Tofino boots in Autumn Breeze by Sorel | Photo from my Instagram
How to choose winter boots is a very important issue to those of us living in New England (I’m leaving out New York and New Jersey because they get enough press). After years of insisting my Hunters were all I needed, I came to the conclusion after a particularly deep and icy snow/hail/freezing rain storm over New Year’s Eve weekend spent in Killington, Vermont that I needed something a bit more substantial.
I have owned Sorel boots before and despite their high price, I really love their warmth and superior craftsmanship. I think a good pair of winter boots is not simply a splurge but a necessity if you live in New England, and I firmly believe you can tell the difference between something that is “almost waterproof” and “almost made for freezing temps” as soon as you try a pair on. In other words: I don’t flinch at spending a little more for higher quality.
So I went back to Sorel and ordered three pairs from Amazon after extensive online-review reading. Side note: Online review reading if one of my favorite pastimes but can at times be a total time-suck and often keeps me from making a decision. Colin McEnroe actually did a show about this phenomenon. Back to the boots. The Joan of Arctic (which I keep mistakenly calling the Joan of Arcadia — did anyone else watch that show? Loved it.) was by far the most widely-loved pair I found, so I ordered them in Taffy and Shale, then for comparison I ordered the Tofino in Autumn Bronze; one because it has the word “autumn” in the name, two because they look vaguely like bowling shoes, and three because I read in reviews that they are less-bulky than the Joan of Arctics.
The reviews stood up – all three were gorgeous, gorgeous boots, but here was the dilemma: the JoAs made my feet look like Clydesdale hooves (I’m a size 8), and were so bulky in the ankles they were actually kind of hard to walk in. The Tofinos fit better in the ankles, but didn’t feel as legit in the warmth/waterproof department as the JoAs. I have to pause here and give a thumbs up to my friend Helen who told me all of this before I ordered them, but sometimes you just have to learn for yourself.
Next up… The search continues, and there is a resolution!
**Please note, this is in no way a sponsored post by any of the brands mentioned above. When I find products I like, I go into evangelist mode and I want everyone to love them, too. If I ever do a sponsored post on this site (not likely), I will fully disclose you. Trust.
More walking shoes.