On Tuesdays in September, IL Corn Intern Jenna Richardson will be providing us with a feature called “Tools of the Trade.” The weekly post will give our readers an up-close look at some of the little-known tools that make agriculture possible, with some interesting photography to boot!
I’ve grown up riding horses; therefore I’ve grown up in a pair of boots, whether they have been steel toe or pink cowboy boots. Now, I’m a student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where I study agricultural communications. On a daily basis when I walk into the Ag Building and look at the shoes everyone is wearing, a majority of them are boots.
What kind of shoes do farmers wear? What kind of shoes do cowboys/cowgirls wear? What kind of shoes do foresters wear? BOOTS! See a trend here? Boots are related to agriculture.
Boots aren’t worn just because people involved in agriculture are ‘supposed to’ but for their functionality – by protecting the foot and leg from water, snow, mud or other hazards and providing ankle support for laborious activities – and of course for fashion reasons, because farm girls don’t actually wear overalls all the time.
These sorts of boots are definitely a tool of the trade, though. Muddy ol’ farm boots equal agriculture, no matter which way you look at it!