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When I was young spades had a sort of lip on the top of the blade where one's foot goes, presumably to minimise damage to footwear when digging.  The one I have is around 20 years old and is nicely worn in with a sharp edge - but no lip on the top.  Does anyone know of an attachment that can be put on to save my boots?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,923
    My first thought is something like the plastic trim/seal you can buy from B&Q and Ama*on for the edges of shower doors. 
    Not sure how long it’d last ... probably depends on how much digging you do. 😉 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,691
    As a ... ahem ... footnote, the rest on the top of the spade is one explanation of the pejorative term left footers for Irish catholics.

    https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/02/why-are-catholics-called-left-footers

    Personally I think trying to fix a reinforced lip will be a waste of effort. It would come off too easily or would fracture. If it is that much of an inconvenience I would use sturdier gardening boots.
    Rutland, England
  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,481
    Thanks Both.  I just thought that, if there was such a thing, I might try and get one but it's not crucial.  There are very few spades of the type I use in Ireland.  They all seem to use the continental pointed variety, pretty much as a shovel, and a rotavator in place of what I use a spade for.
  • TagwexTagwex Posts: 44
    Build it up with several welds. Should do the trick.
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,306
    Gardena sell a spade with 2 foot rests - I think it's called "Natureline".  I'm sure there are other manufacturers too... my cheap stainless border spade has a turned-over bit at the top which avoids wear on the gardening shoes (and pain in the digging foot).
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • TagwexTagwex Posts: 44
    BenCotto said:
    As a ... ahem ... footnote, the rest on the top of the spade is one explanation of the pejorative term left footers for Irish catholics.

    https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/02/why-are-catholics-called-left-footers

    Personally I think trying to fix a reinforced lip will be a waste of effort. It would come off too easily or would fracture. If it is that much of an inconvenience I would use sturdier gardening boots.
    Hi Ben, your assumption is incorrect. A left footer is a nickname for those of the Church of Ireland faith. A term still used, unfortunately,  by those of the catholic faith because, as you stated was down to the design of the shovel/spade which had a projecting spur from the shaft on the left side. Hence a left footer. A harmless enough generalisation.
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