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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