Garden Boots

When I came across what will be my next pair of garden boots,  I had this idea that I would share with you a picture of  my current pair…which I love, for all their broken-in, muddy, earthy glory.  I have nearly worn the heels off them (I might be a podiatrists worst nightmare).  But then my cat shared his lunch (and a few other things) all over them yesterday….and I think it is just too gross to take that picture. So I share with you the  considerably less inspiring catalog picture of my current boots…I wear them daily and they have served me well… I would recommend a pair ….

hunter lady N boots

Hunter Lady N boots (available everywhere…google it)

But when I saw these I swooned… they will be my next pair….I can’t decide if I am ready for red, or if I will stick to another more garden toned color…. but I can’t get over those laces.  I hope I can still just slip them on and off without having to tie each time.
viking garden boots lace up rubber
Photo by Craft & Creativity.
Available from Viking Footwear.

I live in the country, but visit cities as often as I can.  In the country, you can wear your muddy boots to the market and it is OK.  But I would never wear them to meet a client for a design meeting….(always preferring to dress more like the professional designer and less like the contractor).   In recent years, I have noticed the obvious ‘garden boot as fashion’ trend among city dwellers.  I get it…they are super useful for keeping your feet dry and when offered in 5 million colors and patterns, why not?  But I have to admit that I had initial thoughts against the  whole thing, feeling like my garden boots were being a little bit hijacked.    Then I saw these….and while my inner wannabe graceful edgy ballerina cum model says ‘yes!’, everything else about me says WHAT?   I mean really, doesn’t all this decadent decoration sort of take away the whole usefulness of the boot?….really, A white flower on the heal?   But I guess that’s probably not the point,  but I do think the garden boot trend has now officially gone too far.  Are you with me?

embellished hunter boots by bonder

If you must, you can buy them here.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. keewee on April 30, 2009 at 10:21 am

    The garden boot, or gumboots as we kiwis call them, have gone way over the top. I mean wearing them to town and all. I think I would buy and wear a colored pair just for gardening in, but I usually wear my rubber gardening clogs because they are easy to kick off when coming back indoors. And as for the knitted coverups, yikes, what are they thinking!

  2. Jo Spittler on April 30, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Totally agree, way over the top they are. Maybe deep down it is the longing for nature? I really don’t know, but I wouldn’t be seen dead in the knitted fashion things. Much rather have my wellies covered in mud (along with my hands!)

  3. Amanda Thomsen on May 1, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I’m the dumbass that has to have the white boots with the flower on the heel.

  4. Kate on May 4, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I love the knit around the boots! This is a fantastic find! Not sure how functional they are but the look is so crafty and cozy. Very creative.

  5. Ligia on December 8, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I want that! Where can I buy it?

  6. Hong on May 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Totally am that consumer and loves the knit on the boots…your link doesnt work, how do I track those down to purchase???!!! Please let me know, thank you!!!!

    • rochelle on May 11, 2011 at 10:44 am

      Hong — I love it!!! I am trying out the link and it doens’t seem to work for me either — not sure how to get them now, (this is an old post and I can’t always guarantee the links will work forever). have you tried googling it? maye knitted rainboot cover or something along those lines?

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