Dog walking shoes/footwear

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SpongeBobJudgeyPants Tue 21-May-19 12:20:02

This is a bit of an obscure one, but I thought you dog people would have good advice... Recently started walking rescue greyhounds, on a prescribed route going over a badly maintained style, that bends as you step on it. Discovered that my wellies don't bend enough in the foot to give me proper dexterity (?) while I am trying to go over, and get the dog to go under. Need to have footwear suitable for the potentially muddy field beyond. Don't mind having a pair that just live in the car, but ideally don't want to spend much for something that will see no other use. I'm not asking for much am I? smile TIA.

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GrumpyMiddleAgedWoman Tue 21-May-19 12:34:50

In my experience waterproof footwear is pretty unyielding (I have 3 different types). I think you might have to learn to wobble...

SpongeBobJudgeyPants Tue 21-May-19 12:39:55

<Wonders if I have to choose between getting very wet, and going bum over boobs on the sty> What do you wear Grumpy? Maybe the waterproof footwear, without the sty complication... I think I might be a bit anxious about greyhound running off whilst I am dithering, and having to tell my own not-very-shaggy dog story when I return with an empty lead...

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Floralnomad Tue 21-May-19 14:05:49

In the winter I wear woof wear yard boots , they are excellent .

GrumpyMiddleAgedWoman Wed 22-May-19 08:06:55

I wear wellies, yard boots or walking boots when it's wet. Yard boots and walking boots have better grip, so that might help on a wobbly and probably slippery stile. You'll get better at it the more you do it, too.

missbattenburg Wed 22-May-19 08:54:12

Coming at this from a slightly different angle, I find leads like ruffwear's flat out lead really handy for stuff like this. The handle has a buckle clip in it so it's easy to clip it to the fence/style while you get yourself over with both hands and then unclip to sort the dog out.

Might that help?

ruffwear.co.uk/collections/dog-leads/products/flat-out-dog-leash

SpongeBobJudgeyPants Wed 22-May-19 10:17:37

This is all really useful stuff, thanks everyone smile

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adaline Wed 22-May-19 10:21:40

I wear walking boots in winter, and these waterproof trainers in summer.

www.ebay.ie/itm/Ecco-Terracruise-Lt-Women-s-High-Rise-Hiking-Shoes-Grey-Dark-Shadow-Emerald-/173580586646

They're great - really comfy and I can stick them in the washing machine if they get too disgusting!

GrumpyMiddleAgedWoman Wed 22-May-19 12:55:07

Ooh, waterproof trainers, that sound like a good idea!

Also OP, if the stile is dodgy it might be worth letting your parish clerk know, as footpaths have to be maintained and kept passable.

MrsMozartMkII Wed 22-May-19 13:16:41

I walk, usually, roughly four hours a day (too many dogs!) and use a mix of waterproof trainers and waterproof walking boots. I swap as otherwise my feet get tired and achey. You'll need good grips for the slimy muddy sections.

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