Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sorel's Joan of Arctic Boots Put Winter In Its Place!

Sorel Footwear's "Joan of Arctic" Winter Boots for Women
I am Canadian and don't let the weather keep me indoors.  Even in the very worst weather, when there's hardly a soul around, you can see me outside with the kids tobogganing, building snowmen, "igloos" and even walking for fitness in the frigid weather.  To prepare myself for subzero weather, I just bundle myself up with a hat, scarf and warm gloves and I'm ready to go.  I own a parka and am not afraid to wear it!  And for the first time ever this year, I own a pair of snow pants!  YAHOO!

But up until last week, I was a Canadian devoid of winter boots.  My last year's ones, which I unaffectionately called "space boots", had cracked and were letting ice water seep onto my freezing feet!  The boots had to go immediately, but that meant finding a great replacement pair this year.  If you're a busy mom, you'll know that getting a chance to go boot shopping is not a common occurrence.  So I began my search online, looking for a brand that would survive the Canadian winter: which meant warm, waterproof, comfortable, dry...and okay, cute!

I began searching on Sorel Footwear's Website because I had owned a great pair of winter boots that had lasted me for almost a decade many years prior!  No, not the "space boots" that I mentioned earlier, but a wonderful pair that had kept me warm through blizzards, ice rain, and dog walking on the coldest days of the year.  My kids have also owned Sorel winter boots over the years, and they have been handed down reliably from child to child.
A Closer Look at Sorel's Joan of Arctic Boots
I fell in love with Sorel's Joan of Arctic boot that not only had a cute name, but was also a cute boot with the tuft of faux fur on top!  The pair you see above is in "tobacco/sudan brown" colour.  The boot is beautifully rated at -32° Celsius/-25° fahrenheit, which is great for women who want toasty warm feet in the winter!  And listen to this: the boots feature seam-sealed waterproof construction, and waterproof full-grain and suede upper.  I like that Joan of Arctic boots measure about 12" in height, so I don't get a bootful of snow when I'm walking in a snowdrift.  I found the boots comfortable to wear.    

Other features include a removable 6mm recycled felt InnerBoot for added warmth, and a 25mm bonded felt frost plug.  A fantastic feature on those melty days is the handcrafted waterproof vulcanized rubber shell with herringbone outsole.  The boots are very well made and cost $190 CDN on Sorel Footwear.ca, which is well worth the price for a boot that will last for many years to come.

The Joan of Arctic winter boots come in Tobacco/Sudan Brown, Black/Sail Red, Shale, Curry and Black colours.
Sorel's Joan of Arctic Boot Is Fairly Tall - Great for Stepping Into Snowdrifts!
Sorel's Joan of Arctic winter boots were intended to be worn as tie-up boots, but can also be slipped on if the laces are slightly loosened.  They also have 2 handles on each side of the boot, which really helps when pulling up these tallish boots.  I do find them a little hard to pull off (though easier than rain boots!), but this can be remedied by loosening the laces.  I also love that the boots come in half sizes, as I often end up with a pair of boots that are too loose.  The boots are available in full and half sizes from women's sizes 5 to 11...and also in full-sized 12!   

I would highly recommend Sorel's Joan of Arctic winter boots for any woman who wants to stay warm, dry, comfortable and cute this winter!  If you have a harsh winter to contend with, then these boots will be a great asset!

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32 comments:

  1. I love the look of those boots! It definitely looks extremely warm and frankly kinda cute on you. I have heard amazing things about Sorels Boots.

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    1. Thanks Jeannie! Those boots kept my feet toasty yesterday!

      Jenna

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  2. Love love love Sorel Boots.. Great review

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  3. Sorel boots are the first ones I look at

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  4. These are great boots Jenna! My ten year old wears a ladies 8!!! So we bought these for her just this winter and she loves them. They are so cute with the fur and they will keep her dry. Perfect combo!

    Suz

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    1. Suz, wow! Your daughter's growing well, congratulations! She will stay warm and dry this winter!

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  5. I love Sorel boots, the kids all have them but not me. They are necessary in our Canadian winters. The Joan of Artics are very stylish, looking good Jenna :)

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    1. Thanks Dawn! You're right about the boots being necessary in our climate! I'm enjoying the boots very much.

      Jenna

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  6. I've never tried these boots but boy do I want too. Right now I have a pair of what looks like uggs but are not. They also leak if walking in slush. :(

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    1. Amy, I hate leaking boots and the remedy: plastic bags in boots!

      Jenna

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  7. Thos boots look so damn comfy! I have Sorels and love them.

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    1. Craig, I'm glad that I have Sorels again this year! I know I will be set for the winter!

      Jenna

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  8. We have Sorel boots in this house too! We spend the winter at the rink. :) But, mine do not have that nice fur so I think it might be time for an upgrade. :) Thanks for the info! They look really nice.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! The ice rink is SO chilly, I get chilly just thinking of it! Cheers to a boot upgrade!

      Jenna

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  9. hubs has a pair of sorels too, they are so warm and toasty!

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    1. Warm and toasty is the only way to be in the Canadian winter, MVTB!

      Jenna

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  10. Thats one thing I always have trouble finding for winter, good boots! These look nice, comfy and warm! Thanks for sharing your findings!

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    1. Thanks Alyssa! There are so many sizes in the boots and half sizes too, so this is the first year in a while that I have boots that fit properly.

      Jenna

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  11. honestly, these boots would be so fantastic. currently i have a pair of walmart winterboots and not only are they falling apart.. THEY ARE RUSTY! So wrong.

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    1. Retrophiliac, rusty? That's just nuts for a pair of boots! Time for a new pair!

      Jenna

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  12. I haven't had those in years. These look really nice. I may be in the market for some again soon. My kids could use another set of really good ones. We live in boots all winter and then skates and so forth. Warnth is not optional.

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    1. Paula, it's such a good feeling to have a good pair of winter boots! And once their in place, they last and last and last.

      Jenna

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  13. Love the pose Jenna! I know just the person who would love a pair of boots like this.

    Melinda

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    1. Thanks Melinda! They're great boots, and I've seen them all over in fashion magazines this month.

      Jenna

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  14. I loved my sorels. I had a pair that keep your feet warm to -40 and someone took them or 'relocated' them. Yours are really cute.

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    1. Thanks bobbi! It's just wrong that someone would take your winter boots!

      Jenna

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  15. I read your review....and bought a pair of Sorel's Joan of Arctic boots on Saturday! I have to admit (shhhhh) I'm wearing them right now under my desk at work. My toes are super toasty warm! :)

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    1. Awesome Nancy, what colour did you buy? I really love the boots and wore them through the snow today! I see the Joan of Arctic boots popping up in fashion magazines everywhere this month.

      Jenna

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    2. I bought the black ones with cream stitching! It was a hard decision about which pair I would get! I have to say I've worn them everyday since I bought them!

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    3. The black with the cream stitching is a nice choice, Nancy! With the snow today in Toronto, you can bet I was wearing mine and stayed very cozy!

      Jenna

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