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10 Best Garden Shoes For Women And Men In 2022

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Gardening boosts your mental health, gets you outside for that much-needed vitamin D, and can even save you money if you learn to grow your own vegetables. But it sure is a messy hobby. You’ll probably soon notice that an old pair of sneakers won’t keep your feet dry if you accidentally blow yourself with the garden hose while watering your plants. That is why it is best to use a sturdy pair of garden shoes, specially made for the mud.

While some people prefer the protection of gardening gloves, and others are more than okay with some dirt under their nails, nobody likes wet, cold feet. (Depending on where you live, occasional cold weather gardening can be a fact of life.) So it doesn’t matter what stage you are at – graduate from caring for houseplants and get outside, or transform your garden with your green fingers – garden shoes are an important part of your equipment.

Garden shoes come in different styles: loafers, clogs and both short and long boots. They also come in many prints and designs, especially flowers (no surprise there!) and animals. So if your typical work and weekend shoes are pretty staid, here’s your chance to go wild (no pun intended). Most garden shoes are designed to be comfortable outside the garden, for example when walking your dog or running errands. However, some of them manage to pass as “regular shoes” better than others.

Whether you’re planting seeds, pruning shrubs or just pulling weeds (one of the most cathartic activities ever, IMO), these gardening shoes will keep your feet comfortable, clean and dry.

Best garden shoes for women

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Muck Boots Muckster Ll Rubber Garden Shoes For Women – $95.00

The list of features of these garden shoes is long: a triple reinforced toe and quadruple reinforced heel, a breathable lining, a shock absorbing insole, a high traction outsole, a pull tab on the back and a comfort rating that ranges from freezing temperatures to 65 degrees. The shoes are waterproof, lightweight and self-insulating, and they can conform to the shape of your feet for comfort. In addition to the green pictured, they are available in black and a black/pink combination. (You also have a right to feel fancy wearing these, even if you’re covered in dirt, because they’re “the only garden footwear approved by the Royal Horticultural Society”.)

One satisfied customer was delighted: “I’ve been gardening for 50 years and these are the best garden shoes I’ve ever owned.”

Western Chief Garden Clog – $40.00

Western Chief, a family-owned company based in the Pacific Northwest, has been around since 1891 and specializes in wellies and work boots, as well as sandals and slippers. This is one of their garden clog styles, and it comes in this cheery daisy print, as well as two other flowers, two polka dot patterns, a cute watering can design, solid black with a light blue sole, and best of all (depending on how you feel about chickens), a bright yellow couple with a chicken on one shoe and three eggs on the other. They are available in sizes 6-11.

One satisfied customer wrote: “I have problem arches and I wasn’t sure if these would work. I’m so happy. They don’t just fit, they are comfortable and support my feet. A joy to walk around the house and in my garden. Good grip on wet floor and soil.”

Best waterproof garden shoes

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HUNTER Women’s Garden Clog — $95.00

Hunter may be known for its tall wellies, but the shoe brand also makes high-quality garden shoes, such as this garden clog. (It looks pretty classy for a shoe that can really get dirty, right?) These handmade shoes are made from waterproof vegan rubber and have a cushioned footbed. A quick introduction to Hunter, in case you’re not familiar, the company was founded in 1856 in Scotland (a country well known for rain!) and is still based there. These garden shoes should last a long time, but once you’re ready for your next pair, you can send them to Hunter (postage prepaid) for recycling.

One reviewer shared this high praise: “Finally found a favorite pair! These are definitely the best garden shoes I’ve ever bought! They are very comfortable and offer great support, are easy to put on and are extremely well made! .”

Smith & Hawken Garden Clogs — $25.00

Smith & Hawken was a well-known horticultural company with a great reputation that was acquired by Target about ten years ago. Their garden shoes include these clogs, as well as high boots and ankle boots; these are the most affordable of the three and come in gray and dark green. They are made of rubber and leather and are easy to put on with the pull tab on the back.

One gardener said: “These are really comfortable to wear when working outside. They don’t look like they would be, but trust me they are. They fit perfectly so they run true to size. They are really good and strong made so they hold up really well I like the color too.”

Best garden shoes for arch support

Sloggers Rain and Garden Shoes – $30.00

Sloggers were made in 1997 and are made in the USA. The brand is known for their fun, colorful designs with different flowers and prints with chickens and other farm animals. Available in sizes 6-11, the shoes are vegan and made from 100% recyclable materials. (Send them a worn-out pair to recycle and you’ll get a $5 off coupon.) The waterproof, comfortable shoes have a rugged profile for traction and an insole that can be removed for cleaning. To clean the shoes, simply wipe or rinse them.

One avid gardener shared: “I can’t believe what I’ve been missing all these years! I work in my flower beds and garden several days a week all year round. After putting on and taking off, tying and undoing sneakers several times a day , I have finally found the answer to this madness. WORSE!”

Best garden boots

Crocs Women’s Jaunt Shorty Boot – $45.00

Love them or hate them, Crocs are certainly known for their comfort, and many gardeners are fans of these lightweight, waterproof wellies. They are cushioned for comfort and easy to put on (thanks to the draw holes), and the soles have a good grip. They are available in black and navy blue and are easy to clean.

A reviewer in Virginia commented, “I put them on before going outside to water my plants. When they get dirty, they rinse off so easily! I like them better than regular shoes because they sit a bit on my ankles. There is a chance of a snake bite in our area so a little protection is nice!” (Well, that’s definitely a good reason to wear a boot instead of something lower!)

Best Slip-On Garden Shoes

Easy Spirit Martha Stewart Collection Tgarden – $42.00

Since “Martha Stewart” basically translates to “expert gardener” and “Easy Spirit” means “really comfortable shoes”, these limited edition gardening shoes have an excellent resume. The shoes are waterproof, breathable and non-slip, and they’re made of EVA so they give a little more instead of stiff, uncomfortable clogs. The shoes are very easy to clean and are made to be comfortable enough to walk in (outside the yard). They are available in solid colors and in some small floral prints.

One happy gardener wrote: “Love these shoes. Kinda like getting dressed to go in the mud, etc. LOL. Very nice actually, fit as Easy Spirits are supposed to, and I feel like I’m here will enjoy it for years to come.”

JBU Gwen Garden Ready Shoes – $28.00

These duck-shoe-style waterproof garden shoes have a brushed vegan suede trim and a rubber upper in four colorways, including two pretty, subtle florals. They have memory foam insoles for comfort and non-slip rubber outsoles for safety, and they come in sizes 6-11. If you have ‘problem feet’, here’s something you could sell: These shoes have been awarded the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) seal of approval for promoting good foot health!

One of the many 5-star reviews – more than 1,000 in fact – reads: “I looked for a while for a garden shoe that would be waterproof, but not a full boot that would warm my feet in the summer. These are FANTASTIC. … This is a sturdy, quality, waterproof shoe and I can’t wait to get them dirty!”

SaphiRose Unisex Garden Shoes – $31.00

These garden shoes are waterproof thanks to the neoprene and rubber upper and have a breathable lining. The loop at the back makes them easy to put on, and the top has some stretch that makes them easy to take off. Keep in mind that these shoes are unisex, so it’s probably best to choose a size by measuring your foot and using the size chart provided. The shoes are available in four colorways.

Many reviewers noted that these work really well for walking your dog in wet grass, and gardeners are big fans of these shoes too. One commented: “Finally I have dry toes in my yard. They are very comfortable and not stiff. I like them so much I bought a different color and smaller so I don’t have to wear socks. Perfect.”

Best garden shoes for men

Men’s Muckster ll Ankle High Rubber Garden Boots – $110.00

These men’s waterproof gardening shoes have a lot to offer: a breathable liner that wicks away sweat (and has odor control), a high-traction rubber sole, and a comfort rating that ranges from freezing temperatures to 65 degrees. The neoprene material provides comfort and heat retention, and the pull tab at the back makes the boots easy to put on. They are available in green, black and brown.

One of the more than 3,000 reviewers who gave these boots five starts shared: “Best boots for all weather / rain / garden / mud! Both my wife and I have these boots and we use them for everything that involves dirt/mud/water By far the most comfortable rubber boot for weather conditions.” Another reviewer said these boots are comfortable enough to wear all day at work, so they’re definitely multitaskers!

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