Keeping Your Feet Safe and Comfortable in the Garden

By Nikki Tilley | April 24, 2019
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by Nikki Tilley
April 24, 2019

If you’re a gardener, then you know how important it is to be comfortable while working outdoors. This not only includes clothing, as well as hats and gloves, but footwear too. In fact, protecting your feet is of utmost importance and many of us, unfortunately, likely don’t think about this until it’s too late. And, yes, I’m guilty myself. I live in the South where the heat and humidity can be nearly unbearable at times, and the thought of wearing anything other than trusty flip flops or thin canvas sneakers seems absurd. But, in truth, it is absurd to don those flip flops or sneakers in the garden and here’s why – they simply don’t offer your feet suitable protection, they don’t keep your feet dry, and they can become ruined when worn in these dirty environments.

I’ve not only had to deal with poison ivy due to exposed skin, but also numerous mosquito bites. And, of course, there’s always the danger of being bitten by a spider or even snakes in some areas. I’ve also had the misfortune of stepping on sharp debris, going clean through my thin flip flops and into my tender flesh. And my white tennis shoes are a not-so-nice shade of red mud despite numerous washings. So, what’s a gardener to do?

There are actually many options available for suitable garden footwear, but my all-time favorite has to be my handy-dandy Muck boots. They’re not only the comfiest pair of garden boots I own, but they keep my feet dry regardless of all the “muck” and water I may be trampling around in. That’s why I was more than happy to hear about their new spring line which celebrates the 20-year heritage of the Original Muck Boot Company.

I just got a pair of the new Muckster booties, but they have gardening shoes and clogs too. Whatever your preference, you can rest easy knowing that your feet won’t only be comfy and dry, but safe. No more poison ivy on these feet. No more bug bites. And nothing penetrating the bottom of my feet. No need in worrying about ruining my boots with mud and muck either because they’re easy to clean…just spray them down or wipe off. They’re totally waterproof so you can even hose them down while you’re wearing them. You can also slip them off and on just as easily as those flip flops. And, speaking of slip, there won’t be any slipping or sliding with these, another safety issue with slick bottomed sandals or sneakers. My booties, and many of the others in this spring line, offer a new high traction, rubber outsole that can handle wet surfaces with ease.

I love wearing mine throughout winter cause they keep my feet nice and toasty, but I can also wear them during warmer weather in spite of the heat since they’re made with a breathable, air-mesh lining. The real kicker with my Muck boots is the fact that, although you’d think they’re simply for mucking around in the garden, they can be used for so much more. I said it before and I’ll say it again, these are the most comfortable boots (and gardening footwear) I own. So much so that I wear them just about everywhere. (My daughter tends to make fun of me for this, but I don’t care – she wears flip flops year round so”¦) They’re stylish enough to go with everyday wear. In fact, my booties fold down like a shoe and have a pretty floral pattern that coordinates with a number of my outfits. The flex foam cushions my feet like a swaddled baby. So why wouldn’t I want to wear them all the time?

It doesn’t matter if I’m out in the garden, running errands, walking my dog, grocery shopping, or even picking up my grand baby from daycare, you can bet I’ll be wearing my dependable Mucksters. These boots were made for walking…and more.

The above article was sponsored by The Original Muck Boot Company. The information contained in this article may contain ads or advertorial opinions.
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