These Merrill shoes have been in use for ten, or more, years. They are my morning barn "boots", easy to slip on/off, comfortable and I use them to run to the barn, make sure everyone is doing all right, feed the barn cats and come back to the house.
As you can see, they are a mess! The sides are split, soles are coming apart and they, long ago, ceased being water proof.
I'm funny about footwear; they have to do service for years and years and, as long as they don't leak too badly, I'll keep them. The Merrill's have gone beyond the "leak too badly" point and need to be retired. I was just waiting to find a replacement pair and think these Sperry Top Sider's fit the bill.
I think they'll be easy to find in the dark morning hours, are easy to slip on/off, are water proof and should last a while. There's no way they'll last as long as the Merrill's but can't have everything.
These last couple of weeks have been busy, lots of work...chopping thistles, bush hogging, cleaning out barns, mowing grass, weed eating, fixing fence, putting water sealant on outdoor furniture, cleaning house, laundry, remembering to eat...we're all busy, aren't we?
Tonight, the skunk came back in broad daylight! and the dogs went to investigate. At the last second, Sophie realized it was a skunk and veered off unfortunately leaving Sadie in the spray path. Yes, once again, Sadie was sprayed but through no fault of her own! She was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time but I'm not sure she understands the fine nuances. Actually, neither do I; the stench is rather strong this time 'round.
That shotgun is looking better and better although my brother tells me a head shot is best for allowing the skunk to keep from spraying. I hate the thoughts but I also hate living with a 110 pound dog that smells like skunk spray.
There's not much joy on the farmstead tonight.
Blessings ~ I didn't get sprayed ~ only one dog was sprayed ~ new boots ~ old boots that lasted years ~ lots of work accomplished lately but means no time to do fun stuff ~