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 And with a sturdy outsole, these slippers can be worn outside, too. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "Slip into a discounted pair of cozy Dearfoams slippers from Amazon," 13 Dec. 2019 Ponder the sustainability of the sneaker and shoe industry at this forum from rubber outsole manufacturer Vibram. BostonGlobe.com, "Connect with other professionals," 11 Dec. 2019 The upper is engineered knit, and the company says that its midsole/outsole combo allows the foot to move freely. Amanda Loudin, NBC News, "11 best gifts for runners for holiday 2019," 5 Dec. 2019 Irish Setter’s 8-inch loggers are packed with features like waterproofing, steel toes, and outsoles that are oil resistant, as well as heat resistant up to 475°F. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Work Boots for Any Type of Job," 2 Aug. 2019 While the upper of the sneaker is made from the eucalyptus tree and the rubber outsole and sockliner are made from algae foam. James Love, Essence, "Reebok Releases A New Running Sneakers Made from Plants," 3 Dec. 2019 These winter-y sneakers from Sorel feature 200g of insulation and a microfleece lining, not to mention a grippy outsole waterproof nylon upper to keep the cold weather out. CNN Underscored, "Oprah's Favorite Things list is live on Amazon: Shop the best gifts now," 3 Dec. 2019 Another: the soft outsole wears fast and is a little slippery on wet pavement. Outside Online, "The Best Road Running Shoes of 2018," 15 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of outsole

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outsole was in 1884

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6 Jan 2020

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“Outsole.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsoles. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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