The best garden shoes for women to easily slip on and off

Comfortable and convenient clogs to head outdoors in.

Best garden shoes for women

by Amy-Mae Turner |
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The best garden shoes for women are convenient clogs that every keen horticulturist should consider investing and making part of their essential garden clothing wardrobe. Garden shoes are generally lightweight, comfortable, easy to get on and off, and made of water-resistant outer materials.

While we love garden boots for times you're going to be outside for a while tackling larger tasks, clog-style garden shoes are a fabulous option to stick by the back door so that you can easily slip them on and off as you come in and out of your home.

Best garden shoes for women at a glance:

Best garden shoes for comfort: Beslip Classic Fur-Lined Waterproof House Slippers - View on Amazon UK
Best work clogs: Woodside Slip-On Garden Clog Work Shoes - View on Amazon UK
Best garden shoes for everyday use: Lakeland Active Lorton Garden, Kitchen & Work Clogs - View on Amazon UK

Whether you're nipping out to give the garden a quick water, filling up the bird feeder, grabbing some wood from the log store, or even putting the bin out, we have a pair of garden shoes for women that will suit your feet's needs.

Best garden shoes for women

Best garden shoes for comfort

Beslip garden shoeBeslip/Amazon

Rrp: $30.99

Price: $22.99

These popular 'house slippers', as Beslip describes them, are actually more than suitable to wear outdoors thanks to the waterproof EVA upper and the textured anti-slip sole. If you like your tootsies to be toasty, these shoes boast a plush fur lining for comfort and warmth. There's even more comfort to be had with the high-density memory foam cushioned sole. These come in a range of colours, including grey, green, pink, and, if you like to walk on the wild side, leopard skin.

Customer review: "I have had a few pairs of these, I mainly wear them in the garden or for short walks with the dogs. They are comfortable. Warm in the colder months and fine in the warmer months. Can be washed in the washing machine, I put them in a wash bag."

Pros

  • Warm fur lining
  • Memory foam sole

Cons

  • Could be too warm in the summer

Best garden work clogs

Woodside garden shoesWoodside/Amazon

These Woodside clogs are definitely more functional than fashionable, but that's exactly what you need to look for in a garden shoe. These are super-easy to step in and out of with the strap around the shoe, but you can pull the strap back around your heel for extra security if needed. These are moulded from durable EVA and have a gripped sole for non-slip peace of mind. These clogs come in two classic colours; black and green.

Customer review: "Easy to slip on and off. I use them mainly for short trips into the garden or to my garage. Life is all about good decisions: change my shoes or scrub the floor. They are very comfortable and the size is as expected. I like the sport mode where you can flip the strap around the back of your heel for safer acceleration and faster cornering."

Pros

  • Heel strap
  • Non-slip sole

Cons

  • Only available in two colours

Best Wellington-style garden shoes

Dunlop garden shoes Dunlop/Amazon

If you prefer a shoe with a 'heel counter' or a more secure back, consider Dunlop's practical gardening shoes. These are essentially like cut-down wellingtons, offering your feet robust protection all round, but are still easy to put on and pull off. You'll feel stable in these shoes, even on slippery or uneven ground, due to the deep-cut grip soles. Thanks to the wellie-type material and construction, these shoes are 100 per cent waterproof.

Customer review: "Very pleased with these slip on shoes, great for popping on to go out in the garden, keeping your feet dry and warm. Quite easy to get on and off so very happy so far. Arrived promptly and good value too."

Pros

  • 100% waterproof
  • All-round protection

Cons

  • Not a memory foam sole

Best garden shoes for design

Backdoorshoes garden shoes Backdoorshoes/Amazon

The brilliantly named Backdoorshoes offers a range of fun and funky garden clogs. There are many designs which you can choose to suit your interests. We like these chilli pepper shoes, but there are also chicken-, dog-, bee-, and cat-themed choices. Pretty floral and butterfly options are also available. These are super-lightweight at only 200 grams. These clogs are waterproof, easy to to wipe clean, and also machine washable.

Customer review: "By far the most comfortable clogs I have owned. They are wide enough that they don't rub, but not so big that they fall off. The inner soles are slightly padded and extremely comfortable to wear. The outer soles seem very sturdy, so I think they will last a good while. Ideal for the garden, even when the grass is wet."

Pros

  • Brilliant British designs
  • Machine washable

Cons

  • No heel strap

Best garden shoes for summer

Eagsouni garden shoes Eagsouni/Amazon

These sporty-looking garden shoes are ideal for the warmer months of the year thanks to their breathable mesh upper. They could also work year-round for anyone who suffers from sweaty feet, although they are not waterproof. They have a comfortable EVA sole with a non-slip finish. You have the option to wear the heel strap on the shoe or around your foot. These come in black, white, pink, purple, blue, and a range of two-tone designs.

Customer review: "These are the most comfortable shoes/slippers/sandals/clogs I have ever worn! For pottering about indoors are absolutely perfect as they can just be slipped on without effort and are so light. They are ideal for just going in the garden to hang out the washing or to put out the bins etc., that is all I want them for, but that's not to say they can't be worn for longer outings."

Pros

  • Breathable mesh upper
  • Heel strap

Cons

  • Not waterproof

Best garden shoes for everyday use

Lakeland garden shoe Lakeland garden shoe

The popular Lakeland Active range of footwear offers a variety of garden-friendly designs. We especially like this 'Lorton' clog with its no-nonsense, practical design and slightly raised heel counter, which helps keep them securely on your feet. These are made of durable, waterproof EVA material that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Padded insoles offer comfort. These clogs come in eight solid colours and one spotty lavender option.

Customer review: "These are just what I needed for keeping by the back door. They are great for trips to the dustbin, especially when we’ve had so much rain in recent months. They are very easy to clean, and have a nice cushioned insole. Easy to get on and take off. I would say they are true to size as well."

Pros

  • Available in a range of colours
  • Raised heel counter

Cons

  • Wipe clean only

Best garden shoes for safety

Birkenstock garden shoe Birkenstock/Amazon

If you need a garden shoe suitable for more heavy-duty jobs, Birkenstock has your back (or should that be feet?). These chunky clogs are made of robust Alpro foam and boast a replaceable, anatomically shaped cork leather footbed. The real selling point from a safety point of view, though, is the steel toe cap that offers serious protection against falling objects or even just stubbing your toes. These serious shoes are only available in black.

Customer review: "I mainly use the clog for gardening. I had an older version of Alpro (without steel toe) and was very happy with it for many years. This clog is also very comfortable to wear. The footbed is great, much better for my feet than a competitor's (without steel toe). The shoe looks robust and is naturally relatively heavy."

Pros

  • Steel toe cap
  • Cork footbed

Cons

  • Heavyweight

Best for the garden and beyond

Unisex crocsAmazon/ Crocs
Price: $59.67
Alternative retailers
Backcountry$18.16View offer
Macy's$38.00View offer
Walmart$44.99View offer
DICK'S Sporting Goods$44.99View offer

With over 50 colours and designs to choose from, Crocs have made a comeback in recent years and make for a great garden shoe. They're easy to slip on and you can pull down the strap at the back to make for a more secure fit. The footbeds are designed to mould to you foot, making them nice and comfy and better yet, thanks to their popularity you can get away with wearing them in the garden and out and about. Great if you want to quickly segue from the garden to the garden centre or shops.

Our review: "Growing up, these were a staple garden shoe for spending time in the garden - they were easy to slip on and were super comfy. Not to mention, the holes are breathable too which makes them a great choice for the summer. For me, the only downfall is that you can get soggy socks through the holes if it's a particularly dewy morning. Nowadays, these still are a fantastic pick for the garden and general wear too - it's a big yes from me."

Pros

  • Huge range of designs
  • Versatile wear

Cons

  • Not ideal for wet grass/weather

Do I need garden shoes?

We think so! They are an ultra-convenient option to simply step into when you're headed to the garden and equally easy to step out of when you're headed back into the house. While full-size and ankle-length wellingtons and other garden boots have their uses, on an everyday basis clog-style shoes give you more flexibility of movement and are lightweight and comfortable to wear, even in hot weather. They also allow you to wear knee pads unhindered, useful for those that like to protect their knees while gardening.

How to care for your garden shoes

One of the best things about garden shoes is how low maintenance they are. You generally just need to brush any dirt off the soles, give them a wipe over with a damp cloth, and leave them to dry.

If your garden shoes are machine washable, put them in a washing bag and ensure to set the machine to a low temperature.

The inners of your garden shoes may benefit from an occasional squirt of shoe freshener spray or a product like Febreeze to keep them fresh.

How to make your garden shoes more comfortable

All of the garden shoes we're featuring here rate very well for comfort, but if you like your footwear ultra-comfy, you could consider investing a small amount in a pair of insoles.

You can get a few different kinds of insoles; simple foam ones that often have odour-eliminating properties, sheepskin-style insoles to offer warmth, memory foam insoles for bouncy comfort, and gel insoles for more contoured support.

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Amy-Mae Turner is a Commerce Content Writer for Modern Gardens, Yours, Take A Break Pets, and A Modern Kitchen. When she's not pottering in the garden or mucking around in the kitchen, she can be found having doggy cuddles with her two beloved cockapoochis.

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