The Best Shoes for Gardening for Women

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Are you looking for the best pair of gardening shoes? In this article, I will share my favorite gardening shoes with you. Different gardening shoes are required for different situations, so be sure to check them all out! 

Favorite Gardening Shoes

The best gardening shoes for women, may be different for different individuals. Maybe you have feet problems and need extra support. Maybe you live in a wet climate and need shoes that keep your feet dry. Maybe you live in a hot climate and need good ventilation in your shoes so that your feet don’t sweat. Or perhaps you just want to clean you gardening shoes really easily!

Today I will cover all of the gardening shoes that I have used over the years and then some. Some of these shoes fall into multiple categories, so be sure to read all the way through to find your favorite shoe for your gardening or homesteading needs.

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Common Characteristics Needed for Most Garden Shoes

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For most people, garden shoes really should have some of the same characteristics.

  • they should be comfortable
  • they should be easily cleanable
  • they should be easy to slip on and off
  • they should look good
  • they should be supportive
  • they should protect your feet
  • they should be waterproof
  • they should have a good grip
  • they should be of high quality to last a long while

Considerations for Choosing the Best Shoe for You

In choosing the best gardening shoe for yourself, consider your own gardening efforts. Are you a casual gardener with a small kitchen garden? Or are you a homesteader with a massive vegetable garden? Are you just needing to do some light weeding? Or are you doing animal chores along with your gardening chores?

Are you wearing the shoes from sun up until sun down? Or just slipping them on for an hour of afternoon watering? Do you only garden a bit in the spring and the summer? Or are you growing food year long and need to get out to the greenhouse in the snow in mid winter?

All of these types of situations need to be taken into consideration before choosing a shoe that works best for you. In fact, you may determine that you need more than one pair of gardening shoes to meet all of your gardening needs. This is what I determined for myself. I where a clog style in spring/summer and a boot style in fall/winter.

Best Gardening Shoes for Women

My TOP 4 PICKS:

Top Picks for Spring/Summer:

1-3: OOFOS Shoes

 

OOFOS Clogs: OOFOS Slides: OOFOS Thongs:

If you have sore feet, from being on your feet all day if you work in retail or are a nurse, or if you are suffering from plantar faciitis or other foot problems, these are the shoes you need. I suffered from plantar fasciitis for years, and these are the shoes that I give credit too for fixing that problem. I live in these, whether I am gardening, tending to the animals, canning/cooking or even crafting. Anytime I am on my feet for an extended period, I choose Oofos. They are considered Recovery Footwear for marathon runners, and absorb 37% of the shock of each step you take. That is the shock that would otherwise be absorbed by your feet and legs.

  • Gardening Pros: they provide support, comfort, ventilation, easy to clean and they are waterproof; easy to slip on and off; good price for good supportive shoe. Thongs are cute and look good.
  • Gardening Cons: they can be slippery when wet, they do not have a good grip, and obviously are not meant for winter use. Slides and clogs are not the cutest shoe I’ve ever seen.

4: CROCS Unisex Clogs


Crocs are super comfortable, and they are what I wore before I discovered OOFOS.

  • Gardening Pros: comfort, ventilation, easy to clean and they are waterproof; easy to slip on and off; great price for a comforable shoe. Come in several styles and many colors.
  •  Gardening Cons: they can be slippery when wet, they do not have a good grip, and are obviously not meant for winter use. Not so cute as far as looks go.

Top Pics for Fall & Winter:

5: BOGS Boots:


 

I bought myself a pair of these Bogs Mid Amanda Plush Snowboots last fall, and these are my go to fall and winter boots for any gardening or animal chores. I prefer the mid height boots for gardening, as they allow you to squat or kneel without getting in the way of themselves.

  • Gardening Pros: comfortable, supportive, easy to clean and they are waterproof: easy to slip on and off with cute handles to help with this; good grip, warm and keeps the bottom of your pants dry from long wet winter grass when tucked in. They look cute and come in some good colors, they also come in ankle high or full height options.
  • Gardening Cons: a wee bit expensive, but I found that they were worth the cost when outweighed with all the benefits

 

6: MUCK Boots:


My husband has a pair of these Muck Mid Calf Chore boots that he uses for fall and winter chores, and I was torn on weather to choose these for myself, or to go with the Bogs I mentioned above. I only decided to go with the Bogs, because I personally thought that they were a cuter looking boot, so that was purely based on looks!

  • Gardening Pros: comfortable, supportive, easy to clean and they are waterproof: easy to slip on and off; good grip, warm and keeps the bottom of your pants dry from long wet winter grass when tucked in. These also come in ankle high or full height options.
  • Gardening Cons: a wee bit expensive, but worth the cost when outweighed with all the benefits

 

Other Clog Style Options:

7: Birki’s BIRKENSTOCK Clogs:


I have not tried these Birki’s Super Birkenstock clogs myself, but the reviews on Amazon have been good. All 3 of my girls live in Birkenstocks, and I would like to get a pair to try out. If you are a Birkenstock lover, these may be the shoes for you!

  • Gardening Pros: comfortable, supportive, easy to clean, waterproof; easy to slip on and off; good price for a good supportive shoe
  • Gardening Cons: not good for fall/winter gardening; style may not be appealing to all

 

8: SLOGGERS Garden Clogs:


Sloggers garden clogs are a popular option for light duty gardening.

  • Gardening Pros: comfort, ventilation, easy to clean and they are waterproof; easy to slip on and off; good grip; great price for a cute shoe. These clogs come in several cute prints/colors.
  •  Gardening Cons: these not meant for winter use and may not hold up well with heavy duty use.

 

9: Amogi Garden Clogs:


I do not own a pair of these Amogi Garden Clogs, but they caught my eye while doing research for this article and they look super cute with many other great gardening shoe attripbutes with a great price

  • Gardening Pros: lightweight, comfortable, ventilation, easy to clean and they are waterproof; cute looking and easy to slip on and off; great price for lightweight cute shoe.
  • Gardening Cons: may not hold up to heavy duty use

 

Other Shoe/Boot Options:

10 & 11: SLOGGERS Garden Shoes / Boots:

Sloggers shoes and boots  have some really cute styles like these chicken prints! I had a pair of these boots, but they didn’t hold up to my heavy use of them. If you are looking for a cute light duty garden shoe, these would be great for you!

  • Gardening Pros: comfort,  easy to clean and they are waterproof; easy to slip on and off; great price for a cute shoe. Come in both shoe/boot styles with many cute prints/colors.
  • Gardening Cons: did not hold up for me for year round heavy use working in the garden and doing animal chores.

12: MUCK Boot Garden Shoe:


These Muck Boot Garden Shoes are a top rated garden shoe on Amazon, so I felt it only right to share it here even thought I don’t own a pair. I personally prefer clogs/boots. But if you prefer a shoe, these might be the ones for you!

  • Gardening Pros: comfortable, ventilation, lightweight, easy to clean and they are waterproof; easy to slip on and off, good grip; great price for a light weight shoe.
  • Gardening Cons: may not hold up to heavy duty use and obviously are not meant for winter use.

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Shannon | 24th Oct 19

    Great suggestions! I always wore my tennis shoes in the garden, but when we moved to TX I realized I needed something else. We have fire ants here and sometimes they get in the yard or even in the garden and I really needed better protection for my feet. My solution was wearing some old rain boots, but I really need something better!

    • Tamara | 28th Oct 19

      Hi Shannon! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have found something that works against fire ants! Geez! If you did, let us know what worked well for you!

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