The 8 Best Gardening Shoes of 2020

Stay comfortable while you're gardening

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Our Top Picks
"Keep your feet dry with these lightweight, waterproof garden shoes that are so durable, some reviewers say they last for a decade."
"These shoes have a ventilated design that emphasizes breathability, making them comfortable to wear in hotter weather."
"These water-resistant duck shoes are vegan and feature memory foam cushioning to keep your feet comfortable."
"Keep your feet dry, rain or shine, with these comfortable, waterproof shoes made from recyclable materials."
"Made from extra-tough rubber, these boots are ready to take on any project and terrain—and stay comfortable on your feet all day."
"These well-made gardening shoes for men are a solid option whether he'll be wearing them outdoors or around the house."
"Crocs' hole-filled design makes them lightweight and breathable, and the strap in the back keeps them securely in place."
"A cross between a shoe and a sandal, these sneakers are machine-washable and are perfect for kids that love to play in the mud."

Best Overall: MuckBoots Daily Garden Shoe

For the all-around best gardening shoe that’s lightweight and ultra-versatile, our top pick is the Original MuckBoots Daily Garden Shoe. These shoes are fully waterproof, have durable uppers made of natural rubber, and are insulated to keep your feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They have a moisture-control lining for a high degree of comfort during work, and they’re easy to clean—just spray with water or gently scrub with soap. 

Customers write that the Original MuckBoots Daily Garden Shoe are so comfortable, in fact, that many buyers wear them even when they aren’t gardening. Even better, they’ll last for years—some reviewers have gotten a decade out of a single pair.

Best Summer: Amoji Unisex Garden Clogs

If you live in a warm part of the country or just want a pair of garden shoes specifically designed for the summer months, the Amoji Unisex Garden Clogs should fit the bill. These shoes have a ventilated design that emphasizes breathability, making them comfortable to wear even in hot weather. They feature non-slip soles, are completely waterproof, and have a lightweight design that doesn’t sacrifice durability. The shoes are also incredibly easy to clean, with dirt and grime washing off in under 30 seconds. We also love that they’re available in a variety of fun colors (11 in all).

According to customers, the Amoji Unisex Garden Clogs are incredibly comfortable (“better than Crocs,” several say), and perfect for gardening tasks along with almost any other outdoor activity. The breathable design makes it the ideal choice on those sweltering summer days spent caring for your flowers.

Best Duck Shoes: JBU by Jambu Garden-Ready Duck Shoes

With their rubber toe and stylish textile upper, duck shoes are a classic of the garden shoe category. These Garden-Ready Duck Shoes from Jambu are especially fun, with a selection of different floral prints and colors combinations to choose from. Plus, they’re totally vegan, with faux-suede trim and memory foam cushioning. They’re water-resistant, and equally comfortable whether you’re out in the garden or simply taking a morning stroll. 

Customers rave about the cute design of these duck shoes, as well as the solid construction and durability. Despite the fact that they’re labeled water-resistant (not waterproof), they hold up extremely well in the rain and mud. Some even note that they love them so much that they’ve gone ahead and ordered a second pair.

Best Waterproof: Sloggers Women's Waterproof Rain and Garden Shoe

Looking for a 100 percent waterproof pair of garden shoes to keep your feet dry even on the rainiest, muckiest of days? We’re fans of the Sloggers Women’s Waterproof Rain and Garden Shoe, which—in addition to being totally waterproof—have deep treads that provide excellent traction in sloppy conditions.

We also like that they’re made of recyclable material (don’t worry, it has a soft, comfortable feel), and you can even send your shoes back to the company when you're finished with them and have them turned into a new pair. The shoes come in more than a dozen fun patterns, so you’ll always be rainy day gardening in style. Just bear in mind that some customers note that the shoes can run slightly small. 

Best Boots: Muck Boot Muckster ll Mid-Height Women's Rubber Garden Boots

Sometimes you need more than a simple pair of shoes to get the job done. For more rugged, demanding jobs, we suggest going with a pair of boots, like this pair from Muck Boot. They’re made of extra-tough, high-grade rubber—and they’re 100 percent waterproof, with excellent traction that provides plenty of grip on any surface—helpful if you're moving from wet grass to dirt and mulch. Even better, you’ll rarely need to clean them—the outsole essentially “self-cleans” as you wear them. 

The boots have a breathable mesh lining, which provides air circulation and plenty of comfort to keep your feet dry throughout the day. Customers say they feel almost like slippers, and provide enough room at the top to tuck your pants inside if desired. They’re even surprisingly cool to wear—one customer from Florida writes that they remain breathable during outdoor work.

Best for Men: Jollys Men’s Hunter Green Garden Clogs

For the best pair of men’s gardening shoes, you can't go wrong with Jolly’s Men’s Hunter Green Garden Clogs. They’re the perfect combination of lightweight and durable (they’re also waterproof), and the open-heeled clog style is comfortable whether you’re wearing them outdoors or around the house. They’re made of 100% CFC-free polyurethane foam, and come in four colors (black, brown, hunter green, and navy blue).

While Jolly’s Men’s Hunter Green Garden Clogs have a slightly higher price point than other gardening shoes, they’re more than worth it, customers say. They’re extremely well-made, with a plaid insole that adds a fun touch to a standard utility shoe.

Best Slip On: CROCS Classic Clog

When it comes to garden shoes, you can’t miss with a classic pair of Crocs. Okay, so they’re not the coolest shoes in the world (they launched a thousand memes for a reason), but they’re still some of the most comfortable ones around. Their hole-filled design ensures they’re ultra-lightweight and breathable, but they’re also surprisingly durable. The brand’s trademark heel straps make them more secure than the typical clog-style shoe, and the 100 percent Croslite construction dries off quickly.

“One pair isn’t enough,” one customer writes. These are truly some of the most comfortable garden shoes on the market (even if they’re not strictly garden shoes, they’re more than up to the task)—they slip on and off with ease, and another buyer notes that they “feel like walking on air.”

Best for Kids: Stride Rite Made 2 Play Phibian Sneaker

Got a little one who’s eager to help in the garden? Good news: Stride Rite Made 2 Play Phibian Sneakers is made just for them, and it’s more than ready for whatever your garden can throw their way. A cross between a shoe and a sandal, these sneakers are machine-washable and have quick-dry uppers. The hook and loop closure ensures they stay snug and secure, so your child won't trip over loose shoes. The soles are slip-resistant, easily gripping to any surface, and the shoes can be hosed off if they get muddy.

Just as importantly, they come in more than a dozen fun color combinations, so you can find a pair that’s perfectly suited to your kid’s personality. The quick-dry design is also a lifesaver, virtually ensuring that the shoes never get soggy or smelly.

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