Have you ever stained that cute pair of comfy shoes just because you got the urge to garden? I sure have! Luckily it hasn’t happened to me in a long time since my friend brought me back a pair of Blundstone boots, or Blunnies as they’re affectionately called, from Melbourne many moons ago. They’re old, worn and scuffed to the max but the soles are still quite substantial so they ain’t goin’ nowhere.
Having a pair of shoes that you only use for gardening is a good investment. Sneakers are always an option but because I was a professional gardener for so many years, I prefer something a bit more substantial, protectant and water resistant. Right now I’m just window shopping online but wanted to share some of the the beauties I’ve found with you.
There are a few things to consider before buying: Make sure they’re comfortable and provide good support. Gardening can be a workout, that’s for sure. You’re up and down a lot, dragging hoses, pruning and lugging around green waste bins so you want to make sure your shoes are comfortable and will support your spine. If you’re only gardening for 20 minutes at a time this all may not matter to you but I tend to be a marathon gardener. Here’s what I found;
If you’ve ever thought of Crocs as being just plain ugly, then these boots might just change that. They come in the craziest, most fun colors and like any Crocs, they’re super comfy. If you don’t like tall boots then you can get the shorter ones here.
I’m not into clogs but I know many gardeners are. These are some classic, comfy, good looking ones. They do come in canary yellow plus more subdued colors if that’s what you prefer.
Ankle boots are in right now and you can take some style to the garden with this pair. You might want plain black ones so that you can match them with anything. Let’s be real here – black means less dirt stains to show!
You might want to add a dose of floral pizazz with these feminine classic boots. I love this print but would probably add ergonomic insoles to these so that I could wear them for longer periods of time.
If you’re looking for a sneaker style shoe then be sure to check these out. How sweet are all those color options? The hard part is choosing which you like best!
This ankle boot from Bogs with the cherries to make you want to hit the garden in fruity style! I’m also including their orange pattern in case you’re more into brighter colors. They also have patterns with strawberries and another one with vegetables.
If your taste run along the more classic line, then how about these Birki Black Clogs? Yes, these are very easy to get in and out of, ergonomic and waterproof. And, we know that Birkenstock’s are all the rave this spring. Warning: you might not want to take them off after hours of gardening because they’re that comfortable and good for you.
These bright pink ones are Birkenstock’s also. They’re a slightly different shape, bolder color but with the same comfortable and waterproof features every gardener wants.
I’ve been wearing a Blundstone slip on boot for over 15 years now. They’re not plastic but are waterproof and are actually comfortable as can be to wear all day. Mine aren’t on sold any more but these are pretty similar. They’re expensive, but believe me, they’re totally worth it.
Hope you find a pair that suits your fancy your gardening style and your wardrobe.
Now let’s get out in the garden & make the world a more beautiful place!