Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Gift Idea for Bakers and Cooks: Shoes? Yep.

Farmgirl footwear -
Crocs for Christmas! These Mercy work clogs are one of my most important kitchen tools.

A few months after (finally) moving into our new house last year, my feet began to hurt. A lot. Most days I spend several hours standing in the kitchen, and it took me a while to realize that was the problem. The Shack has a crawl space under it, but the first floor of the new house is built on a cement slab that's covered with pale blue commercial floor tile.

Can you say hard and unforgiving?

I put a pair of Dr. Scholl's work insoles ("all-day shock absorption, especially on hard surfaces") in my ratty old Mammoth Crocs and started wearing them whenever I was working in the kitchen, and that made a big difference. We also put some nice cushy mats in front of the sink and main work area, but they're usually covered with dogs. 

A few weeks ago I noticed that after several years of tough use—including some late night treks down to the barn one lambing season—my ratty old Crocs were looking
really ratty and worn out. I was going to buy another pair of Mammoths, but after trying a few different styles of work Crocs (thank you, free shipping and returns!), I went with these Mercy work clogs instead. I love the graphite/lilac, but they come in other colors too. I guess the white ones are really popular with health care workers.

They're super comfortable and super cute (and so easy to keep clean!), and unlike the Mammoths, they don't look like you're wearing your slippers into town. I ordered one size up so they fit with both socks and the work insoles (which I've since put in all of my shoes).

You might not think of a pair of shoes as an essential kitchen tool, but there's nothing worse than being in pain when you're trying to cook and bake. Looking cute is just an added bonus—but then you know how far cute can go around here.

For more of my favorite kitchen tools that are sure to be appreciated—by you or someone else—for many years to come, check out my Holiday Gift Ideas for Bakers and Cooks: 15 Favorite Kitchen Essentials, Most Under $25.

Wishing you a happy—and comfortable—holiday season!

©, walking with a spring in our step all year round.


  1. My feet sometimes, okay often, hurt by the end of the day too. I will definitely check these out further. The price is good too! If I buy, I'll link to Amazon from here! :)

    1. Hey Candy,
      I think you'll like them. The only thing is, sometimes I end up taking my work boots on and off all day long because I want to spend every minute I'm inside wearing my comfy Crocs, lol.

  2. I would like to recommend Merrell clogs - they are amazing for everyday wear and come in a variety of styles - leather, suede, pigskin, and mesh for health workers. You can also buy cushioned mats to put on the tiled floors.

    1. Hi Rachel,
      Thanks for the recommendation. Those Merrell clogs do look comfy - but a little too fancy for the farm. ;)

      Thanks, too, for the reminder that I forgot to mention the little floor mats we bought for the kitchen, which help as well - when I get to actually stand on them. I have to fight the dogs - and cats - for them, lol.

  3. Definitely worth looking into. I think I would want an indoor pair and an outdoor pair (just for stepping out to the hen house or wood pile - real boots would be needed for any serious outdoor farm work). Thanks for the suggestion.

    1. Hi nrlymrtl,
      Yeah, I'm trying to just wear these indoors, though I keep wanting to wear them to town because they're so cute - and of course sometimes I don't realize I still have them on until after I'm already out in the farmyard.

      My old Mammoth Crocs got kind of trashed wearing them outside, but now they've been designated as the official 'stepping out' shoes for when, like you say, you're just running out and don't need boots. Having two pairs works out great. :)

  4. Dawnie Gardner12/15/2012 10:53 PM

    I've broken bones several times in my left ankle and foot. I'm also on my feet alot and I pay for it at the end of the day. A friend recommended Crocs a few years ago. Since then I either wear them or go barefoot :-) I have these Mercy Crocs and I LOVE them! Not only are they super cute and comfortable... the soles have great traction. I hope you enjoy yours and that they give your feet some relief.

  5. So smart (AND fashion-forward!!).. this is such a great suggestion for anyone on their feet in the kitchen.. or elsewhere (always see nurses wear clogs in the hospitals).. Glad you are supporting yourself and in good care my friend.

    Love to you,

  6. Oh, my goodness, yes! Shoes are important if you're standing a lot. I'm an elementary teacher; I now teach online, and that's the biggest difference. I'm sitting rather than standing all day. I can stand if I want to, and I can also wear cute shoes. :)


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