What are your Gardening Shoes?

I am a shoe person.  I don’t spend a lot of money on very expensive shoes but I do love shoes.  I have a drawer in my desk at work that is nicknamed by my work colleagues as my “Imelda” drawer.   My excuse for this is that I walk to work in sensible flats, change into heels, and then frequently get halfway home and realise that I still have my heels on and the flats are under my desk.  So, I come to work the next day with different shoes and ….well there you go, you can see what happens.

It is probably because my shoes are not expensive LK Bennett, Manolos or Gucci,  that I don’t take tremendous care of them.   This is very obvious when it comes to going out into the garden.   I have ruined many a good pair just popping out to see what is going on, finding something to do and before you know it  – one pair of good shoes becomes scuffed and muddy.

I am getting better though and now have one old pair of “walking to work” shoes by the back door, ready to step into.   They are good and sturdy, excellent for gardening.  It doesn’t always work but they are there to remind me to be more careful.

My other gardening footwear are my extremely comfortable 22 year old walking boots.   They are great for digging and heavy duty gardening in the winter months.  The clay-like mud does get caked in the soles but a good wash and plenty of waxing makes them presentable again.

What are your favourite gardening shoes?  I would love to know.    If you have your own blog why don’t you post a photo and share them, leaving a link in the comment box below.

18 thoughts on “What are your Gardening Shoes?

  1. At the moment I mainly wear Crocs in the garden during the summer months and trainers at the allotment. My old pair of winter gardening shoes are about to give up the ghost – time for a more sturdy replacemnt. Something along the lines of your walking boots methinks.

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  2. I love the idea of you having an Imelda drawer! I use wellies when I have to, but mostly I wear crocs (thought then my feet get dirty when I decide I am going to do some digging/planting when I was only supposed to be pottering in the greenhouse), or walking boots. Walking boots are great, they stand up to the mud, protect my toes and make treading on a spade or fork back comfortable. In an idea world I would find myself slip-on shoes as robust as my walking boots, but I don’t think such things exist!

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    1. I have summer and winter garden ‘shoes’ which are in both cases actually boots. The summer ones are neoprene ankle boots with a side zip which I don’t actually ever fasten since they stay on ok unfastened. The winter ones are calf length furry lined cheap winter boots from a mail order catalogue last year. Both pairs have good non-slip soles, essential for me with my disability, and I can slip my feet in and out of both without having to bend down and use my hands, also essential now that I have become so non-bendy !

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  3. I have a couple of pairs of heels but rarely wear them as I have no sense of balance! Now that I don’t work it’s sandals, trainers or wellies. Depends on the weather.

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  4. A couple of years ago my husband was taking me to Heathrow airport as I was off to visit my family in Australia. 5 miles along the road I realised I was still wearing my gardening shoes, having popped out to have a last look around the garden before I left! He was not happy about turning round to bring me back to change!

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  5. here it’s gardening in your wellies, I used to love shoes too, still do but not so many occasions to wear them, I made most of my own clothes so I always felt that gave me a good excuse to spend a bit on shoes, Frances

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  6. We have a shoe rack in our back porch next to the back door. It’s cluttered with shoes that we wear for gardening. For me it depends on the weather what I wear to garden in. Wellingtons when it’s muddy, trainers when it’s not and when it’s hot I wear those type of trainers with no backs in. I’ve got 3 pairs of these, they’re all really mucky and not fit to wear anywhere else but in the garden.

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    1. My shoes are mucky normally too, but as someone kindly pointed out on Twitter “You clean your shoes??!!” Actually they were wet from being outside on the damp grass, they haven’t seen polish for many a month.

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  7. I only have two pairs of shoes – one for looking presentable in and one for walking along in. Like you, I sometimes get the wrong ones muddy! I like wellington boots best because I can wear them for paddling in the sea as well as for trudging in mud . . . but my last ones . . . I left them outside and snails moved in. I shouldn’t have minded, but I did. They have yet to be replaced.

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    1. I left a pair of wellies in the shed over winter and something ate them. I wondered if it was one of the foxes that had a fine time trashing the place. I have not replaced them yet, its on the cards though.

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