What to look for when shopping for gardening footwear

Going out to quickly to inspect the yard, pick veggies or tend to containers? Clogs are great for slipping on easily and keeping your feet protected. They also work well on hot days to keep your feet cooler especially if you are wearing a molded clog with air vents. Flip-flops or sandals are also great for keeping your feet cool doing this type of gardening.

Going to be digging a new bed or standing in deep dirt that could possibly be wet and muddy? Shoes would be a better choice since they keep the dirt and water away from your feet. Something that fits well when you are working in the mud, using a rake, or digging a hole will make your feet more comfortable therefore making the work more enjoyable.

 

Heavy duty digging in a spring garden? Boots would be the choice I’d make for that. They will likely have safety features that protect your feet when you work with gardening tools, they would be waterproof as well, keeping your feet dry and comfortable.

Once you know which type of shoe you want, narrow your search further by using the following guidelines.

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  • Looks – Lets face it, we all like shoes that show our personalities. Great, nice looking, colorful shoes make us not only look good but feel good. Just putting on a pair of bright colored or flower covered shoes makes me want to go out and play in the dirt, or splash in a puddle. If you aren’t headed to the garden, most gardening shoes look great when you are out and about doing errands. People will envy your style and daring choice when really you just like fun shoes! So don’t keep them just for gardening, wear them often!
  • Slip on and off-ability – This is a biggy! If the footwear goes on and off easily, then you are more apt to slip them on when you go out there to just “take a look at your plants”. We all start out that way and before we know it, you have half your garden weeded or a new bed dug up. Gardening footwear instead of your bedroom slippers or flip-flops will work best in this situation. Boots or shoes that have a kick-off ridge makes leaving your shoes behind a no-handed deal, so look for that feature when choosing your pair.
  • Another reason easy on and off is so important is, if you have to run in the house for a second, it’s so much nicer when there are no laces to deal with, or buckles to close. You are more apt to slip them off and therefore keep your house so much cleaner. Let’s face it, when we come back inside from gardening we are usually too tired to mop the floor. Energy spent on gardening is so much more like play than work. Save the work for rainy days.Stretchy at the top opening in shoes is a great feature for on and off as well as comfort! The whole point of good shoes is to keep your feet dry and clean. A snug top keeps dirt out as well as debris, so make sure the top of your shoe or low boot is snug enough to do this task without being too tight. It’s really important to keep you comfortable. Nothing worse than having to stop to get a pebble or stick out of your shoe when you are in the gardening zone.
  • Comfort – Fit is really important. Too loose and you get blisters and you could easily fall. Too tight, you could get blisters and you won’t likely wear them. So make sure the fit is good and they are made to do the kind of gardening you do. They shouldn’t need a break-in period. Put them on and they should feel comfortable. Simple as that.
  • Waterproof – Wearing shoes that are waterproof is especially great if the dirt is wet or deep. No one likes a shoe full of water or mud so when looking for garden shoes, try to find ones that will keep your feet dry and comfortable ~that leads to more time gardening. ~Don’t worry that waterproof means sweaty. Most of the better shoes are made with linings that keep your feet dry and at a comfortable temperature as well.
  • Safety – Having a shoe that protects your toes as well as your arch when using tools is always a bonus. Garden shoes protect your feet from dirt and germs that can lead to all sorts of issues. Not to mention protecting that pedicure.
  • Easy to Clean – Finding garden shoes that will clean up quick and dry fast makes them a great choice. Let’s face it. Your shoes get dirty in the garden, being able to hose them off and know you aren’t ruining them is really important.

So those are the things to keep in mind when you give up that pair of flip flops or old sneakers that you garden in, or when you decide that sharp rock you stepped on makes barefoot gardening seem unwise.

This is a repost of my article published in about.com http://containergardening.about.com/od/reviews/a/Choosing-Garden-Clogs-Shoes-And-Boots.htm

 

 We did a photo shoot yesterday for Gearcor.  I kind of liked this one turned upsidedown.  It’s hard to tell the reflection from the subject.  It almost makes me like a rainy day for the great light between the raindrops.

~I said Almost. 

~”Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”  ~Roger MillerClick to see the rules and to take a badge for yourself.

Find these great boots at
rainbootsonline.com

 

Who says we can’t look great and show our personalities while we are playing in the dirt?

Garden Shoes Online offers sturdy protective boots for those of you that landscape. We also have waterproof boots and shoes for those rainy spring days or muddy gardens. Do you want gardening shoes that slip on and off easily for those that like to “just do a bit of deadheading” that leads to an afternoon of rearranging their entire garden.  There is protective footwear that in addition to being waterproof and comfortable are also made to look good on you and show your personal style.

Tired, calloused hands, sore knees, mud in my shoes, and gnats bugging me are some of the discomforts I used to think were part of gardening until I started working at Garden Shoes Online. Until then I had no idea what a difference great garden shoes, boots, hats, tools and gloves could do for my gardening game.

I have found that quality gardening tools and accessories can make any task more efficient and ergonomic therefore easier on my ever-aging back and joints.  So if you are thinking that you have gotten along fine without great gloves or comfortable garden shoes, think again.  It’s so much better when the right tool or accessory is easily available and makes your work more like the play you intended it to be.

My old pair of sneakers or flip-flops aren’t my garden shoe go-tos any more. I can be standing in dirt, filthy and tired, but with a quality pair of garden shoes on that feel good, I can forge on knowing my shoes not only look good, support my feet and preserve my pedicure, they also keep my feet clean, my traction great and protect my foot arch from shoveling injuries. 

 It  is also much more enjoyable to garden with a good pair of gloves.  What a difference they can make.  No more calloused hands, blisters or dirt under my nails. My hands aren’t dried out from the dirt or the scrubbing it takes to get them clean after gardening now that I always wear a pair of quality gardening gloves. 

I am no longer swatting the bugs and sunburned while I weed because I wear my Insect Shield Wide brim Hat that not only keeps bugs away, it offers spf 50+ protection from the sun.

Buying from an online store may make you take pause~

  • What if they don’t fit? No worries there, we have a Perfect Fit Guarantee~ If the size your ordered doesn’t fit we will send you the correct size for free. We want you to love your new shoes or boots!
  • What if it’s a heavy item?  Shipping could be expensive. ~ Don’t fret, we ship for free any order over $49 dollars and if it’s under $49 dollars for your items we charge a flat fee of $4.95. So buying online gives you choices all in one place for items you probably can’t find at any stores nearby.  

 

Our goal at Garden Shoes Online is to make your passion for gardening be greater by making you more comfortable, more efficient, safer and of course making you look good too.  Even though you didn’t think you could love gardening more than you already do, click on over to Garden Shoes Online and see the many products we offer that really can make it even better.

 Needed to take some photographs of boots for Best Garden Blogs and couldn’t resist sharing a couple of the REDS with Ruby Tuesday followers. 

I am always thrilled to find red accessories or red anything for that matter. So I thought I would share these wonderful reds which are available at Garden shoes Online and Rainbootsonline

The boots that is, not the tulips.  ;)

~”By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.”  ~Rabindrath Tagore

 

Time to dust off the garden tools and think spring. 

This should include being prepared for the first nice spring day by knowing which shoes, boots or clogs you will slip on to greet the new year of gardening. Ranger Ladybugs Purple Dragonfly Garden Clogs

  Some folks may say they prefer an old pair of sneakers, flip flops or just plain old barefoot. 

That’s fine, but wearing a pair of gardening shoes will extend your gardening time and pleasure so more can be accomplished and enjoyed. 

 I’d dare say that most people that experience a good pair of footwear in the garden will be hard pressed to venture out there again in bare feet.  Not to mention the pedicure problems that can be avoided as well as health and safety issues for your feet. 

Warm feet that are dry and safe make it easier to stay out there long enough to accomplish the task at hand.  So whether you prefer clogs, boots or shoes, there are so many to choose from at Garden Shoes Online.

Do your feet and back a favor !  

May all your weeds be wildflowers.  ~ Author Unknown

You may think the only thing I do is blog about boots,shoes and gardening.  Well, that’s not true.  Among many of the hats I wear, I am also the photographer for Gearcor’s online stores.  I thought I would take a minute and share a bit of the fun.  You know the old saying~ believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.  This can often be true in the world of advertising.  The seeing part, is what I am talking about here.   Creating images of products in their element isn’t always easy to do.  Part of the fun of photography is creating an image that captures people’s attention. 

 If you visit Rainbootsonline.com,  which is another Gearcor site along with  gardenshoesonline, one of the header photos you will see is this picture of the Kamik Elle rainboots in eggplant.  This shot looks like it was taken on a very slushy day, but in reality, it was dry and cold with no snow or ice at all.  This is one of the fun parts of my job~  I get to be part of creating an illusion with my camera.  For this shot, we brought in snow from a local ice rink.  When they resurface the ice, it creates (ice shavings) snow.

 A quick hosing of the parking lot in an uneven area with a few chunks of snow strewn about and we have a slushy, messy day that reflects the boots in the puddle.  Just the look we wanted to show you how great these boots can make you look in even the worst conditions (real or not) and your feet stay dry and warm to boot! (Sorry I couldn’t help myself on that one.)

For these Muck Boot Crocs, they wanted them next to a real crocodile. ( The model and I say thank goodness for photo shop)…but it made for another interesting photo shoot.  To see this photo I am referring to, you will need to click on this  link ~rainbootsonline~ then click on the  rainbootsonline logo in the upper left hand corner of the site until you see a couple of fun pics I took out in the urban jungle.  With a little photoshop effects, you have a crocodile on the city streets next to these great boots that look terrific in any setting.

~ And FYI ~no models, were eaten in the making of that shot.

So this is how it’s done, a lot of creative, rescourceful people, cameras and photoshop. 

I love what I do.

 

 

 

For fertilizer friday I have nothing to share since it hasn’t stopped raining long enough to get any photos, I am not one to let a rainy day slip by without enjoying it for a while  but I have to say….. too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing. 

When we arrived home tonight my husband and I thought we would slip into something a bit more comfortable like our …Muck Boots and headed to our basement. 

He put on his Jobbers, and I put on my Scrub boots and we trudged on down to the quickly rising waters below. We live on a hill but for some reason the water loves to come in when there is a very heavy rainfall. 

 Luckily we have everything up off the floor to stay dry and because the floor is uneven we have to sweep towards the 2 drains and 2 sump pumps to keep the water from getting too much down there.

The good news is that our feet stayed dry and comfortable.  That’s about the only good news I can say about this whole affair.  These heavy rains should be gone by tomorrow…

I hope it’s not raining too hard where you are today but if it is Garden Shoes Online has a great selection of waterproof boots and shoes, FYI.

 

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 Let’s overlook for a minute how cute these shoes are and talk about them being waterproof. There will be no wet toes when I am wearing these. web-kjkj-076

 I especially like the snug high ankle that will keep dirt and rocks out ofweb-kjkj-069 my shoes when I garden.

 There are a couple of different patterns and there are also pull on boots. They fit comfortably and slip off easily when you need to run indoors and your feet are muddy. 5217xmf-cho

 All and all a great shoe or boot and the colors are a real mood lifter.   Makes me feel like going out there and playing in the dirt, if only it wasn’t frozen and covered in snow. 5216xcm-2t

 Sooner or later nice weather will arrive and if you are looking for me, I will be out in the garden in my new Bog’s.

  

These Bog are 100% Waterproof and have natural hand-lasted rubber and a four way stretch outer shell.  They have non-slip, non-marking and self-cleaning outsoles and Aegis anti-microbial odor protection insole.  They are comfort rated from temperate to -40°F or sub-zero conditions.  Click on any of the photos to visit Garden Shoes Online and find out more about these shoes and boots.

 

 

web-flowers-004Gone, Gone, Gone.

The end of my garden…for this year, anyway.garden on the curb

It was sunny and cold so we went outdoors and took advantage of our not freezing day to clean up for winter.  I cut back the perennials, pulled out the annuals, picked flowers, saved seeds, and we put away the rain barrel. Col with rain barrel

Lots of raking and sweeping too. web-today-050

There were alot of flowers to pick.today-0641

  I still have a few pots on my front porch. I’m not sure if they will last much longer. 

 

 

 

 

Did you notice my new boots? my cute boots

 How can you not love kicking around in these?  Click on the photo to check them out at Garden Shoes Online.  They come in different colors, they are waterproof and they’re comfy too. 

I hope you are having a great Outdoor Wednesday! OutdoorWednesdaylogo54

Visit A Southern Daydreamer to see what everyone else has going on outdoors.

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 Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.  ~Theodore Roosevelt