Cloth shoes get wet and dirty. The mud seeps through the cloth, so you might as well be bare footed. Cloth shoes are fine if you are just taking a stroll through the garden and are not going to work in it. Lets say you are having a garden tour or want to read a book in the garden, then cloth is better than sandals.
Work boots are great when you are digging large holes with a shovel for installing a landscape. I damaged a pair of rubber soled athletic shoes once while digging with a shovel. Avoid working with waffled, large grooved sneakers, since they can get caught in the metal shovel.
I am trying out a pair of Xtratuf garden shoes from Garden Shoes Online and they are holding up well. They keep my feet clean and dry. The soles are not slippery. I stamp my feet a couple of times before I enter the house and do not bring in a trail of dirt. I remember days of my youth, hiking through the woods and the footprint dirt trail from the front door to my bedroom. Did my mother scream at me! From then on I would sit on the front door steps and scrape out the dirt from my shoes with a stick before entering the house.
FYI, the FCT requires that I let you know that Garden Shoes Online provided these shoes for me to try.
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