Enjoy spending time in your garden? Chances are, you know the frustration of trying to find a pair of suitable shoes and grappling with laces or zips every time you go in or out. A pair of practical gardening shoes removes this problem. Pop them by the back door and you’ll always be able to nip out at a moment’s notice.
The best gardening shoes have a slip-on design for convenience, and are waterproof to keep your feet dry in any weather. When deciding on your favourite pair, check to make sure they have grippy soles and possibly even a removable lining for extra warmth in colder months.
These days, the selection of gardening shoes available is huge, whether you’re after simple clogs, short boots or wellies. Plus, they come in a wide variety of different colours and patterns, from traditional khaki tones to colourful spots and stripes.
Of course, your gardening shoes may not be the most stylish item in your wardrobe, but they’ll certainly make your life a lot easier whenever you want to nip outside.
The best gardening shoes
Birkenstock Schuhe Super Birki Clog
Available in a range of colours and sizes, the versatile Super-Birki can be worn by anyone and everyone. Made from dirt-resistant polyurethane, with a fabric footbed lining and non-slip sole, these are both practical and durable. The super-resilient shoe can actually be washed at up to 60C.
Plus, the removable, cork-latex footbed can be removed and popped in the washing machine. A practical addition to keep by your door or in your allotment or greenhouse for sliding on and off.
FitFlop Wonderwelly Short Wellington Boots
- Buy now from FitFlop (£75)
FitFlop has carefully designed these short Wellington boots to properly support the foot as you move. The contoured sole helps to evenly distribute your body weight, while the honeycomb heel absorbs impact.
The manufacturers have even included ‘micro springboards’ in the forefoot to make them even more comfortable.
Hunter Original Insulated Roll Top Sherpa Boots
You can choose how you wear these waterproof boots from Hunter; fold them down on mild days or pull them back up to their full height for cold snaps. They’re designed to keep your feet toasty in temperatures as low as -5°C, thanks to their fleece lining and thermal insulated sole.
These boots are also fitted with a grippy sole and breathable Ortholite footbed, which should keep its shape for years to come.
Joules Printed Wellies With Adjustable Back Gusset
- Buy now from Joules (£49.95)
If you want to add some colour and pattern to your gardening wardrobe, then Joules have the answer. These bright coloured wellies come with a clever twist; an adjustable back gusset to cater to individual preference.
This clever design helps provides added security and grip around your shin, which is much needed whilst working in the garden. The polka-dot pattern and bolt of yellow add an ultra-chic touch to an otherwise plain design.
Kimberley Walsh Fairweather II Wellingtons
To jazz your gardening attire, this classic striped design pair of wellies is not only stylish, it comes with and the added bonus of resistant weather protection. Complete with a natural cotton lining for added breathability, comfortable cushioned footbed and made from 100% rubber, these classic boots are also vegan-friendly.
M&S Collection Short Wellies
This stylish polka-dot number is a practical addition to your gardening footwear. Lightweight, yet sturdily made, the modern design makes a welcome update to your gardening gear. A low gripped heel, and elastic at the sides makes these comfortable to walk and bend in, and easy to pull on and off.
They also come included with antibacterial padding, ensuring your feet stay fresh, making them ideal for use in the garden and allotment.
Navy clog with black fleece
For maximum comfort and ease of use, try this navy clog with fleece inner. The cosy lining is perfect for cooler days, but you can easily remove it when spring rolls around. While other shoes and boots are best suited to certain seasons, you can wear these ones all year long.
Sicilian Lemon Garden Clogs
An economical and pretty design from Crocus, these flexible and lightweight clogs add a boost of colour to your gardening routine.
Perfect for popping in a bag and carrying to the allotment or keeping as a spare pair at the other end of your garden in the greenhouse or shed, these plastic clogs are waterproof and come with removable insoles for added comfort.
‘Stubborn Mule’ Back Door Shoe
Another bright, iconic design from Poddy and Black. Low-cut, strong rubber and waterproof, this mule can easily be slipped on and off and is a great essential item to keep by your back door. The bottom sole and heel have grip and height making them ideal to walk in and go about your gardening jobs.
Plus, the soft, yet strong rubber has added flexibility, making them ideal for bending and reaching up on tiptoes in the garden. Their delicious shade of rose-red adds a stylish pop of colour to your essential gardening footwear.