William Bronson wrote: What kind of shoes have you been wearing?
A pair of thick soled hiking or work boots usually are fine to dig in.
Edit to add: When I started reading this thread I couldn't figure out how you'd bruise a foot shoveling snow.
Mike Jay wrote:Edit to add: When I started reading this thread I couldn't figure out how you'd bruise a foot shoveling snow.
Amanda Launchbury-Rainey wrote:I also find that digging, whatever the type of shovel can be painful. I now use one of these. If you pour hot tea in the top end at regular intervals it can keep going for some time and I can just stay in my slippers.. I understand that you can get replacements when they wear out.
Wendy Smith Novick wrote: My other suggestion is to use the weather. I try and do most of my shoveling after a good rain of at all possible or the very least get my shoveling done before July.
Judith Browning wrote:I've bruised the outer edge of my foot by shoveling with soft soled shoes.
I'm wondering what others wear to shovel things and if there is a good shovel with a wider area to 'push' on while shoveling?
I think I need to find some stiff leather soled boots maybe or something with a more rigid sole although I don't think I would wear them much otherwise.
Moving dirt in the past involved picks and pry bars for the rocks and not a lot of digging...now, we have a relatively rock free area and I find digging hurts my feet.
Jim Morr wrote:Can’t see “Bounce” while using a shovel if the soil is that hard use a Chisel Tip Digging Bar to soften the area to be dug, it can all so be used to chop roots,
Beth Wilder wrote:What shovel method do you use, then, Scott, that doesn't involve ever pushing on it with your foot? (It's not that I always push on a shovel with my foot, but sometimes that's what it takes.) To be clear, I'm asking about dirt-shoveling, not snow-shoveling.