• Sorel Caribous


    Spend a significant amount of time in New England and you’re likely to experience a run in with Old Man Winter. Not the fleeting visit we oddly experienced this year, but the kind of winter that settles in for a season bringing with it snow, biting wind chills, and a white Christmas. It’s a snow boot kind of winter. Sorel Caribous are made for just that occasion. Founded in Kitchener, Ontario by Kaufman Rubber Co. in 1962, Sorel’s Caribou boot boasts a handcrafted, waterproof vulcanized rubber shell, seam-sealed waterproof leather upper, and a 9mm ThermoPlus™ felt inner boot. They’re for women too. Amanda Brooks has been romping around her Adirondacks home in them for over 30 years. While my preference is for Caribous made in Canada (prior to 2000), they are difficult to find. I picked up my latest pair from Kith in New York, Ronnie Fieg’s boutique concept shop. Here’s to hoping for a longer visit from the Old Man next December.

    Sorel Caribou in Tobacco, $130-$150

    Mar 16, 2012 | Permalink (7) Total Comments

    Cole Morgan left a comment on 3/27/2012 at 9:21 PM:

    awwwwwwww billy

    DSRG left a comment on 3/22/2012 at 8:39 AM:

    Growing up in Buffalo, NY (only a few blocks away from the great store O’Connell’s), my father and grandfather always had Sorel boots.  I just got my own pair of Caribou boots this winter…in time for the warmest winter I’ve ever experienced.  They are great boots, but I agree with previous commenters that they are HEAVY.

    M left a comment on 3/21/2012 at 4:21 PM:

    its 82 in rye beach today- i’m trying to get some spring summer vibes, i love the sorels but we off that for now!!  Please do some transition to warm weather posts!!!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/21/2012 at 2:53 PM:

    @Alfred—Exercise the etiquette to actually leave a legitimate email address and I’ll be happy to clear up any of your confusion.

    Alfred left a comment on 3/21/2012 at 2:43 PM:

    [Moderated due to excessive rudeness]

    Carson left a comment on 3/21/2012 at 1:40 PM:

    I had this exact pair this winter, but exchanged them for Bean Boots with Gortex.  I think this Sorel design is too heavy, and a little bit more casual than Bean Boots.  I agree, to each his own!

    MGM left a comment on 3/21/2012 at 9:46 AM:

    Yes, this is a classic snow boot.  Everyone I know has a pair, sort of like the Sperry boat shoe.  The difference is this: I ONLY wear them in heavy snow, while some of my other friends wear them all winter, even when there is no snow.  But to each his own.  There is no doubt about it—it is a classic boot that everyone should own (again, assuming you live in an area that experiences heavy snow in the winter).