Another comfy casual boot...and some winter footwear observations

Nobody would accuse me of having too few shoes...

My first puchase this year was yet another pair. I saw these Sorels on a fitness classmate and fell in love. They were on sale. And wow, what a terrific little boot! Waterproof, lightweight, warm! Good for a medium volume foot or a narrower foot (I suspect) -- won't work on a very wide or super high volume foot. I do have narrow heels -- one boot shifts a bit (this, however, is story of my life!) but I don't think I'll get a blister; the other foot is fine (a near-miracle). 

These are admittedly on the "athleisure side" but I intend them for coming back and forth to fitness class and running errands; maybe also for daily walks, depending where I'm walking. They come in 3 colourways. 

I just threw them on coming home from gym, which is basically how I will wear them, so....excuse the mess! :) 

Some further winter footwear observations.

1. Like Angie, I bought the Converse flatform, and like her, I can tolerate it...but barely. It is a bit too heavy for long wear. And it's also a bit too flat for me, but not roomy enough for my PF inserts. Which means I don't feel fully supported in it. I have two pairs (mustard and red) and I do wear them a lot (it's a perfect option for my climate) but I've also learned that I do not care for this chunky style with my BF or slim jeans. I only like it with wide legs or flares. It just feels too "boyish" on me. I prefer my BF jeans with a pointed toe or almond toe -- something more refined. Interesting info for future reference. 

2. The Paul Greens are total workhorses. I did have an awful few days of break-in with them due to my narrow heel. But once they softened up -- pure bliss. Lightweight and fabulous. Not waterproof, though, so I baby them a bit. Also, the heel is going to wear down really quickly. I know from experience that I can get a lift put on this type of sole...but then the boot will be considerably heavier. I did it with my La Canadiennes last year and while I've worn those for another season, they are not as comfortable any more. I am really hard on footwear. A shoe I wear regularly is likely to wear out in a season. ;( 

3. For a heel, the EF pump is shockingly comfy. I ended up walking a mile and a half the other night in these when the bus didn't come, and wow -- they were great! This makes me think I really should consider EF shoes more often. They are very pricey but the quality is fab! I forgot to mention these in my comment on the "black footwear" post. I'd love these even better in blue, but am very glad to have them at all. I only own a couple of truly dressy shoes. How lovely when they're actually wearable! :) 

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32 Comments

  • Runcarla replied 1 month ago

    Ha!  Though I’m a Converse lover, I never fell for the chunky boot.  On the other hand,  after picking up a pair of light weight combat boots this fall, I have worn my high boots once, and my Chelsea style boots maybe half a dozen times, and only once in 2020.  I’m taking super good care of them (the combat boots) hoping they will last.  

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    The soles on the Paul Greens (and my old La Canadiennes) are a particular type, Carla -- it's a very lightweight material that feels wonderfully spongey and works well on the ball of foot (for me) but because of my walking pattern (and because of how much I walk!) I always wear shoes down on the outside of the heel. The spongey stuff wears down much faster than a typical rubber (or other) sole would. I got new lifts put on the La Canadiennes and have now had 3 solid years of wear from them...(and they are worn out and irreparable inside, so this is their last season). But I'm hoping manufacturers will come up with something just as lightweight but harder wearing for lug type soles. The rubber on the Cons is super heavy.  :( 

    You look fantastic in your combat boots. Also, it can be fun to play with a new style -- it's a workhorse you didn't know you needed! 

  • Marilyn replied 1 month ago

    That's too bad about the Converse, Suz.  I didn't try those ones because they looked very chunky for my style.

    I got these ones and they're super light and like walking on pillows.  Warm too! I wish they came in navy.

  • Christina F. replied 1 month ago

    Wow, I find those Chucks (red) to be some of my most comfortable shoes. Go figure!

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Everybody's feet are different! For me, the regular (flat soled) Cons never, ever, ever work. Waaaaaay too flat for my feet! And also, I think my instep is too high volume for them. The wedge version of a few years ago worked pretty well...and this flatform sort of works, but only if I alternate with a different style the next day, and it's not great for hour-long walks. 

    I'm sure a lot of people whose eyes would pop out of their heads at the idea of wearing an almost 3 inch (near wedge) heel for a two mile walk, and it would not be my first choice...but truly, it's probably at least as good as a truly flat shoe for my foot. 

    It's all a process of trial and error, right? 

    Okay and then look how CUTE those Cons look on Bonnie with straight legs in her post today. Why don't they look that cute on me with slim leg jeans? But they do not. 

  • rachylou replied 1 month ago

    They look great. Good recommendation!

  • Lesley replied 1 month ago

    A friend of mine has those Sorels... they are truly delightful in person!

  • Marilyn replied 1 month ago

    Suz....I can't wear the regular Cons either.  I've tried them so many times because they're trendy and cool looking but they feel horribly uncomfortable.

  • lisa p replied 1 month ago

    Those Sorels are super cute!  I'd wear those back and forth to job#2 and the gym myself.  I fell fashion-victim to those Converse in mustard too, and am ashamed at myself for being such a lemming. Nothing about them appealed to me when I first saw them other than  Angie wearing them - which I should know better than to think I can replicate.  I wore them twice and even tried selling them here on YLF to no avail.  Too much shoe for me.  I'll give them another go in Spring, but I don't expect much from them - and may end up donating .  

  • Laura replied 1 month ago

    Ohh, those are cute and *perfect* for what you describe! :) Thanks for the recommendation, I'll add these to my list!

  • bonnie replied 1 month ago

    I agree that the Converse flatforms look best with wide leg pants. I wore them with my black skinny HR pants and they looked huge. Paired with my wide leg pants they look great. It's good to learn that the EF pumps are good for walking and I think I need those Sorrel shoes. 

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    The Sorels are AMAZING!!!! SOOOO comfy. Wore them out for a woods walk today and was completely walking on air. 

    This is a case of awe and wonder for me -- I have tried other Sorel styles in the past and never got a fit, not even once. Whereas these are perfect. 

    Reviews are excellent, too, although some people say size up. I think if your feet are very long in the toe (mine are short) or wider, you might want to size up. I found them TTS. LisaP, I think you would really enjoy these. They're probably no good for a long walk in Winnipeg winter, but they'd be excellent for a quick hop in and out of the car, to the grocery store, etc. 

    Marilyn, that's great to know that the style of Cons you got do work for you -- I should check them out. Interesting that the flat versions don't work for you, too. 

    And Bonnie, glad it is not my imagination re the Cons. I think they are adorable with a cropped wide leg and really like them that way. 

  • slim cat replied 1 month ago

    The Sorels looks perfect on you - great color combo too ( pretty classic and goes with your hair :) ). Very cute shape on your feet!

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    SUPER cute Sorels, Suz! I love the white soles. Perfect for walking to and from exercise class! Sooooo 2020. I'd try them if they came in white :)

    YAY! Your NAS PGs are workhorses. Happy memories! And you must keep EF footwear on your radar. 

    I LOVE MY OLD CONVERSE Hi-TOPS!!! The ones with the fleece lining and are made of leather. My most comfortable shoes. VERY lightweight. The ones in the Finds #1 and #2 below. I wish I had another three pairs. 

    I fell badly on my back in the Gor-Tex mustard lugged sole Chucks three months ago - Find #3. Seattle rain and slipped on a metal sewer plate in the city while walking Sam. Still doing physio therapy twice a week and 40 mins of exercise daily after a hectic amount of pain meds. It was chronic. I'm MUCH better now but by no means perfect. But don't want to wear the shoes again. Bad association :(

  • Marilyn replied 1 month ago

    Oh, Angie!  I'm so sorry to hear that.  :(  My husband fell on the ice last winter and tore his rotator cuff.  Ugh!

    Suz....I love Sorels.  They're my go to for serious winter boots.....deep snow, extreme cold, dog walking, etc.  I replaced mine this winter and could not believe how light and cushy they are.  I figured there's no way they could be warm but they are.  It's amazing how far they've come in the last 5 or 6 years.  These are NOT a fashion boot by any means but I love them for their intended purpose.

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Angie, that is awful!!!! No wonder you don't want to wear those mustard Cons!!!!  They are surprisingly slippery, aren't they? Despite the lug soles. I have almost fallen a few times in them on slick pavement or on grates, as you say. I wear my red ones in the woods and on grotty paths....and they are actually really good for that -- but the white soles of those are now (probably irreparably) stained due to the type of use. I've kept my mustard ones pristine, and do like wearing them in the rain, but I tread very carefully in them.

    I hope you are feeling better now. That sounds absolutely dreadful! 

    Marilyn, those Sorel snow boots remind me of a Kimik pair I had some years ago, recommended by Alaskagirl. They were brilliant. I tried several of the popular Sorel boots a few years ago (not the ones you show) and they were absolutely awful for my foot -- but these new ones could not be better and I will certainly try other styles in future after this great experience! The white soles stay clean on these (unlike the Cons) because there is a dark layer on the bottom that traps the dirt. :) 

  • Roxanna replied 1 month ago

    Thanks for this Suz! I have been looking for a pair of lightweight winter sneaks to wear on weekends while running errands. These look perfect! Just ordered - I’ll let you know how they go. How was the BR Moto jacket?

  • Joy replied 1 month ago

    Suz, I love the look of those Sorels and have been hoping to find Sorel snow boots in white or very pale grey lined in white faux fur as even booties are too low for the snows this year and I will probably need to replace my white boots. Heavy footwear is a no-buy for me.
    Angie, I am sorry about your fall. Even driving over those metal manhole covers on a wet snowy street is dangerous. The street to our house is full of them and full of 10+ inches of snow. That is why I need grippy taller boots.
    Look for EF shoes at Nordstrom Rack, if you are near one, for better prices. I have collected several pair there, including pumps that feel like I am wearing flats. They are a metallic black that is fun for a black shoe.
    Also watch for sales on the EF website.

  • JAileen replied 1 month ago

    I wondered about the weight of the Converse shoes.  I always look at weight on Zappos.  

    ETA:  I have Sorel slippers!  They are several years old and threadbare, but still comfy.

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    JAileen, that is so smart. 

    Angie had pointed out that they were a bit heavy and I know that's usually a negative for me. But I thought with a flatform I might be able to manage the weight (and inflexibility of the sole) a bit better. That is true -- but only to a point! The devil is in the details, right? We live and learn....

    Joy, those particular Sorels would be too short for your snow, it sounds like! You need taller ones! 

  • shevia replied 1 month ago

    Suz - Love the new addition, I think they are the perfect combination of function and pizazz!
    Angie - Whaaat! That is just horrible. I hope you continue healing quickly. You are a brave one to soldier on without revealing with what you were dealing.

  • kkards replied 1 month ago

    cute sorels....
    we've had the weirdest winter weather, cold and wet, but rain not snow....i bought these, and they've been weekend workhorses! warm, water proof and easy to walk outside and inside in....

    angie, so sorry to hear about your fall. grrr....hope your feeling totally back to yourself again soon....

  • nemosmom replied 1 month ago

    Love the Sorel sneaker-boots for you, Suz! I had been eyeing them for a while, so it's great to have a first-hand experience with them - maybe next year.  DH has a pair of their chukkas that have held up well, so hopefully you will get more than a season out of them. I hope you will update us to the quality!

    Angie - How horrible that you had such a nasty fall!! Hope you are feeling much, much better! Slippery shoes and winter are rotten.

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    Thanks for the sympathy and empathy, ladies. I am MUCH better, but feeling 100% again will take a while. Hopefully by July :)

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    Suz, are these the same Sorrels in white? Not quite, I think. But close! 

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Angie, similar! It's the same "family." These look like a spring/ fall version. The ones I have are lined for winter -- not with fleece, but some sort of warm inner padding of some kind. And they are hi-tops. Whereas these are a more regular sneaker height. 

    I wore mine again yesterday and they were great. A lot less slippery than the Cons. I might need to put an insole in. Haven't decided yet. 

    I also have my eye on these for summer. Very sporty but could be super fun. Again, the same family of shoe. 

    I am so so sorry about that fall. What awful luck. I often find when I am grieving that those things happen more often. I bump into things, fall more often, hit my head, etc. Distraction and just generally not being as "with it" due to grief. 

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    Thanks, sweet Suz. It was a very unlucky end to a brutal year. What can you do. That's life. Onward....

    YES, those Sorels are happy siblings :)

    I WAS JUST LOOKING AT THOSE SANDALS. Very 2020. I hope they work for you:

  • lisa p replied 1 month ago

    Funny - a friend just emailed me a pic of those funky sandals the other day asking for my thoughts ! Super cool :)

  • Janet replied 1 month ago

    Those Sorel boots are great and not too “snow boot” looking, just what I would like, but I clicked on like 6 different retailers and my size is gone everywhere. Oh well, no-buy February continues!

  • Karie replied 1 month ago

    The Sorels look cute and comfy - do the laces tie or are they a slip on style?
    I never cared for the lug soled Cons - they looked great on others, just not for me. The red plaid stompy boots are right up my style alley, though - I love those.

  • Sal replied 1 month ago

    Thanks Suz.  It is interesting to see what has worked, what has worked with a few caveats, and the "others".  And yes it is hard to pick that is for sure!!

    My footwear needs are similar but different.  I have a mix of working from home, working from our facility, and leisure.  I don't do as much city walking as you do - and when I do I wear my Asics running shoes 80% of the time.

    I am looking for camel shoes for my work capsule as priority one (loafers, low chunky heels or oxfords.....)  Something that will work most of the year with pants or jeans and a blazer for work.

    I would love something along the lines of your Paul Greens.....maybe!!

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Karie, the Sorels tie up. The laces are a bit stretchy. I tuck them into the sides after tying. You'd love the Paul Greens!! I think you'd like them, too, Sal, but maybe in camel! :) 

    Yes, I do a ton of city walking and also a ton of trail walking, but trail to city and city to trail -- so I need something that works in both locations. I have real trail shoes for runs and for actual ambitious hikes (where there are rocks, a steep climb, etc.) But that is pure gear. 

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