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The 7 Best Gardening Shoes

I was one of those kids who walked barefoot as often as possible. During the summer, I would go days without ever putting on shoes. The bottoms of my feet were developing thick, hard calluses. When I helped my parents in their garden, I was most often barefoot. I loved the feeling of dirt and mud between my toes.

I don’t remember my parents wearing gardening-specific shoes when I was growing up, although our household had a clothing designation that we labeled “playwear”, which basically meant any clothing (or shoe) we didn’t fear not too dirty. and was not afraid of tearing or snagging.

These days, however, both my parents wear Crocs when working in the flower beds. And I no longer regularly run outside without shoes.

The best gardening shoes provide structure, keep your feet dry (even when you accidentally spray them with a wayward gardening hose), and are easy to clean (again with the hose). mud. All of the following shoe choices fit this definition of “best gardening shoe.”

Crocs Classic Clogs

The Crocs, which have been around since 2002, often elicit strong feelings from people, be it love or hate. However, you can’t really argue that these lightweight, slip-resistant (and odor-resistant!) shoes are well-suited for outdoor activities like gardening.

The company manufactures its clogs with its own proprietary resin compound called “Croslite”, which gives its clogs all of the above qualities. The majority of reviewers (including my parents) find these “ugly” shoes to be extremely comfortable.

Backdoor Shoes Garden Clogs

Premium Waterproof Garden Clogs with Arch Support - Poppy Design

Made from dense foam, Backdoor shoes are incredibly lightweight (unlike rubber ones). It also means they won’t make your feet too hot or sweaty, so you can wear them without socks.

They feature light arch support in a removable insole that can be thrown in the washing machine to be cleaned. They are slip-on clog style shoes which means they don’t have a full back. Besides this bright and colorful floral pattern, they are also available with leaf pattern, meadow pattern and others.

JBU by Jambu Women’s Gwen Garden Shoes

Women's Gwen Garden Ready Rain Shoes

Made from vegan leather and rubber, these water-resistant slip-ons feature a memory foam footbed and a grippy outsole that provides plenty of traction (and they won’t let go). no traces on your floors). They come in solid colors as well as some pretty floral prints.

Some Amazon reviews let’s just say these garden shoes run small and don’t fit wider feet very well, so consider going up a size. After a day in the mud, just hose it down to clean.

Women’s Muckster Mid Rain Boots

Muck Boots Womens Rain Wellies

I have been a fan of Muck Boot Company shoes and boots for years. They’re tough, reliable and, with neoprene construction, warm and comfortable. They are perfect when you have a full morning of gardening or yard work ahead of you on a cool spring day. And if the weather warms up, the top folds over to transform them into a stylish ankle boot.

In particular, I love these light green Muckster Mids that fold over to reveal a floral liner.

Muckster Rubber Garden Shoe

Muck Boot Women's Muckster 2 Low Rise Rain Boots

Made of neoprene with a rubber sole, the Muckster shoe not only offers shock absorption, waterproofing and warmth, but also adapts to the shape of your feet, which helps prevent blisters and chafing.

They are also – if you care about such things – the only gardening shoe approved by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Sloggers Rain and Garden Shoe

Sloggers Women's Waterproof Garden and Rain Shoes with Comfortable Insole

Loggers are available in a wide assortment of colors and patterns. One of my favorites is the “pink hummingbirds” pattern. Made in the USA from 100% recyclable materials, each pair of Sloggers includes its own “all day comfort” sockliner and deep lug sole for excellent traction. When your pair wears out, return them to the company and they will recycle them into new shoes so you don’t have the guilt of contributing to the discharge problem.

Apparently, these shoes are heavier than other waterproof shoe options, so they are not the best choice for travel. They are, however, a great choice for all your gardening and rain errand needs near you.

Hunter’s Short Boots

HUNTER rain boots for women,

Hunter boots are well-known classic boots – and for good reason. As well as being comfortable, these sturdy, waterproof boots come in a variety of colors, including red and purple. The pull tab at the heel makes them easy to put on.

Hunter also makes a gardener’s clog which is apparently very popular as many sizes are sold out. It is a slip-on mule with a synthetic rubber outsole for grip and a textile lining and insole for comfort.

A good pair of gardening shoes will keep your feet happy, protected and dry while tending to your flowers, herbs and vegetables – as well as other outdoor activities. In fact, I wore my Muckster gardening shoes on a multi-day hike in the Borneo jungle which included lots of mud, slippery rocks and river crossings.

One of the Dayak men who led my group through the jungle was particularly complimentary of them, observing that they “had good soles for the rocks”. He himself did the whole trip barefoot, informing us when asked that “I just know how to walk”.