TRIED AND TESTED

Six pairs of slip-on gar­den­ing shoes put to the test

Amateur Gardening - - Contents -

RUSH, rush, rush. It’s started to rain and you’ve left the secateurs out­side, or per­haps you’re pre­par­ing din­ner and are short of some herbs. Maybe the evening has turned chilly and you need to pop out and shut the green­house door – there are dozens of rea­sons for keep­ing a pair of shoes by the back­door, ready to be slipped on to make a quick dash into the gar­den.

When time is of the essence, you need footwear that you can don with speed. A wide en­trance point helps and you cer­tainly don’t want to waste time ty­ing laces, fas­ten­ing buck­les or fix­ing Vel­cro. And, be­cause you’re go­ing into the gar­den, the shoes need to be wa­ter­proof and have good trac­tion so there’s no dan­ger of slip­pling on wet grass. They also need to be strong un­der­foot so that you don’t feel ev­ery stone or peb­ble along the way.

Since they will live by the back­door, maybe in the kitchen or per­haps the util­ity, it’s nice to have a good-look­ing pair of shoes and they should also be easy to clean un­der the tap or with a damp cloth.

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