One of the main features of a winter boot is the comfort. Not ‘I guess I could wear these shoes for a few hours’ comfort, I’m talking overwhelming, ‘I could wear these all day and I wouldn’t even know it’ comfort. And the Sorel Women’s Meadow is definitely more in the latter category, than the former. These boots offer a rugged, yet surprisingly soft textile knit lining and a removable felt boot insert, which you can add or remove depending on the Fahrenheit reading or if it needs a wash. There is a decent amount of arch support, meaning a long day in these boots isn’t going to be a strain on your feet, and a small 1.5” inch heel adds a little elevation for those who need it. It is worth noting however that although these boots are great for keeping your feet toasty warm
whilst walking, they can be lacking a little in the warmth department when sitting still… so make sure you wear some extra socks when watching that football game on Sunday.
Some people have suggested however that the boot can be a little snug, so make sure you address sizing accordingly and perhaps order up a size or so for ultimate comfort. And as you will likely be wearing the Sorel Women’s Meadow with some thick socks, the combination of cozy socks and comfy lining will make your feet feel like they are walking on clouds all day long. Can’t complain about that!
Sweaty feet are not ideal at any time of year, but they are a serious pain when it comes to a cold and wet weather boots. This is why the breathability and airflow offered by a shoe like the Sorel Women’s Meadow is so important. The Sorel Women’s Meadow has a removable, molded EVA footbed with arch support, meaning breathability and flexibility in an ethyl vinyl acetate (‘foam’) midsole that can be washed when it gets a bit smelly or dirty.
The construction of the Sorel Women’s Meadow is pretty impressive too, with a waterproof breathable membrane surrounding the shoe. This offers another level of breathability to the boot, meaning sweaty feet are nowhere to be seen when these shoes are around.
A big aspect for women's boots these days is flexibility and versatility - are they versatile addition to your wardrobe? In the case of the Sorel Women’s Meadow, they are a shoe which could be considered versatile. There are quite a few colorways, including an interesting purple shade and a brown version known as ‘Elk’, and the shoelaces are a cute little addition to give the boot a little character. They are available for wear in both wet and/or cold weather, which ticks the boxes when it comes to a worthwhile investment, and they are a tough build yet are still on-trend. Also, their level of breathability extends their suitability for a range of environments… seems like a lot of positives for this cute little boot
One of the better features that the Sorel Women’s Meadow has is its molded rubber outsole. Rubber outsoles are waterproof and lightweight, which are both welcome additions to a wet weather boot, with a decent amount of traction. Additionally, this kind of outsole is known to be durable and long-lasting, meaning it will last you a lot of wears. However, these kinds of outsoles can easily become bulky and chunky and having an overbearing presence on a boot. In the case of this shoe, however, that just isn’t the case. There is a fine line between practicality, style, and comfort when it comes to a lot of outsoles and this boot manages to balance it perfectly. You can have waterproof boots with decent traction and still look on-trend, and not feel weighed down or overdressed
The level of terrain protection that the Sorel Women’s Meadow offers is pretty impressive. It has a waterproof, oiled, suede leather upper, a molded rubber outsole and an 8” shaft from the arch to the top. This offers a great level of protection from the tips of your toes to part-way up your calf, meaning a sound level of overall protection
. Combine all of this with the waterproof, breathable membrane structure and the pretty impressive traction offered by the rubber outsole, and you’ve got one set of very protected tootsies. Walking around all day in wet weather will no longer be a chore that ends in wet, sore feet and, at under 450g, they won’t weigh you down!
Bear in mind though that this boot is designed for moving, as opposed to standing still. It offers great protection and warmth if you’re walking around, however, if you are standing still your toes may get a little chilly... so make sure you wear some extra warm socks
to help you out.
Shoe uppers aren’t just designed to be pretty - they can also be practical and efficient components of shoes that offer a great amount of benefits. In the case of the Sorel Women’s Meadow, the shoe uppers add a few advantages to an already cool shoe. To begin, they are waterproof
. The uppers are made of oiled Nubruck suede leather, which not only looks good but offers a sound level of rain protection to most wet weather situations. The stitching across the boot isn’t aggressive - sure it’s there, but it certainly isn’t the main focus point of the shoe, and there are cute eyelets keeping the laces in place, complete with 8 small studs down both the inside and outside of the boot. So, from this, you can safely say that these boots are nice to look at. The collection of colorways offered, as well as the trendy shoelace colors, makes this boot a stylish little addition to any cold weather outfit or your favorite wet weather coat. They go with almost anything, meaning you don’t have to think too hard when it comes to your rainy day attire.
Now, winter boots can be a little tricky when it comes to style and colorways. You, of course, want a boot that is comfortable and warm, and preferably waterproof, but you also want something that isn’t too bulky or heavy and is pleasant on the eye. This may sound like a lot, and it is a delicate balance, and somehow the Sorel Women’s Meadow manages pretty well. There is a good range of appealing colors, including black, purple, light grey and two shades of brown, meaning these boots can be a clever addition to your outfit or the main feature on a dull day
. If you’re looking for something that packs a little bit of a punch check out the laces on the light grey pair, they will light up a plain outfit any day!
Sorel Women’s Meadow is a little funny when it comes to fit. They have great arch support, which is a very welcome addition for long winter days when you have to endlessly walk around
. They also offer an awesome, foot-hugging design from the front lace-up closure style, meaning you decide how you’d like your boots to fit, and as the tongue is not attached to the sides of the boot, you can make the shoe opening as big or as small as you like. However, they are quite narrow in width which may pose a problem to some people, as well as running small in size. It is therefore definitely recommended that you try them on before purchasing, as you may need to go a size or so up to ensure a good fit. In saying this though, once you obtain the best fitting pair for you, they are a great option with a pair of thick socks for that chilly weather.
As the Sorel Women’s Meadow is marketed as a shoe that can be worn all day in wet and cold weather, you’d expect it to offer a suitable level of stability to the wearer… and it does. The 8” boot shaft provides stability and support to the ankle, and the front lace-up enclosure means you will be able to adjust the boot to the comfort level you’re after. Another neat feature is the tongue - it doesn’t attach to the sides of the boot, meaning you can make the top boot opening as large or small as you want. This may not seem like a big deal for some, but for others, it’s a big plus to assist putting on the boot and for offering ongoing stability
. The Sorel Women’s Meadow also offers good traction due to its rubber outsole and means you won’t be skidding around the sidewalk in these boots. Another little sneaky stability booster is its breathability - it’s not a well-known fact, but breathability actually offers extra stability to a shoe by ensuring your foot doesn’t slip around inside it. Bonus!
So, after all this, it's safe to say the Sorel Women’s Meadows’ marketing is correct - it offers enough stability to be worn all day in wet and cold weather without causing issues to the wearer.
Let’s talk about insulation. The topic of insulation is a big one for boots, especially ones that claim they can be worn in the wet or cold weather. An appropriate level of insulation is needed, but there is a fine line between too much, too little and just enough. It is also good to have removable insulation, as if your boot gets wet you can remove the lining and it generally speeds up the drying process and avoids a smelly shoe.
Applying this logic to the Sorel Women’s Meadow, it has a removable 6mm microfleece felt inner boot lining that is washable, meaning it ticks all of the insulation-related boxes. It can be removed if the weather is too warm for that kind of coziness or your shoes get wet, it is washable if your feet get a little sweaty and stinky and it is microfleece felt, meaning it is a nice, snuggly hug for your feet when the temperature drops to freezing. Extra points for the serious softness
The Sorel Women’s Meadow isn’t without its flaws - I’m not going to pretend like it is. However, for its price tag, it is definitely worth investing in a pair as the newest addition to your winter wardrobe. The boots are waterproof and offer great traction, meaning damp and slippery days will no longer seem like a daunting task. They are also super comfortable and, with the combination of a removable footbed and textile lining offering major breathability, the Sorel Women’s Meadow is the perfect choice when heading out for a long day in cold weather.
They also come in a variety of colorways, meaning you will more than likely find exactly the shade you were after for that perfect winter outfit
. If you’re like me, however, you’ll definitely use it as an excuse to buy more than one pair - wet weather boots are always going to be needed for some of the years so why not be stylish when the rain starts to fall!