Although a lot of people use an old pair of trainers or shoes for gardening, having a proper pair of garden boots comes with plenty of benefits, some of which you might not expect.
Of all the types of equipment you can get for gardening, garden boots may not seem like they should be a priority. However, once you get used to using garden boots, you’ll wonder how you ever did without them.
An old pair of shoes might seem like they’d be fine to use, but they’re usually not going to be the most comfortable, won’t be easy to clean and won’t provide any protection for your toes. A good pair of garden boots will protect your feet from water as well as providing good support and being made from easy to clean materials.
Things to look for when buying garden boots are the material they’re made from, how waterproof they are, how much protection they provide for your feet and how easy they are to clean.
We’ve rated some of the UK’s best garden boots, looking at their pros and cons as well as their key features.
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Let’s begin by looking at our best pick – Crocs Wellington Boots…
High-quality wellington boots that are perfect for use in the garden
The Crocs Wellington Boots are our best pick and would make a great choice of footwear for working in the garden.
They’re made from rubber, which means they’re very hard-wearing and easy to clean. They’re also designed to be comfortable and lightweight, with a slip-on design. They’re completely waterproof from top to bottom, so providing you’re not using them in very deep puddles, your feet will stay completely dry.
They have a Western heel, which means they go past the ankle and roughly halfway up your shin. This makes them great for keeping your feet dry, but also means you have greater freedom of movement compared to knee-length boots.
They’re ideal for gardening, but you could also use these for going on walks, or any other type of activity where you want to keep your fight dry.
These boots come in a choice of three colours – black, olive and dusty olive. You can get them in UK sizes 6-12.
It’s worth noting that some reviewers found the fit of these boots to be somewhat unusual.
- Provide great protection for your feet while gardening
- Come in a range of colours
- Lightweight and comfortable
- The Western Heel means you have plenty of freedom to move around while still ensuring your feet are protected from the elements
- Some reviewers found that these boots were quite difficult to take off due to the fit
Very comfortable while still being practical
The Michigan Slip-On Garden Boots are made from neoprene and have a slip-on design, making them very comfortable to use.
They look very similar to slippers, but the materials used mean they’re practical for using in the garden, being easy to clean and protecting your feet very well. They’re also 100% waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about your feet getting wet when the grass is damp.
The cleated sole means they have a good grip and you can get them in sizes ranging from UK 3-13.
Where these boots excel is in comfort. They would make a great choice for doing light gardening tasks, such as panting and pruning flowers as well as for things like walking a dog or fishing. However, for tasks where you need more protection, more traditional wellington boots would be a better choice.
- Very comfortable and hardwearing
- 100% waterproof
- Good grip
- Some reviewers found these boots difficult to put on and take off due to the sizing
- Won’t provide as much protection for your feet as boots with a higher ankle
Comfortable and provide plenty of protection
If you’re looking for a pair of boots that are comfortable to wear yet still provide a lot of protection for your feet, then the Blackrock Fur Lined Rigger Boots would make a great choice.
They are fur-lined, making them very warm and an excellent choice for autumn/winter. They also have a protective midsole and steel toe caps, so they are great for tasks where you need a lot of protection, such as mowing the lawn or working with thorny plants.
The heel has a TPU kick pad, which alongside the pull straps at the top of the bots, makes them very easy to take off. It also provides added protection to the heel area. Being waterproof and oil resistant also makes them great for working in wet conditions or with petrol-powered gardening equipment.
Overall, these boots are very high quality and fulfil most requirements you’d want from a pair of garden boots. The only real downside is that the inner soles are quite thin and can wear out with heavy use.
They are available in UK sizes 5-13 and you can choose from either black or tan.
- Fur lining makes them very warm and comfortable to wear
- The TPU kick pad at the heel area provides added protection and makes them easy to remove
- Pull straps at the top of the boots make putting them on much easier
- Waterproof and oil-resistant.
- The inner soles could be better quality
- Some reviewers had problems with water getting into them
Stylish, comfortable and will keep your feet well protected
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The Dirt Boot Neoprene Wellington Boots manage to combine a comfortable and stylish design, while still being very practical to use in the garden.
The inner material of these boots is made from neoprene, while the outer material is rubber, which means they’re excellent at keeping your feet dry, but still very comfortable to wear. They’re also very easy to put on and take off.
The sole is made from gum rubber and has a good grip to it, so you don’t have to worry about slipping while you’re wearing them. They come in four different colours – green, black, camo and brown and you can get them in sizes UK 3-13.
They would make an excellent choice if you’re looking for garden boots that have some style to them but are also comfortable to wear for prolonged periods and provide a decent amount of protection for your feet.
- Made to be extremely comfortable, with the inner material made from neoprene
- Easy to slip on and off due to the stretch fit
- Four different colours available
- Not quite as robust as some other boots
- The heel is quite short, so they might not be suitable for working in marshy conditions
Heavy-duty boots – perfect for most garden tasks
Lastly, we’re going to look at the Black Hammer Men’s Safety Boots. These boots provide an excellent level of protection for your feet when gardening. They are steel toe cap as well as having mid sole protection and being 100% waterproof.
Although these boots are very sturdy, they’re still comfortable on your feet, with cushion support insoles. Both the leather and the stitching are very high quality, so you don’t have to worry about them falling about with heavy use.
A very welcome bonus is that the soles come with a six-month warranty. Soles letting in water can be a big problem with some garden boots, so this is very reassuring.
Overall, these boots would make a superb choice if you’re looking for garden footwear that’s hard-wearing but also comfortable.
- Designed to be 100% waterproof
- The steel toe cap and midsole protection ensure your feet are fully protected
- The sole comes with a six-month warranty
- High-quality leather and stitching
- Lightweight and provide great arch support
- Those with broad feet might find them to be too tight
- The fact that they’re lace-up means they’re not as easy to remove as a lot of other boots
The Benefits of Garden Boots
Below are some of the main benefits of owning a pair of garden boots –
Designed to be comfortable
Garden boots are usually designed to be comfortable, by being slip-resistant, easy to put on and take off and providing protection for your toes.
They’re usually made from either rubber or neoprene – both are materials that are waterproof and with many boots, it’s simply a case of slipping them on and off.
Keep your feet dry
Garden boots, particularly wellies, are excellent at keeping your feet dry. If you’re working in wet grass/soil, then having footwear that keeps your feet dry will significantly improve your comfort levels, especially when you’re wearing other waterproof clothing with them.
Easy to clean
Garden boots tend to be made from rubber, which makes them very easy to clean after each use. If you compare them to shoes or trainers, which are often made from leather or suede, they’re considerably more practical to keep clean. You can either rinse them with water or use wipes to clean them.
Easy to remove
Another big benefit of garden boots is that they’re usually very easy to remove. The last thing you want after you’ve been gardening is to struggle with shoelaces, so being able to kick off your garden boots is a very nice benefit.
Garden boots are generally very affordable and built to last a long time, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank to get a pair or replace them because they fall apart.
Obviously, the cost will depend on the quality, brand and type of boots you get, but they’re usually not too expensive even if you’re on a tight budget.
Protect your toes
A lot of garden boots are steel toe cap. This makes them great for protecting your feet, especially when you’re using potentially dangerous equipment, such as a lawnmower or strimmer.
Another common feature of garden boots is that they’re slip-resistant. When working outdoors there’s a good chance you’ll be working on a wet surface or around substances like oil and grease. With slip-resistant boots, you don’t have to worry about slipping and potentially injuring yourself.
Types of Gardening Footwear
Gardening footwear comes in different varieties. Some boots will be like traditional wellies, going all the way up to your knee; while others resemble slippers or clogs.
Below are some of the different types of gardening footwear available, including the pros and cons of each.
Garden boots are a very practical choice since they will protect your feet from getting wet and dirty while you’re working in the garden.
You can get garden boots at different lengths, depending on your needs. Some will go all the way up to your knees, while others will go just above your ankle.
The downside to boots is that they’re not as comfortable as shoes or clogs, or as easy to take off, so you might want to get some shoes as well for when you don’t feel boots are necessary.
For lighter jobs around the garden when you don’t need as much protection, garden shoes are an excellent alternative to boots. Because they only come up to your ankle, they’re a lot easier to put on and remove by comparison. They’re also usually very comfortable while still providing a decent amount of protection for your feet.
Garden clogs are ideal for certain things i.e. walking around your garden or doing light gardening such as pruning hedges. They’ll often have holes in them to allow your feet to breath, as well as being very comfortable and extremely easy to take off.
However, clogs wouldn’t be suitable when it’s wet out or you’re doing tasks where you’d need more protection for your feet, such as mowing the lawn or working around thorny bushes.
Chris loves the outdoors and exploring nature. He is a freelance writer and has written extensively on subjects including travel, DIY and gardening.