When I work in the garden my shoes take a beating. The garden is not a friendly place for shoes so you need a pair of shoes that are tough so they can handle the mud, rocks and water. I used to garden barefoot but the thought of the hoe hitting my bare toe has changed my barefoot garden habits. I didn’t need to actually hit my toe with the hoe to change just the thought scared me enough to start wearing shoes.
Once I started to wear shoes I started to try different kinds. I wore my old tennis shoes. The canvas quickly absorbs all the mud and water and they looked and felt terrible. I tried old running shoes but the results were the same. I tried old sandals but the thought of hitting my toe still scared me. I tried on some rubber boots but they were hard to bend down to weed in since they pushed into my calf. I also tried old leather boots. These were ok but I really don’t have any old leather boots that I want to completely destroy. Leather is what they wore in the olden days to garden in.
I had an old pair of rubber shoes that I no longer wanted to wear so I tried them and found them to be perfect garden shoes. I could wear them in the muddiest garden and they would not get damaged. Sometime depending on the wetness of the garden my feet would even stay dry in them but if they got wet it was not a big deal. After I am done gardening I can take my rubber shoes and rinse them off and they still look great. No damage is done to rubber shoes in the garden.
I would consider buying a new pair of rubber shoes to work in the garden if I did not have an old pair to wear. My old pair of rubber shoes are called Crocs. And even though I use them to garden in I can still wear them out and about since I can just rinse them after gardening and let them dry. After they are dry they look just fine.
You can buy special garden shoes that are made of rubber for gardening but they look silly when you wear them anywhere else. I guess my rubber garden shoes are duel purpose since I can garden in them and wear them other places in style.