Before you retire well-worn gardening clogs, consider this: You can use them as hanging planters (the holes are perfect for drainage). Line the toes with moss, then plant pansies, violas, or pin cushion ivy. Hang them by the heel strap.
If your shearling boots have passed “broken-in” on their way to “disreputable” (or if you’re simply over the craze), you can still make good use of them. Cut a square from the shaft of a boot and use it to grab hot pot handles. Just be sure to clean the shearling first.