WHAT WE'RE WEARING: Sorel Slimpack II Boot
If this weekend (and years of living in Minnesota) has taught us anything, it's probably that just when you think spring is on the way, it isn't. Definitely not in February or even March, April is always a gamble, and seeing snow in May isn't completely unheard of.
Which is why today I'm wearing one of my favorite purchases of the winter: my Sorel Slimpack II Lace Duck Boot.
Though my requirements for boots were -I thought- reasonable, I had a pretty difficult time finding a the perfect boot. I take the bus downtown everyday, so I need something warm and waterproof as sometimes (especially in inclement weather) I can be waiting outside for quite some time before a packed bus arrives at my stop. In addition, I wanted a boot that was tall enough to be of use during/immediately after a snowstorm when sidewalks haven't been cleared but not too tall that I couldn't regularly wear them out and about on quick errands without looking ridiculously over-prepared and getting way too hot.
Warm, waterproof, and as stylish as I can get away with while satisfying the probably more important duties of a winter a boot--that was my goal.
I've always loved Sorel. I have an old pair of my mom's that, while not the cutest pair of boots I own, have held up incredibly well over the years and are still very warm. Even the dark brown leather upper has held up over all these years. A new pair of liners, and these puppies will be good to go. But alas, because they are just what you think of when you think of big ol' winter boots, they just wouldn't work for running around downtown Minneapolis everyday while trying to look a twenty-something fashion blogger (yes, I am in my 30's, which makes this point even more important).
Enter Sorel's Slimpack II Lace Duck Boot. With an insulated waterproof vulcanized rubber shell, I have the water resistance that I'm definitely going to need today. And even better is that the upper part of the boot is made of full-grain leather that's also waterproof. My favorite part of the aesthetics of the boot is the quilted wool felt collar detail at the top of them--making them look as cozy as they feel. The inside has a microfleece lining that is attached--no more having the liner come out as you take off your boot. Sorel uses Vulcanized rubber for the soles to help with traction and I can verify that it does make a huge difference.
My one concern with these boots initially was the little bit of a heel that they have. I can safely say, as someone who struggles wearing heels under the best of conditions, that this is not a problem at all. They offer great traction and I can confidently strut and stomp over all the ice and through all the puddles that I want.
My one disclaimer, and this is even posted right on Sorel's website, is that they do run small. I knew that I would buy my boots about a half size bigger to accommodate warm winter socks, but with this pair I ended up going up 1 1/2 sizes up from my regular shoe size.
They come in a wonderful variety of colors, and I had a really difficult time choosing what pair I wanted. I ultimately went with the black pair with red laces (though I am considering changing out the laces). because I really liked how the dark grey wool top looked with the black leather.
I spent a lot of time searching for a winter boot that was warm, waterproof, and versatile enough to look good while being functional during a snowy Minnesota winter and I've got to say, these Sorels are perfect. I can safely say these boots are made for walkin', and that's just what they'll do. Ev'ryday these boots are gonna walk down to the 6U.