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Sloggers Rain and Garden Review

Not the most comfortable of the bunch, but the playful patterns and high traction are a plus.
Sloggers Rain and Garden
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Price:  $40 List | $29.36 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, quirky style, dependable traction
Cons:  Blister potential, no lining
Manufacturer:   Sloggers
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 22, 2018
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  • Weather Protection - 30% 6
  • Comfort - 20% 5
  • Style - 20% 8
  • Traction - 20% 8
  • Warmth - 10% 4

Our Verdict

A popular pick on Amazon, the Sloggers Rain and Garden is a great choice for those wanting a basic rain boot with fair traction capabilities. Available in a large variety of fun prints and colors, Sloggers is a USA company founded back in 1948. While not as comfortable as some of the other boots we tested, it's no-lining design is great for those warmer days in the garden. Just make sure to purchase a model with a nylon lip along the collar. Otherwise, the shaft may be too abrasive. This competitor is very minimal and one of the more traditional in the fleet we tested.


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Pros Inexpensive, quirky style, dependable tractionTall flexible shaft, comfortable, adjustable boot circumferenceMid-height shaft, fashionable, substantial tractionElegant, sufficient weather protection, wide circumferenceStylish, easy to carry, insulated
Cons Blister potential, no liningHigh cost, no insulationBasic foot support, minimal insulationNo insulation, run a bit largePlush lining comes off, not as tactile
Bottom Line Not the most comfortable of the bunch, but the playful patterns and high traction are a plus.The best of the best, this model is a high-quality, stylish boot.A very straightforward, elegant boot that is highly affordable.A stylish rain boot that still covers all the basics.For those who wish to add extra warmth and style to the wardrobe.
Rating Categories Sloggers Rain and Garden Original Back Adjustable Kamik Heidi UGG Shaye Bogs Amanda Plush
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Specs Sloggers Rain and... Original Back... Kamik Heidi UGG Shaye Bogs Amanda Plush
Shaft Height (from ground to top of shaft) 10.5 in 16 in 12 in 13.75 in 10.5 in
Weight (for pair tested) 2.6 lbs 3.6 lbs 2.7 lbs 3.1 lbs 3.3 lbs
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Mouth Circumference 14 in 14-19 in 13.75 in 15.5 in 13-14 in
Upper Rubber Vulcanized Natural Rubber Phthalate-free Synthetic Rubber Rubber Rubber
Lining/Insulation None Knitted Nylon Nylon Nylon Wool
Outsole Rubber Natural Rubber Synthetic Rubber Blend Rubber Rubber
Insole Removable insole Multilayered Sponge Insole Removeable Kamik(R) Comfort Footbed Removeable Lamb wool, sheepskin insole Removeable EVA Insole
Sizing info True to Size Runs large True to Size True to Size Runs large
Size we tested 8 7 8 8 8

Our Analysis and Test Results

Fairly lightweight, the Rain and Garden boot is glossy and straightforward. Made in the USA with up to 50% recycled materials, they are one of the shortest of the mid-calf boots we tested, measuring only 10.5 inches from the floor. No lining and a wider toe box, there's not much else going on with these boots besides style and traction.

Performance Comparison


With a traditional construction  the Sloggers boots are practical and affordable.
With a traditional construction, the Sloggers boots are practical and affordable.

Weather Protection


These shorter mid-calf boots don't offer nearly as much weatherproofing as those with taller shafts. However, they are tall enough to get the job done. They did not leak on us and faired well when wading across a stream.

Comfort


Unfortunately, comfort wasn't a high-point for this boot. Despite boasting all-day comfort insoles, after thirty minutes of walking, our lead tester experienced a hot spot on her left heel and achy feet. While the shaft is flexible enough to move around in, the all-day appeal is greatly diminished after feeling the onset of a blister. The shaft did not dig into the shin on an incline, however, and thankfully the collar of the boot is lined with nylon. Many online customer reviews mentioned Sloggers cutting into their legs when the boots did not have this nylon around the lip (which is a different version of this boot which we do not recommend). Driving in them was only a tad cumbersome. A true plus, the footbox was roomy for thick socks and provided ample space for our toes to spread out.

The Rain and Garden boots are comfortable to wear across flat surfaces  but not necessarily for long distances.
The Rain and Garden boots are comfortable to wear across flat surfaces, but not necessarily for long distances.

Style


If you like patterns and a variety of colors, these rain boots come in an overwhelming number of designs. The model we tested was a simple polka-dot pattern with a high gloss rubber. We felt that such patterns are either a hit or miss when it comes to versatility and style appeal. You either rock the high-fun patterns no matter what your outfit is or you opt to only wear them sparingly. Because of the potential for a wardrobe clash, they are not as transferable as some of the more elegant options we reviewed.

The playful patterns on the Sloggers accented well with all the fall colors.
The playful patterns on the Sloggers accented well with all the fall colors.

Traction


Despite the basic appearance of the pair, the soles on these boots were some of the most aggressive of the fleet, scoring right along with the award winners. Certainly stable across flat, wet terrain, they were also reliable in the snow and up a grassy incline. Living up to their garden association, the off-road capabilities are notable.

The tread on the Sloggers boots is surprisingly aggressive.
The tread on the Sloggers boots is surprisingly aggressive.

Warmth


With no lining, the Sloggers still maintain a fair amount of heat due to the very nature of their waterproof rubber. Best for mild temperatures, things got cold fast when it came to the snow, despite having some room for thicker socks.

The Rain and Garden boots fared well in colder temperatures over short periods  as the roomy toe box allowed for a pocket of insulated air.
The Rain and Garden boots fared well in colder temperatures over short periods, as the roomy toe box allowed for a pocket of insulated air.

Fit


Sloggers only come in whole sizes 6-11 with a recommendation to size up if you are of a half-size. Sizing up to an 8 was a good choice for our lead tester. The footbed was roomy, but the heel slippage was almost too much. We noticed a frog-like sound with some steps. Nonetheless, the short stature and the wide, 14-inch circumference of this mid-calf boot allowed ample space for our calves and even pants.

The Sloggers boots are ideal for flat surfaces and casual activity. With any notable incline  hot spots began to form on our heels.
The Sloggers boots are ideal for flat surfaces and casual activity. With any notable incline, hot spots began to form on our heels.

Value


Made in the USA, the Sloggers Rain and Garden boots are one of the cheapest in our fleet. With decent weather protection and high traction, these boots are a fair and practical buy.

The Sloggers boots are fun and cheery to wear and pair the best with leggings.
The Sloggers boots are fun and cheery to wear and pair the best with leggings.

Conclusion


Fun to wear and walk casually in over short distances, they are more than adequate rainwear, but simply not as comfortable as they could be.


Sara Aranda