70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2010
Size Name: 8 B(M) USColor Name: Tusk/StoneVerified Purchase
I had been looking for a pair of Sorel boots for a while, something both fashionable, but extremely durable and cold weather tested. I live in one of the coldest climates and after buying these boots, I don't think I'll ever need another pair. The craftsmanship is evident from the moment you take them out box, and I have yet to step into the snow and feel even the slightest bit of cold. A very feminine way to stay warm for a very long time. I would definitely buy another pair again, but the construction is so solid, that I don't think I will ever need to.
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2010
These boots are amazing. They are lightweight, comfortable, INCREDIBLY warm and keep my feet dry. I was out in deep snow today for about four hours and was warm and dry the entire time. They are not as bulky as other Sorel boots but not as 'slim' as they appear in the photos, still very cute. I'm normally a size 8.5. I got the 8 and although they felt snug at first, they are fine.
43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2011
The boots are so cute. I've worn these boots for a few 4 mile walks...carrying by newborn. They kept my feet super warm. I'm 5'3 and they go up to my knee which is nice because they keep my legs warm too. I have muscular calves and wide flinstone feet and these boots were a nice fit...no squeezing necessary! They grip well so I didn't slip. That is huge because I carry my baby everywhere in this city. The first time, I wore them with smartwool socks and didn't have any problems. But the second time, I wore thin black ribbed knit socks and the boot rubbed my skin raw near my right achilles. It hurt when I was walking, but I wanted to finish what I set out to do. When I returned home and removed my socks, I discovered my skin was rubbed off and bleeding...just on the right leg. I'm still waiting for it to heal...hoping that it was just a one time thing. I wore the boots again on the same 4 mile walk with smartwool socks and a bandaid, but once I worked up a sweat, the bandaid peeled off and I came home in pain again. We just got another dump of snow...I so want to wear the boots but need to let this heal over.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
Size Name: 7 B(M) USColor Name: TobaccoVerified Purchase
I have to admit I feel a bit like a wookie in these boots, but a stylish, warm wookie. They do have a very wide-feeling footbed, but you need to remember: this isn't as pronounced to others as it feels to you. Your feet will never look as big to anyone, anywhere, except to you when you're looking down on them.
Having wide feet, I needed wide boots (especially with the myriad sock-layers a non-Canadian in Canada needs) and this boot delivers. It's surprisingly cute; the Amelia style is more of a mature-elegant look, but this here is kind of an adventurey look. I tried on a handful of Sorel boots before picking these, and even over a year later I'm still really happy with the decision.
The knee-height is another great feature. Who knew these snows would get so deep? There have been a bunch of times that the bus has delivered me into a snow bank and while people alongside me are picking their way gingerly through, I just walk on and don't even notice. A few times fluffy snow would get caught under the flap connecting the upper to the rubber section, but don't worry -- either a bit of stomping (or eventual melting for those disinclined to stomp) will get that out and your boot will be fine.
In terms of traction, they're alright. I don't feel like any sort of ice-gecko in them, but they are a level above my regular-weather (as opposed to Canadian Winter) boots. I have eaten salt/gravel/ice a total of once in them over two winters (Winter '11-'12, and winter '12-Jan '13), and that was on ice so perfect that it appeared to be Zamboni'd. I'm not one to fall very often, so if ice seems to have it in for you, I'd recommend looking for some over-the-shoe grippy things.
In terms of warmth, they're pretty good. Generally speaking I am just fine in them, though it's been -35-something with wind chill the past few days and I've been double-socking and still a bit cold, but in the case that it's -35 that may be a fact of life? I don't know. Until a few days ago I didn't know the thermometer went below -40, but apparently there's this place called Edmonton.
Some people have mentioned the boot giving them blisters: yep. This is something you should be aware of, because it is entirely correctable. Usually what I do is either wear two pairs of socks, or pull my socks over my jeans before putting the boot on (which helps keep the layers all in their proper place). If that doesn't work, I untie the boot, tighten it slightly, and then tie it again. The first time I did this (actually because a lace came untied while I was walking) I was shocked by the difference.
Even knowing this, I am usually too lazy to untie the boots when I come home, preferring to hop around the apartment and run into walls.
As a side note: when cleaning your boots and putting them away for the warmer months, you can take a boar-hair bristle brush and fluff up the furry stuff a bit and it'll look nice again.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
These boots are amazing! I usually wear a 7.5- 8 but ordered a size 7 as I have found some very helpful reviews stating that they run a half to a full size big. Size 7 fits perfectly. They are roomy and easlly sinched up or loosened to accommodate both pants and leggings. I did not find them to be too clunky or heavy as others have complained. After all, they are waterproof, winter boots. Another complaint that I have read is that they are too tall for us shorter ladies. I am only 5' 3" and have no complaints regarding the height of the boot at all. I am only excited that they will keep my legs warm as well as my feet. The heel does slip up a bit when walking but I am sure with some thicker socks, the problem will be easily remedied. My only real complaint is that made in China : ( As I was not able to find an American or Canadian made boot that I liked as much, I decided to get them anyways and am honeslty very glad that I did. They really are high quality and I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for warmth and style.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2010
I received these today and have been on a 2 mile dog walk in crunchy snow, ice, mid-calf deep snow. This is the 3rd pair of high boots I tried - only 1 I kept. They are easy on and easily adjustable with the lace system. I put an Uggs sheepskin insole in as I don't like to wear socks. The fit on my foot is perfect with the insole (size 9M) - a little slip in the heal which is normal with boots. They are warm but I tend to not get cold.
4 instead of 5 because they are a soft boot - feels like I'm wearing a hightop moccasin, i.e no ankle support and the flat bottom provides no arch support. I can add a bit of arch support, but can't do much about the ankle support. That said, the boots I returned fit well for walking but were extremely hard to get in to. I wear waterproof hiking boots and gators for snowshoeing so these are for short walks, errand running, getting the mail and should be fine. I wouldn't want to be in them and on my feet all day, though.
Oh, they are cute as heck :)!!!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2013
Generally I love Sorel but the lacing system on these boots is horrible. Instead of using something rugged like D-rings or grommets Sorel has sewn a cute piece of string up the sides of these boots for the laces to go through (you can see it if you zoom in on the pictures). And it's cotton string, not even something tough like nylon. The laces rub against it and it snaps pretty quickly, making the boots useless (this isn't something you can fix easily yourself, it's sewn in. And I'm pretty crafty...). There's a bunch of reviews about this problem on the Sorel website, I can't believe they haven't addressed it. Unless you only want boots for one season, I'd skip these.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2010
I just received the boot and have only tried it on in my house. I'm 5'5" and have thin legs and small ankles. I normally wear size 8M. The boots are true to size and it goes up to the top of my calf. I usually find that boots are big on me around the ankle and upper calf area and these boots are no different. In fact, when wearing only socks, the ankle and calf area are a bit bigger than I even normally have to deal with. When I tried it with jeans tucked into the boot it was better but still a bit big for me. Also, I noticed some discomfort on the inside of the boot - As I walked in them the boot rubbed against/pushed into the area just above my achilles tendon. I'm hoping that will work itself out once I use them. They're a beutiful snow boot and they appear to be well constructed. Overall I'm happy with my purchase, but I hope the rubbing will resolve itself.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2011
Size Name: 10 B(M) USColor Name: TobaccoVerified Purchase
Although this boot is super cute and the quality is excellent, I had to return these boots. After wearing them for 1/2 hour, I had blisters on the backs of my ankles from excessive rubbing. I was pleased with the return policy of the site where I bought them and recieved a refund very quickly.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2010
Size Name: 12 B(M) USColor Name: Tusk/StoneVerified Purchase
These boots are everything I hoped they would be! I had to order a size 12, which is one size bigger than normal, and I'm glad I did. They fit! I've only had the chance to wear them out 4-5 times so far, but they are VERY comfortable and VERY cute!! They seem to be well made, so I am hoping they last for several years. I would definitely recommend these boots. Just keep in mind I normally wear a size 11, and after checking out Sorel's sizing chart, I decided to go with the 12. I was a little disappointed that the lace up part is not part of the leak proof part, but so far my feet still have not been cold or wet, even after shoveling through 2 ft. of snow. We shall see.