How to choose the right farmyard footwear
Being outside all the time puts a tremendous strain on a person’s clothing and footwear takes more strain than most. Make that environment a farmyard and the strain increases thanks to the exposure to water, mud and animal manure, all of which can cause the material to rot. If a worker needs new boots then they will usually head to the nearest agricultural store where a range of farm boots can be purchased.
Farm store retail outlets are the best source of farm supplies of all descriptions for both animals and humans and their produce can also be found online. Their shelves are usually stocked with all kinds of animal husbandry products as well as feeds, clothing and household items. Their range of boots includes traditional Wellington boots, which is a stalwart design in any agricultural worker’s wardrobe, however they also include some higher-end products that are both smart and serviceable.
Agricultural footwear is usually designated as safety or non-safety. Safety boots will have steel or reinforced toe caps and gripped soles and are essential for those handling machinery or working with large animals. Non-safety boots are lighter, more casual and are ideal for general wear. They should be replaced by safety boots when working. All farm footwear needs to be practical and fortunately many manufacturing companies are realising that practical does not have to mean ugly.
If the weather is wet and muddy then the traditional Wellington-style boot comes to the fore. Modern alternatives are boots which have rubber feet and neoprene uppers to provide warmth in the winter. There are also padded alternatives for extra warmth and those with thermal lining. Wellington boots are no longer the cheap alternative but good quality ones are essential as cheaper products do not last as well.
If the yard employee is working with horses then their footwear needs to be safe for the time spent in the saddle and must have only a very light grip on the sole. Work rider boots are shaped to accommodate the leg in the position it is held in the saddle and are zipped up rather than slipped on to allow for different clothing to be placed underneath. These are normally made of leather as this is the most head-wearing material and will be treated to improve their waterproof qualities. All leather farm footwear needs regular oiling and care so that it does not get hard and split.