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Change in style --- impossible to put on
on June 18, 2014
I've owned several pairs of Snow Angel boots, both the zip and the lace. In fact, I've worn nothing but Sorel boots for many years, but that, unfortunately, has got to change.
My old pair of zips are wearing out (I've had them for at least six years), and so I watched for an out-of-season sale on Amazon and got these at a good price. I was so happy -- but not for long. I took the boots out the box and put them side by side to my old ones -- same size. So far, so good.
However, as soon as I unzipped the boots, I noticed that they didn't seem to open wide like they used to, like the flap or gusset or whatever you call it on the inside is narrower, although, to be fair, I did not measure that, it was just my impression. I also have a high arch and a high instep, and even with my thinnest socks, my foot would only go halfway into the boot. I absolutely couldn't, no way, no how, no matter what, get these boots more than halfway on.
So I again compared them to my old Snow Angel zip boots, and, sure enough, the zipper does not go down as far as it did on the older boots. The zipper is about one inch shorter than before. There is now a rectangular patch on the front of the boot in the area where it used to be zipper.
So back they go. Too bad because Sorel in general, and Snow Angel Zip Boots in particular, used to be my favorites. I've had a lot of trouble with Sorel boots since they were bought out by Columbia -- not happy with them. Another example: my Sorel Joan of Arctic boots (which seemed to fit perfectly when I tried them on) literally gouged chunks of flesh off the back of my legs when I walked four blocks, the one and only time I wore them. I was a bloody mess, and believe me, it hurt.