The best lawn mowing shoes and boots for men and women are comfortable, provide foot protection and are rugged and long lasting.
There are also “2nd tier” buying factors like value for money, water proof and they don’t look ugly.
Today we’ll take you through the 2 best pairs for men and the 2 best for women – all are suitable for homeowners and professional lawn care services.
But before getting into the best let’s look at why you should be wearing proper safety boots and shoes when mowing the lawn.
Why Own Dedicated Lawn Mowing Shoes?
85,000 people enter the ER each year from lawn mower accidents.
Nearly 20% of those injuries are foot injuries.
And what was the main cause?
Not wearing proper footwear. Mowing the lawn barefoot or in sandals.
People follow safety rules at work but when they get home do all sorts of dangerous things. And for no reason.
Wearing proper shoes and boots for mowing the lawn is essential.
Grass Stains Are Tough To Get Out
If you wear your daily runners to mow the lawn the soles will get all the clumpy grass stuck in them. And they will get grass stains that last for weeks – even if you clean them.
Owning a dedicated, affordable pair is a great option for avoiding these problems.
Normal Shoes Can’t Handle The Wear And Tear
Whether you are mowing everyday for income or a hobbyist mowing your lawn once a week – having proper rugged boots/shoes designed to mow the lawn is ideal.
If you wear normal walking or running shoes they will last a few weeks/months only.
If you get proper designed boots they will last 3x the time. And be more comfortable when worn.
7 Main Qualities Of The Best Lawn Mowing Shoes
There are countless features available but the below 7 are most important.
It’s hard to peg the exact order – as everyone has a different situation – but we think the below is a good ranking:
- Comfort – The most important factor for people who mow all day is comfort. When you are wearing shoes all day there is nothing worse than if they are rubbing on your heel wrong or too tight at the toes.
- Safety – Steel toes are important to protect your feet. Did you see the picture above? Also a sturdy ankle support to prevent rolling is important. A well designed sole for traction is important.
- Rugged & Long-lasting – If you are paying $100 – 200 for a pair of lawn mowing shoes you want them last years (part-time) or a year (full-time). This means they will stand up to tough surfaces with ease and keep doing so for a long time.
- Breathable – Especially in hot climates, this is the main reason people hate wearing work boots to mow the lawn at their home. You lose tons of heat through your feet so wearing boots makes you hot and uncomfortable. Having breathable lawn mowing shoes is a key factor in wanting to wear them in the first place. Unfortunately, a breathable shoe will not be as robust at blocking projectiles.
- Good Value for Money – If you spend $40 on a pair of shoes and the sole falls off in 2 months is that good value for money? You need to buy 6 pairs a year. Value for money is buying a great boot or shoe that provide everything you need and keep doing so for years to come.
- Waterproof – Grass is dewy when mowing in the morning. Your mowing shoes are bound to get wet at some stage and having a layer of waterproofing is important to keep your feet dry and the shoe material protected.
- Look Good – Even though many would say they don’t care how their work boots looks it is still important. You don’t want to be walking around mowing the lawn in clown shoes.
Boots vs. Shoes For Mowing
Technically, the difference between boots and shoes is ankle support. Shoes stay below the ankle and boots provide ankle support.
Which Type is Best For Mowing?
Ankle support is ideal – especially if you are mowing hills. So boots or shoes that come above the ankle are best. Nothing is worse than rolling your ankle.
But if you are a homeowner and your lawn is flat then proper designed shoes will be find.
Brands We Like The Most
Red Wing Shoes
Red Wing Shoes are well know and loved in the landscape industry associations. Red Wing have 170+ different styles of work footwear from traditional steel toe work boots to hard plastic/carbon fibre toe athletic looking work shoes.
But one thing is for sure: You get high quality shoes & boots from Red Wing.
Best part is Red Wing Shoes 30-Day unconditional comfort guarantee. You have 30 days to wear them and if they don’t fit right you get a refund. They also have a 12 month limited warranty.
Thorogood is a company with an amazing story. It was started in 1892 and was producing 60 pairs of work boots per day by 1900.
Today they are well known for their quality and pioneering style.
The affordable option.
Wolverine is a popular brand of work and outdoor wear.
Their work boots are great value for money costing less than Red Wings and Keen.
Some users report longer sole life from their Wolverine’s.
Keen is another popular lawn mowing shoe – and for good reason. They have a comfortable, quality product, that looks great and performs well.
They offer a similar size range to Red Wing with similar warranty and 30-day return policy.
A great brand.
Kujo is interesting because they position themselves as the yard wear footwear brand.
They only sell shoes and boots for yard work.
With fun styles and different toe options – we like what Kujo is trying to do.
Best Lawn Mowing Shoes & Boots For Dad
Best Boots For Lawn Mowing
Red Wings Traction Tred Lite
These are the best boots for mowing whether you are around the home or a professional landscaper.
They tick all the boxes and look extremely good. You could spend all day working in them then wear them to the pub and get compliments.
There are a few versions of the Traction Tred Lite boot. There’s an 8 inch ankle, a 6 inch ankle and a few different shades of brown.
The ones we tried out are the above photo 8 inch ankle and light brown.
Things we loved:
- Very comfortable. Feel like are standing inside a pillow.
- Very durable and tough feeling. When you pull the laces they is heaps of push back from the strong leather exterior.
- We though we would prefer the 6″ boot but the 8″ was much more stable and supportive. For extra comfort you could not lace up the top 2 hooks on the boot and it was still more supportive than the 6 inch boot.
- The tread on the bottom of the boot is a good grabber. It grabs the surface and you don’t slip.
Things we didn’t love:
- Expensive. Red Wings has these priced around $60 more than our #1 pick.
- Break-in time. These boots took us around 1.5 weeks to break in wearing a few hours per day.
All in all we loved these and think if you can afford them you will get your money worth.
See on Amazon here…
Keen Vista Energy
These are an interesting option for dad.
A low-rise shoe with a carbon fiber composite toe to protect his feet when mowing.
They look like normal daily shoes but with added traction and toe protection.
- Slip resistant
- Carbon fiber protective toe
- Low-rise to keep cooler
- No ankle stability
- Only provide toe protection
The bottom line: The Keen Vista Energy show is great for mowing the lawn and doing other jobs around the house with piece of mind you have a composite protective toe.
Best For Women
Best Lawn Mowing Shoes
Kujo Yard Shoe
Kujo is a great breathable shoe for around the yard.
They work great for men and women but we are calling them the best for women because they are light, have great grip, are breathable, are water resistant and have a toe cap for kick protection.
Jamey (our editor and tester) bought these for Emily (his wife) and she loves them for all types of gardening tasks.
- Very lightweight and easy to get on and off.
- Extremely comfortable and breathable for hot days.
- Not a ton of protection from falling branches or projectiles from the mower. However, Kujo does offer a composite safety toe on their landscape boot.
We can’t stress enough how enjoyable these shoes are to wear because they are lightweight and breathable. Nothing is worse than sweaty feet after a day in the yard and the Kujo Yard Shoe does as best as possible allowing your feet to breathe.
The bottom line: If you aren’t concerned about having a steel safety toe then these are a great shoe for yard work.
Keen San Jose 6″
Disclaimer: We didn’t buy and test these ourselves.
Instead we surveyed women lawn care professionals on LawnSite.com to get their opinion of the best work boot for mowing.
The decisive answer was: Keen Utility San Jose 6″ work boots.
These offer a much higher level of protection than the Kujo shoes above and are the recommended pair for you if you are mowing lawns more than once a week.
They are Keen’s lightweight work boot and they look great.
Can you wear baseball cleats to mow the lawn?
Baseball cleats have great traction but horrible ankle support. They are better than wearing barefoot, sandals and some running shoes but are not as good as proper lawn mowing shoes.
Do I need shoes if I have a riding mower?
Yes. A riding mower is potentially more dangerous than a push mower so for how easy wearing closed-in shoes is – why not do it?
How do I clean my grass stained mowing boots/shoes?
The best way to clean lawn mowing shoes is with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use your old toothbrush and scrub the soles and sides of your boots or shoes to get the grass stains out. The toothpaste will clean just like it does your teeth.
- Lawn Mowing / Weed Whacking – Comfortable Shoe Recommendations. LawnSite.com.
- Keen San Jose 6″ Boot Image. @themuddygirl Instagram.