Five fab boots

Garden boots are one of the most important bits of kit in the gardening toolbox. Jean Vernon picks five of her favourites.

Most gardeners have a trusty pair of well-worn favourites to wear when working outdoors. Whether it’s a pair of short boots for a quick sortie up the garden, or a serious, reinforced boot for digging, choose according to your gardening habits and needs. Here are five boots that are worth a look and have different attributes that may appeal. In no particular order.

Briers

Briers Julie Dodsworth Orangery Rubber Wellington Boots: Price £39.99

These are verging on being a fashion boot, in that you could actually get away with wearing them into town on a wet day. Pretty and practical, these boots are comfortable and stylish. Great for kicking through the autumn leaves or for winter walks in the park. Complete with an adjustable buckle and gusset and decent soles for a good grip, they are a classic Wellington boot design with a fun, floral look. www.briersltd.co.uk

Nordic Grip Non-Slip Boots
Nordic Boots

Nordic Grip Non-Slip Boots: Price £45

I call these my Mickey Mouse boots because I’ve got a yellow pair (sadly currently out of stock) in the tool shed. They are my first choice for most outdoor activities from walking, gardening and pottering around over the autumn and winter months. Having taken quite a tumble in the garden, grip is important to me and these boots are designed to be very grippy. They feature IceLock technology to help prevent falls in the ice and have a warm fleecy lining. They are easy to pull on and off and are comfy to wear for a few hours too. Available in navy, black or coral and made in Norway (hence the name). Available from www.cuckooland.com.

Gold Leaf boots
Gold Leaf

Gold Leaf - The Boot: Price £89

Hailed as proper wellies for proper gardeners, these boots are quite substantial. Designed for serious gardeners and reinforced with a steel shank in the sole for added protection and support for digging. The thick natural rubber is lined with neoprene for comfort and warmth. The boots are surprisingly flexible and pliable and a close fitting design with a neat clasp. There’s a special boot removal ridge on the back of the boots that makes them easy to take off. The soles have an extremely chunky tread so they are very grippy in mud or wet. Great for general gardening, landscaping but could do with a toe protector/steel cap to complete the rugged design. Available in black or black. www.goldleaf-gloves.com

Town & Country Bosworth boots
Town and Country

Town & Country Bosworth Boots: Price £49.99

Easy on and off the Boswell Boot is a traditional style, long Wellington boot made from natural rubber. You can choose between green, navy or aubergine and for me it’s aubergine every time. A rich purple, smart colour that can be worn and used out and about, or even into town in heavy rain. These boots feel robust with reinforced seams and a steel shank. They have good grips for those muddy garden days; they are good practical choice for anyone needing smart, comfortable, practical wellies. www.townandco.com

Muckboots
Muckboot Company

Muckboots – RHS Muckster II boots: Price £64.99

When I tested boots for the Telegraph a few years ago, I have to say that the Muckboots were one of the few boots that stood the test and went on and on performing. The recently endorsed RHS Muckster boots have a moulded ergonomic high traction rubber sole, it’s a bit like a car tyre with a raised studded tread and gives a good grip, especially on slippery surfaces. The boots are lightweight and are very easy on and off making convenient back door boots. They are comfy and warm around the ankle with a neoprene collar. The toes and heels are reinforced giving a little more protection and support and are surprisingly rigid. Available as men’s or women’s in a choice of colours. www.muckbootcompany.co.uk

Nordic Grip Non-Slip Boots
Gold Leaf boots
Town & Country Bosworth boots
Muckboots