Made from leather and ankle height, these look like stylish and substantial boots, to see you powering through the winter rains and storms.
Described by manufacturer Sorel as being best for casual use, as well as heavy rains and light snow; we are hopeful that these should prove a versatile addition to any man’s wardrobe this season.
With a leather upper which is fully waterproofed and a rubber sole, these do look a promising start to the winter’s floods and rains. We are hopeful that the semi sealed waterproof construction will mean no leaks or the dreaded ‘wet sock’ of many an inferior boot.
The outer sole has a nice looking deep tread with a herringbone design and at least on a casual observation, seems as if it will see you right on an icy pavement.
Inside the sole has an EVA foot bed, promising a nice cozy resting place for your plates of meat.
The choice of colors is good. With several combinations available, they cover black, a wide spectrum of browns, grays and navy blue.
These are a two toned boot and some of the colors stand out more than others do.
In the case of the ‘madder brown/ stout’ combination, there is a cream or beige colored mid strip to separate the two colors, to good effect. Similarly on the ‘black/ dark brown’ pair, there is a dividing strip of a mid brown, to offset the differences.
In some cases, the two tone contrast is sharply noticeable – like the ‘chipmunk/ black’ pair for example. Some also come with differently colored laces just to jazz it up a little more. We particularly like the look of the ‘dark mountain’ with its orange colored laces.
So far, the design looks good, but what are these like to actually have on?
The evidence seems fairly positive that these are a true to size fit, for the majority of customers.
On Sorel’s own website, users have given it an 80% approval rating, for correct sizing. Over on Amazon, the customers are a little less forgiving – with it being voted a 75% accurate fit.
Both of these are good statistics, so the odds are that your usual size ought to fit you okay.
For extra help, both sites have their own in house fit guide to help you choose which size to pick in this style.
In the words of the song, these boots were made for walking! And there would be precious little point in a pair of rain boots, which were not made for walking in!
So, once these have been put through their paces and puddles, how do they shape up?
Well, hurrah, there is good news on this score. Nearly everyone who has road tested the Sorel Cheyanne Lace Rain Boot thinks that these are a comfortable wearing experience.
Only one or two people have experienced problems and this is usually rectified after they have been worn in.
The EVA foot bed makes them a nice place to put your feet and there aren’t any reports about them rubbing, chafing, or causing your feet to sweat excessively.
So far, so good. The Sorrel Cheyanne Lace seems to have busted through most of the usual issues to affect boots and foot wear. They are true to size and can be worn in comfort.
But the most crucial test for anything that claims to be a rain boot, let alone one that is designed for heavy weather, is whether it err… gets wet.
When the rain is pouring down and there are puddles galore, will you be able to jump happily in them, without getting a drenching?
Well, yes. These seem to be more than adequately waterproofed and the sole is virtually impenetrable. The molded and waterproofed part of the upper seems to keep its part of the bargain at not letting any of the wet stuff in. The only tiny issue may be water slipping in through the top part of the shoe, where the tongue is. And this would only be if the tongue slipped, which could happen to virtually any boot anyway.
In other words, you’d have to plunge into a fairly deep puddle for it really to be a problem.
But what about snow? To be fair to the manufacturers Sorrel, they themselves have only advised this for light snow use. In other words, these are not for trawling through heavy duty snow falls.
Although they have stated these can withstand temperatures as low as minus 25 Fahrenheit, it is not for actual wet snow use as such.
The Thinsulate in the boot’s upper should keep you warm and the waterproofing definitely works at keeping you dry, but we think if you are looking for a serious snow boot, this is not it.
However, the traction on the boots are excellent and you certainly won’t skid or trip if you do encounter snow or ice this winter.
Depending on which color you buy and –ahem- where you buy them, the prices of these boots could vary quite a bit.
For a pair of the black/ dark brown ones, in some sizes, these could be as low as $69 (at the time of writing) whereas the grey ones could set you back $134. This is quite a big difference, which may affect your color choice.
That aside, these are a sturdy and reliable boot, which are comfortable to wear, mainly true to size and will keep your feet warm and dry this winter.
Plus, they should last for many seasons, with the right love!
What’s not to love about that?