Top 5 Landscaping Boots for Your Foot Protection

Boots for a landscaping job have to be tough.

They have to stand up to exposure to mud, water, concrete, and anything else that life throws at them.

They cannot just be tough, however, they must be comfortable.

After all, you do not exactly sit around all day working as a landscaper.

In order to find both of these qualities in a boot, it is essential that you choose the best work boots for landscaping. Read on to find the advantage on some of the best.

#ImageDescriptionFeaturesPriceRating out of 5
1Rocky Men's Mobilite SixRoomy toe box, stability shank plate, well-padded insole$$$4.9
2Honeywell Safety NorthernerKnee height, waterproof protection, tough non-slip sole $$4.8
3Ever Boots "Tank"Soft outsole, higher than most ankle boots$$4.7
4Timberland PRO Men's HelixUnique outsole, steel toe, arch support, waterproof$$4.9
5Wolverine Men's DublinAnkle support, removable insole, flexible toe area$$4.8

1. Rocky Men’s Mobilite Six Work Boot

These landscaping boots by Rocky come with a very thick rubber sole that works to absorb impact and a waterproof leather upper.

The waterproofness of the shoe is excellent- the boot stays dry inside and out and comes with an internal fabric lining that wicks away moisture.

You do, however, have to use mink oil every six months to maintain the waterproofness of the boot (based on the manufacturer’s instructions).

In terms of safety, the Mobilite boot is oil- and slip-resistant and comes with a high abrasion heel counter.

This particular boot does not have a steel toe, but the company does offer the exact same boot with a steel toe if that is what you need.

A few other great features of this shoe for landscapers include a roomy toe box that lets you bend when you need to, a stability shank plate that offers extra support in the shoe, and a well-padded insole for comfort.

Finally, this shoe is lightweight enough that you will not get tired walking around in it at the job site.

The one downside of this shoe is that the sole is a little soft. It loses its non-slip abilities over time, especially with heavy use on surfaces like gravel, rock, and concrete.

Additionally, while this shoe has a roomy toe box, the shape is not necessarily a good fit for everyone’s foot. Some people end up with blisters because of its shape.

Overall: This boot for landscaping is an excellent choice. It has waterproofness that holds up well and comes in steel toe and non-steel toe varieties. It is extremely comfortable and lightweight. While the sole can lose its non-slip properties with time, you may be able to resole the boot when the time comes. 

2. Ranger Servus MAX 15″ PVC Chemical-Resistant

This landscaper’s boot rises to knee height and offers waterproof protection all the way up.

They slide on easily and are very wide around the calf area, which can be good or bad depending on your preference and whether you prefer to wear your boots inside or outside of your pants.

When you pick of these waterproof boots, the heaviness and obvious durability show you that they are built to last.

To lengthen the life, there is a textured area that surrounds the lower portion of the boot in high impact areas for scuffing and more.

In addition to the above features, it comes with a tough non-slip sole that grips well.

Also, while the deep divots in the outsole allow it to grip well, they also tend to trap mud, rocks, gravel, and snow. Finally, the boot is not as soft on the inside as some would like, but you can easily remedy this with an insole.

Overall: If you are looking for a fully waterproof knee-high boot that will last for years to come, this is the obvious choice. You may want to invest in an insole, but the other flaws are ones that can be overlooked if you find everything else that you need. 

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3. Ever Boots “Tank” Oil Full Grain Leather

“Tank” is a boot that rises a little higher than most ankle boots. The upper is made of an incredibly soft leather that feels broken in right out of the box.

This means no break-in period for you, which is a huge bonus! It also offers great ankle support, water resistance, and a pull loop on the bottom that makes it easier to pull the boot on. You should also note that this boot runs a little small, but the manufacturer does warn buyers beforehand.

One of the things that you should consider about this boot is the outsole. It is incredibly comfortable because it is soft. However, its softness also means that it breaks down quickly on rougher surfaces.

Additionally, as it breaks down, the non-slip property of the boot fades away. This is likely caused by the inside of the sole, which is actually a hollow grid.

There are two other downsides to this shoe. First, the inside is not as soft as you may like, however, you can easily remedy this by buying your own insoles. Second, the material around the ankle is scratchy on the inside- make sure you wear a long, thick pair of socks to prevent irritation.

Overall: This shoe does have a few downsides, including the lack of durability in the outsole and the scratchy material on the inside of the ankle of the boot. Otherwise, it is incredibly comfortable to wear and definitely will help you get the job done. 

4. Timberland PRO Men’s Helix Waterproof Safety Toe

This ankle-height boot has a unique outsole designed to prevent fatigue of the feet, knees, back, and other problem areas.

The outsole makes use of cones that absorb the impact of walking and then redistributes the pressure to important areas that rebound to propel your foot forward as you move.

It also offers great arch support, a steel toe, and waterproofness inside and out. As an added benefit, these are backed with a 30-day comfort guarantee by the Timberland company.

There are two downsides to this steel toe boot. First, the outside scratches and scuffs easily. Second, the sole liner will not last the life of the outer part of the boot, but you can easily replace it with your own insert after it wears down.

Overall: The scuffing can easily be overlooked when you consider all of the benefits you reap from this shoe. It is incredibly comfortable, durable, and meets all of the demands that you would expect from a landscaper’s boot. Unlike many others, however, it is backed by a guarantee that assures your purchase. 

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5. Wolverine Men’s Dublin W04780

This boot rises a little higher than ankle height and provides incredible ankle support. The leather of the upper is a little stiff, but it will break in with wear.

In addition to great ankle support, a nylon shank adds a layer of support for your entire foot without being too stiff.

The inside of the shoe has a full cushion insole that is removable, meaning you can remove it and wear your own or replace it as it wears down. This shoe also is warm, which is great unless you are working in hot weather.

Another advantage of this boot by Wolverine is that the toe area is very flexible, which is good for squatting or bending that often must be done when you work as a landscaper.

Finally, it has a thick heel to reduce fatigue, a good tread that prevents slips, and it is both lightweight and waterproof.

The only downside of this shoe is that it scuffs easily.

Overall: Scuffing is something that can easily be overlooked when you consider the numerous benefits of this shoe. It is incredibly comfortable, offers phenomenal support, and is both waterproof and slip-resistant. 


When it comes down to it, the most comfortable landscaping boots are those that are comfortable, durable, and that meet all of the demands that you have for a work boot. As for best, the winner is:

Timberland PRO Men’s Helix

This shoe wins as best because it’s only flaws are the breakdown of the insole with time (which can easily be fixed and happens in a lot of boots) and how easily it scuffs.

However, these minuscule flaws can be overlooked once you appreciate how great your feet are going to feel because of the unique anti-fatigue system of this boot.

In addition to this, they are waterproof, slip-resistant, steel toe, and meet the demands of the landscaping job. You can rest assured that these boots will be durable and comfortable for the long haul.

As you go about choosing the perfect landscaping boot, be sure to take into consideration all of the features that are necessary for you. Then, try to find these features in work shoes that fits into your budget.

Remember that not every boot will fit each person’s foot the exact same way. Additionally, it may take some shopping around to discover the perfect footwear for you. Do not give up on your hunt – the right boot will show itself eventually.