I have such horrible feet, and don't forget I'm doing this all in an electric wheelchair. I've had lots of surgeries on one of my wide short high instepped feet. So I wear the leather washable Keds. Which are not quite tennis shoes but almost. They're the only shoes I have never gotten a pressure sore from. I have 2 pair, one black and one white. I not only wear them to garden, but to drive, to go to MD appointments, to go to elegant dinners out, to go to community service awards, ad nauseum.
I put other, because I usually wear gym shoes (not the same as tennis shoes), but I also go barefoot a lot, too. I don't go barefoot as often as I used to, though, after stepping on a bee! OUCH! I'm allergic, too, so my whole foot and calf swelled up! But, I love the feeling of grass between my toes too much to give it up completely, lol. I just try to watch where I step, now!
Not tennis shoes, but they are rubber soled walkers. I start out each spring with a new pair, and swear I won't wear them for gardening, to keep them nice and clean. I have several old pairs in the garage, which I can slip on on the way to the outdoors, they were all once pristine. Usually by June, I have forgotten my "keep 'em clean" promise and the new ones start to resemble the old ones. I refer to the new ones as my dress shoes, as they go everywhere I go...due to my fallen arches and the need for orthoticss. I dread the occasion where I may need to wear "real" shoes. Maybe I won't go.
I wear the most comfortable but ragged looking K Mart zip up things on my feet. Not tennis shoes and not sneakers - just pathetic. I have three pair and save the best ones for nursery shopping. Any day now I expect if I wear the really worn ones to a nursery people will start giving me donations for new shoes.
-Flip flops when I am planting or watering.
-Some sort of a tall rubber boot that a girlfriend gave me when I'm out working in the wetlands. They're a little too big but they were free.
-Anything hard soled to dig holes or use the weed wrench.
-Steel toed work boots when I am removing undesirables with a chainsaw.
-Crocs every once in a while when I remember I own them. They certainly are comfortable and easy to clean.
I used to run around barefoot a lot until I had to pull a few too many thorns out of my feet. Hawthorn trees have nasty thorns that can go right in your foot straight through a flip flop but they're better than being barefoot around here.
A few years ago, I found THE MOST comfortable shoes in the world, a suede slip-on by Bare Traps. I bought 6 pair, and wore the heck out of them. Now that they are no longer acceptable in public, they are my gardening shoes. I know it sounds horrible -- suede? -- but they are water resistant and all lined on the inside and so comfortable. But I have got to look an absolute sight in sweaty, muddy shorts, t-shirt and headband to hold sweaty hair out of face (headband somehow always clashes with rest of colors, I don't know why), then add on these black or tan suede shoes... Thank heavens I live generally out of sight in the country; the folks who wander back here to visit me must be strong souls!
But Meezers, I do suffer from the "oh, I'm just going to run up to the barn, I won't get these dirty" syndrome with "good" shoes, too. So I have a few pair of Skechers now only suitable for gardening. I can't wear anything that laces... after all these years of tripping over untied laces, I now only wear slip-ons and am doing much better, thank you!
My burning question is how many pair of gardening shoes do you have? I feel the need to keep a pair by each door, then another in case those have gotten wet or too muddy and need to dry off a bit, and then another in case you forgot to put one pair back... my husband thinks my piles muddy, ugly shoes by doors are possibly unnecessary. What do you think?
Perfectly acceptable, mysterypoodle! I have three pair of the zip up pathetic shoes and would never consider laces. My brother's shoelace became untied while he was ascending a ladder and he fell, dying ten days later at 29 back in 1961. I have fits when I see people with untied laces, as you might expect, and insist they tie the shoes or leave the property.
Well, before I got a bunion thingy that makes my big toe hurt, I was barefoot or sandals all the time. I HATED shoes. But I hate foot pain worse. After trying many different types, I finally settled on Dr. Shoals gellin' athetic shoes. I am on my feet in varying situations all day every day for work, so they really helped with the excrutiating pain. (The other alternative was surgery, and I couldn't deal with 6 weeks off my feet to heal) After 6-8 months of almost exclusively wearing these, my toe hardly hurts anymore, except when it's going to rain, LOL, which hasn't been much lately! I even got some Dr. Shoals sandals for church and other dressier occasions.
So when my shoes get to looking sad, they get recycled to gardening sneaks! These dry really quickly, and I have thrown them in the washer & dryer. Love 'em!
With my feet the poditrist insists on New Balance tennis shoes with thick socks. I think I've wore the pads of my feet out wearing sandals and such for years. He said to get them 1/2 size bigger for when my feet swell in the evenings.
Crocs are the only shoe ,period...wash the mud off and put them back on!!
I didn't turn to crocs until I had ruined every pair of sandals in my closet (seriously)...
Now I am waiting for July 4 th to get sandals on sale...
Carrie: It's tennis shoes in Michigan---still call them that in Texas. Good point!
I wear sandels year round...even if I'm in snow. I like to be able to kick shoes off quickly once I step in the house---I hate shoes. Wouldn't dare go barefoot in a Texas garden though with all the critters that live in the yard. :)
I wear good sturdy and comfortable Reeboks and white cotton socks (rubber soled 'walkers') usually . When it's muddy I wear my Muck (brand) shoes (rubbers shoes that only come up to my ankles). The Muck shoes are very comfortable and alot my comfortable than the 'cheaper' priced mud shoes. I also wear my Muck shoes anytime the grass is wet.
Regarding the Crocs (brand) shoes; there are several styles of the Croc shoes...
Which ones do you all wear for the garden? Could you let me know please? What color(s) do you all prefer? What are the positives to them? What are the negatives to them? Don't you all get alot of soil, rocks/pebbles, sticks, mulch, etc... in your feet? Aren't your feet real dirty afterward? Do you ever 'turn your ankles' when wearing them in the garden or otherwise? Thanks!
ownedbycats, yuppers I get those same interesting tan lines from my sandals. My feet are the first things to tan. I live in them. Seems my feet are constantly wet when gardening so it has to be sandals. Can't stand the feeling of sloshing around in wet shoes. It's easier to just kick 'em off when I have to run into the house for something too.
Barefoot most of the time, but I do wear sandals if the ground gets too hot from the summer sun ... :) don't have that many critters to worry about stepping on around here.
I only wear shoes when I 'have' to ... even in the winter ... love the feel of Mother Earth under my feet. ;)
I voted other. I used to only wear the original wood Dr. Scholls outside. But now I have changed to the croc type shoe with the vents in them. Toes are always dirty in the spring/ summer. A little extra chlorine in the pool helps, too!
I wear the crocs that look like clogs, but they have an ankle strap. They are extremely comfortable and cool, waterproof and easy to clean. As for the negatives, well you listed them, LOL. Yes, soil and pebbles sometimes find their way in through the holes. But one shake of the foot and they fall out too. My feet are FILTHY after a day in the garden. But I'm still doing a lot of digging and planting. They are not as bad if I'm just mosey-ing around, deadheading or watering. Sometimes I wear old socks with them - it helps with the sand and dirty feet problem. And, yes, I have turned my ankle in them as well. That is why I wear sneakers if I'm doing any really heavy yardwork. But they truly are perfect for light to medium labor gardening.
I have several different style Croc's I have the Beach, which is the normal ones with the holes I have several Clouds, these have vents but also have a protected toe and also have a pair of closed Endeavors. DH has a pair of the Scutes and a pair of the Beach. My next pair will be the ones with the enhanced arch support..
I wear whatever I have on.. which is bad news for my good shoes.. Mostly I wear sandals but I have a pair of slip on garden tennies that I wear a lot. They are open in the back and I can kick them off when I go inside. I hate it when I forget and wear them to the store.. I'll be shopping and look and and see these muddly green things and I just cringe..lol..
Other - cutting the lawn, or running the weed-eater, etc. requires work boots, light work can be done in the tennis shoes, if I am just walking and looking, or watering, sandals are preferred. I only go "bare foot" in the house and then at my own peril as this place has many dangers. Too many grand children's toys about to be totally safe.
Don't know what crocs are, but barefoot never, I use my old rainboots from UK, called Wellingtons - don't know what you call them here, they come halfway up my legs so nothing can get me! I found out the hard way about them fire ants!
wow, a lot of bare-footers. Don't you guys have pokey things and rocks in your yards?
I wear Mucks. I have a pair of the tall, almost knee-highs for rainy weather (live in the PNW so they get a lot of use) and the low ones for all the rest of the time. I find they very comfortable and they keep my feet completely dry. They go on and off easy too.
I'm surprised no one else has mentioned them. I see them in a lot of nurseries. They're costly but I don't imagine I'll every have to buy another pair. I've had them 3+ years and they look as good as the day I bought them.
Sneakers...I have several pairs that I picked up at a discount shoe store. Some are lace up, some slip on's. I find that sneakers don't depress the lawn as much as clogs or boots. I must confess I wore out a pair of Wellie's, like Prince Charles wears. The neighbor's laugh and shake their heads. They know I'm strange. Happy Gardening, dear people.
I wear tennies mostly. I do wear crocks sometimes, when I need to put something on my feet quickly -- I go barefooted in the house. Sometimes the crocs even stay on all day, but I think my feet feel better at the end of the day with good quality tennies. Now, the next time I go to a big museum, however, it will be crocks. I almost died of shin splints at the Getty in LA-- miles and miles of Travertine and we couldn't stand to miss anything.
Sandals for me usually. I'm in the process of removing all of the stray thistle plants in our yard which will make barefoot much more enjoyable. I tend to have a pile at both the front door and back door. If I'm out of sandals there, any shoes are fair game.
I do wear work boots while mowing, with my overactive imagination I have visions of slicing off a toe without them. I also wear a 20 year old pair of loafers for digging - they're sooo comfortable and easy to slip on and off.
I'm sorta between sandles and bare feet. Although have had occasion to wear tennis shoes. I can't feel comfortable tilling in bare feet or sandles. The bare feet are usually in the beginning when the ground (and everything on it) is pretty visible. As the foliage covers the ground I try to at least wear sandles.
I buy my Croc's at Hallmark stores and via the website the Clouds are under the RX on the website. I'd like to get a pair of the boots for rainy season here in SE TX. I love my Croc's and can really tell a major difference in the days I haven't worn them.
Considering the number of times I have almost put a fork through my foot, or tried to spade off my toes, tough leather workboots with hard toecaps are my gardening footwear of choice. If I wear any shoes with holes in (such as sandals or crocs) for weeding or walking in the yard, they soon fill with gravel and become really uncomfortable, so my second choice is an enclosed slip-on shoe. Am I the only person in North America that does not own a pair of trainers, sneakers, or tennis shoes? I find them too hot in summer, too cold in winter, and a bother to do up and undo.
Humm I think I own a pair June...I don't remember since I haven't worn them in years. I do know that when the hurricanes happened a few years ago I gave away 3 pair of brand new never worn Nike's. I'm with you my feet feel like they are smothered in them.
I used to be a flip flop gardener, but I have moved on into crocs for the dry days and a closed pair of clogs for the wet days, or muck boots if it is really wet, but if I have to wear boots I'm doing too much damage to my soil structure.
In my infancy I ran all over the farm and the woods barefoot -- my mother used to complain that I had pink feet in the morning and black feet at night. Now I wear flip-flops to garden outside unless I'm mowing or digging. If I mow the front yard I wear a beat-up pair of Birkies. If I mow the very uneven back yard, or dig, I wear a pair of heavy suede ankle boots and get this, white socks. I hate white socks. I only wear them when I'm gardening, in hopes I'll put holes in them and I can throw them away. But I can't imagine wishing to wear holes in any other color of socks, not to mention the grass & mud stains, so when I run out of white socks for gardening I buy more white socks.
I don't have tennies or running shoes, either. But I do have a pair of Naughty Monkeys -- canvas & leather peep-toes with kitten heels. I'm the Imelda Marcos of my office!
Here, i will show you mine!!! The ones I love!!!! We get ours from Whole Earth in Houston, Austin, Dallas or San Antonio...
I only have one pair that my son's girlfriend sent me after she visited and saw me go through about 6 pair of sandals in one weekend outside watering...
***If you order online, they run true to size...example, I wear an 8 very narrow shoe...these are size 8 and fit fine...don't worry about the width of your regular shoe...these will fit if you get them the right length...
They come in for children, ladies, men...
I pretty much wear top of the line Acsis running shoes all the time, everywhere. It's not because I run, far from it, but I have been blessed with orthopedically challenged, surgically repaired feet and I need the support. I can barely walk in dress shoes and with two major different sizes of feet, I need the lace ups to keep me steady and secure. I have tried numerous brands of shoes and the Ascis woks best for me. Wish they weren't so expensive but it's a small price to pay for mobility.
CROCS...pink ones, purple ones, red ones, red white and blue ones. I ALWAYS WEAR CROCS gardening or otherwise. payless has a good knock-off brand. the ones at the dollar stores don't last nearly as long. the only problem with crocs is when the soles get smooth...look out on wet concrete.
I just bought some baby blue, closed toe Crocs with the back strap. My husband took one look and laughed himself silly, saying I looked like Minnie Mouse. He has asked me to never wear them in public. Pretty funny, considering he has a pair of open toed brown ones. Maybe it was the color I got? Or the fact that I'm really petite with disproportionately large feet...I guess I do look ridiculous in them. But, so far I do find them to be the most comfortable thing to wear in the garden. I expected my feet to sweat a lot, but they really don't.
When working in the garden, I always wear tennis shoes. When hot weather really kicks in, I wear sandals in general, but not for working in the garden. I don't like how it feels getting dirt up in them. Since I am the literal tenderfoot, I never go barefoot, not even at the beach - too many stones. Boots would be overkill for the kinds of things I do. There aren't many days in the year when there is mud.
I have a pair of Keen Sofia and only wore them three times...Carrie is the Imelda Marcos of her office I guess I'm the Imelda Marcos of "ugly" shoes as the DH calls my collection of Keens, Birks, Mephesto, Ugg's..
I most often go barefoot. This is really a stupid practice as I have been repeatedly eaten up by fireants and other nasties. Not to mention the grass gives me a slight allergic reaction. I will even mow the yard barefoot. However, for the days I don't feel like toying with my toesies health, I will wear Keds type sneakers or bicycle shoes. The bike shoes are light and I can dig with them and they drain quickly if soaked. Of course, I have gone out shopping in them when I forget I had them on, then marvel at the trail of sand behind every step.
Oh, and I have tried flip flops, but the grass poking my ankles makes me paranoid about ant bites. So, no flip flops whilst gardening.
PS - I hated using gloves until I discovered they work better at pulling weeds by hand. My favorite pair has a velcro strap at the wrist and kid leather for sensitivity.
"I wear good sturdy and comfortable Reeboks and white cotton socks (rubber soled 'walkers') usually . When it's muddy I wear my Muck (brand) shoes (rubbers shoes that only come up to my ankles). The Muck shoes are very comfortable and alot my comfortable than the 'cheaper' priced mud shoes. I also wear my Muck shoes anytime the grass is wet..."
I love my Mucks too! I wear them so much that I need to get another pair ( they have a leak at the toes and my socks and toes get wet )
Toad stranglers ~ why... a hard heavy rain, of course... : )
and I got choked up on Noreasters Minnie Mouse comment. My simulated crocs ( Double L Bean ) are royal blue and my DH was aghast that I might actually wear them in public too... LOL Perish the thought... LLLOL
I always wear workboots when I'm working at the garden center, doing a side job or anything at home that requires stepping on a shovel or pitch fork. For all other outdoor tasks at home, there is a 14 year old pair of red rubber garden clogs with a removable cork insole that I LOVE! They are the perfect back door shoes. My newly adopted dog Nina chewed the insole a bit on the right one so I'm searching for a replacement. I bought this pair right after my last dog Honey moved in as a pup and chewed up the previous pair. Honey died this past January. I guess it's fitting that the shoes get retired now too. If my dogs, and my shoes, last 14 years each, I guess I'm living the good life, eh?
Was I the only one surprised when my Crocs shrunk. Washed them in hot water with the towels and couldn't believe they were too short afterward.
How can a "rubber" (or whatever it is) shrink? I still wear them in the garden because I too have stepped on too many things that I would rather my skin not touch. Just not so comfortable now. Wonder if the people that make millions of them know or care about this problem.
Crocs, Crocs, Crocs - by the time I got around to getting a pair, I was tired of seeing them...the only ones that still look cute to me are the ones on the under 8 crowd ( the 5 year olds in my area have even taken to wearing a different color on each foot...too cute!)
But tell me something...when crocs first came out, I thought "Whats so new about these? The look like my garden clogs with holes in them." So, were crocs originally garden clogs that "caught on" as a style? Or where they copied from us fashionable garden people and promoted as a style?
I am sure they are a fad but it has not passed yet...my oldest daughter got a pair for her nephew for his birthday...(my 3 year old grandson)...his response was, "cool, I have crocs"...when his mother asked him how he knew what crocs were, he replied, "Everyone wears them, Mom"
I'm wearing beach sandals, they are water/mud proof and wash off easily...we've had so much rain in central Texas that my garden in about to be put on the EPA's wetlands list. Early in the year (and drier years) I wore Reebok hiking boots--especially good for a little more foot protection when running the tiller.
Flipflops! Crocs only when heavy work is being done. I am the flip flop queen - have many, many , many colors and styles, but waterproof kind for the garden - pair by each door. I'm still trying to digest "black wingtips"! Nearly choked on my coffee!
I usually wear a pair of the knock off crocs that are so cheap at Walmart. I have a black pair, a red pair, and a pink pair that the dog has chewed on. Those are the ones I wear most often.
However, I do wear sandles once in a while so my feet don't get the funky tan lines from the holes in the crocs and having my feet covered while my legs tan. That looks really weird when I have to wear something decent to a meeting. LOL
I wish I could go bare foot, but am afraid of stepping on something, too. I wear the most comfortable, but most worn out pair of Velcro-strapped sandles made by Bass. I bought them when we got our first Tanger Outlet stores, in nearby Riverhead, N.Y. I have not been able to find another pair since,and also asked the manager on occasion, hoping they would come back...to no avail. Oh well, my other pair of K-Mart specials just have to keep up with me, because these are wearing out FAST!
I have a pile of shoes at the door too, but mine are not clean like yours madeintheshade, it has been raining here way too much!
I wear leather sneakers (old zipper ones that I can slip on)to do shovel or rock work in. Then the crocs or clogs when it is just wet grass, or mud etc. I also have a zipper water shoe I wear them when I have to go into the pond to trim water lilies, reset lights etc. I have New Balance slip-on sneakers that I had to get when I had back surgery and love them Patrob! Plan to get another pair because I am wearing the dickens out of these!
But NEVER have I worn WING TIPS!!! Too funny Dave47!!
That's the only reason mine are clean! I was out in it several times messing with the gutters and each time I grabbed a different pair. The leather Bass tie up's (on the bottom of the pile)are my favorite comfortable shoes. I usually use those for digging now since they aren't presentable to wear in public anymore. My sister threatened to throw them away ! I love those shoes ! I wore them to dig in the mud when I finally decided to get new shoes, they were so covered in mud I left them outside the back door in the rain for days and then when they dried they were good as new!
I still have to hide them from Janet. :) She brought me a pair of horrible looking shoes that resembled them a couple weeks ago when we were shopping in GW and asked "Are these YOURS??? Did you FINALLY give these to GW?"
If those hideous ones at GW would have been my size, I'd own um! They are oxford loafers. Really wide toes. I wish I could find another pair like them. That always happens when I find a pair I love and need another, they don't make them any more. If I'd known how comfortable when I got them I'd have bought a dozen! hmmmmmmmm I might see if I can find them on ebay...
LOL, Cordele! I gotta wear my "gymmers" 'cause we don't have any grass out here in the woods. Lots of rocks between container gardens, which would hurt bare feet, and leaves and mud with slimy critters. Also, steep hillsides that require climbing. I actually need to get spikes for my soles!
Pixie, you have my routine down.
Kelli-you're not the only one who had no idea what crocs were.
I was just talking about the garden clogs-(brand name I assume is crocs) with my nephew and we are shocked to see people actually wearing them out in public.
Don't they make your feet stink????
When I had physical therapy after my back surgery the ladies that worked there wore them. They said they even wore them in the winter with socks, they were so comfortable. I have a knockoff brand, but I am getting to like them; feels like going barefoot. Could never see me wearing them to work, but they wore scrubs, not dress slacks. LOL!
flowerjen - No stinky feet! The only time I don't wear mine is when I'm in the house or at my part time office job. I love the Croc Capri sandals. They aren't as clunky, but just as comfy. They conform to your feet. Just about everyone here wears them - from the beach to restaurants.
I'm voting for my wife, who wears a pair of those new high tech, fancy schmancy garden clogs. I got her a pair for Mother's Day. (People on this forum will appreciate why that isn't such a dorky and completely inappropriate gift). She wears them constantly, both for gardening and dog walking duties. Easy to slip on and off, waterproof, comfortable (I guess).
Hahaha! Yes, as a matter of fact, those clogs were definitely one of those gifts that was embraced and used immediately instead of the kind that is received politely and then stuck in a closet. Whew, I lucked out this time LOL!
All of you with aching ankles, knees and backs are my people! I always wear Easy Spirit walkers (with socks) in the garden and everywhere else (except for "dress-up"). They are the most comfortable shoes for me. I keep the laces permanently tied, but loose enough that I can slip into the shoes like loafers. I tie the laces together and then push them under the laced up portion. They never come untied so I never have to touch them again.
I think I'd better order a new pair today! I like to have one pair in reserve. I dread the day when the particular style I wear is discontinued and I have to begin a new search for the perfect shoe (comfort-wise).
Garden Clogs here. I got them at Wal-Mart for $8.95 they are called Ladybugs by Ranger. They even have a padded insole that you can take out when you spray them off with the hose. Very Very comfy.
I answered "work boots", but really they are muck boots. We have a lot of problems with ticks and lyme disease, so I tuck my pants in my socks and slip on the boots, which are also snug at the top. I have been known to garden in heels though LOL! You know how a weed can catch your attention on your way to or from work and next thing you know you are pulling more than one weed :-)
Watchit Resin! I still come back to UK every year! an I haven't forgotten how to use my umbrella, and I know the way to Northumberland!!!! I have seen lots of 'gators' around here, why not pop over for a visit - they enjoy English Lunch!
As my day is split up around the farm; barn, pastures, garden, who knows what I put my work boots on in the morning and they come off at night. Current pair is falling apart but they are the most comfortable pair I have ever owned so I will probably wear them the rest of the summer. They happen to be PINK timberlands. (Or at least they were once PINK. LOL) It is just my sense of humor to have pink s-kickers.
Winter time my muck boots are the only thing. Have never found anything else to work in the barn in that is as warm and waterproof, and easily washed.
Unless I'm doing heavy digging (when I wear my Kodiaks) I wear crocs. For years I went barefoot, but I recently developed plantar fasciitis and I just can't walk in bare feet any more. So sad. But the Crocs pretty much do away with the pain. In the winter, it's my Blunnies (Blundstones, Australian s-kickers) for comfort, durability, waterproofivity...
good news. I have had PF in the past and after many months it cleared up.
Not fun while it is raging. Am very careful to always pick shoes that have a slight elevation in the heel and rubber (or something simialar) soles. Never, ever completely flat.
Here in Chapel Hill, NC I wear green rubber gardening boots. They look like slightly short green "Wellies". We have copperhead and other snakes, lots of clay, rocks, chiggers, mosquitoes and ticks in the garden. The boots do a great job protecting my ankles from bites. They have a reinforced instep (good for digging) and the tread makes for easier working in the peanut butter-like wet clay soil. BTW, I go barefoot in the house.
I just had to add my love of the season. My vote is for Crocs also--but--the Mary Jane style. They aren't quite as bulky & have 2 cute straps. I wore a pink pair on a mission trip in Haiti in much worse conditions than my garden will ever see & came home with them looking good as new! Have ya'll ever tried using a Magic Eraser on them? Works great on those styllish little numbers in the pastels:)
Well ... I said barefoot cause I am barefoot most of the time ... sometimes I wear an old pair of Croc's that are very comfortable. If I have to use a spade/shovel in the garden or it's winter time, I wear an old ratty pair of sneakers!
I wear an old beatup pair of merrell clogs day and night( I sometimes forget how beat up they are ! ) but if there is heavy digging to do sneakers do the trick I would like to wear opentoe sandles but my yard is loaded with clover and with clover come bees!
gcshari- that peanut butter like clay - is that what they call "Bull Tallow" ??or something like that. We lived outside of Charlotte in Cabarras County many years ago, and when perk testing soil for a septic tank I remember that term being used to describe the soil conditions. Hard as a brick when dry and like nothing else when wet. Very different from Georgia clay. funny.
Loved that area, though. I cried when we left. Now the land we owned out in the boondocks I understand has million dollar estate homes. (it's about 4 miles from Lowe's motor speedway). Oh well. We sold 7 acres for $14,000 25 years ago.
Well I got my first Crock wanna bes at an outdoor supply store in Toledo last fall. They are Camoflage and when it got cold I got some furry shocking pink thin soled slippers that I could wear inside those camo crock wanna bes. Well everywhere I wore them I was stopped and praised, LOL
Since I'm so tight I squeeze a nickel until the buffalo poops I couldn't justify $30. for the real Crocks. I got 2 pair of knock-offs at the $5. store in Maryland and will also advise that you need to pinch the heel to see if it's cushy on the real or others as they are made different places with different materials.
My best hint I copied from QVC, take a curly rubber mat and cut about 12" off and silicone it to your shower mat. (Mine is green) Then you can scrub the bottom of your feet while standing up. ;)
if you are just deadheading or playing around in the garden, any footwear works but if you are digging - you must wear work boots. last year i was replacing some shrubs at the end of the season. It was a bite dry. I didn't have any immediate pain but for four months thereafter my foot hurt. Found out I broke the ball of the foot clean in half. Surgery with pins and casts etc was the best option but it would always hurt. Before that I destroyed the plantar and had to have surgery on that too. So now I must wear sensible shoes all the time and I miss my flip flops.
Wow, diannebill, sorry to hear about your injury. That's very useful info. I had no idea that could happen.
For me it's garden clogs and more recently Crocs because they have more cushioning and are more comfortable yet serve similiar function. Also, my Crocs have a thicker sole which keep my feet higher off the ground so they stay drier and cleaner - but not dangerously high.
Isn't it amazing how important our feet are, especially when it comes to gardening. And how little attention we pay to them, but how much we can talk about them once provoked!
Ever travelled in Europe and had the same discussions after walking Paris for a few days? The evening foot chats... And the morning p**p chats! My goodness, the variety of toilet facilities in Europe is a daily challenge, as is keeping 'regular'. But I digress ;-)
Light gardening and "puttering":
Used to wear garden clogs w/ removable washable insole, but, now:
Croc wannabees (shoerack, but check to make sure they are "smooshy" not hard)
-- on even ground (not much around here) and in immediate vicinity of house (okay, I admit I do wear them out -- got brown, tan, and red pairs) (DH has tan ones and took over my bright yellow pair).
For just about everything else around our property:
Hiking boots 1 size too big, so the orthotics fit -- uneven terrain and old injuries :(
I have a pair of super comfy Merrell slides I bought to wear by the fire at night when on hiking or mountain climbing trips and they became my favorite knock-around shoes. Now they are pretty restricted to the garden...after getting muddy and wet so often, I can't really wear them in public.
Leather Teva vibram sole hiking sandals most of the time for everything in the summer, and black rock climber shoes (with white socks!) the rest of the year. Yeah, I;m a dork, but I have all my toes, neener neener..
2 years ago I damaged the nerve in my leg from wearing old sneakers for digging, and from slamming my foot into the top of a spade.
I developed a condition called "drop foot" and had NO control over my right foot for almost 9 months, and had to walk with a cane.
Not worth taking the risk again.
I did recover and have learned my lesson.
since i have my containers on a table on my deck i can ware anything on my feet, ir bidt, that i want. when i am off i go out barefoot at 6 a.m. just to check that my soaker hose is working.
this is so much better than having a regular garden where i had to put up a 7 ft. fence to keep the dear out and all the other stuff i had to deal with like weed pulling and dragging the hose across the back lawn just to water them.
kaperc...the first time I grew Snow on the Mountain Euphorbia, I was working with it one day and the next morning my eyes were swollen up like crazy from the sap...which never got directly in my eyes, but evidently there was enough on my hands that I didn't see which caused it . I must have rubbed my eyes not knowing. (obviously !!!)
Crocs!!! I love these so much I have several pairs in different colors. When I first heard about them, I thought they were too ugly to be worn, but after putting them on, they're about all I ever wear now. I have neuropathy in my feet from lupus, and these are the most comfortable things I've ever had on. I second what someone else said about them not being for digging though, so hubby does the digging!
I used to go barefoot a lot in my garden in the UK - until, taking my habitual barefoot evening tour, I stepped down off the back step onto a frog. POOR frog, that was several tons psi I should think. The same evening, after a quick clean up, I walked into TWO hedgehogs in the dark.
Actually, even that didn't cure me, but since moving to France, where the risk of stepping on snakes and hornets is rather higher, and having a lot of very uneven and prickly land, I've taken to sport type sandals with thick springy soles. I can still get earth between the toes, but not get anything too painful in my feet.
I've loved reading everybody's stories thanks. ...and am I glad we don't have those FIREANTS!!
I go barefoot because I grew up in the Ozarks (Mom's rule was that we had to wear shoes until school was out, but on the first day of summer vacation, those shoes came off and didn't go back on until autumn, except for church!) and because I have never found a single pair of shoes that fit my feet comfortably (and that includes crocs). Yes, I've stepped on things . . . a bee, for instance, and lots of thorns, but feet get tough in a hurry. Mine do look pretty bad, though, and with my stepson's wedding coming up in a few weeks, I'm going to have to figure out how to get my feet at least up to standard enough to wear a decent pair of sandals.
Rose, be sure to treat yourself a couple of times before the event to a pedicure. They can give you some tips to use in between the visits, and by the big day, your toes will be awesome!!! (If such a thing can be!) LOL
ewwwwwwwwww gross! When I was a teenager in San Antonio I remember the day I put on my desert boots and laced them up THEN felt a wiggling around between my toes ! I could not get those boots off fast enough!!! I dumped out four or five what we called pincher bugs but I think they were really earwigs.
They were inside! In the closet! They supposedly love dark moist areas and must have been snoozing in there. I didn't feel a thing till I had them laced up and tied. Yes there are scorpions in San Antonio too. The Baptismal at the church used to have dozens down in there between uses. But I never ran across any in the yard as a kid.
I'm too accident prone to go barefoot. I bought a pair of bright red rubberish clogs (like the wooden ones) with removeable liners from Smith and Hawken, I think, about 30 years ago. They need to be replaced. I hope I can still get them.
Had plantar fasciitis once, both feet. Only found out later the EASY cure: When first getting up, flex toes skyward, HARD! If you can reach your toes you can stretch them that way also. Take a minute, maybe two. Then stand up. The trick is stretching the affected foot, the longer stretching, the better your foot feels. Let me know...
wow that's amazing how similarly we all can be. thought i was the ONLY one who would insist on gardening in flip flops! ha!
i only wear my new balance shoes when i'm going to be mowing or clearing land, etc. if i just HAVE to have full shoes on for a quick trip around the garden, i will grab DH's lewis & clark's (LOVE those!!)
my feet get too hot. i've been a barefoot kinda girl my whole life. used to walk miles on asphalt, blacktop, gravel roads... didn't matter. feet were tough as boot leather--literally!!!
also love the ease of washing off those feet just before i walk in my house :-))
gotta be crocs.
i'm a barefoot girl from way back, but years of neglect of the land i garden on now in CT = glass in totally unexpected places - it just comes up out of the ground. so now i wear shoes because i have to.
I love being barefooted, even the occasional , ew i just stepped on smurf village (mushrooms). Well unless I'm digging for trees or ponds..then boots are in order.. Most of the time though... barefoot city, even though I've stepped on the rake and got it in my foot, I like to think I just look a bit more these days.
last night I was barefoot and often drag the hose around in the clothes I slept in barefoot too. My feet are so ugly now, however I have clay and goat head stickers so I usually am not digging in the clay without my huge and growing collection of outdoor boots, and tennis shoes, and 1 pair of sandals.
I have plantar fasciitis, too, and read that going without arch supports (barefoot, flipflops, slippers) makes it worse. I stretch before I get up and it still hurts--'course, being overweight doesn't help...gotta do more gardening and less eating!
Since I have to wear shoes, I am always dragging dirt into the kitchen, not good. That is, until I found the new age 'goulashes' called Neos. They cover my shoes but go on easy with a lone velco strap. If you are like me and have the wear shoes these are the best for the gardener in the family.
I wear my old new balance shoes with hard plastic orthotics in them. The orthotics really help with digging. I too, step outside with my "new" asics on and next thing you know, I am in the middle of the garden.
Heavy duty tennis shoes for the digging work; Mucks if has been raining and much is muddy; Crocks otherwise--the ones without any holes, and I bought an adjustable back strap. I did sprain my ankle once wearing them, tripped on a rock. That's it. Karen
Flip flops, or what we like to call them in Hawaii...slippas (slippers). I have strap tan lines...I'm a true Hawaii Girl (living in Wash.). My hula sisters have a good chuckle when they see my feet in class (No! My feet are not dirty!). But I do have to admit that when I have to do some major digging, I'll put my sloggers on. Just don't know what might come crawling out of the ground . Good question, Dave!
I am such a fashion statement when I am in the garden now. I have recently moved to Texas and have learn the joys of FIRE ANTS. I also learned I am allergic to the bites. Blisters and swelling and all. So my ugly walmart rubber boots have become a must. Such a picture with my shorts, tank top and boots. Now if only I could find rubber boots for my hands...Any one have clues on the massive fire ant problem??????????
The only solution that really works on fire ants I find is in WalMart - eliminator - as soon as I see a mound I spread the stuff around it and on it. I went on a trip and while in Virginia Beach area they had closed a couple of school sports grounds because of fire ants, but I am sure they would have probably died off in the winter - I do hope so for their sakes. They must have hitched a lift from down south!
Golly I am sooo glad there are no fire ants around here!...I wear flip flops until a red bellied black (snake) reminds me to put the gum boots on Darn!...I keep stockings over the boot tops to keep the redbacks out...neverbut never put your tootsys into unprotected gum boots =^O
Oooh Chrissy, that's a scary picture.
I have recently been converted to Crocs, but I wear them with sox now since I kept getting tick bites on the ankle. White athlectic sox, and I look about as dorky as it is possible to look in them combined with my flashy orange crocs. But I look pretty dorky anyway in the garden, with my floppy hat, oversize shirt, and worse-for-wear bluejeans. And usually, dirt rubbed across my face from wiping off the itchy trails of perspiration in this late-June heat!
My very favorite thing is going barefoot in warm grass, but that's only in June-August.
Ha ha ha I would love to be a fly on the wall...seeing some of the goings on around the place ...why don't you start a thread somewhere about gardening attire...that would be a scream ...or has somebody already done that before ...Yes those red backs like hiding under dunny seats (outdoor toilet seats)...you must never be in to much of a hurry not to check before you use! ha ha ha
I have a lot of foot problems and wear custom orthodics. After having the guy who makes them explain to me how the higher the tie up boot the more effective the orthodic. I started wearing nothing but my high top hikers. My feet are much better than before and I'm not as clumsy in the garden as I was before. At my age being able to walk is the most important thing. I would like to be able to wear sandals though! I take off the boots and socks and sit on the porch with my feet on the cool tiles. ; ) Without the orthodics and boots I would not be able to garden.
wasn't 'til i visited Boston in the winter that i knew you were supposed to wear shoes!
i am always barefooted in the garden .. and also keep forgetting to put on my gloves! everytime i get dressed to go somewhere - as i walk to the car there is just one little weed that must be pulled - and there go the finger nails.
Old tennies (well, old running shoes) are my standard. Sandals allow miscellaneous uncomfortable things to get wedged under and between toes, and boots are sometimes just too hot and big. So I opt for a pair of running shoes that are retired from running (and so, more or less, am I). They can get wet and dirty and nasty and whatever and it just doesn't matter. The only drawback is that I can't just slip them on and off.
I wear canvas "tennis" shoes or flip flops ("ff"). If hard work on knees, I use the shoes, otherwise, ff, especially when it's wet. Love the feel of water and dew on my feet. Learned years ago to wear some type of shoe because of the bumble bees... they are the only ones I seem to step on and I hate to hurt them, but hate to get hurt myself from their sting. Bumbles won't sting you and are really quite friendly I've found.
Wendycm, try my method. I keep my shoes tied but loosely enough to be able to slip them on. I don't tie a bow, I just hold the laces together and tie a knot. Then I push them under the laced up part. The picture is of my gardening shoes. On the shoe on the right you can see how I tie it. This kind of knot NEVER comes undone. The shoe on the left has the lace tucked in all neat like. I even keep my good walking shoes tied like this. I've gotten downright lazy about tying shoes.
I have really bad feet and have found that the only thing that I can wear for any length of time is Birkenstocks. So that is what I wear when gardening, going to the store, out for dinner, to the opera, etc etc. I have about 20 pairs...
What I hate is when I am wearing a decent pair and then go out in the yard and start digging without remembering to change into one of my 'garden' pairs.
Alright, well...I thought that I would also include a photo of my Crocs, tho not the "real" Crocs. I truly luv 'em...and can always find them if I leave them in the grass, lol. I do shake them out tho, when I put them on in the mornings due to the many scorpions and coral snakes... I also have a pair of blue garden clogs from L.L. Bean...but like my crocs better... :)
I don't think so, chris. Perhaps the more expensive ones do...plus, alot of them have raised "bumps" to keep your feet from sliding, but are a bit painful to folks with nerve damage...from diabetes, etc...or even chemo, like my Mom...who sustained such damage after her treatments. Work boots would probably be better...with alot of support for ankles, etc. But they're so heavy!
Wearing crocs solved my plantar fasciitis. It's almost gone, unless I go barefoot (my preference) or wear bad shoes, like deck slippers. Crocs have a molded sole that gives great support, and I think that's what made my PF go away.
I have to step on my outdoor enclosed toe shoes to kill black widdows too before I put them on. I have plantar fasciitis as well and it is hard to wear any shoes that are flat like sandals unless they are real spongy to fill the arch.
All Crocs are not the same. I have two pair, the open-toe style called Nile and the Cayman. The Cayman has much better support and is softer on my feet - not so "nobbly." If you go to the Crocs web site, they also have Rx style, made for diabetics, etc., and the ones recommended for nurses, etc. Not sure what all the differences are, but if you have foot problems, it's worth checking around before you buy.
Also, I bought from one of the free shipping both ways web sites and sent the first pair back for a different color without any problem. I really think it's a case by case thing - but I'm sure happy with my Caymans and will probably buy more. Very spongy, Dawn.
I just posted this on "gardening must-have" but I'll post it here as well…
What's covering my feet when I garden? My Muck shoes from "The Original Muck Boot Company". http://www.muckbootsandshoes.com/index.php
They're as soft and comfortable as my favorite soft bedroom slippers. My feet stay warm in the winter, and my feet never stink - spring, summer, fall, or winter - when I take them off after wearing them for hours on end. They're 100% completely waterproof, have an AWESOME tread on the bottom to keep me from slipping on wet grass, mud, etc., and the rubber outside is extremely flexible but yet never cut, split, or tear up no matter how much I abuse them - and I've worn mine for years now. I have bought them for my parents and sister as gifts. Mom and Dad wear them (everywhere), regardless of the season. (Mom had them on today when she came to visit.) They (slip on) as easy as your slippers and the band around your ankle/leg is soft and stretchy. …..I will always, always, always have a pair! …..Best thing I've found it years - regardless of the season!
This thread has been quiet a long time, but I feel a debt of gratitude to the kind people in this thread who have introduced me to crocs. I immediately went out and bought 2 pairs when I first read this thread 2 summers ago, and now own 4 pairs (plus a pair of crocs fur-lined houseslippers.) They are the most wonderful shoes for gardening EVER. Water runs right through them, so I can pick up and hose out my miniponds without a care. For me, they are heavy enough to dig with a shovel. I used to go barefoot, and now I don't get pricked or step on slugs, or anything nasty at all!