UPDATE 12/18/12: After several readers alerted me to this mistake, I confirmed with Sorel that the 1964 Premium T Canvas boot does contain leather at the tongue and heel. I was misinformed by the first customer rep and I thought he was pretty clear on it. But thank you everyone who is keeping a watchful eye on us and keeping us honest!
Winter is here! Er, well, has been here, officially. But the weather has been so mild, an effect of in an unseasonably warm and unpredictable season thus far in the New York City area. Thanks to a notorious tropical storm, things we take for granted, like seasons, seem to be a thing of the past. Thanks a lot, global warming. Oh wait, this is our fault. Ugh. But because the weather has been so jumpy lately we need to be prepared for the worst, and you never know when it could get cold and snowy.
Enter Sorel. This Canadian company has been keeping feet warm and dry since 1962. Initially I wanted to feature exclusively the Sorel 1964 Premium T Canvas Boot, pictured above. But unfortunately it is NOT 100% VEGAN. It is, however, almost. I got on the phone with a very helpful customer service rep to check on this, and he confirmed that while the boot contains no leather, it does contain some sort of animal by-product in the glue. Gah. So, for those of you out there who do not draw that hard line, you might want to consider this as an option.
But for those of you who demand purity, there are a few other offerings in Sorel’s line. Pictured below, they are more for serious winter conditions or winter activities. You only really need these joints if you’re going snow shoeing up a mountain or if you live near Mt. Rainier (or if you just need plain old rubber rain boots). Now I’m making the disclaimer right now that these are not the slickest or fashion-forward boots you’re ever going to find. This is function over form. So I don’t want a whole slew of comments like “these are the most goddamn awful boots I have ever seen blah blah blah blah.” Plus you don’t need to look your best when your digging your car out of a foot of snow. And even if you don’t like these, there are some cute boots for your kids! Then again, if you have some good waterproof vegan winter boots, please enlighten us.
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