out·​sole | \ ˈau̇t-ˌsōl How to pronounce outsole (audio) \

Definition of outsole

: the outside sole of a boot or shoe

Examples of outsole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The outsole is made with a durable rubber that’s designed to last for hundreds of thousands of steps, while engrained traction patterns prevent slips and falls. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Over 1,000 People Love These Comfy Adidas Sneakers That Feel Like a ‘Comfort Pod for Your Foot’," 2 Dec. 2019 Pulse comes with a full-rubber outsole, a flexible drop-in midsole and a secure heel fit. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Nike launches shoes for 'everyday heroes' in nursing, medical professions," 15 Nov. 2019 This trail runner features 0 heel-to-toe offset, a moderate amount of shock-absorbing foam and a sticky Vibram® outsole that enhances ground connection and agility for fast runs on light to moderate trails. Sponsored Content With Sun & Ski Sports, Houston Chronicle, "Mom of Three Shares 10 Must Have Items for Beginner Runners," 24 Sep. 2019 The midsole sits atop the traction-containing outsole, and the two are often cemented together. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Sneaker Blowout Science: How Zion Williamson’s Nikes Came Apart," 22 Feb. 2019 He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, gloves, black pants and black shoes with white or salmon-colored outsoles. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Suspects sought in burglary of popular Woodside market," 20 Sep. 2019 Slip Resistant Boots that boast slip resistance have outsoles made of soft materials that are designed to maintain a degree of traction when exposed to water and oil. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Work Boots for Any Type of Job," 2 Aug. 2019 The sponge-like holes in the outsole allow water to pass through and certainly help this process. Jeremy Rellosa, Outside Online, "The Merrell Choprock Is My New Go-To Water Shoe," 20 July 2019 The washable upper has an elastic drawcord to customize fit, and the outsole has terrific traction for land or water. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Hybrid footwear for all terrains," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of outsole

1884, in the meaning defined above

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8 Dec 2019

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“Outsole.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsole. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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