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Best Sorel Boots Reviewed & Rated for Quality

last updated Feb 11, 2019

Sorel Boots are iconic for winter warmth and fashion. They are a must for anyone who wants to stay dry, well equipped and look great doing it. Whether you need boots for shovelling the driveway and walking the dog, or taking the elevator to your underground parking in the winter, Sorel has got a boot for you. Founded in Canada in 1962, Sorel stands behind quality workmanship and designs made for ‘people who aren’t afraid to get their boots dirty’. With a huge selection of Sorel boots on the market, it’s hard to know which ones are right for you. Read our guide on the top ten picks for the whole family from this iconic winter brand.

In a Hurry? The test winner after 176 hrs of research

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Caribou
98.6/100 our score
Protection
99
Traction
99
Style
98
Insulation
99
Water Resistance
98
Caribou
Why is it better?

Perfect blend of protection from the elements and style

Been a fan favourite for years

Full rubber soles for extra traction to avoid slips and falls

Removable liners can be replaced when they wear out, saving you money

Available in sizes for the whole family for a matching look

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98.6
Protection
99%
Traction
99%
Style
98%
Insulation
99%
Water Resistance
98%
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#2
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97.6
Protection
97%
Traction
98%
Style
97%
Insulation
97%
Water Resistance
99%
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#3
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96.4
Protection
96%
Traction
97%
Style
97%
Insulation
95%
Water Resistance
97%
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#4
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93.6
Protection
94%
Traction
95%
Style
94%
Insulation
93%
Water Resistance
92%
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91.6
Protection
93%
Traction
91%
Style
92%
Insulation
91%
Water Resistance
91%
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89.8
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90%
Traction
89%
Style
90%
Insulation
91%
Water Resistance
89%
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87.4
Protection
87%
Traction
86%
Style
87%
Insulation
89%
Water Resistance
88%
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86.4
Protection
87%
Traction
86%
Style
88%
Insulation
86%
Water Resistance
85%
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$119.98
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81
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81%
Traction
82%
Style
82%
Insulation
80%
Water Resistance
80%
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$130.00
#10
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80.8
Protection
80%
Traction
79%
Style
80%
Insulation
82%
Water Resistance
83%
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In Depth Review Top 10
  • Caribou
  • Joan of Arctic
  • Flurry
  • Pac T
  • Slimpack Lace II
  • Cosy Joan
  • Snow Commander
  • Bear Extreme
  • Tivoli II
  • Conquest
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10 Best Sorel boots

1. Caribou

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
98.6
Caribou
Protection
99
Traction
99
Style
98
Insulation
99
Water Resistance
98
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Pros:

Perfect blend of protection from the elements and style

Been a fan favourite for years

Full rubber soles for extra traction to avoid slips and falls

Removable liners can be replaced when they wear out, saving you money

Available in sizes for the whole family for a matching look

Cons:

Can be a bit bulky or heavy for all day wear

This style is the classic, midlength, calf style that most people might think of when someone suggest Sorel Boots. A stylish, full leather outside, and vulcanized rubber outsole, are paired with a super warm ThermoPlus Felt boot liner to keep your feet warm up to negative 40.

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Stylish Color Choices
The Caribou has a variety of fashionable color options to chose from. Winter typically lasts anywhere 2 to 5 months, sometimes longer in extreme conditions, you definitely want to make sure that strapping on your favorite footwear is not only functional but fashionable as well. With so many styles to choose from, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes.

Super Warm and Cosy
Reviewers say they love the Caribou because it’s incredibly easy to slip on and off. WInter rated up to temperatures of minus 40, these are guaranteed to keep your toes warm on even the coldest days. The outsoles and leather uppers are both waterproof, so these boots are a great choice to wear for your favorite snow activities. Removable insoles are easy to dry and the felt material keeps your foot warm, even if it sweats.

Cost and Value
There's a reason these have been a fan favorite for years. They offer all the protection from the elements you need, stability and traction for navigating through icy and rough footing, and they look great doing it! The liners are removable, so you can extend the lifespan, and with a ton of great color combo's to choose from, there is something that will appeal to everyone.

2. Joan of Arctic

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97.6
Joan of Arctic
Protection
97
Traction
98
Style
97
Insulation
97
Water Resistance
99
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Pros:

High cut mid-calf design

Great for heavy snow and blustery conditions

Fully waterproof design

Fashionable faux fur trim is fun and feminine

Easy to pair with winter looks

Cons:

Could look bulky when wore with streamlined looks

Footwear with fur is such a great idea, T-Pain even wrote a song about them once. These are another popular choice amongst super cold climate dwellers. Who says that staying warm in the winter has to be ugly or boring. These funky, fur trimmed boots are easy to pair with your favorite winter looks and guaranteed to keep your warm and happy at the same time.

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High Cut Design
The Joan of Arctic comes up higher on your calf than other designs, which is optimal for keeping you dry and warm during heavy snowfalls. Anyone who ever had to any walk any distance in freshly fallen snow will tell you the taller the boots, the better. No one wants to get their pant legs soaking wet with snow, while outside trying to brave the elements and keep warm.

Fashionable and Functional Warmth
The Joan boots offer all the warmth and water protection you need, but the fun faux fur addition along the top of the boots is anything but boring. Winter rated up to -32C and fully waterproof, these boots are ready for you to take on winter. A variety of color combinations to choose from is something else we like.

Cost and Value
This is a great investment piece to keep you warm for many winters to come, While you may not wear your boots all year long, that means you don't need to buy a new pair every year. Indulging yourself and splurge on a great pair of timeless boots that will keep you warm, dry and looking great well into the future. The classic styling will be in fashion forever and the fun fur trim detail adds a wintery, arctic touch of feminine elegance to your look.

3. Flurry

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96.4
Flurry
Protection
96
Traction
97
Style
97
Insulation
95
Water Resistance
97
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Pros:

Provide warmth and comfort up to -32C

Available in variety of color combos

Extra secure outer sole for navigating icy terrain

All over waterproof protection for hours of outside play

Velcro fastenings are easy and safe for kids

Cons:

Can be bulky for all day indoor use

Kids are important members of the family, and they need dry and warm feet in the winter too. The Flurry is guaranteed to keep your child’s feet cozy and comfortable during even the coldest, blustery months. Winter rated down to -32C, these are suitable for the worst days. The Flurry comes in a variety of colors, and it will certainly be easier to get your children excited about wearing boots if they like the color scheme.

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Velcro Fastenings
Kids are always in a rush, and they already have enough winter gear to struggle with putting on before the final step of getting booted up. Velcros are super easy for kids to use. This is great for parents too, who might not have time to wait for their children to tie up laces every morning before rushing off to school and work. Laces are easy to trip over, so velcro might be preferred in the winter months when slips and falls are harder to avoid. We love that the velcro on this pair creates tension around the whole ankle of the boot, trapping hot air inside and keeping snow and wind out.

Secure Outersole
Winter months are treacherous and kids aren’t world-renowned for their great sense of balance. Sorel has incorporated a multi-directional lug outsole, for enhanced traction and security in slippery conditions. Made out of waterproof, injection molded, thermal rubber, these are made for kids who love romping outside.

Cost and Value
Ask anyone with children what they would pay to not hear their kids whining for a day and most would say priceless. While we can't guarantee that these boots can solve all cranky kid problems, we can guarantee that cold or wet feet are one thing your child won't be moaning about if you purchase a pair of these. Bonus points if there's more than one child in the family since winter boots aren't worn year around, they can easily be passed down a younger sibling once outgrown.

4. Pac T

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.6
Pac T
Protection
94
Traction
95
Style
94
Insulation
93
Water Resistance
92
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Pros:

Variety of color combinations to match every wardrobe

All real leather uppers

Slimmer design is easier to pair with certain looks

Light weight for all day wear

Great for commuters or urbanites

Cons:

Everyone already has a pair, so its not a super original choice for people who like to stand out

Another favorite winter classic, the Pac T has the iconic styling that is synonymous with Sorel. The uppers are all real, waterproof leather and the rubber outsole is fully waterproof as well. Staying warm shouldn’t mean sacrificing great style, and we love that these boots offer both. Easily brave the elements in temperatures of up to -40C and look great doing so with these boots on your feet. Fully rubber outer soles are not only waterproof but offer security in slippery conditions, so you can feel safe with these on your feet.

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Removable Liners
Anyone who has ever gotten their boots wet inside know the best way to dry them out is the remove the liners. Stick them on an air vent for an hour, and your good to go, warm and dry, in no time. This also comes in handy because you can replace the liners every year if they become stinky and sweat ridden.

Lighter Weight Option
These boots are a lighter option than the Caribou style , which is definitely more suitable for urban commuting or city wear. A lighter, slimmer option is easier to pair with streamlined outfits and better suited for all-day use to avoid leg fatigue. If you need footwear that can be worn indoors, yet keep you warm and dry outdoor for a long period of time, these are a perfect pick.

Cost and Value
Keeping your feet warm and dry all day is priceless. These are light enough to be worn all day and slim enough to pair with sleeker styles. We think they're a great wardrobe investment for anyone who needs a reliable pair of winter footwear that’s trendy enough to wear almost anywhere.

5. Slimpack Lace II

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91.6
Slimpack Lace II
Protection
93
Traction
91
Style
92
Insulation
91
Water Resistance
91
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Pros:

Lightly insulated for cool temperatures

Full grain leather upper

Rubber soles for traction in wet and slippery conditions

Low heel for all day comfort and style

Fleecy, felt collar detail gives a nice fall vibe

Cons:

Not designed for heavy snow or prolonged exposure to elements

These are great for rainy or light snow days. A perfect option for commuters or city dwellers, they keep you protected from the elements and looking great at the same time. A sleek silhouette looks great with jeans or yoga pants, these are a great option for wearing all day when the weather is less than stellar.

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Slight Heel
The almost 2” heel on these gives them a cute, feminine look that you won’t find with a lot of rainy day styles. The height is low enough for all-day comfort, but high enough to give you an elevated feel. Perfect for looking cute and staying dry at the same time.

Versatile and Comfy
These boots are great because they can be worn for all of the fall seasons, and well into many winters, depending on weather conditions. If you’re looking to invest in a fashionable pair of fall boots, that will keep you warm and dry, but also look great, then the Slimpack are a great option to consider. We also like that there are a ton of color combinations to select from.

Cost and Value
These offer great value because they will definitely take you all the way through a season. Finding boots that keep you dry and warm, but also look good with your favorite fall looks can be challenging. The ankle bootie styling looks great with jeans and slimmer silhouettes, making these a perfect choice for busy urbanites and suburban moms.

6. Cosy Joan

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.8
 Cosy Joan
Protection
90
Traction
89
Style
90
Insulation
91
Water Resistance
89
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Pros:

All real suede uppers

Rubber soles for traction in slippery conditions

All day comfort of a sneaker

Cosy and warm from faux fur lining

Looks great with casual fall fashions

Worn by celebrities at Sundance Film Festival

Cons:

Not suitable for harsh winter storms

For looking great during less than perfect weather, these booties are a great option to consider. Go from your condo in the city straight to your cabin in the woods effortlessly with these on your feet. Faux fur lining is on trend and looks great with fall fashions. While we wouldn't say these boots are the multi tasking superstar like some of the other pairs we featured, they are beyond comfortable and designed for maximum all day enjoyment. Extra bonus points, celebrities Hilary Swank and Maggie Gyllenhall were both spotted sporting the Cosy Joan boots at the 2018 Sundance Festival.

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Simple Design
The Cosy Joan booties feature an eye-catching faux fur inner with a sturdy rubber sole. The monotone color schemes are easy to pair with any outfit and won’t distract from other statement pieces. There are brushed stud details on the lace hooks which add an urban element. The Sorel logo is embossed on the back heel, which is a nice touch that adds to the look of the boot.

Sneaker-Like Feel
These are great for all-day wear. Multiple reviewers raved about their super comfy, sneaker-like fit. Perfect for lounging around the ski lodge or running errands on a brisk fall day, sometimes we want the comfort of a sneaker but the warmth of boots. Many people suggested that these do run small, so definitely size up, especially since you will want to wear your cozy socks as well.

Cost and Value
A great alternative to Uggs if you want to be more original, these are comfy enough for all-day wear and look great in most settings. While they won’t be ideal for heavy snowstorms or rainfalls, they do look great on most other days. If you’re on the hunt for a great pair of casual and comfy boots for cool weather that will have you dressed like a celebrity, you should give this pair a glance.

7. Snow Commander

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87.4
Snow Commander
Protection
87
Traction
86
Style
87
Insulation
89
Water Resistance
88
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Pros:

Full Rubber sole for traction and water resistance

Insulated with toasty fleece lining

Top velcro closure to lock out elements

Fun polar bear design kids will love to wear

Cons:

Can look clunky when worn indoors

Another pick on the list for the little members in our families, these are super idea to keep your kids warm and dry in the winter season. Kids will like the fun polar bear design on the back of these and parents will like their kids not complaining that their feet are getting cold.

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Quick to Put On
Lots of parents struggle to get out the door on time in the morning, this problem is only exacerbated by the winter elements. A slide on style with velcro closure is quick and convenient for kids on the go.

Top Velcro Closure
Kids love to frolic and play in the snow, and most of us probably remember how annoying it was to get snow in your boot. Wet socks are a real damper on warmth and comfort, and any outdoor adventure will most likely end quickly after this disaster strikes. Velcro at the top of the boots is perfect for kids to keep them dryer, longer, allowing for greater outdoor time.

Cost and Value
Investing in snow boots is a must if you live in a wintery climate, and kids footwear is no exception to this rule. These are designed for heavy snow and are guaranteed to keep your kid warm and dry up to -32C. If you have more than one little one in the family, these are a great hand me down that will keep multiple pairs of feet warm and dry for years to come.

8. Bear Extreme

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.4
Bear Extreme
Protection
87
Traction
86
Style
88
Insulation
86
Water Resistance
85
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Pros:

Extra tall almost 14” height for extra protection from elements

Cord closure at top to lock out wind and snow

Replaceable Omni-Heat coated felt inner liners for superior warmth retention

Winter rated to -40C

ThermoPlus midsoles for added insulation

Cons:

Only for extreme outdoor use

Do you need the most rugged snow boot available? This winter superstar is a part of Sorel’s XT collection, especially designed for the most extreme polar conditions. Perfect for winter activities like ice fishing and exploring, those who work outside or people who live in the coldest conditions. The extra tall height of this boot combined with drawstring closures and two layers of heat trapping coating on the midsole and inner liners keep all the elements locked out and heat in, ensuring your feet stay toasty and warm.

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Rated to -40C
Temperatures as low as -40C aren’t common in many places in the world. Some people can go their whole lives and never experience such frigid, uncomfortable conditions once. But for those who have experienced the coldest of the cold, they know having a good pair of boots to protect your toes is an absolute necessity. Nothing will make you more uncomfortable or miserable than having frozen feet, and in dire weather conditions, prolonged exposure to cold can be dangerous to your extremities. Rest assured that the Bear Extreme boot will keep your feet safe, and you happy during any type of polar weather expedition.

Omni-Heat Reflective Replaceable Liners
For extreme winter wear, the lining of your boots is crucial. Felt is a natural material made from condensed fibers. It dries quickly and won’t make your foot cold if it does get wet. The Omni-Heat coating works to trap heat created by your body in the inner core of the boot, adding an extra layer of insulated warmth. We love that you can buy replacement liners for these boots, which can greatly extend the lifespan of your purchase. A new pair of liners is easily ⅓ the cost of a new pair of quality boots, which leaves you with more money in your pocket to spend on your favorite winter activities.

Cost and Value
While these boots don’t have the aesthetic appeal of some other pairs we’ve featured, they weren’t made to look good. In the most extreme winter conditions, keeping warm and dry is crucial for enjoyment and safety. We think these boots are a fantastic investment for anyone who regularly spends prolonged periods in heavy snow or extremely cold conditions. The ability to replace the liners instead of buying a whole new pair of boots is a fantastic money-saving feature that we also love.

9. Tivoli II

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
81
Tivoli II
Protection
81
Traction
82
Style
82
Insulation
80
Water Resistance
80
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Pros:

Lightweight and look great with winter fashion

Ton of colors to select from

Insulated and fully waterproof from protection from elements

2” wedge heel for added height and all day comfort

Light weight, sporty, streamline styling looks great indoors and out

Cons:

Mid-cut height makes them less than ideal for super heavy snow falls

A perfect pair of grown up snow boots are hard to come by. Sometimes we don’t want to clomp around with bulky, ugly things on our feet. These are a great solution for anyone who spends considerable time outside but wants to look great doing so. Don’t sacrifice style for warmth with these fun and sporty winter winners.

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Two Inch Heel and Rubber Sole
We love that these boots have a two-inch heel. Many women feel more comfortable with a little added height, but sporting a pair of heels in the winter isn’t always ideal. The all rubber sole of these low cut boots offers traction in slippery or icy conditions, and the gradual, wedge heel is comfortable enough for all day wear.

Sporty Aesthetic
We love the super sporty look that these have. They would look great at the ski slopes or the winter cabin retreat. You can easily transition from outdoor activities to indoor, without looking out of place with clodhopping shoes. There are a ton of fun color combinations to choose from as well, from red to army green, these awesome boots will be anything but boring. Reviewers loved the more streamlined look and lighter feel that these boots offered up, when compared to traditional, cold weather picks.

Cost and Value
These lightly lined, mid-cut boots will take you all the way through the winter season. They have 100g of insulation as well as microfleece lining, so you can stay warm on seriously cold days. Being fully waterproof is another great plus. The faux-fur trim along the top and sporty, classic styling make them easy to pair with your favorite winter looks. If you’re looking for a pair of multi-tasking boots to wear all season long, we suggest you consider the Tivoli II.

10. Conquest

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80.8
Conquest
Protection
80
Traction
79
Style
80
Insulation
82
Water Resistance
83
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Pros:

Multi-directional lug sole offers superior traction on the most demanding terrain

Adjustable Achilles strap for extra support

EVA footbed is insulated for all day and support

Drawstring closure gaiters to keep out all snow and wind

Super waterproof and winter rated up to -40C

Cons:

Designed for work use only

For the working man whose job doesn’t stop when the blizzard starts, this pair packs a mighty punch. Durable, rugged and long lasting, these were made to be used and abused in cold weather conditions. Anyone who works outside in below freezing temps can attest, having warm feet is imperative to comfort. But what do you do if you’re job requires you to be active and light on your feet, when a traditional pair of snow boots would be too bulky and cumbersome? Sorel came up with the answer to this question with the Conquest.

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Super Rugged and Durable
We know that Sorel’s motto is ‘made for people who aren’t afraid to get their boots dirty’, but we think they really outdid themselves with this pair. Everything from the waterproof seam sealing to the injection molded, thermal rubber sole, these boots were made to last. The built-in gaiters only the top trap heat inside, and lock the elements out, keeping you warm in the most uncomfortable conditions and the EVA footbed was designed with all day comfort and warmth in mind.

Extra Traction and Security
These winter work boots are the real cold weather MVP. The multi-direction lug sole, provide superior traction and stability on uneven and icy terrain. Another feature we love is the addition of an Achilles adjustment strap, made with a shatter resistance YKK Shokonlock closure. This is located above the ankle, for even more support navigating through extreme conditions with treacherous footing.

Cost and Value
When you can’t sacrifice the support and traction provided by work boots, but extreme cold and heavy snow are a part of your job or life, the Conquest boot is your answer. We think this is a fantastic investment to keep you safe, warm and dry all winter season long.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Protection

Obviously you are purchasing a pair a Sorel Boots to protect you feet from the elements. How much protection you need depends on what exactly you plan to use your new boots for. Sorel offers a full line of luxury footwear, so there's really something for everyone. From fashionable faux-fur booties that look great with fall fashions, to heavy duty, rugged workboots that can combat temps of -40C and heavy snow falls, to everything in between.

Traction

Winter is known for bringing icy, slippery, uneven and just outright treacherous footing conditions. No one wants the embarrassment of slipping and falling, even a pair of great boots won't help you save face after that happens. We've included pairs with multi-direction soles are designed to give you extra ground-gripping power when the terrain is less than desirable. Vulcanized rubber soles also offer up superior resistance to slips and falls.

Style

Just because it is winter outside doesn't mean you want to sacrifice style for comfort and warmth! Sorel makes it easy to find a pair of boots that will get you through the season looking and feeling great at the same time. We love that they truly make a boot for everyone. From classic styling, to fun and trendy designs trimmed with fur, you can look great and stay well protected. Everyone's personal style is different, and we love that Sorel offers a slew of unique color combinations on many of their designs, so you can really get something that's unique to you.

Insulation

Winter is cold, and boots are usually worn in winter, so its a no brainer that you want your new footwear to keep you warm. There is a whole gamut of styles made by Sorel for all types of weather conditions. Do you need faux-fur lined or lightly insulated for running errands in fall months, or winter boots rated up to -40C for long, hard days working outside?? Maybe you need the perfect pair that is right in between the two extremes, boots that are fashionable and look great, but can keep you warm, dry and protected at the same time. Well, Sorel makes that pair as well!

Water Resistance

Winter weather brings snow, sleet, ice, freezing rain and slush. Picking out a pair of boots that not only keep you feet warm, but dry as well is key. After all, any foot that gets wet will certainly be cold as well. We love that Sorel has incorporated a ton of waterproofing techniques into their manufacturing process. Seams are heat sealed on full grain leather uppers, and full rubber soles mean no water stands a chance of breaking through. If you really need to ensure your feet can endure the harshest, wettest conditions Mother Nature will throw at you, definitely check out the boots on our list with built in gaiters!

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Prepare to Invest

Quality winter gear isn't cheap but is an unavoidable purchase for anyone who lives in an area that experiences near or below freezing temperatures. Look for pairs with removable liners that can easily be replaced instead of buying a whole new pair. The price of a liner is the fraction of the price of a new boot, keeping your hard earned money in your pocket.

You May Need to Size Up

Keep in mind that you will most likely be wearing thicker, winter socks with your boots. It's wise to size a half or full size up to accommodate bulkier foot coverings. Footwear that is too tight will not only be uncomfortable but won't keep your feet as warm, because there is less space available to trap heat and create a barrier of insulation.

Other Factors to Consider

Adjustability

Having the option to adjust your boots will really make life easier. Laces can be tightened or loosened. We like this for boots because sometimes you want to slide your feet in and out easily for running errands around town, however having your boots loose would be a disaster if you went out for a winter hike. Snow would get inside, making you wet, cold and uncomfortable. On the same note, velcro fastenings are a superior choice for children's boots, saving them time and frustration when getting dressed, and also allowing you to seal all the elements out.

Heel

For the most practical solution to snowy footwear, flat footed boots are best. However, we know many women who are on the shorter side feel more comfortable with a little boots in height from their footwear. For this reason we included in our list some selections that have a heel. Low enough for all day wear and comfort, but high enough to give you that desired extra two inches.

Materials

Materials like full grain leather and suede look great and are always in style. It is important to remember if your boots are made from a natural material, you will need to spray them with a waterproofing spray prior to wear. A little upkeep during the season and before storing your boots for the year, will help prolong their lifespan and keep the natural materials looking great. For the absolute easiest in terms of care, look for fully synthetic pairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Are they unisex?
a:

No. While Sorel does make many of the same styles in men, women and kid sizes, they are not universally unisex. You want to make sure you're buying the right pair to ensure the correct fit, as sizes are not universally the same.

q: How do I extend the life of my boots?
a:

Since winter boots are generally only worn for a season or two, before you store them make sure to give them a once over. Salt is detrimental so you won't to make sure you remove Any traces with a damp clothe. Similarly, don't let your boots sit for months with caked on mud which can dry out natural materials and rubber causing them to crack and break.

q: The snow all melted and now my new kicks are covered in fresh mud. Help?
a:

The best way to deal with muddy boots is this: let the boots dry indoors. Once the mud has completely set, use an old toothbrush to brush it off. Letting the mud dry first before trying to remove makes the job 100% easier and more efficient.

q: How do I protect them?
a:

We recommend coating any new pair of footwear with a waterproofing spray. Two light coats are better than one heavy one, and make sure to allow boots to dry in between. Make sure to cover all seams and spray outside or in well ventilated areas.

q: How do I know how much warmth I need?
a:

While some of these pairs are rated up to -40C, for the average person this won't be necessary. Consider the following factors before beginning your selection process: How cold does it usually get where I live? How long will I be wearing the boots for? What type of winter activities will I need the boots for?

q: What is a gaiter?
a:

In the winter boot world, the term 'gaiter' refers to a closure around the opening of the boot. This is added for two reasons- to trap the heat created by your foot inside, and to lock elements such as wind, snow and rain out.

Sources

  1. Sorel Footwear, Home Page, Jan 25, 2018
  2. Annie Harding, 7 Scientific Tips for Staying Warm, Dec 09, 2014
  3. Melody Grossman, What is Felt, and why has it been one of the m, Sep 01, 2017