from the forum: silver boots, you betcha!

ANEW TRADITION BEGINS: Each Thursday (until I forget or something else unfortunate befalls me) I’ll pick a fun or fascinating item from our new-and-improved Urgent Garden Question Forum and “tease” it here on the blog. This week, despite lots of “useful” questions and answers, the winner is obvious: our new Forum moderator Leslie’s silver Wellies. I kid you not. Silver. Wellies. Yup. Insane, but great, too. Gotta get me some. Come tell us what you think “best garden boots” means.

Categoriesfrom the forum
  1. Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm says:

    I love them! So creative and unusual. I am considering decorating my plain black ones with painted flowers.

  2. Willi says:

    I’ve been thinking about investing in some Hunters but the hardest part is choosing a color! Now that I know silver is an option, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to decide.

  3. Susan B says:

    The Muck Boot Company Scrub Boot You won’t believe how warm and dry they keep you in the snow and how comfortable they are in the Summer. They are not quite mid calf so they are easy on and off and they don’t have those deep lug soles that collect mud. I wear them 365 days a year! LOVE THEM!

  4. pam kueber says:

    not for summer gardening, but good for winter snow shoveling and dog walks: Hot Pink (yes!) Uggs that we found for sales at Marshalls after Christmas. I love them, in the winter I don’t even need socks.

  5. Sharon says:

    I wear those $5 zip-up water shoes all year, with socks in cold weather. They keep the mud out, breath, have good traction, and are easy to get off when going in the house for a “break.” One pair lasts all season — what more could you ask for!

  6. Jeff, not that one, nor the other one says:

    “And I’m floating in a most peculiar way

    And the stars look very different today

    Here am I floatin’ ’round my tin can

    far above the world ”

    The shorter version would be fine.

  7. Mary says:

    I belong to that small subset of aging gardeners with feet to match who had to skip the “cute” for the “sturdy”. Merrill’s high top hiking boots have saved me from more broken ankles and heel and arch problems this past season.

  8. Mimi says:

    Love the silver boots, but I wanted Wellie’s so bad – that I flew to Scotland for a pair of authentics – and hand carried them back with me – green and beautiful.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Jeff. Perfect! Another person (like me) who sees all of life in lyrics. Bowie at his best. Thank you.

      Welcome, Mary. I used to garden in hiking boots, too, for many years. They finally deteriorated, as all good things will. :)

      Welcome, Mimi. The real thing sometimes cannot be beat. I brought back waxed a “real” rain jacket years ago before they were sold here, so I hear you.

      I hope to see you all soon again; nice to “meet” you.

  9. jean says:

    I have a pair of green wellies that I love but I noticed at the end of last season that they
    were slit between the body of the boot and the top of the rim of the sole and started letting in water. Any suggestions as to what I might use to seal them up again??

    1. Margaret says:

      @Jean: I hate to confess mine are “mended” with silver duct tape. :) Not very permanent, but better than nothing.

  10. leslie says:

    jean- Before the Hunters I regularly sealed up my leaky vinyl boots with duct tape too. It works pretty well, so technically I probably didn’t need the Hunters… ( could have had the silver boots too, if I completely covered them in duct tape)

  11. Elaine says:

    I live in a small community in British Columbia called Roberts Creek which is known as the Gumboot Nation. We use the gumboot as our official symbol and they’re everywhere! So, appreciated seeing the glam siver ones.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Elaine, reporting in from the Gumboot Nation. :) Glad to share the glam boots with you, and hope we will be seeing more of our new BC representative soon, as spring progresses. Yes?

  12. Anne says:

    I’ve become hooked on Lawn Grips and Garden Grips–I own about every model they make–just purchased the newest model this spring. Rubberized uppers are great for mud–excellent traction and com-fort-a-ble!

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Anne. I am fascinated. I have never heard of/seen them, but now I have, thanks. Hope to see you again soon.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, pmp. Sounds fascinating…but when I looked at the Ariat site I could not find them. My sister loves Ariat for the support, too, but she has the clogs (not for gardening, just everyday). Maybe they no longer make them? Nice to “meet” you and do stop by again soon.

  13. Shirley says:

    My boots are from the local Tractor Store. They are an appropriate mud brown and come high up on my calf. They were inexpensive and say Northerner, Made in USA. I will buy them next time too.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Shirley. They sound divine, and like serious business. Are they rubber, with sort of corrugated soles? I am so fascinated to see all the footwear choices…makes me want to go buy new boots! See you soon again, I hope.

  14. catjane says:

    Here’s another vote for Muck boots and Muck shoes. I have both. I wear the boots for snow, but the shoes are for all-year-’round. With wool socks, cotton socks or no socks’ they are amazing.

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