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Old 01-27-2011, 11:42 PM   #1
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Canadian-made Sorel boots?

My first pair of Sorels finally wore out after almost 10 years. Everything I'm reading about the current generation of Sorels in the US says they are of reduced quality and are made in Vietnam (I had enough of that in 1969 and 1970, thank you).

My question to our neighbors up North is, can you still get Sorels made in Canada, or failing that, do you have a recommendation for a warm, waterproof boot?

Thanks in advance;
Dave (in a place with no winter to speak of, but with plans to move somewhere where there is serious winter when I retire)
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:01 AM   #2
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Re: Canadian-made Sorel boots?

One word.... "Baffin" make some of the warmest winter boots.
I work outside in the winter some days 8 hours minus 30 C.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:11 AM   #3
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Re: Canadian-made Sorel boots?

Yes they still make Sorels,
mine are 30 years old and still going strong.
Rubber bottoms not plastic, full leathers uppers, and three liners.
I recently bought my wife and son pairs, gortex uppers
Nothing like warm feet
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:54 AM   #4
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Yes they still make Sorels,
mine are 30 years old and still going strong.
Rubber bottoms not plastic, full leathers uppers, and three liners.
I recently bought my wife and son pairs, gortex uppers
Nothing like warm feet
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Thanks for the response. Do you know if they are made in Canada or somewhere else?

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Old 01-28-2011, 07:56 AM   #5
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One word.... "Baffin" make some of the warmest winter boots.
I work outside in the winter some days 8 hours minus 30 C.
Thank you...I will check them out.

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Old 01-28-2011, 11:05 AM   #6
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Re: Canadian-made Sorel boots?

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Dave (in a place with no winter to speak of, but with plans to move somewhere where there is serious winter when I retire)
WHY ?

Serious winter just isn't what its made out to be...

over priced heating costs for your home;
snow removal;
slippery stuff on the roads;
snow plow crews plowing snow into your driveway;
freeze your @$$ off;
spend 4 to 6 months dreaming about warmer weather and spending to much time on internet forums;

There is a reason that Arizona and Florida have a lot of Canadian retirees living the winter months down there.

Just my thoughts (not to be taken to seriously)

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Old 01-28-2011, 11:28 AM   #7
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Re: Canadian-made Sorel boots?

Mine and my sons are made in Canada,
embossed into the sole a maple leaf, and it says made in Canada
My wife that are goretex upper do not say.
The last pair my wife's where bought at Marks clothing
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P.S. please don't take this as a plug for any store :-)
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Old 01-29-2011, 03:16 AM   #8
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Re: Canadian-made Sorel boots?

I believe we get what you might refer to as serious winter weather here in the Yukon, we just went through a spell of weather that on one night went down to minus 44 C, but at that time I am in bed so Imissed it, Damn.

Through out the day it hovered around minus 37C for a week or so, most of the time if I am just going out to the store or for a brief period 30 minutes or so I just slip on a pair of LL Bean loafers, no lining, and a pair of wool socks.

There are several makes of shoes and boots sold at work warehouse that claim they will keep your feet warm to minus 50 >70 C.
One type of boot sold up here is to be worn with light socks or no socks at all, and will keep your feet warm down to minus 70 C, you can even fill them up with water and they will work down to minus 70 C
These boots were designed and made for the US Army.

My feeling is when they find your body frozen in the snow bank, you can be assured your feet will not be frozen.

After sixty years in the high Arctic and the sub arctic, I have found there is nothing better than wool socks, inside duffles, and a pair of rubbers.
Another thing that helps is insoles made of a fly screen like material between the bottom of your feet and the inside sole of your boot (Air Space)

As an old Eskimo (Inuk) told me 35 years ago. "Only a whiteman will freeze to death" A lot of keeping warm is in your mind and how you act.

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Old 01-29-2011, 06:26 AM   #9
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Re: Canadian-made Sorel boots?

Doug, thank you very much for sharing your experiences. I think I will retract my statement about "serious" winter weather in light of your definitions. We're giving thought to retiring in South Dakota, so I doubt I encounter anything as extreme as those you describe.

I really didn't know how much I disliked the Chicago winters until I left there 25 years ago. I worked outdoors at OHare field for many winters, and it got fairly cold at times. The coldest I experienced was a month long spell of -10 to -20 (F) [-29 C]. The coldest we had was a night of -33 (F) with some fairly substantial winds. Not a pleasant night to be out loading aircraft. Again, nothing like yours though.

Maybe I can find the Canadian-made Sorels around here or on line.

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Old 01-30-2011, 07:40 PM   #10
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Re: Canadian-made Sorel boots?

I was in a fashion store here in Canada yesterday. There were Sorel slippers, but they were made in China.
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