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Disappointed and stuck with them
on November 20, 2013
Needing a pair of boots to replace my 5 year old tall neoprene and rubber Bog boots which I've worn throughout wet, muddy spring and autumns, and arctic winters in upstate New York on hundreds of dogwalks and even as a great go to for clipping into my snow shoes to hike in the snow. I wanted to try something new, so I started looking into Sorels... I wanted something not too clunky of a toe or profile, since i still wanted to hike comfortably and also be able to use w snowshoes. Trying to decide between Slimpack and Conquest was tough but opted for Conquest as I thought they seemed much better suited for my activities and I found them cheaper than they sell MSRP. I found a new pair of 9.5 for $170 on Ebay and after having read all reviews I could get my eyes on, I knew to order a half size up from my consitant size 9 and did so accordingly. I received them last week and they ARE very nice looking, but after 10 dog walks for an hour each and also a full day wearing them to teach, have decided I'm not satisfied but stuck with them :( My toes go right to the end with a thin sock, so even with an additional half size up, I could've better fit a 10 since you definitely will need a thicker sock to stay warm and to cushion any sort of walk about for any distance. There is NO cushioning or liner at all. They do make your foot look small, so just go a full size up to leave a bit of room for either an insole or some wool socks, your feet will thank you. As well, these are NOT particularly easy on and off since you will need to lace tightly from your foot all the way up to keep your foot from sliding up and down in the boot as you walk and also tighten the pull tab at the upper ankle as well for any ankle support at all. The top notches should be speed lace style, but are not, so you need to lace them each and every time the entire way to get them on and off. The laces are leather and seem sturdy enough now, but with enough tying will most likely become an issue. Clearly, all the rugged looking features on these are only added for their appearance and not for function, what was Sorel thinking? They could have done better for the price, geesh. I'm certainly glad I didn't pay the $220 they are asking for. If you just want these for knocking around and for style, and have extra $, go for it, otherwise just really... don't.
Ps. Update after one month after purchase: one shoelace has broken in 3 places and ill need to hunt for another and the veneer on both heels is wearing off to reveal white plastic underneath. I have worn these about 10 times at this point. :(