my Brooks pretty much every day. I have a couple pairs in rotation, so that I have a “good” pair for wearing around town, and a pair that I wear while working on the farm. I don’t know how easy it is for you to find work boots or shoes in your area, but here it isn’t always easy. For awhile, I had to buy men’s boots that mostly fit, but by the end of planting or harvest, I hated them. There are times when I need to walk from one end of the field to another, and my work boots would cause flare-ups of my plantar fasciitis.  The selection for women’s work wear has improved a little, but after wearing my Brooks the past two seasons, I think I’ll stick with them. My feet are happier at the end of the season!

Now, I realize that for some, wearing running shoes while working around the farm is a recipe for disaster. After all, nobody would want to wear a well ventilated running shoe in a place where manure happens.  In a perfect world, someone would come up with a work boot that fit and felt like my running shoes.

When my Brooks are not the appropriate footwear, I prefer to wear shoes with a little bit of detail or fun colors. I have a few issues with my feet, so I’ve become a little pickier about my shoes than I was when I was working in the Twin Cities. I’ve pretty much given up on wearing heels except for the occasional wedge sandal that I’ll wear to church in the summer. This past summer, when Anna got married, I needed a cute shoe with low heels to wear with my sparkly mother-of-the-bride dress. I found a pair of beautiful metallic gray pumps with a kitten heel on clearance at Nordstrom Rack. They were very retro looking, which is one of the types of detail I love about shoes. Now I just need a few more special occasions to wear them to!

Are you a shoe lover? Where is your favorite place to purchase shoes? What do you wear for work boots?


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Author: Carolyn Olson

I grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN. In 1988, I married my best friend, and moved to the farm. Jonathan and I have three daughters, and will soon have a son-in-law! I love life on the farm, and wouldn't trade it for anything!

5 thoughts on “30 Things I Love: Shoes”

  1. I have a pair of Dr. Martens for work boots, but only wear them when I am going to work cows or during seeding. By the end of seeding though my feet are killing me! This year I switched to my hiking boots, and it was so much better. I had found a pair of womens LL beans at Goodwill and i am so thankful i tried them.

    For everything else, I wear my Nike’s. I also do the town to farm rotation with several pairs. I was just think I need a new town pair. 😉

    1. I’m happy to hear I’m not the only one with issues finding work boots!
      I’m with you on needing a new town pair! 😀

  2. I had found a pair of Ariats I love about seven years ago. Then I got pregnant, my feet grew, and I haven’t been able to find a workboot that works. I typically I wear rubber boots with Dr. Scholls inserts, but now my knees are starting to hurt. I think I might just wear my running shoes with the old man boot toppers over them.

  3. Ariat used to make a pair of boots that had a tennis shoe sole – I had a pair in college but I’m not sure if they still make them. I am with you on the foot problems; I have terribly flat feet and I LOVE my Brooks tennies. I have the two pairs in rotation, too. Nothing matches them at the end of the day!

    1. I thought there had been a boot with a tennis shoe sole, but I couldn’t come up with the brand. Thank you for reminding me…I was starting to think I had imagined it! Lol

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