Crap I Love: Muck Boots

This past summer, I finally started using Quicken and running a budget to see where all my money was going. The most important thing I learned was that I wasted a lot of money buying lame junk I didn’t need so I stopped. I cut back on spending but realized I still buy stuff that works well and should probably write up a few reviews of the best stuff. I was kicking around the idea of doing an entire site devoted to these reviews, but instead, I’ll just make a category (“Crap I love”) for this and do them occasionally on this blog. Now on with the review.

Muck Boots (Hoser Mid)

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“Gardening” is a misnomer. It’s hard work — yard work. And doing work for hours is no fun if you’re not comfortable. This year I knew I’d be doing a ton of work converting my weed-filled blank backyard into an attractive multi-use outdoor space. So I splurged on good tools and good clothing, knowing I’d be spending many hours using both. Part of that was getting some Muck Boots, in this case, I got what they call the “Hoser Mid” (heh heh).

Muck Boots are kind of expensive, starting at around $50 for low-top clog things and going up to around $100 for knee-high boots. The gardening versions have nice soft soles that curve with your feet and the higher sides are made of neoprene like a wetsuit, so if you get them wet, you’ll stay warm.

In the past, I’ve worn cheap plastic/rubber industrial knee-high boots you can get for $20 at a hardware store, and I have the blisters to show for it. I was never comfortable in the cheap boots because they had no arch and never quite fit right. The interior of those boots was like a radial tire and would quickly cause hotspots on my ankles. I hated wearing them and only reserved them for times it was really muddy and I had short chores to do.

Contrasting it with the Muck Boots, these things are like the Air Jordans of gardening shoes. I actually look forward to wearing them because they remind me of a really comfy pair of Merrell slip-ons I have. The arch is high and since the boots are soft, they bend easy with my feet and ankles so I never get blisters or pain. The bottom half of the boots are rubberized and after spending the last four months moving several tons of soil, bark, and gravel, I haven’t seen any tears or even much wearing down.

If you dread yard work but need to do a lot of it, I implore you to give Muck Boots a try. Check out the whole line on their site and especially the gardening section. Since I’m in a rainy part of the country, the scrub or hoser boots were key and have worked out great, but I’m sure the lower ones would work just as well in a dry climate.

11 Comments

  • Great product. Dead end. No shipping no Canada. Bastards.

  • Really? Have you tried eBay or Amazon? There’s a Muck Boots store on Amazon, but they didn’t have this exact model in stock which is why I linked another 3rd party seller.

  • I have a birthday present for you, of sorts. It’s not from me, actually. I don’t know who it’s from. As you know, John Hodgman came to Powell’s today. I’m going to say this as if you don’t know what happened, but perhaps you were there. During the middle of his speech, he said “someone handed me this piece of paper. Is Matt Haughey here?” and no one said anything. So he said something to the effect of “well, Matt’s not getting a birthday present” and he walked up to me (I was sitting in the front row) and held the sheet of paper out, and said “Take a picture of this. Post it all over the internet and find this guy.” The resulting photo is this:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v303/Rev4n2/IMG_1969.jpg
    So, there you go. I feel really weird right now. Especially weird since I actually found you.

  • my friend is a landscaper who just the other day said he was looking around for a good boot without much luck. it took less than 10 minutes to find that shoebuy ships to canada, with that model in stock:
    http://www.shoebuy.com/sb/s.jsp/r_prof/br_Muck%2BBoots/b_2-0.82907-94.96386/p_1/st_109194/sbstl_242293

  • Thanks for the pointer Kent. You obviously spent at least a minute longer than I did scouting for a compatible retailer. I bow to your muckbootjuju.

  • muckboots are great boots but the wellingtons are simple the best around the beat the pants off hunters and le chameau i have had a a pair of muck boots for the past 3 years as a use them for work as i am a game keeper they are great for the outdours in all climates in the snow they keep your feet warm and dry in the rain and are great for fishing as the never leak

  • Hey guys – we are now retailing Muck Boots in Canada! Try’em, you’ll love ‘em!

  • I have one complaint about the muck boots, as expensive as they are, I wish they would last me at least a year. I always wear them out in about 6 months. And I mean put holes in the bottom of them!!! Shouldn’t they have a warranty for a year at least? Or maybe they do and I don’t know about it!!!

  • I have a pair of Original Muck Boots Brit Middies that I have worn all winter in the paddock and riding – I LOVE them, but, but, after six months they have cracked where your foot bends….. I want to know also if there is any kind of warranty on such an expensive boot….

  • There is a 12 month warranty on muck boots for manufacturers defects. Those cracked boots are covered under warranty. If you bought the Muck Boots in Canada we can help. Contact us at http://www.muckbootscanada.com

  • I have scrub muck boots, they kept my feet dry last winter while pushing shopping carts for a store. They are worth the money. I am going to buy some more muck boots this coming winter.

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