Sorel Tofino Canvas Boot Review
Sorel, once again, mixes fashion-forward and function with the Tofino Canvas Boot. Last year, I tested out Sorel’s Cate the Great and fell in love instantly. Since the Tofinos arrived, I sadly have not stepped foot in my Cates. The Tofinos are not only attractive, they pack features that make them worthy of calling themselves a pair or Sorel’s.
The Tofinos feature a Tivoli waterproof shell that has yet to allow a drop of moisture to enter, despite some serious puddle-splashing and long walks in deep snow. The transitions between the outsole, leather shell, and waxed canvas upper are sealed and sewn with impeccable detail and quality; I anticipate these boots will continue to perform for many years to come. The waxed canvas upper is flexible, and is comfortable on the first wear.
The shell is lighter and has a different fit and feel from previous Sorel’s that I’ve worn, most notably the Caribou’s and Cate the Great’s. The Tofinos weigh in at 1 lb 5 oz for a size 7, which is lighter than the market average. As you can see, the Tofinos are significantly narrower as well. Inside, they don’t feel uncomfortably narrow around the foot, just less roomy or loose fitting. I actually like this fit a bit more because it helps keep the boot from feeling sloppy on my foot as I walk. The Tofinos are available in half sizes from 5-11, and also available in size 12. I ordered a size 9, my typical non-running shoe size, and was pleased with the fit. I can wear a pair of thick socks if I want, with a little room to spare. Therefore, I feel that the Tofinos are true to size.
Boots must not only protect your feet from the elements, they must also keep your feet warm. To accomplish this, the Tofino features 100g Thinsulate® synthetic insulation and Sherpa Pile polyester fleece lining to keep feet cozy. The Tofinos carry a temperature rating of approximately -25 degrees Fahrenheit. Obviously, degree of warmth depends on a multitude of factors; activity level, blood circulation and metabolism of the wearer, to name a few. But I have found the warmth to be comparable to other Sorel’s that I have worn. These boots also feature faux fur along the top 3 inches or so. The faux fur does more than add a bit of style; it also helps seal out the cool air, prevent heat from escaping, and block the entry of snow. The faux fur has yet to shed on my leggings or tights, which is important if wearing these boots to the office.
As for comfort and style, the Tofinos excel in this department as well. They feature a lace-up design, which allows the wearer to get a more customized fit, as opposed to zippered or pull-on boots. For those of you who are a little lazy like me, you can tie them loosely and pull them on with the assistance leather loops on either side for easy on and off. These boots hit at about mid-calf and have yet to cause rubbing or hot spots.
The Tofinos are available in four color combinations; Chili Pepper/Black, Black/Kettle, Black/Oyster, and Dark Olive/Sudan, all of which feature metal rivets and contrasting tan faux fur. I’ve been testing the Chili Pepper/Black combo and have received quite a few compliments. If you aren’t into flashy, perhaps the Black/Kettle color combo is more your speed, with gray faux fur and black accents. The Tofinos retail for $140, which is a pretty great deal for a pair of winter boots!