Makings of a Blizzard Icon: A SOREL History

Today, we all know SOREL as the boot brand that changed the game when it comes to slushy-weather style. But where did it all begin? How did SOREL make its boots essential at the first sign of snowflake? Here’s the breakdown.

A SOREL Timeline

1962: It’s cold in Canada (like, really cold). This is the year SOREL is founded by Ontario-based Kaufman Rubber Co. to do something about it.

1985: The brand builds its reputation on boots that can handle everything from drizzle to snowpocalypse.

2000: After declaring bankruptcy, SOREL is acquired and revitalized by Columbia Sportswear Co.

2010: This is a breakout year. The brand steps up its fashion game with ads in Vogue and boot styles with names like “Joan of Arctic.”

Today: SOREL is now firmly cemented as the go-to for those who aren’t afraid to get their boots dirty.

Our SOREL Boutique opens Friday, January 17, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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January 17, 2014

Stay Warm (While Keeping Your Shape): Style That Combats the Chill

True: The weather is starting to really bite, and the snowman-esque looks are officially in action. But in my book, as long as you get two things right, you can still look totally put together.

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November 17, 2013

4 Ways to Wear Boots Year-Round (You’re Welcome)

How to turn the winter staple into an all-season favorite

Everyone knows that boots are made for winter, right? Well, call me unconventional, but I’m a year-round fan of certain styles. Winter, spring, summer – you name the season and I’m wearing them. The best part? It’s a big money-saver when it comes to pedicures.

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1. In the spring, throw on a pair of shorts and mid-calf boots. It’s a celebrity favorite in California, and there’s no reason you can’t pull it off in the Northeast, too. On top, always go for a loose shirt to balance out the look.

2. In the summer, toughen up ladylike sundresses with an unexpected suede bootie. Just make sure to pick a pair that hits no higher than the ankle to avoid overheating.

3. When the fall chill starts to set in, look to a fitted skirt and heeled boot. Remember: always allow a few inches between your hem and your boot.

4. In the winter (or rather, boot season), break out that miniskirt you always reserve for summer, add tights, and pull on a pair of flat over-the-knee boots. The key here is to skip a heel so you’ll look polished and appropriately pulled-together.

The For the Love of Boots: Women’s Every-Height Styles Boutique opens Friday, January 25, at 3PM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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January 25, 2013