While exciting, gardening requires year round perseverance and can prove impossible if you don’t have the right gear. One of the most essentials things are your gardening shoes as they help protect your feet from accidental injuries.
Considering you will be in constant contact with dirt and water not to mention hot and cold temperatures, your feel will be vulnerable to discomfort, injury and potential infection.
If you don’t understand the difference between good old crocs and gardening shoes or simply want a comfortable pair of shoes that will make your gardening tasks more enjoyable, this post is for you. It reviews the best gardening shoes and tells you everything you need to know before embarking on your search.
Includes Sloggers' exclusive "All-Day-Comfort" insole for maximum comfort.
Heavy duty lug tread for excellent traction.
Synthetic and fabric
High quality garden clog - Made in the USA - 100% recyclable
Includes a high quality, moisture wicking, anti-microbial insole.
Includes Sloggers' exclusive "All-Day-Comfort" insole for maximum comfort.
Heavy duty lug tread for excellent traction.
Rubber and Textile
Shaft measures approximately 5" from arch
The Sloggers Waterproof Rain and Garden Shoe are arguably the most popular gardening shoes and come in more than 20 colors. One of their best features is Sloggers’ exclusive All Day Comfort Insoles, which are designed to provide maximum comfort.
These insoles are incredibly flexible and super soft. The shoes come in a Shakespearean ‘Midsummer Nights’ Black print, which is beautifully unique. They look great in your garden and can be worn to the grocery store at the corner.
Another notable feature is that they are waterproof and you can hose them right off clean. Sloggers minimizes stiffness by using a flexible and soft upper material as well as a soft binding at the top. The company recommends choosing the Half – Sizer Cut-to-Fit Insole (style 330BK) to make your shoe a ½ size smaller for the perfect fit. This shoe is made from a completely recyclable material and you can return yours when it’s worn out to be remade into another shoe.
- Completely waterproof and easy to hose off clean
- Incredibly flexible and super soft insoles
- Upper is made with soft material to reduce stiffness
- Made with 100% recyclable material
- Not the best for people with extremely small feet
Muck Boot is mentioned every time the subject about tough, waterproof and comfortable shoes comes up. The Original Muck Boots Daily Garden Shoe is one of their best offerings and is designed to stand up to the challenge of heavy garden and lawn use.
One of the most notable features is that this shoe doesn’t have laces that get in your way when working. What’s even better is that the lack of laces doesn’t get in the way of keeping a snug fit around the ankles and feet. You don’t have to worry about water or pebbles getting into your shoes.
Muck Boots ribbed the sole in such a way to clear any mud effectively, thus minimizing the cleanup required after use. Additionally, the soles hold their grip well to keep you steady on your feet. The 4mm flex-foam bootie with four way stretch nylon goes a long way towards improving the flexibility of the shoe.
It also helps with minimizing weight and is 100% waterproof. Your feet will be comfortable, even if the temperatures drop to subfreezing levels.
- Designed for men and women
- Available in different colors and designs
- Feature 4mm flex-foam bootie with four way stretch nylon
- Allow for a snug fit to prevent entry of water or pebbles
- Come with pull tab at the heel
- Wear out with time when used aggressively
The Sloggers Women’s Premium Garden Clog is an excellent shoe for gardening and running errands. It is a high quality gardening clog designed to be 100% waterproof.
If you are the kind of person who appreciates companies whose products are made from recyclable materials, this gardening clog will appeal to you. Like most Sloggers gardening shoes, this one has a high quality, anti-microbial and moisture wicking sole. It provides exceptional comfort for extended periods of time.
Sloggers incorporates an interior lining to provide added comfort. It is easy to don and doff, clean and the shoe provides good traction, so you don’t have to worry about sliding in slippery terrains.
The shoe is designed to last many seasons and its removable insole has moisture wicking properties, hence draw sweat from your feet to keep you dry.
- Made from 100% recyclable and waterproof material
- Removable insoles have moisture wicking properties to keep your feet dry
- Inner lining and clog are both made from soft, comfortable materials
- Offers great balance of comfort and protection
- A little heavy compared to other models
Sloggers is a brand well known for its rain boots and shoes. Their Women’s Waterproof Rain and Garden Ankle Boots come in a beautiful Midsummer’s pattern and is designed to provide maximum comfort.
Like other Sloggers gardening shoes, this one comes with the All Day Comfort insoles to provide added comfort. This ankle boot is incredibly versatile and is a great option for when you need increased coverage but don’t want to wear a full boot.
Another notable feature is the heavy duty lug tread, which provides excellent traction. As such, you never have to worry about falling when walking on slippery terrain. This shoe is available in whole sizes only and fits true to size.
You can order up for half sizes and invest in the Half Sizer Insole. Cleaning your shoes is easy as all you need to do is hose them off or use a wet cloth. The removable insole can be soaked and air dried.
- Made from100% recyclable and non-latex material
- Easy to clean by hosing off
- Has a heavy duty lug for good traction
- Features All Day Comfort Insole for added comfort
- Only available in whole sizes
The Starbay Women’s Garden Clog Shoes are, in many ways, similar to the Crocs. While the brand names are the main factor that sets them apart, the Starbay Garden Clogs offer premium-level comfort and protection. They are made from rubber and are 100% waterproof.
Many customers love the drainage holes as they help dry the shoes quickly when they become full of water.
Another notable feature is the textured insole, which does a great job of massaging your feet as you work. That’s just a level of comfort you will not get with most gardening shoes. For a snug fit, Starbay incorporates a strap at the back of the shoe. It goes around the heel, thus keeping the shoe from slipping off easily.
- Heel strap provides a snug fit and prevents the shoe from slipping off
- Has a textured sole that massages your feet for added comfort
- Waterproof to keep your feet dry
- Has drainage holes for quick drying when shoes fill up with water
- May cause blisters at the point where strap connects to front of the shoe
There is a good reason why Crocs is a top-selling brand. They offers product with a clean design that’s very comfortable. The Crocs Unisex Classic Clog is one of the most popular shoes in the world and boasts a simple design that’s perfect for gardening.
It is waterproof, breathable, thick soled and sturdy. The shoe is incredibly light and has pivoting heel straps that provide a secure fit. The ventilation ports help shed off debris and water. They also provide breathability to keep your feet cool and dry.
The Crocs Unisex Classic Clog is water-friendly, extremely buoyant and odor-resistant. We love how roomy and relaxed the clog feels. The synthetic sole has heavy-duty lugs that provide excellent traction. With a 0.75” platform and 0.8” shaft, you can be sure that you get unparalleled support and comfort.
- Perforated clog that has textured heel and trim
- Made with fully molded Crocs Croslite material for comfort
- Lightweight and fun to wear
- Ventilation ports for added breathability
- Not very good at keeping water and debris out
The Bogs Women’s Classic High Handle Waterproof Insulated Boot is another popular gardening shoe that has a waterproof design, and keeps your feet warm even when temperatures are below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
The shoe is a unique combination of neoprene and waterproof rubber that keeps your feet dry and cool or warm depending on the time of the year.
What we love most about this boot is the Neo-Tech Technology, which helps boost comfort. The boot comes with a non-slip outsole that keeps you steady when working.
There are handles at the top of the shaft that make it easy to slip on the boots. Being a tall boot, this is an excellent option for someone who wants maximum coverage without hindering comfort.
- Tall rain and gardening boot with rubber upper and stretch fabric shaft
- Moisture wicking sock liner provides added warmth
- Comes with pull-on handles for easy donning and doffing
- Non-slip outsole has lugs for good traction
- Stiff heel can rub when boot is worn for extended periods
This is another great gardening shoe from Muck Boots. It is an excellent option for someone who wishes to take the comfort out of their slippers out into the elements.
The Original Muck Boots Scrub Boot offers immense comfort and is fully waterproof, hence the perfect storm of performance.
One of the major highlights is the low calf height that offers great protection when gardening or doing repairs around the household. It has a breathable lining with moisture wicking properties to keep your feet dry and cool/warm depending on the time of the year.
The rubber reinforced feet provides lightweight waterproof protection and a snag-resistant nylon shaft for added warmth.
- Rubber sole with lugs for traction
- Comfort stretch nylon shaft to keep your feet warm and dry
- Comes with breathable air mesh lining
- Too small for some users
The Welltree Unisex Garden Clog Shoes are waterproof and 100% comfortable clog garden shoes offered at an affordable price. Available in multiple sizes and colors, you can never go wrong with these shoes.
They can be used for more than just gardening as they offer increased versatility. The rubber sole offers plenty of support and has heavy-duty lugs for increased traction.
Its breathable cell design helps keep your feet dry and the shoes odor-free. There are massage particles on the insole, which do a great job of massaging your feet. The soles line design ensures that the soles are more comfortable and non-slip.
- Breathable cell design to keep your feet cool and dry
- Rubber sole with good traction
- Soles lines design makes the soles softer and non-slip
- Multifunction clogs can be used for gardening, beach, indoors etc.
- Too narrow for some users
The Sunville Women’s Short Ankle Rubber Rain Boots is a great option for someone who needs ankle-length coverage. The boots are easy to wear and remove thanks to the incorporated elastic at the top. They come in a beautiful polka dot pattern, but there are five additional color options.
The outsoles have heavy-duty lugs that ensure excellent traction in slippery terrain. They provide plenty of stability on the roughest terrains and are comfortable. The insole is removable for easy cleaning and has moisture wicking properties to keep your feet dry.
- Great option for rainy days
- Offers ankle-length coverage
- Removable insole with moisture wicking properties
- Excellent traction and support
- Don’t last more than a few months when used aggressively
What to Look for in Gardening Shoes
Knowing what features to look for in gardening shoes is the first step towards finding something that truly works for you. Below is a quick rundown of factors to consider in your search for gardening shoes.
What kind of gardening will you do?
Are you a casual gardener who mostly works in a small backyard plot or do you own a large garden in which you have to slog through dirt? The importance of answering this question is that gardening shoes are not designed the same.
Some are like rain boots that keep your feet dry and warm while others slip on and off with ease. You should consider the weather conditions at the time you go out to look after your garden or the general climate of the place you live in. We recommend shoes with a lined interior if working in chilly weather.
Gardening shoes that get saturated with water can prove uncomfortable to work with and take days to dry out. Purchasing a pair of waterproof shoes is an effective way of ensuring that you have a more comfortable and easier time when working.
Planting and maintaining flowers, trees and shrubs will require you to use garden tools and from time to time, be in the soil. You need ample foot protection from dirt, sharp rocks and other hazards. This means purchasing a pair of gardening shoes that cover the toes and heels.
A non-slip heel and good support will make you feel more relaxed. Make sure that your shoes have a comfortable fit to avoid painful blisters. Other features to look for include thicker soles and high ankles, especially if you want to get into the boggiest or muddiest places without difficulties.
Types of Gardening Shoes
Gardening shoes are generally classified into four types i.e. boots, sandals, wellies and clogs.
Sandals are a good option for spot of gardening. You can’t beat them if you want to deadhead your roses in the evenings.
Clogs are waterproof shoes that have thick soles and low ankles. They are often made from rubber or plastic.
The main advantage of wellies is that unlike clogs, they have high ankles. They are the better option for heavy gardening.
Any proper gardener should wear boots – but that’s just my opinion. I always thought that gardening boots are the right way to do things. They offer maximum coverage and if you choose your boots well, you end up with a pretty comfortable pair.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I wear gardening shoes for other tasks?
A: Yes. Some of the models reviewed above can be used for water sports and other outdoor activities.
Q: How should I clean my Crocs after I’m done in the garden?
A: Caring for Crocs is so easy, which explains why many gardeners consider them their favorite gardening shoes. All you have to do is spray them down with a hose before letting them air dry.
Q: Can I wear sandals while I garden?
A: While a good option for deadheading roses, we don’t recommend sandals for most gardening tasks. Go for a closed toe shoe as they provide added protection from injuries and exposure to the elements.
Q: How often should I replace my gardening shoes?
A: It depends on how well made and maintained your shoes are. A quality pair of gardening shoes that is taken care of will last just as long as normal shoes for daily use.