Hands-on Gear Review

Sloggers Rain and Garden Boot Review

This master of traction isn't the best looker. We like it for sloppy yard work.
By: Amanda Fenn ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 11, 2014
Price:  $40 List  |  $33.96 at Amazon - 15% Off
Pros:  Fun patterns, Great traction, Inexpensive
Cons:  Wider opening provides less weather protection, Not super stylish
Manufacturer:   Sloggers
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  • Weather Protection - 30% 5
  • Comfort - 20% 6
  • Style - 20% 5
  • Traction - 20% 9
  • Warmth - 10% 2
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Our Verdict

Made of soft, medical grade materials, the glossy Sloggers Rain and Garden Boot earned top marks in our traction metric. Although it fell short in categories like style and warmth, it is still a fully waterproof shoe, and an affordable one at that. This rain boot is made in the USA and will only set you back $40. Just be sure you watch out for the wide opening at the top of the boot, which can let in precipitation and other debris.


Our Analysis and Test Results

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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.

Performance Comparison


If you're looking for a basic around-the-house rain boot  this pair is a great choice! Waterproof  comfortable  and cute patterns - what more could you want when you're doing chores outside?
If you're looking for a basic around-the-house rain boot, this pair is a great choice! Waterproof, comfortable, and cute patterns - what more could you want when you're doing chores outside?

Weather Protection


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.

This product is fully waterproof  but has a large gap at the top  as you can see on the left. This leaves the boot susceptible to puddle splashes  mud  etc.
This product is fully waterproof, but has a large gap at the top, as you can see on the left. This leaves the boot susceptible to puddle splashes, mud, etc.

Comfort


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.

Looking into the boot without the insole (left most photo)  you can see the built-in support system. The insole itself is pretty comfortable.
Looking into the boot without the insole (left most photo), you can see the built-in support system. The insole itself is pretty comfortable.

Style


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."

For a boot that's just a little taller and has a little more shape (but still comes in lots of fun colors), consider the Kamik Heidi. If you're seeking a tall boot with patterns, the Joules WellyPrint is also an excellent option.

Traction


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.

This product has great traction! It cruised over almost all the obstacles in our traction test without slipping or sliding.
This product has great traction! It cruised over almost all the obstacles in our traction test without slipping or sliding.

Warmth


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.

Fit


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.

The toe box of this product fits well  but the wide opening at the top gives it a bit of a floppy feeling around the shaft. On the other hand  it's super easy to slip on and off.
The toe box of this product fits well, but the wide opening at the top gives it a bit of a floppy feeling around the shaft. On the other hand, it's super easy to slip on and off.

Best Applications


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.

Perfect for around-the-house chores like gardening  Amanda check on her strawberries while wearing the Rain and Garden Boot.
Perfect for around-the-house chores like gardening, Amanda check on her strawberries while wearing the Rain and Garden Boot.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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!

Did we mention that we really loved this beautiful pattern? If you like bright  floral footwear  this is a great choice for you!
Did we mention that we really loved this beautiful pattern? If you like bright, floral footwear, this is a great choice for you!

Amanda Fenn

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