The best gardening boots

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The best gardening boots
Good garden boots are completely waterproof and tougher than weeds. (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Gardening boots are essential for both the serious and the Sunday gardener. They keep your feet clean, warm and dry and prevent you from slipping and sliding in moss and mud. When selecting a pair of garden boots, consider the features you will need to enjoy hours in your garden. Look for breathability, waterproofing, ruggedness, ease of cleaning, non-skid soles and insulation.Then check to see which boots are the most economical and durable choice.

Classic Hunter Wellies

Traditional green Wellington boots are a style that has proven perennially useful. Wellies are named for the Duke of Wellington, who won the Battle of Waterloo. They are synonymous with puttering about in English cottage gardens but have been widely copied and adapted for all kinds of uses from mucking out horse stalls to tramping through snow. Rubber garden Wellies have boot linings to wick away moisture, are completely waterproof and have moulded, non-slip soles and steel shanks. You can boot a shovel into clay soil with them and not crack the sole. They now come with a waterproof gusset at the top to make them easier to put on and take off. Hunter Wellingtons retail for about US$105, as of November 2010.

Le Chameau Garden Boots

Le Chameau is a high-end, handcrafted boot maker from France with a line of Wellies for country life and for gardening. Their garden boots are made of 100 per cent natural rubber form Heva trees, tested for resilience and elasticity. Their boot makers are intensively trained for 9 months in a tradition that has remained unchanged since 1927. The ladies Alltracks Counry neoprene lined boots have a raised heel, shaped calf, decorative side buckle, top edge trim, reinforced shin, heel and toe and retail for about US$168, as November 2010.

Bog Boots

Bog Boots have loyal fans who love them for their comfort and durability and for the compliments they get on the boots' flowered and leaf-patterned designs. The boots are insulated and waterproof with high-traction soles and a cushioned lining. They can double as snow boots in the winter, although they don't have elastic gaiters to keep the slush out. Bog boots come in mid-calf and full-height models, both with a solid upper and patterned shoe. Mid-calf styles retail for about US$85 and full-height boots for US$90.00, as of November 2010.

Muck Boots

Muck makes a special low garden boot called The Daily Garden Shoe. The upper is natural rubber with a wrap-tip toe bumper and reinforced sole. They snugly wrap around the ankle with a stretchy top binding to keep feet mud-free. The shoes are completely waterproof. They have a cushioned foot bed and a moisture-control lining to keep feet from getting sweaty or chilly. Muck makes a whole line of work boots for stables, fields and all outdoor work. Their slip-on garden shoe retails for about US$55.00, as of November 2010.

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