There's an extreme cold weather alert in Ontario today (what else is new, lol) and for someone who feels the cold very easily, I need the best assortment of winter outerwear that Canada has to offer! My toes in particular will turn numb if I'm not dressed properly and so, I thought I'd do a post on my experience between Sorel winter boots and Ugg winter boots!
A couple of years ago, I got Airwalk winter boots while I was a university student. They were cheap and because my commute was quick and easy, I didn't have to spend a lot of time outside. For the time-being, these boots did their job.
But last year when I got my full-time job and had a more brutal commute and was forced to stand outside at bus-stops (with buses that rarely showed up), I realized I needed much better boots. I'd had my Airwalk ones for a few years now and they were leaking in water. I remember one commute home as I waited about 30 minutes for a bus in the freezing cold wind, I was convinced I was going to get frost-bite on my toes; I could no longer feel them! That same night after I warmed up at home, I headed straight for the mall in a desperate but determined attempt to find better winter boots.
I'd heard Sorels were the best for winter and after frantically searching the stores, I settled on them.
I never loved them as much as I wanted to. But I was desperate and I asked the saleslady if they would keep my feet warm in weather up to -40 degree windchill (she said yes). I wasn't a huge fan of the tie-up strings, which after awhile, turned extremely hard from the salt, making it difficult to tie up. The inside was also a bit too narrow for my feet. They became a little more stretched after awhile, but not as much as I had hoped. For a bit, they did their duty. They were extremely, 100% water-proof and they definitely could tackle any kind of huge snowfall without anything getting inside!
But even so, I could tell the lining inside wasn't insulated enough for my sensitive toes. My toes were still cold! Despite the fact that they kept the snow out, the lining inside was still too thin for me. I decided I would deal with it next winter if it still bothered me (Note: I probably paid about $200 for them).
Well, now it's next winter! And after already having numb feet from the cold wind this year, a friend convinced me to go out and buy the Ugg winter boots. She had recently bought the shorter-length ones and loved them. Plus for Christmas, I had gotten the regular Uggs (not made for snow) and they kept my feet extremely toasty warm! My feet actually sweat in them!:
These boots are not made for the snow or wet weather but they are great for days where it's extremely icy and dry out, and the wind feels like it's burning against your face. In my opinion, they are actually much warmer than any winter boot I've ever worn - including the actual winter boots made by Ugg!
I searched the stores after Christmas for the Ugg winter boots and - surprise, surprise - they were sold out everywhere in my size. The last store I checked was The Shoe Company and the people there were so very helpful! They searched online with their other affiliated stores, including Town Shoes, and were able to find boots in my size and on sale (Regular: $375 but I nabbed them for $270). They were called: the Ugg Adirondack Tall Boot. I ordered them right away and received them a few days later.
Lemme tell you -- these boats are very warm! My feet slip into them very comfortably and they are kept quite snug. Yet even still, I find if I'm outside in extreme cold weather for too, too long, my toes will still start to turn numb gradually (like they eventually did for Winter Beerfest). And that's even wearing multiple-layered socks! I'm not sure there's anything out there that can really beat Canadian winters (best bet -- just wait for spring?). But this morning as I did my big long walk to one of my jobs in this freezing cold wind, my toes were kept toasty warm thanks to these babies (only wearing one pair of socks!)
It's the lining of this sheepskin, just like in the regular Uggs, that do the trick. It aligns the whole back part of the boot (I personally think it should also align the front part like the regulars) but it's enough to not only keep my toes warm most of the time, but the whole back calf of my leg: which is perfect!
So in my opinion? Ugg winter boots definitely keep my feet and toes overall warmer. The lining inside is more soft, comfortable, and insulated, and they're water-proof, too! I love the regular Uggs as well! They are pricey but if you're anything like me where you feel the cold very easily, it's a purchase that's well made. And they'll last you for a long time!
What do you prefer? - Sorels or Uggs? Or something else perhaps??Whatever works for you, I hope it keeps you toasty warm as we wait for some nicer, warmer weather :)