Shoes are an essential part of any outfit--and when you're out in the countryside, they're a vital part of ensuring you're properly dressed to deal with the work you need to do and the environments you're likely to find yourself in. If you're planning a big move or an active holiday, read on--here are the four pairs of footwear you're going to need to take with you.


Wellington boots are waterproof, and they're easy to take on and off. This makes them perfect for short walks in muddy places, nipping out to check on the animals or doing the gardening, but they're not the all-purpose footwear some people think them to be: they don't offer your feet enough support or protection for longer walks or harder jobs. Choose a thick pair that will last for a long time, and consider getting ones with moulded heels rather than completely flat soles--many people find them more comfortable.

Walking Boots

Walking boots aren't sturdy enough to work in, and they aren't always waterproof enough to deal with heavy mud--but they're still a vital addition to your countryside footwear collection. The key with walking boots is that they support your feet entirely, so it's vital to try them on before you buy. Make sure the fit is perfect, and don't be afraid to spend a little more to get a pair that will last. If you're taking long walks in the countryside, decent walking boots are an absolute must for your own health and safety.

Working Boots

If you'll be mucking out stables, working in fields or operating machinery, working boots are an essential addition to your country footwear wardrobe. It's a good idea to buy them well in advance and wear them around the house a bit first, though: these boots are the toughest you'll ever own, so they take a bit of breaking in! Choose ones that come up higher and cover more of your leg, as these are the most protective. Make sure they have solid stitching; they don't need to be waterproof, but the ability to deal with puddles is a must!

Quick-Change Indoor Shoes

Wellingtons, walking boots and working boots between them cover nearly every rural eventuality--but they're all outdoor shoes, and there are times you'll need something to wear inside. The key here is to pick something you can get on and off quickly, as you'll be changing your shoes a lot; Chelsea boots are a popular choice for this reason, but if you don't like the style it's also worth looking into loafers. If you're going to try and save money on any of your countryside footwear, though, this is the one to do it on--they won't need to brave the elements and it won't matter if they need replacing a little more often.