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Sorel Women's Caribou NL1005 Boot,Buff,8 M
Size Name: 8 B(M) USColor Name: BuffChange
Price:$79.00 - $200.00
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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2007
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These 10" high winter boots set the standard for basic cold weather boots in snowy conditions. They're probably the boot most commonly worn by locals in snowy Western mountain towns.

But be advised they do not have a lot of lateral stability in the sole of the boot. That is to say, the rubber bottoms tend to twist sideways making them, in my opinion, unsuitable for anything other around town use and possibly some work situations. The twisting motion makes traveling off beaten paths, especially climbing hills or side hilling, more difficult and tiring. My seven year old (Canadian made) Sorel Caribou models have somewhat thicker and probably more water resistant leather uppers, but the current (Chinese made) Sorels seem to have more advanced combination synthetic and wool felt liners and apparently much-needed additional underfoot insulation.

These boots have a cool look with the faux shearling collars but their relatively modest height means you will need to wear gaiters to keep out snow if you leave beaten paths. Felt lined pacs are typically the warmest boots for the bucks and the liners can be taken out to dry. I've washed my Sorel liners on gentle cycle using wool-friendly soap with excellent results and spraying some Armorall (used to perk up rubber and plastic in cars) on the rubber bottoms keeps them looking great as well.

Recommended to anyone who wants a warm, foolproof, traditional looking boot to wear in around-town or to cold weather outdoor events, keep in the car for emergencies and possibly wear to work or riding snow machines in really cold weather.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2009
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ordered the Caribou-Elderberry [5m].....my true size is 6 1/2 [running shoe 7]...after reading reviews on a few sites. 80% of the women reviewing said they ordered 1/2 to 1 full size smaller was best. And though i haven't had the chance to wear these in snow YET, the 5m DID in fact fit me perfectly - with my SmartWool PhD Ski Medium socks on!! Was snug but had room for my toes to wiggle around - and i have a wide foot where my toes are. the boot is bulky so if you go true to size......they'd definitely look HUGE on you. i think the trick is.....if you have a "fuller" foot [not in length but girth/width] in whatever size you fit, consider just going to the next SMALLER size [Sorel Caribou don't come in 1/2 sizes]...so if you're 6 1/2 go down to a 6............this will still give you LOTS of wiggle room and probably allow you to wear super thick socks. otherwise, if you've got an average to slender foot, might want to try a full size smaller................... Boot construction - well made....and they look so cute on.
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85 of 100 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2009
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We just ordered a pair for my wife because she likes my 10-yr.-old pair so much. The new ones look about the same but as soon as you put them on you realize that they are not the same. The details in the construction are not there. The materials are not as robust. Some reviewers already commented on the new boots' lack of durability. My 10-yr.-old pair were "hand made in Canada" and the new ones are made in China. I doubt the new pair will look as good as mine in 10 years.

I read on-line that Columbia Sports wear bought the brand name and closed the Canadian factory. The new ones cost just as much as the old Canadian ones but Sorel now advertise in Vogue!!! It is sad that Columbia closed up the original factory and move the business overseas.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2011
Size Name: 8 B(M) USColor Name: Shale/StoneVerified Purchase
I just moved to NYC, and after our first blizzard, I realized I needed snow boots. I browsed, read the reviews, and decided on these boots. This was one of the best decisions of my life! These boots are warm! I can step in any puddle, in any snow embankment, and even walk across an inch of ice. I highly recommend them!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2015
Size Name: 7.5 B(M) USColor Name: CinnamonVerified Purchase
Love, love, love my new boots! They came just in time for this week's snow storm. They kept my feet VERY warm while shoveling in 7 degree F weather. I normally wear a 7 1/2 so I tried on a size 7 at DSW thinking they would fit (based on what other reviewers mentioned about the sizing ). The 7 was too tight & the 7 1/2 fits perfect.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2009
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I've had two pairs of these Canadian-made boots and found them to be excellent in nearly every respect. They are the warmest boots I've ever had, sturdy, and flexible enough to walk in comfortably, plus, the liners are easily removed for laundering.

One caution: although the company advises that you add a half-size when ordering, I had to order a half-size smaller than usual to get a good fit.

After 12 years, these boots continue to look nearly new and are as warm as ever.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2009
Size Name: 9 B(M) USColor Name: Elderberry
I live in metro-detroit and ordered this boot right before the deep freeze set in about a month ago. My feet stayed wonderfully warm and dry even in 8 inches of snow, and I wore them EVERYWHERE. The only reason I can't give them 5 stars is because if you walk around as much as I do (college student and retail employee) you'll find that your legs are actually sore because these suckers weigh so much.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2009
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When I was a kid (in cold, snowy northern Illinois), we always wore Sorel Caribous to keep our feet warm and dry. When I went to get boots a few years ago, they were the only ones I looked at. Thank goodness they come in cool colors now (the old ones were ugly as sin!). I've had my current (Made in Canada) pair for 4 years, and I love them. I have a friend who has a pair of the more recent "Made in China"s, and she agrees with my thoughts on these completely. These boots (China or Canada) are better for some things than for others... For playing out in the snow- wonderful! Driving, not so much... the stiff, thick (and very supportive & comfortable) upper does not have a lot of give, so flexing your ankle to drive isn't going to happen. I generally drive in slippers or sneakers, then slide these on when I get where I'm going. Not a big deal for me, and sooo worth it to have awesome snow boots! And, yes, they do run a bit big. I happen to love that I can wear them with big, thick socks... if I have on regular socks, the previously mentioned supportive upper keeps my foot secure, and my toes have extra room; again, no biggie, and very comfy. The removable liner is a huge plus. I've washed them in Woolite when they get stinky/icky. All in all, a great outdoor boot!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Beautiful boots however, this boot runs quite small!

The Sorel customer service guy said these boots ran large so, since I normally take an 8.5, he strongly recommended I order an 8.

Once they arrived, I tried them on and even the liner was so tight that I could not pull my foot out of the boot without bringing the liner out with it. By the time I realized this, I was leaving for Alaska in 3 days, not enough time for Sorel to ship me a larger pair.

So, I went to Alaska from Hawaii with these in my luggage, tags still intact, hoping for a miracle.

My miracle: The Prospector (1512 S Cushman St. in Fairbanks) (a sporting goods store)
I went to the store with my online-from-Sorel-purchased boots and asked if they would please fit me into the right size (same boot). They were nearly out of the women's model, but had some men's that might fit. They tried a mens (they're just slightly wider, they said, exactly the same boot otherwise) and VOILA! The boots fit and I could breathe again.

This store gave me an even exchange even though my pair came from Sorel. WHAT A GREAT STORE. THANK YOU PROSPECTOR!!!

BOTTOM LINE....THESE BOOTS RUN SMALL. Size up one whole size or even 1-1/2 sizes. From my experience, it's WAYYYYYYYYY better to have a slightly large boot than a too small one. Who cares if they're a little big, at least you'll be comfortable and it's easier to get a boot on and off if it's a wee bit bigger. :0)) That's my 2 cents
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2011
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I just received these boots after waiting 3 weeks from the day ordered them. I had originally bought a different pair of Sorels but they were too big. I decided to get the Caribou's instead. I love in Vermont and many of the student's on my campus wear these. I figured they would be worth the 100 dollars. I put them on as soon as they arrived. I couldn't get my foot in! I had ordered the 8 in the other pair and the 7 in this pair. Eventually I figured out I could get the insert out and literally squeeze my foot into it and then put it back in to the boot. Now that it's in the boot, and the boot feels big. It would be nice if these fit. 100 dollars is a lot of money for a college student. I would send them back, but my other old pair takes in water and I can't wait another 3 weeks for another pair. Sorels used to be the way to go for winter boots, but now I'm not so sure. I hope they keep my feet warm!
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