Re: Poor Farmer shoes
I agree what Lee has said and what Emmanuel has posted. You can't simply say that you want "farmers shoes". They didn't exactly make the "farmers model" when it came to shoes. You would simply be wearing a pair of civilian shoes. The style and type of shoe were probably based on whatever you could get. If you were a dirt-poor farmer, your shoes were probably worn until they literally fell off of your feet. As long as you could patch or repair them, they would be fine.
As a side note, from experience you find that period shoes do not last long when farming. A combination of being wet and in adverse conditions really cause period shoes to fall apart quickly. Working in stalls and around manure will really put stitching to the test. I have had times where I have gone through two pairs of shoes in a year, and that was only wearing them from 9-5 and not all day, every day. At our historic site, we do have quite a few references to shoes being repaired almost monthly. In Henry Arnold's account book, he would usually take his shoes or boots with him when he went to market. The cost for the repair was usually pretty minimal, but this can add up over time, and he wasn't a poor farmer.
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Palestine #158, F. & A.M.