With seeds to sow and plants to care for, why not garden in comfort and treat your feet to a pair of gardening shoes? We’ve rounded up a range of styles, from clogs to ankle boots. If it’s a particularly wet day, you may also want to browse our list of the best wellington boots, as well as our expert test of the best gardening gloves, which includes styles for heavy duty work, wet weather, everyday use, light work and winter conditions. And, if you’re in need of some storage for your muddy gardening shoes and outdoor footwear, our lists of the best boot scrapers and brushes for outdoor use, and boot racks should come in handy.
10 of the best gardening shoes
With styles for warm days and rainy afternoons, muddy plots and slippery paths there’s plenty of practical, stylish and even fun pairs to choose from. Browse our selection of shoes for gardeners, below:
Women’s Muckster Flats
These open, slip-on flats are 100-per-cent waterproof with a mesh lining to help your feet breathe. Made from neoprene with a durable rubber sole, they’re flexible, so you can bend, kneel and dig with ease. They’re also rather stylish and wouldn’t look out of place on a trip to the garden centre or shops.
With a non-slip sole that’s oil and grease resistant, these shoes should keep your feet planted firmly on the ground wherever you’re gardening. They’re easy to keep clean and can even be washed at up to 80 degrees if they’ve had a particularly tough time in the soil. The cork-latex footbed is designed to fit the form of your foot so they should be snug and comfortable. Plus, they’re unisex and available in nine bright colours.
Dunlop Gardening Clogs
Dunlop’s unisex, closed slip-on shoes cover the foot completely and have a slight heel on the ridged sole. This sole is designed for extra grip to help keep you steady in the mud and they should also be able to cope with ice and snow, making them an investment pair to see you through to the colder months.
Price: from £11.50
You can’t go wrong with a pair of classic Crocs, available in both men and women’s sizes and a staggering choice of 38 colours. These ergonomically designed rubber shoes can be worn comfortably for as long as you need and will slip on and off easily with the help of a simple ankle strap. Breathing holes keep the feet ventilated so they’ll suit the warmer months of the year best.
Price: from £16.99
Sloggers Women’s Garden Shoe
Sloggers have created a bright and bold shoe that’s perfect for working outdoors on rainy days. They cover the whole foot, have a comfort sole to help keep you gardening for longer and can be put on and off with ease. The moulded arch also supports your foot while the deep-lug tread should secure your grip on the ground.
Amoji Garden Sandals
These backless clogs can be slipped easily on and off so they’re great for nipping in and out of the garden. Made from rubber and punctuated with ventilation holes they’re totally breathable and allow water to drain away quickly. They’re available in 10, mostly neutral tones, although pink, red and purple are also options if you prefer something bolder.
Price: from £24.90
RHS Muckster II Ankle Boots
Endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society, these neoprene-lined ankle boots have been designed with avid gardeners in mind. A mesh lining makes them breathable, the rubber outer sole helps maintain traction even in the muddiest conditions and they’re 100-per-cent waterproof, so your feet will stay warm and dry whatever the weather.
Pop On Welly Clogs
These ‘pop on’ clogs are a shoe-sized version of the brand’s wellies and come in an array of fun patterns such as daisies, leopard print and pink flowers. The deep, welly-like tread on the sole should provide a strong grip on muddier days, while the woven heel tab helps you pull them securely.
Michigan Neoprene Garden Boots
Michigan’s closed neoprene shoes are flexible and easily pulled on and off with the help of a handy tab that’s particularly useful when they’re wet. 100-per-cent waterproof, they have a durable, textured sole to provide a solid grip on wet surfaces and are ideal for walking on slippery decks and paths if it’s been raining.
Backdoorshoes Garden Clogs
These slip on garden clogs come with vibrant horticultural patterns such as juicy berries and colourful tulip designs. Made from foam, they’re soft, lightweight and comfortable to wear and you can even remove and wash the insoles to help keep them fresh and clean. The wide footbed gives your feet plenty of room and they’re waterproof so your toes will stay warm and dry.
This Product Guide was last updated in January 2022 and we apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.