Sloggers Rain and Garden Boot Review
Cons: Wider opening provides less weather protection, Not super stylish
Our Analysis and Test Results
A shorter model that comes in several different patterns, the Sloggers Rain and Garden Boot is a basic around-the-house rain boot that won't put a large dent in your wallet.
One of the shortest products that we tested, the Sloggers Rain and Garden Boot measures just under 11 inches from the ground to the top of the shaft. It has a 16 inch circumference around the opening, which is on par with many of the taller pieces we tested; however, since this boot is shorter, it falls at a more narrow spot on the calf just like the Sperry Top-Sider Falcon. This means that the opening is extra wide. While the extra space at the lip makes it easier to take this model on and off, it also makes it easier for precipitation and debris to get in. On our tester, the gap from the front of the rim to her shin was a spacious 2.5 inches.
The Sloggers Rain and Garden Boot is fitted with the company's "All day comfort" insole. Overall, this product is fairly comfortable, thanks in part to the pliable material that it is made out of. Although it doesn't have any sort of soft lining, this boot hugs the foot without being too tight. It's also nice and light. For a short boot that provides more comfort, try the Sperry Top-Sider Falcon.
One of the only products in this review that has some fun patterns, the Rain and Garden Boot comes in animal prints and polka dots, as well as the "midsummer" pattern that we tested. This piece doesn't have a lot of shape to it, but it does have a nice glossy finish. Its shorter length is just a little bit awkward, as is the wide opening. Considering these pros and cons, this piece earned a middle-of-the-road score in our style metric. Generally, we think of this boot as being "cute" rather than "stylish."
This model really excelled in traction. When we carried out our final head-to-head traction tests, we couldn't believe how well the Sloggers boot performed. It has somewhat deep tread that really grips to both wet and dry surfaces, even at steeper angles. We were surprised and happy to give this product the highest traction rating in our review.
Comprised of thin, medical grade soft materials, this unlined boot does not offer much in the way of warmth. Our Editors' Choice winner, the Bogs North Hampton - Women's, provides more warmth and still works very well as a gardening/work boot.
If you're a half size, Sloggers recommends ordering a half size up. They also sell half size insoles. Our size 9.5 tester wore a size 10 (without the half size insoles) and found the fit to be pretty good with thick socks on. Her heel slipped around a bit, but not much more than in other models.
Although this piece could be used around town, we mostly used it while gardening and performing household chores like walking to the detached laundry room. It's super easy to slip on and off, but doesn't have as much style as models like the Hunter Original Adjustable.
At $40, this is a great buy if you need a shorter waterproof boot primarily for around the house or casual around town use. It's also made in the USA and is comprised of recyclable materials.
The Sloggers Rain and Garden Boot has fun patterns and a fair bit of comfort going for it. Unfortunately, it lost points in weather protection due to its short cut and wide opening around the calf. It is, however, the least expensive product in our review. If you're looking for a quick-use around-the-house rain boot, this might be a great choice for you!
— Amanda Fenn