What are the best shoes to wear for gardening?
When people think about the necessities they need for gardening they typically think tools: shovels, rakes, garden trowels, etc. They don’t often think about things such as shoes and clothing to wear, although it’s an important thing to consider. Having specific shoes to wear for gardening will keep your everyday shoes clean while protecting your feet while out in the garden.
What shoes you prefer to garden in will depend on the chores you are doing, the weather in your area, and just your basic likes. No matter the case you’ll want something that you can wash the mud and/or dirt off easily and can be put on and taken off your feet quickly.
If you’re in the market for great shoes to wear when gardening, here are some great choices!
My Top 7 Best Shoes To Wear For Gardening
Here is a quick preview of some of my favorite shoes that we are going to take a closer look at in this post. For more information please keep reading below.
- The Original MuckBoots Daily Garden Shoe
- Sloggers Women’s Premium Garden Clog
- ALEADER Unisex Garden Sandal
- The Original MuckBoots Scrub Boot
- Crocs Women’s Crocband Jaunt Rain Boot
- NORTY Women’s Ankle Rain Boots
- Habit Gardening Shoes for Men
The first to make our list of the best gardening shoes are the The Original MuckBoots Daily Garden Shoe
Designed to stand up to tough conditions, MuckBoots are known for their comfort and quality and are 100% waterproof. These lightweight unisex garden shoes have a waterproof natural-rubber upper that has a self-cleaning multiple-ribbed outsole. An insulated shell will help keep your feet warm in chilly weather as well as cool and comfortable when the temps climb.
This shoe is ankle height, making it easy to put on and get off by using the pull tab at the heel. A stylish, streamlined design makes these shoes practical to wear on a quick trip to town as well as in the garden.
One of the first brand of shoes to be sold in lawn and garden stores, Sloggers Women’s Premium Garden Clog is the traditional garden clog that started it all. The open-back, easy on/off design, and moisture-wicking antimicrobial insole make this a fantastic garden clog. Made from 100% recyclable material, these garden clogs will last for years and easily hose off when they get muddy from working in the garden. These clogs are perfect for lighter chores such as watering, or weeding, but will also provide some protection when digging.
Available in a handful of colors, the lightweight ALEADER Garden Sandal are perfect footwear for summer months. The super soft, yet durable EVA foam provides just the right amount of cushioning for your feet lessening fatigue when standing for long periods of time.
An easy on/off design makes these great for throwing on when you need to run to the garden quickly to toss scraps into the compost pile, to harvest fruits and veggies, or to give your plants a quick drink of water.
These sandals also washes off quickly and the lack of deep treads means you aren’t digging mud off the bottom of them. A quick rinse with the hose and rub the outsoles along the grass to wipe them clean.
The low calf height on the The Original MuckBoots Scrub Boot makes these an ideal choice for dirtier jobs such as tilling the garden, applying compost or mulch, or digging holes for planting. Unisex sizing offers a range of fits for both men and women. A higher shaft – measuring approximately 8” from the arch – keeps dirt and debris out of the boots compared to clogs or sandals.
A rubber reinforced foot offers lightweight protection and support for manning a shovel, while the snag-resistant nylon shaft won’t be destroyed by thorny plants. The Scrub Boot features a breathable lining which helps to wick moisture away and the waterproof exterior means you can hose them off when they get dirty.
When the weather is nasty, or the mud is deep, this is the perfect boot to wear when you need to trek out to the garden! The Croc band Jaunt Rain Boot easily pulls on and off with the easy on finger holds at the top of the 12” shaft. With a 15” opening, it accommodates a range of calf sizes and can be worn over top of jeans/pants to keep them clean.
Jaunt Rain Boots are incredibly lightweight and 100% waterproof keeping your feet dry without getting fatigued from a heavy pair of boots.
Highly rated for their water resistance, warmth, and sturdy construction, the Women’s Ankle Rain Boots by NORTY will keep your feet warm and dry whether walking through the snow, rain or mud. Made from high quality rubber they won’t crack from sun exposure and support your ankles and arches without rubbing or chafing providing you with a comfortable pair of boots to wear when gardening for any length of time.
The non-slip soles on these boots guarantees good traction in wet and muddy conditions due to a cleverly designed tread. These rain boots are available in a variety of colors and patterns and are easy to slip in and out of with a handy pull tab on the back of the 6” shaft.
A perfect shoe for working in the yard or garden, the Habit Gardening Shoes are designed specifically with men in mind. This all-weather, waterproof shoe has a rubber lower and neoprene upper to keep debris from getting down inside without being too constricting at the ankle. The ribbed sole provides excellent traction and grip in mud, snow, and dirt. An insulated lining in these shoes helps to keep your feet warm and dry in the colder seasons. The slip-on design is easy to get on with a pull tab located at the heel.
After you assemble all of the tools you need for gardening, make sure to take the time to properly equip your feet with a great pair of shoes! Look for something that is waterproof, lightweight, easy to get on and off, and rinses off easily with the hose. Having a dedicated pair of shoes – like any of the ones listed above – for gardening will help keep your feet from getting fatigued and mud out of your house!
Please share with us your thoughts. What have you found to be the best shoes to wear for gardening?