Great Garden Boots
Both practical and strangely thrilling, garden boots are the kinds of tools that make working in your yard extra fun—at least for me. No task seems too messy or foreboding when you are outfitted for garden battle in a great pair of thorn, poison ivy and mud-resistant gloves and some sturdy rubber boots. And what is better than footwear you can actually hose off when you’re done? Answer: not much.
I think the joy I get out of wearing garden boots harkens back to the kick I got dressing up for a rain shower as a kid: nothing beat the sensation of reveling in the rain, all decked out in galoshes and rain coat while the grown-ups ran for cover.
But garden boots aren’t just for gardening anymore: with the fashionable choices beckoning your inner style-icon, you don’t have to restrict your boot-use to that backyard brush clearing or fertilizer application. Wear them on the weekend as you hit the garden store, attend a muddy soccer game, brave a city downpour or tromp through the mud at a music festival and let the world know “I’m all about gardening, all the time!”
HGTV did a high-low trawl of some of the most appealing garden boots out there, from all-the-It-girls-are-wearing-them luxury brands to big-box retail cuties. Let us know your favorite galoshes and why you love them.
These super-stylish Muckster ankle boots come in black with punchy neon purple and pink accents or a woodsy green and city-cool all black. They also happen to be incredibly comfortable, like house shoes for the great outdoors. These are also breathable thanks to an Airmesh lining and have great traction for all of those slippery-slopes you tackle during a day of gardening. Mucksters are so fun to wear you'll be thinking of reasons to get out in the garden (if you didn't have enough already).
Synonymous with British outdoor life, Hunter seems to go hand in hand with aristocratic endeavors like horse riding, tending your castle garden and other mud-splattered but elegant pursuits.
Princess Diana wore Hunters, as does high-end British garden designer Miranda Brooks. Manufactured in Edinburgh, the brand has recently expanded its outerwear range with a line of sporty-chic jackets, vests and other outdoor chic.
Hunter’s Gardener boot comes in universal-stylish black or with dark olive or aubergine trim. Feeling fashionista while gardening? Hunter also makes boots festooned with the Union Jack, a tweedy Hunter Check design, Color Block and a rainbow of sassy colors.
Gardener’s Supply Company
Practical but cute, and boasting a serious tread for when you need some tree removal traction, Gardener’s Supply Company Working Wellies come in bright garden gnome shades of red and green. Their cozy factor (nice in winter) can be upped with contrasting red or green fleece Wellington liners, sold separately.
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French boot maker Aigle's low-profile Bison boot is easy to pull off and on and its traction makes it uniquely suited to the slippery slopes and uneven turf familiar to any gardener.
You don’t necessarily think of “luxury” and “rubber boots” in the same sentence, but Aigle is a brand that has merged those concepts as naturally as grape jelly and peanut butter.
The favorite industry-chic boot of the paparazzi class, Aigle rubber boots show up on the feet of celebrities like Natalie Portman, Liv Tyler and Eva Mendes. The company celebrates 160 years in the rain boot business in 2013.
Handmade in France, these rubber boots feature shock-absorbing soles for greater walking comfort and long wear strutting on the streets of Milan or Paris.
The Bison boot has a lower profile while the Terra PRO is actually intended for use by French farmers, who have got to be some of the most fashion forward stall-muckers out there.
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The natural rubber Rboot from French luxury boot company Aigle can take you from the garden to the grocer. Good grip on the soles keep your feet firmly planted in the garden and the waterproof rubber is easily hosed off after use to keep these boots looking their best.
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The 100% waterproof Urban Farmer from Bogs features a steel shank for aiding with shoveling and a moisture-wicking interior.
Want something with a bit of fun? Bogs offers a variety of hard-working footwear, but their garden boots and shoes are especially charming, with lots of colorful options and garden-themed designs.
Want to take your Wellies on a trip? The foldable Japanese boots offered at Kaufmann Mercantile can be rolled up and stuffed in your suitcase if you have muddy events in your travel plans. Designed for use in rice paddy farming and produced in Hokkaido, Japan, these babies will work equally well when you muck your koi pond.