Sorel got its’ start with a line of winter sport/work boots that were released in 1962 by the Kaufman Rubber Company of Kitchener, Ontario. This became their most successful product line. The company transitioned to Kaufman Footwear in 1964, and then claimed bankruptcy in 2000. Columbia Sportswear jumped in and bought the Sorel trademark for $8 million. Since then, the Sorel brand has expanded to offer other products, such as nylon outerwear and other work/play related garments. They also went from solely offering a utilitarian boot
geared toward men to a line of fashionable footwear aimed directly at women. Now, the Sorel consumer base in more than 70% female.
In 2009, when the brand generated roughly $60 million in annual sales, it became apparent that Sorel could turn into something larger than anyone had anticipated. In 2014, the sales totaled $166 million. This year they are predicting an incredible $200 million in sales! Mark Nenow deserves most of the much deserved credit for the brand’s growth. It’s obvious his boss agreed, for Mark was recently promoted from vice president of global footwear to president of the Sorel brand. This is a brand that literally come back from the dead and smashed expectations.
The Out N About Plus Boot comes with so many desirable, functional
, and aesthetically pleasing features. The upper is made of waterproof full grain leather, textile, or suede, depending on which color boot you choose. The material is specified in the color name of each boot. These boots feature an easy lacing system that provides a secure fit-as tight or loose as the individual prefers. Breathable textile lining allows your feet to stay dry and warm, thus giving you more comfort and protecting you from skin break down and irritation. There is a removable EVA footbed that includes a cotton top cover for additional comfort. Long lasted support comes from the vulcanized rubber midsole. Superior traction on wet surfaces and stellar waterproof protection can be attributed to the handcrafted vulcanized rubber shell with herringbone
outsole. Customers have reported that the boot runs a half size small, and that if you have any foot problems at all, consider purchasing an additional insole. Based on a single boot, the weight is 14 oz. Based on size 7, the boot shaft height is 5 inches. There are 19 different colors available in this boot. There has to be one that calls your name in there!
These boots are sure to catch some glances, even during a nasty storm, with their stunning colors and how the materials contrast with each other. The elegant stitching throughout the entire boot adds the perfect subtle detail to pull the whole boot together. The extra detail in the eyelets add so much extra decoration without doing it too loudly. Even the curve of the stitching up to the heel tab is flawlessly gorgeous. The upper material-whether it’s leather
, suede, or textile-provides a totally sleek look. I’m also not sure I’ve seen any other boots make rubber shells on the tops of the toes look so good. It doesn’t even take away from the appeal of these boots. Even the rubber outsole is simply beautiful and the color is in perfect contrast to the rest of the boot. I think it’s easy to tell that we are impressed by the looks of these adorable, yet completely functional boots.
The upper of the Out N About Plus Boots comes in 3 different forms. You can choose between full grain leather, suede, or textile, depending on what color you decide on. There are benefits to each of these materials.
If you choose full grain leather, you will appreciate that it comes from hides that were not sanded, buffed, or snuffed to remove any imperfections. This means that the grain remains to promote strength and durability. Since leather stretches, it will conform to the shape of your foot over time, resulting in more comfortable boots. It is also breathable. Leather is, however, not as easy to clean because it absorbs moisture
more easily than synthetics.
The plush suede upper is another great choice, especially if you’re going for a sleek look. Suede also provides versatility because the nap that gives suede its character also help make the product its on look a lot more casual, especially compared to full grain leather. Today’s dressed down society would definitely approve of this look.
A big win with textile uppers is that they are animal friendly, considering animals have nothing to do with making them. They provide increased durability and support, are much lighter and provide better breathability than other materials, dry faster, and are less expensive. They are not as abrasion-resistant and durable as uppers made of leather, therefore they are usually utilized for walking/hiking boots.
There is a vulcanized rubber shell with a herringbone outsole on the Out N About Boots. Vulcanized
soles offer unbeatable feel an flexibility due to their gummy, pliable feel. Making a vulcanized shoe requires heating the rubber bottom of the shoe, creating strength and elasticity, and then adhering it to the top of the shoe. The herringbone pattern on the bottom of the boots is what gives you your traction. Herringbone is the term for the tread pattern, which is a series of column of parallel lines that angle at 45-degrees and meet in the middle. This creates a weave pattern. Recently, the design of herringbone patterns has evolved, but the practicality has not. The vulcanized rubber shell paired with the herringbone outsole serve superior traction and waterproof protection on wet surfaces. Consumers agree that the herringbone pattern is one of the most efficient patterns in shoe soles; being considered the best combination of grip, flex, and durability.
There are many things about these boots that will provide you with protection. Protection from extreme heat and cold, protection from abrasions, from punctures/excessive force injuring the toes, from mud, water and snow, from your own sweat and bacteria
, and from pain and discomfort. Top to bottom-this boot was designed to protect your feet during adventures and strolls alike. The uppers are made from either full grain leather, suede, or textile-all of which provide waterproof protection. Suede and textile are not as abrasion-resistant or durable as leather. Make sure you consider that when deciding which material you need for your intended activities. A breathable cotton liner will help keep your feet dry and comfortable-protecting you from foot irritation and diseases. The removable EVA footbed provides support which will protect the rest of your body from pain and discomfort associated with extended use. The rubber sole provides flexibility, waterproofing, and insulation. Again, protecting your feet from the elements and discomfort.
These boots were made for walking
….in the heat, the cold, the rain, the snow. You can trudge through mud, climb over rocks, and fetch your mail. These boots were made for all kinds of terrain. If you choose a pair that is made with full-grain leather, you are choosing excellent durability, abrasion resistance, and water resistance. Usually, people who elect for the leather option are using them for backpacking boots with the intention of extended use and rugged terrain. The leather is not as breathable as suede or textile, but makes up for it in other areas that are necessities for some adventurers. The suede boots offer more breathability but not as much protection or durability. Textile boots provide even less protection and durability, but they offer breathability and flexibility. These are all things to consider when choosing your material. It is all about what each individual is in need of.
Flexibility, moisture-wicking technology, cotton lining, an EVA footbed, rubber midsole and outsole, water-resistance, support, and insulation are what will keep you comfortable in these boots. Whether you slip them on to run to the mailbox or wear them for a day-long hike, you will be well protected and comfortable. You will have the luxury
of navigating over rough terrain and through damp environments without worrying about becoming soggy and cold. Being able to wear boots that don’t have you fretting over pain and discomfort is very important when you’re away from home. Not only does it make the rest of your body relax, thus preventing aches in your legs and back, but it eliminates the need to fill your backpack with replacement tennis shoes. Don’t let something like uncomfortable boots ruin your adventure. Choose boots that were designed to keep your feet happy.
All things considered, the Out N About Plus Boots perform exceptionally well in most key areas. According to consumers, the boots could be more flexible in the ankle area. However, we’d like you to keep in mind that boots are manufactured mainly for the purpose of providing protection, therefore requiring them to use thicker material which will require longer break-in periods. People also report that the boot runs half a size too small and may not be supportive enough or have enough cushioning for those with existing foot problems, such as diabetes
or arthritis. There is a very simple solution to the problem of size running small-order a half size larger than you typically wear. More important than the minute flaws of this boot are the plethora of positive features. If you need versatile, trendy, comfortable, durable, protective, flexible strolling/hiking/adventuring boots, look no further. The Out N About Plus Boots offer all of the essentials plus plenty of color/pattern/material variation. You’ll be sure to find a pair that suit you and your personality and needs. Just be sure to consider all options before you decide which combination is right for you.