Reviewed by Mark Twain from IL on Monday, March 11, 2013
Before these boots I had North Face Nuptse for 3-4 years, very good quality but gradually lost waterproof feature. Couple of weeks ago I decided to invest in a new pair of boots. Compared Sorel, Merrel, North Face, plus others I can't remember. Sorel boots were by far the most heavy-duty, durable, waterproof boots out there. I then compared several Sorel products and concluded Cate the Great offers as much protection as their more pricier options. The design was also the most simple and elegant with gorgeous color combos. I then searched for the best deal online, and Derailed was by far the most affordable - $30 less than a beloved shoe retailer that usually offers great deals. I had never shopped from the website or heard of it, but ordered nonetheless. I got a $10 coupon just for signing up to receive e-mail offers, which given the deals I would have done anyway. Derailed only billed me when actually shipping the product, which was very much appreciated. The product shipped for free and arrived in 3-4 business-days, which was amazing (ordered Sunday night, got it Thursday or earlier; UPS left note on Tuesday). The boots are stunning and did very well during an unexpected snowfall last week. They took a bit of breaking-into, but that was expected. They actually consist of two parts, a leather-rubber upper and an inner layer that fits snugly to the leg/foot like a knee-sock. This is very useful because it can be easily cleaned and/or replaced without damaging the leather upper. The leather and rubber outer parts are seamlessly molded into each-other and it looks like the boot can stand pressure. The outer sole is a bit flat and smooth with only a few ridges, but I didn’t slip on ice or snow.
Before ordering I read product reviews with respect to size and fit. Some people said their feet rub against the part where rubber and leather come together. That didn't happen to me. The only objection I can make to this shoe is it fits just a bit snugly around my muscular thighs, so I wish it came in half-sizes as well. I wear 5 and 5.5 for narrower shoes, and the 5 fits perfectly foot-wise. The pewter/kettle color is unique and gorgeous.