Are Gardening Shoes Really Worth It?

shovelBy: Dave Truman

Published: April 3, 2008

Are Gardening Shoes Really Worth It?

Dave Truman

Many of us have a garden in our homes. Your garden maybe just a tiny little patch, but it is still a garden. With a garden, there is a price to pay, and that is keeping it looking great. So you head outside armed with all of your gardening tools and suddenly you are knee deep in dirt, mud and some muck. What happened to your gardening shoes that were supposed to protect your feet?

If you wore your regular shoes for your gardening tasks, you likely got your shoes filthy, possibly ruined. Have you asked yourself- what can you wear on your feet in the garden? Time to check out the gardening shoes! They are typically far from attractive, but they have they will definitely protect your legs and feet from the dirt.

Therefore, what type of shoes do you need? The answer to this question depends on the condition of your garden and what type of work that you will be doing. There are mainly two types of gardening footwear that you can get. The first choice is that of gardening shoes.

Gardening shoes are very easy to put on and remove. They are typically made from rubber, or some other waterproof material, as there are usually wet patches in your garden even on dry days. Waterproof shoes ensure that not only will your feet stay, but that your shoes will rinse clean easily.

Make sure your new shoes are made of very sturdy material. You will want them to withstand the mud that you trudge through. Shoes that are sturdy will also help prevent injury to your feet from such things as branches, thorns, and even the unexpected gardening tool.

The second type of gardening footwear is a type of gardening boot. These are a bit more of a hassle to put on and off, but they are very beneficial.

Like the gardening shoes, boots should be made of a durable material that can withstand sharp objects. You should also aim to buy waterproof boots so you also have that protection.

Gardening boots that extend up beyond your ankles have the added advantage of protecting your feet and legs. Deeper levels of dirt, mud and any water that is still lying around will not seep into your feet, if your boots rise above the muck.

Depending on what type of work you do and what condition your garden is in, shoes or boots can protect your feet while you do your gardening. The pricks and prods of nature should not be able to break through your new garden footwear, so be sure to purchase your pair!



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