Muck Boots Daily Garden Shoe from GardenShoesOnline

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Muck Boots Daily Garden Shoe

These shoes are easy to slip on, and keep your feet dry.

A little over a year ago, I decided to check out GardenShoesOnline.com, because they had helped to sponsor the Chicago Spring Fling, a garden blogger meet-up. Their website was a bit different back then, but I noticed in the fine print that this company was located about twenty-five minutes away. Even better, they had a blogger for their business, and I figured, if the company was near me, it was likely that their garden blogger was also near me. A local garden blogger. Yippee!

Teresa Soule

Teresa

That’s how I got to meet Teresa of Gardening with Soule, first via email, and eventually face-to-face. During one of our times together, she asked if I had ever tried a pair of Muck Boots Daily Garden Shoes. I told her I have really wide feet and I need to have orthotics in my shoes because of high arches. She thought they would still work for me, and the next time we met she brought me a pair to try.

At first, they were a bit snug, but not uncomfortably so. I discovered I could remove the insole that came with them and put in my custom orthotic. After a few weeks, they really loosened up and I found I could put in my orthotic and then put the cushiony insole that came with the garden shoes on top of that, and they were quite comfortable. At the time, I didn’t realize GardenShoesOnline will let you exchange your footwear for a different size and pay the shipping for the return and the new pair. If I’d known that, I would have tried some garden shoes a lot sooner!

Muck Boots Garden Shoes don't leak like this!

No more leaks!

My favorite time to wear them is early mornings in spring and summer when the dew is heavy on the ground. I can’t tell you how many times I have soaked my feet, even in supposedly waterproof shoes, just by walking around my garden taking a look at what’s blooming. They are great for any time you need to step outside in a hurry. Ask my daughter Cadie: she slips into them when she needs to harvest herbs, feed bread crusts to the chickens, or snap a picture of a bird at the feeder.

Eventually I figured out that Green Cure, which I had used on my peonies, and GardenShoesOnline have the same parent company: GEARCOR.com. Thanks to Teresa, I am going to be visiting the new Gearcor facility this Friday, along with a few other local bloggers. I’m looking forward to learning more about this local business, seeing the wide variety of products they offer and meeting Teresa’s fellow employees.

Because of my happy experience with Green Cure and the Muck Boots Daily Garden Shoes, I signed up for Gearcor’s affiliate program, which means if you go to their site from one of my links and buy something, I get a modest commission. Thank you to all who have already done so!

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

~Margaret Atwood in

14 Comments… add one

Charli January 7, 2013, 3:10 pm

In Europe they don’t have these problems (at least they didn’t when I lived there 15 years ago) I’m so happy to find a place that has wide shoes. I wear a 5 EEE. I used to buy boys shoes but even those are now to narrow. When will US manufactures realize that they are destroying their companies by having items made in CHINA??? I’m differently checking these shoes out. I’ll post back to let everyone know how they performed. I’m a disabled veteran on a fixed income so every penny is needed.

Crist Clapper July 10, 2012, 6:57 pm

I purchased (invested) in two pairs of Muck-shoes… Men’s sizes 10 and 11. My purpose for their use was for mowing the lawn and tending to the flowers. After a short time… They stretched out at least 1 full-size. As a result, my foot would slip out of the shoe and cause my ankle to turn on wet-grass and slight inclines.

I have been in contact with the Muck folks… The first few responses blamed me for ordering the incorrect sizes. I explained they fit just fine when first purchased… In fact my big-toes were pinched. The final offer was for me to send them back “at my cost” for the evaluation of manufacture defects. Given their lack of willingness to correct the problem after the first few attempts… I wasn’t falling for it!

Since I am the size 11… I down-sized to 10. Okay fit. BUT… Now the tread on the heels is wearing. I never knew grass would be so destructive!

Purchased May 17th, 2012.

Michelle Dennis December 25, 2010, 6:27 pm

These shoes look great! Do you know if they are available in the UK

Chiot's Run December 12, 2010, 3:19 pm

I’ve been looking for a new pair of garden shoes, my old sneakers are getting pretty uncomfortable (and they’re not waterproof). I’ll have to check them out.

teresa December 11, 2010, 9:58 am

I love my daily garden shoes. If your shoe size is a half size, there can be a problem with slipping since they only come in whole sizes. Usually, if you have an extra pair of insoles in them, it takes care of that.

gail December 10, 2010, 7:51 am

I love my garden boots…and have these for the spring and fall. They slip on and off so easily after tramping around in the wet garden. I wear bog boots in the winter. gail

Garden Grower December 9, 2010, 9:08 am

These shoes look great! Do you know if they are available in the UK

Don December 8, 2010, 8:18 pm

I’m on about my sixth pair of muck shoes (they get WORN). The only negatives are that they don’t have much traction on slippery or muddy slopes, so I’ve ended up on my rear end more than a few times; also the rubber in the soles is pretty soft, and I’ve had some close calls stepping on locust thorns, almost driving a thorn into my foot. However they now make them with a thick, cleated sole, so I have a pair of those for more treacherous conditions.

Kathy Purdy December 8, 2010, 8:28 pm

Hey, Don! Long time no see! Locust thorns are wicked; I’ve ruined wheelbarrow tires on them.

Mary Schier December 8, 2010, 11:50 am

Do they stay on? I hate wet feet, but some of the garden shoes I have are more like clogs and they slip off when I’m going up or down our hill — then I have really wet feet! So, I’ve usually used old tennis shoes, but they have the leak problem. Enjoy the factory tour!

Kathy Purdy December 8, 2010, 8:31 pm

Mary, I never wore them going up our hill, because that leads to the woods, and I always put on hiking boots for that. Since I started wearing my orthotics in them, they do sometimes slip up and down on my heel, but of course I don’t have as much depth in them because I am using the orthotics.

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens December 7, 2010, 7:05 pm

I love my muck shoes—incredibly comfortable, durable, and utilitarian. Carolyn

Frances December 7, 2010, 4:35 pm

Thanks Kathy, I will have to give these a try. I already wear the winter neoprene topped muck boots for cold weather gardening. I love dry feet! :-)

Mr. McGregor's Daughter December 7, 2010, 4:26 pm

I love these shoes! I got a free pair at Spring Fling, but I had already had an old pair that I had worn so much, they wore out (I had them for a long time). They are the best garden shoes for spring & fall.

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