Last updated on May 18th, 2021 at 01:59 pm
As the weather warms up, you may find yourself eager to get to work in the garden. If you’ve got big plans for the backyard, you’ll likely need the right tools for the job. That isn’t just a pair of sharp secateurs either, you’ll need some of the best gardening shoes too.
Whether you’re lovingly tending to your lawn or diving into thick foliage in search of troublesome weeds, good gardening footwear goes a long way to keeping your feet comfortable and safe.
Below, we’ve put together a guide for some of the best shoes for gardening and yard work.
What’s on this page
What makes a good gardening shoe?
Green-fingered gardeners should look for shoes that protect your feet whatever the weather. Durable material is a must too, as this will protect your toes from accidents involving sharp tools, as well as providing plenty of support in the back yard. Gardening shoes that are easily cleaned make for longer lasting pairs too.
Best gardening footwear
Before you get started in the garden, get stuck into our list of the top choices for gardening footwear below.
Dunlop Men’s Black Garden Welly Shoe
This shoe packs all the protection of a rubber wellington into a slip-on design. The Dunlop Men’s Black Garden Welly Shoe is ideal for getting into the flower beds, with the sturdy and supportive heel providing plenty of non-slip grip in the dirt. There’s a women’s fit for gardening girls too.
Good for: Slipping on and off as you potter between house and back garden. The welly-style rubber is easily cleaned when you’ve finished for the day.
Earth Works Safety Men’s Grey Lace Up Safety Shoe
Ideal for wet-weather days, the Earth Works Safety Men’s Grey Lace Up Safety Shoe offers plenty of support and protection for your feet when working tough jobs in the garden. A sturdy heel and steel toe cap design will add extra protection when mowing the lawn or tackling trees and shrubs with a pair of shears. Find out more about comfortable safety shoes here.
Good for: Tackling tough jobs where sharp tools are necessary. Keep your feet protected from cuts and scrapes with these hardy safety shoes.
Black Moulded Clog
This unisex moulded clog is a light and breathable choice for gardening footwear. The moulded air holes keep your feet dry and aerated on hot summer days, while the rubber sole provides great protection from sharp stones and nettle bushes underfoot. What’s more, the adjustable strap means you can swap between slip-on and a more secure design with ease.
Good for: Pottering about the garden and tending to underwatered herbs without breaking a sweat. The breathable air hole design keeps tired feet cool while you garden.
Dunlop Sport Women’s Navy Wellington Boots
One of the best shoes for gardening, the Dunlop Sport Women’s Navy Wellington is a great choice for getting muddy and is fashionable to boot. You’ll have no problem putting up with muddy flowerbeds and well-trodden lawns in the back yard. With a quick wipe-down, this supportive pair of wellies are perfect for heading out on your weekend walk too.
Good for: Keeping your feet dry when using the garden hose to top up your allotment veg after warm weather.
Muck Boots Unisex Muckster II Ankle in Brown
The Muck Boots Unisex Muckster II Ankle in Brown have a strong-grip sole for supporting you on the move and soft ankle-hugging sides, offering plenty of movement when tackling tasks in the garden. The ankle length means these are lighter than other wellies, making them a great choice of gardening footwear for when you’re repainting fences and repotting plants.
Good for: Light and sturdy, these shoes provide all the support you need to be on your feet for an afternoon in the back yard.
Amblers Safety AS335 Moorfoot S3 Adults Black Boot
If you’ve got plans to put up fencing or erect a new greenhouse this year, you’ll want the right gear to keep you safe. These heavy-duty safety boots are ideal gardening boots for protecting your feet around saws and other sharp tools.
Good for: Thick leather material, steel toe caps and steel penetration protection make these boots a good choice for summer-long projects that require the use of dangerous tools.
Earth Works Safety Unisex Black Lace Up Mesh Safety Shoe
Prune rosebushes and fruit trees with ease in these breathable, steel toe capped safety shoes. These lace-ups offer the protection of a rubber soled, steel toe capped safety boot, but combine it with mesh fabric and cushioned insoles to keep your feet dry, comfortable and smelling great even after a hard day’s work.
Good for: An essential choice for the best gardening shoe, the combination of breathability and safety make the Earth Works Safety Unisex Black Lace Up Mesh Safety Shoe a top choice.
Muck Boots Muckster II Low Women’s Purple Shoe
You’ll have strong footing with these sturdy women’s shoes. The rubber sole adds plenty of grip on wet and muddy surfaces, while the slip-on design makes it easy to pop them on and off as you go between house and garden. The soft, elasticated rim keeps ankles secure and stops the shoes rubbing during a long afternoon in the yard.
Good for: Jobs that need a firm footing, slip these shoes on when the ground gets muddy.
You’ll be ready to tackle tough weeds and spruce up those seed beds with these top choices for gardening. Get more recommendations for shoe wear and care with the Shoe Zone blog.