Best Landscaping Work Boots

Landscapers and Landscape construction workers have a tough job on their feet all day, working outdoors and in the elements daily.

Thus the best landscaping work boots are necessary for every landscaper and landscape development worker.

In today’s article, we look into the world of landscaping work boots, their features, and the best ones to choose.

Why You Need Good Landscaping Work Boots

Any form of Landscaping work comes with hazards and risks that need protection against from the right work boots;

  • Heavy Tools and Objects – Landscaping work includes the use of heavy tools and handling of heavy rocks and other objects. These pose a risk of falling on your toes and feet and causing a severe injury if not protected.
  • Electrical Hazards – Though not the biggest risk in this profession, electrical shock is possible when working with electrical equipment or open circuits.
  • Chemicals – Pesticides, abrasives, and chemicals such as fertilizers are all included in Landscaping work risks that may deteriorate your work boots and burn your feet.
  • Water and Wet Elements – Ponds, Pools, mud, sludge, rain, and snow are all elements prevalent in landscapers’ work lives. Thus a waterproof work boot is the most vital for every Landscaper or Landscape Construction worker.
  • Slip Hazards – If anything, the outdoor environment and landscaping are full of slip hazards. From wet grass and wet slippery surfaces and rocks to uneven ground and loose rocks, these can all cause you to slip and fall. Landscape workers need a specialized slip-resistant outsole that covers all these bases.

Choosing the Best Landscaping Work Boots

If you look at the risks involved in landscaping work, along with the fact that landscapers work outdoors on their feet in the hot sun, or even cold weather conditions, you need to consider these factors;

  • Keep Dry – A fully waterproof work boot that keeps you dry and protected from liquids, dirt, and debris that may enter the boot is vital. Inside, a moisture-wicking lining will also help to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
  • Weatherproofing – This depends on whether you work in cold or hot weather conditions. For hot weather, a breathable and lightweight work boot is necessary that will breathe well, as well as keep you cool and dry on the inside. For cold weather conditions, ice and snow, it is advised to look for a work boot with some insulation form to keep you warm.
  • Safety – For safety, I recommend steel, composite, or alloy protective toe and electrical hazard safe construction if needed.
  • Slip Resistance – For landscaping work, you need a work boot that offers slip resistance on outdoor surfaces that are wet, slippery, and uneven.
  • Comfort and Support – Unstable and uneven terrain means that you need good stability features from your work boots, such as an underfoot shank, which also provides good puncture resistance. Furthermore, a shock-absorbing midsole and a cushioned insole are ideal for providing good underfoot comfort, especially for standing all day.

Features of a Good Landscaping Work Boot

KEEN Utility Landscaping Boot

  • Uppers – Waterproof leather and rubber are ideal for the uppers. Mesh insets and lining provide better breathability for hot weather conditions. A interior textile or mesh lining helps to manage moisture.
  • Comfort Features – A cushioned insole and shock-absorbing EVA or foam Midsole provides good comfort and support.
  • Safety Features – In a landscaping work boot, you mostly require full waterproofing and a design that keeps insects and dirt out of your work boots. A safety toe such as composite or steel is ideal if you work with heavy objects that may fall on your toes. Slip resistance in the outsole should be specific for outdoor terrains. Furthermore, an underfoot shank provides puncture resistance and stability on uneven terrains.
  • Outsole – A lug, rugged, and outdoor design rubber outsole is ideal for landscaping work.

Reviews: The Best Landscaping Work Boots

Here is our list of the best work boot available that are ideal for landscaping work;

The Timberland PRO White Ledge is one of the most comfortable and durable Landscaping work boots that you will find.
  • The White Ledge is a comfortable ankle design work boot in leather.
  • It is available in a few more color options from which you can select as you wish.
  • The uppers are premium full-grain leather that is also waterproof.
  • The outsole has a trail-ready design, making it ideal for Landscaping work.

The Merrell Moab Mid is a mid-design hiking boot, which I find is an excellent choice as a Landscaping Work Boot.
  • A hiking boot that has features ideal for landscaping work.
  • The uppers are suede leather and mesh for optimal comfort and breathability.
  • The bellow tongue design helps to keep debris and dirt out of your boots.
  • There is an additional protective rubber toe cap.
  • M-select Dry technology seals out moisture from the outside for full waterproofing.
  • Inside is an EVA contoured footbed that offers zonal support and comfort.
  • The Vibram TC5+ rubber outsole is a 5mm lug for optimal slip resistance.

The Keen Utility Atlanta Cool-M is a low-cut design, very lightweight, and cool work boot ideal for Landscaping work on very hot days.
  • Ideal for hot weather conditions, these boots are waterproof leather and mesh.
  • The cool-M technology means that they ventilate better and keep your feet cool in hot weather.
  • There is a torsional stability shank for better balance on uneven outdoor terrains.
  • They have asymmetrical steel protective toes.
  • The rubber outsole is lug and durable for optimal slip resistance.

The Muck Boots Chore is a rubber wellington work boot ideal for working in very wet and muddy conditions.
  • These are rubber work boots that offer full waterproof and abrasion protection.
  • The solid design ensures that nothing enters your work boots.
  • Inside is a breathable Airmesh lining to keep your feet cool and comfortable.
  • The rubber outsole has a lug design for better slip resistance in wet and muddy conditions.

The basic Timberland work boot models are lightweight and fully waterproof for landscape work.
  • A durable leather work boot that is available in many color options.
  • The boot is waterproof and has a shorter ankle design.
  • Inside is an EVA cushioned midsole for shock absorbency and a cushioned insole.
  • The rubber outsole has a lug tread for better slip resistance.


The Timberland PRO Boondock is a waterproof work boot that is quite perfect for landscaping.

  • The Uppers are 100% genuine leather and there is a protective toe bumper for abrasions and scrapes.
  • the composite toe provides lightweight toe protection.
  • The workboot has a fully waterproof membrane and is reinforced for full waterproofing.
  • The outsole design is very lug s to provide excellent grip on slippery, uneven, and even oily surfaces.
  • There is an anti-fatigue support and cushioning system to keep you comfortable on your feet all day.

Something a bit more different is this western-style ranch boot that you can also use for landscaping work.
  • There are full-grain leather uppers that have UltraDry waterproof technology.
  • Welt construction ensures that these work boots are of superior quality and very durable.
  • A steel toe provides excellent toe protection, while the boot is also electrical hazard safe.
  • The rubber roper outsole is highly slip-resistant.

The Columbia Newton Ridge is a waterproof hiking boot with excellent features for a landscaping work boot.
  • The Uppers are genuine leather with a moisture-wicking textile lining.
  • The advanced waterproof technology offers full waterproofing and excellent breathability.
  • The seam-sealed construction makes the boots durable as well as rain, muck, and puddle resistant.
  • An Omni-grip outsole provides exceptional traction and slip resistance.

The Carhartt CWP1250 is an exceptional boot model with features ideal for comfort and protection in a landscaping occupation.
  • The uppers are genuine leather with a smooth textile lining for comfort.
  • There are likewise more colors available from which you can choose.
  • Inside is a cushioned Ortholite footbed and a molded TPU heel counter.
  • The rubber outsole is both oil and slip-resistant and also very durable.

The Keen Utility Detroit XT is a waterproof work boot that is very lightweight and comfortable.
  • The uppers are synthetic, and you can get this boot model in more color options.
  • The keen soft toe cap is lightweight yet still offers lite protection against falling objects.
  • The uppers are fully waterproof with Keen Dry technology.
  • The outsole is non-marking, slip, and oil-resistant, consisting of durable rubber.
  • The boots are likewise completely electrical hazard safe and rated.

Index Table: Top Rated Landscaping Work Boots

1Timberland PRO Men's White Ledge - Landscaping Work Boots
  • Waterproof
  • Ankle Length
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Slip Resistant
Timberland PRO98
2Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid - Landscaping Waterproof Work Boots
  • Waterproof
  • Breathable
  • Lightweight
  • EVA Contoured Footbed
3Keen Utility Men's Atlanta Cool-M - Low Cut Landscaping Work Boots
  • Wider Widths Available
  • Dual Density Moldeed EVA Midsole
  • Waterproof
  • Breathable Mesh
Keen Utility97.4
4Muck Boots Men's Chore - Landscaping Muck Work Boots
  • Airmesh Lining
  • Waterproof
  • Easy To Clean
  • Durable
Muck Boots-
5Timberland Women's Classic - Landscaping Ankle Work Boots
  • Waterproof
  • EVA Cushioned Midsole
  • Rust resistant Eyelets
6Timberland PRO Men's Boondock - Landscaping Work Boots
  • Wide Width Options
  • Lightweight
  • Anti-Fatigue Comfort System
  • Cushioned
  • Waterproof
  • Composite Toe
Timberland PRO97.3
7Irish Setter Women's Marshall - Waterproof Landscaping Work Boots
  • Waterproof
  • Steel toe
  • Electrical Hazard Safe
  • Roper Sole
  • Slip Resistant
Irish Setter97.3
8Columbia Men's Newton Ridge - Comfortable Suede Leather Work Boots
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight
  • Cushioned
  • Bretahable
  • Omni-Grip Outsole
9Carhartt Women's CWP1250 - Comfortable Waterproof Work Boots
  • Waterproof
  • Molded TPU Heel Counter
  • Cushioned
  • Waterproof
  • Soft Design
10Keen Men's Utility Detroit XT - Landscaping Waterproof Work Boots
  • Waterproof
  • Electrical Hazard Safe
  • Breathable Uppers
  • Soft Toe
  • Underfoot Protection
  • Cushioned

About the Author

David Alegeta

A Long Distance Hiker and Hiking Instructor, with over 20,000 miles of experience. David joined Work Boot Magazine as an Editor and Consultant.