Outdoors

Outdoor gear item of the week for Jan. 2

Sorel Women’s Joan of Arctic Knit II boot offers a mid-calf design and a vulcanized rubber sole that can grip the slickest surfaces.
Sorel Women’s Joan of Arctic Knit II boot offers a mid-calf design and a vulcanized rubber sole that can grip the slickest surfaces.

Sorel’s Joan of Arctic Knit II boot

The situation: Winter boots are attracting more attention than ever these days, inspiring many to step up their cold-weather footwear game.

An answer: The perfect blend of fashion and function, Sorel Women’s Joan of Arctic Knit II boot can help you look savvy without limiting your outdoor adventures. Their mid-calf design, along with a vulcanized rubber sole that can grip the slickest surfaces, sets them apart from the ubiquitous rain boots so popular right now.

The details: The Joan of Arctic Kit II is seam-sealed and entirely waterproof, made from a suede leather upper that Sorel is well-known for. Adding to the comfort factor, they have a recycled felt inner boot lining that keeps toes toasty and is removable and washable (particularly useful after those long hikes). Front laces with durable holders make them easy to pull on and off. The boots are rated to -32 degrees Fahrenheit and have a 12 3/4-inch shaft height (based on women’s U.S. size 9). Available in a range of women’s shoe sizes from 5 to 12, and in gray, tan, and black, each with a patterned liner.

Price: $170.

Availability: For more information, go to sorel.com.

Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, Tribune News Service

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