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Which Gumboots or Garden Shoes?

Posted by by Kendal & the Gubba Team
27th Sep 2022

Which Gumboots or Garden Shoes?

Your ultimate guide to our range of garden shoes & gumboots! Find the perfect boot or garden clog for whatever the weather - waterproof & cosy for winter, flexible & light for summer. Our range includes tall & mid-length gumboots, lower cut gardening shoes, and slip on garden clogs; there’s something for everyone and every task. Read on to learn more about our range of gumboots & find the right shoe for you.


Kicking off with our range of tall gumboots! A good pair of wellies is practically an essential in any Kiwi’s arsenal. Whether you’re out on the farm, working in the garden, or simply out for a walk - there’s nothing like splashing through puddles & mud, unconcerned about wet socks or grubby shoes. Especially over the colder months, you’ll be reaching for your gumboots season after season.

Starting with the ultimate hard-wearing boot for women, we have the Boonies Mackenzie. This boot is exactly what you want if you’re out on the farm or lifestyle block every day. With a hard rubber outsole, neoprene lining, and internal layers of rubber to keep your feet 100% dry, these boots are ready for some serious hard yakka. They also feature a soft top, meaning they can fit larger calves & can be turned down for a mid-height fit.

Next up we have the Tall Boonies Lifestyler; as the name suggests, this is your ultimate ‘general’ women’s gumboot. From the garden to the farm to the sports field, these will be your go-to. Take our word for it, these are incredibly comfortable & versatile! Fully lined & 100% waterproof, they are also available in a handy mid-calf height in red or purple (meaning they’re even easier to pull on and off).

If you’re after a practical boot with a fashionable twist, the best-selling Boonies Rosie Tall boots are for you. Hard-wearing and waterproof, yet also elegant in the classic wellington gumboot style.

Moving on to the Sloggers range of tall women’s gumboots; these are a great go-to boot for rainy days. With a glossy look and a selection of fun colourways to choose from (Classic Black, Red Poppies and Flower Power), these boots are both trendy & indispensable.

We’re in love with the sophisticated, classic look of our Silver Lining tall gumboot range! We’d happily don these out & about, and pair them with almost any outfit. There’s the Classic Black Gumboot (the name speaks for itself), the Hilton Gumboot with a subtle & elegant silver buckle accessory, or the Howick Gumboot - a chic black gumboot with a toffee coloured sole & matching tan leather buckle trim. All 3 styles feature a sleek, form-fitting look and are as practical as they are stylish.

And of course, we can’t forget about the iconic, tried & tested Red Bands! These almost need no explanation, but we’ll give you one anyway. A great calf-length women's gumboot with a cleated sole, featuring a built-in foam cushioned innersole. Red Bands are designed to match the typically wider Kiwi foot.


Calling all farmers & fishers - the Boonies Rover Tall men’s gumboot is for you. This has been the best selling tall boot in the entire Boonies range for the past 8 years straight! Serious comfort for all-day wearing, these can go from paddock to shed to boat without blinking an eye.

Our Men’s Red Bands from Skellerup are always a good choice. Made from 100% natural rubber and a heavy-duty canvas lining, these mid-length boots are built for Kiwis and are perfect for the garden, farm, boat, sports field or anywhere in between. High quality & reliable, enough said!

The Men’s Skellerup Black Perth is another trusty option. Similar to Red Bands, but with a tall knee-length fit and an even higher level of slip and puncture resistance. A great all-rounder gumboot.


Gumboots are great, but often a lower cut ankle or Chelsea style boot can do the trick just as well! Ankle boots are a great in-between option; you’ll get wear out of them all year round, they’re lightweight, easy to pull on and off, and let’s be honest, they tend to be a bit subtler than a tall cut gumboot. Find your match below!

Introducing the Boonies Rosie Low - an ankle version of the best-selling Rosie Tall. A very popular choice, and we can see why… They’re 100% waterproof, lightweight, comfy, and easy to slip on. Plus they feature a 3mm neoprene lining for warmth.

Meet the Sandton Chelsea boot from Silver Lining. These really are fashionable yet functional - pair them with jeans, a skirt - anything! - while enjoying functional waterproof utility. Wear them in the garden, at a festival, out and about, on the farm… never out of style! Every so often Silver Lining releases the Sandton boot in a fun limited edition colour, so make sure you keep an eye out for those.

Poddy & Black garden shoes really do bring the best of both worlds. The Chelsea Chop style features a full foot covering up and over the ankle, sturdy enough for walking, gardening, and all general wear. Made from soft & strong natural rubber, these stylish boots come in a variety of fun colours.

Also from Poddy & Black is their unique Half Cut garden shoes - this style really is one-of-a-kind! Featuring a cut-out around the ankle bone, some might call this a ‘summer’ version of a Chelsea boot. The ultimate combo between a slip-on clog and a boot, easily take them on and off for trips into the garden. Also available in a range of delightful colour combinations!


If you’re a keen gardener, you likely already know how handy a good pair of garden shoes can be. Quickly slip them on to dash outside, or wear them when working in the garden. Great in all seasons, but particularly useful in spring & summer, when we’re often most busy in the garden!

Sloggers are a top choice when it comes to waterproof shoes and clogs. There are 2 main styles available: their women’s Waterproof Shoes, which feature fuller coverage and glossy waterproof design, and their popular women’s Garden Clogs with a traditional open back design. Both styles are absolute back-door essentials, once you have a pair you won’t ever look back! Sloggers garden shoes & clogs for women are available in a range of fun colours, and both the Waterproof Shoes and Garden Clogs are available in black for men.

Another great slip-on option is Poddy & Black’s Stubborn Mules. You could think of these as an ‘outdoor, waterproof slipper’, and yes they are as comfy and useful as that sounds! Pop them on without bending down, and enjoy how open and breathable they are during the warmer months.

The Boonies Rockhopper is a versatile unisex shoe; use them on the boat, in the garden, on the beach, hunting, walking, the list goes on! Slip them on & off easily and enjoy how lightweight, warm and practical they are for almost all outdoor activities.


We haven’t forgotten the littlies! We have a nice selection of gumboots for kids to choose from, too. Gumboots are great for all sorts of adventures - playing at the park or playground, splish splashing through puddles, and just for keeping little feet warm & dry.

Get them a pair of Red Bands to match the whole family. Also from Skellerup are their Navy or Pink boots in both Junior & Childs sizes. Or from Boonies we have Kid’s Lifestylers, a cute (and functional!) mini version of the classic Lifestyler adult boot. Shop all Kids Gumboots here.


Please make sure to choose your size carefully! You can refer to each brand’s shoe size chart (available on each product page) to determine the best size for you; often we recommend measuring your foot to ensure you get sizing right the first time round. But if your gumboots arrive and you find the size is not quite right, we do offer exchanges - see our Shipping & Returns page for further details.


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