Ode to My Boots
I just love to go barefoot. In the warm weather, the sun on my toes and the feel of grass or beach sand beneath my feet is such a relaxing sensation. I’ve always hated to have anything on my feet except for wool socks in the winter when I’m in the house and my feet are cold. I only put slippers on to run down cellar or going onto the porch for wood. When I come into the house, whatever is on my feet I quickly kick off. Dan even has a family friend who does go barefoot in the winter, even outside! (Hi Jeff) My mom often reminds me of the Easter day when I was 2 years old and cried all day. That evening when she took off my new little shoes, my feet were covered in blisters, and I stopped crying. I imagine I’ve hated wearing shoes since then.
I do have to have something on my feet to drive or walk or get around so in the warm weather you’ll usually find me in something like Teva sandals or Birkenstocks. I can easily take them off before I start driving. If I’m hiking in the woods I will wear proper hiking boots to protect my feet. I wear the hiking boots for getting around in the winter too. And somewhere I do have men’s type work boots for safety when we cut and stack wood, move rocks, and other yard chores. And now we have livestock, so another boot beckons. It just wouldn’t be healthy for me to be barefoot in the barn and pastures! Dan on the other hand, has no shoe issues and always prefers to wear something on his feet.
So what’s a barefoot loving girl to do? She wears boots from a company appropriately named The Muck Boot Company! We are lucky enough that the feed store here in town carries them. We were looking for a boot that would keep our feet warm while doing barn chores in the snow and wind and we tried on their ‘Artic’ boot style. Oh my! The sole is quite cushy but also has arch support and while walking around the store, my feet were actually comfortable! They come up almost to my knees which keep out deep snow, but they also fold down so I can easily tuck my pants in, and then roll them back up. How great is that! They are rated to keep your feet warm to 40 degrees below zero. And may I dare say, my feet have never been cold while I’m out in the barn!
During those weeks of below zero temperatures and fierce winds, all I could think of was Elaine on a Seinfeld episode when she was writing for Peterman’s catalog: “Thank goodness I was wearing my Muck Boot company’s Artic zone boots!”
Last weekend at the feed store Dan was showing me some clog style boots for spring and summer. Lucy, the owner, quickly opened the catalog to show me that they also come in purple. Purple! How can I resist a boot that comes in my favorite color! Come summer folks, you will probably find me about the farm not barefoot, but in my purple clog-style farm boots.