Now that the gardening season is in full swing it’s important to have the right gardening footwear. Something you probably don’t think too much about but is a crucial element to allotment life and one that could very well save your feet!
We have been graced with lovely sunshine for the past 2 weeks and even though it’s been nice we could do with a little rain now. The sunshine however brings another dilemma, what do us gardeners wear? Now I’m one of those people that like to wear sandals and have often popped up the allotment for 5 minutes in the Summer to harvest something and then spent the next hour watering, digging or weeding. The result? Really dirty feet… Boots are the way to go all year round, they not only cover your feet and protect them from dirt, sharp objects and insects, but they also offer you support… and the Kendal GTX boot by Hotter Shoes looks the part too! I was sent these beautiful little ankle boots to review and I couldn’t be happier with them. The best part about the boots is the fact that they are GORETEX, meaning they are completely weather proof, water proof and breathable with the addition of looking good too. They can be wore in the wind, rain and sunshine and the ankle height makes them versatile, in fact I’ll no doubt be wearing them with dresses in the Summer too. They made an easy job of digging using the fork and spade with the underfoot cushioning and they kept my socks nice and clean too, a win win situation!
My Dad was also sent a new pair of boots and he was pretty chuffed, he tends to go through quite a few pairs of allotment boots! He’s wearing the Windfall GTX boot which like the Kendal have GORETEX weatherproofing, comfort and underfoot cushioning. He’s been busy digging over his vegetable beds trying to get the allotment ready for the year ahead so comfort and protection was a must.
A Guide to buying the perfect gardening shoe:
- Weatherproofing is a must! A waterproof, breathable boot will suit any weather thrown at us during the gardening season and will also be worth it’s weight in gold when digging and standing on soil.
- Ankle height or calf length boots will offer the protection, support and comfort that a sandal or shoe can’t.
- Underfoot cushioning or a thicker sole will make easy work of digging.
- Buying a size up is always a good idea if you plan on wearing thicker socks.
- Sometimes paying a little extra is worth it in the long run.
As a little bonus and a ‘Back to work’ treat Hotter Shoes have very kindly given me a 30% off discount code to share with you all over on www.hotter.com/gb/en . Simply use the code BLGTHR at the checkout and get 30% off your first order on any full priced item (excluding Hotter Originals).
The code is valid until the 31st of July so go and check out the website and treat yourself!