The Most Influential Gear of All Time: Sorel Caribou

1972

Sorel Caribou

Sorel Caribou     Photo: Courtesy of Sorel

Sorel was the first boot brand to unite leather uppers, handcrafted vulcanized rubber shells, and removable felt liners for warmth and weather protection. The three materials combined to give this boot all the best characteristics of each—and were placed appropriately for maximum weather proofing and comfort. At the time, most winter boots were made from a single material, like leather, with uniform insulation. But not only was the design revolutionary, it was way ahead of its time: The Caribou remains one of the company’s most popular styles today.

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