The last thing you want to buy is a pair of boots that are too small or too big for your feet. Then you’ve got a chore to do in returning them.
Shopping for Sorel boots can be a bit tricky because the brand’s sizing varies depending on the style of boot you’re getting. I’m going to break down everything you need to know before shopping with Sorel so you can get the perfect fit the first time.
Sorel Boots Sizing Guide
I recommend getting your Sorel boots in whatever shoe size you have most frequently in your closet.
So if you’re a size 10 in Nike, Adidas, or Converse, pick up a size 10 in your new Sorel boots.
For other brands like Red Wing, I would recommend ordering a half size smaller (i.e. a size 9.5), which is typical for most boot brands.
But because Sorel also carries a large line of sneakers and other types of shoes, it appears the brand is aiming to keep their sizing consistent across their entire line.
You might experience a little extra wiggle room in your Sorel boots when ordering your true sneaker size, but that can be a benefit because Sorel boots are designed for winter. And a great pair of wool socks is a perfect complement to winter boots. With the bit of extra room, your toes won’t feel cramped or uncomfortable.
Men’s Sorel Boot Size Chart
If you prefer to measure the length of your foot first to get the correct size for your Sorel’s, check out the sizing chart below.
You can also compare Sorel boot sizes to standard UK and EU sizing practices.
Note that this chart will help you find the correct size boot for the length of your foot, but it isn’t able to help you determine the correct width boot you should get. If you have standard width feet, you should get a D width boot.
For guys with wide feet, an E, EE, or EEE size is the best option.
Women’s Sorel Boots Sizing
Sorel women’s boots run half-size small, so it’s important to order up if you’re unsure. However, there’s a variation between different models and styles.
The brand’s most popular models, such as the Caribou and the Tofino, run a half-size large. So, if you’re between sizes, it’s best to order the smaller size. However, other models like the Conquest and the Joan of Arctic run a half-size small, so you need to size up.
Women’s Sorel Boot Size Chart
Sorel Boots Fitting vs. Other Brands (Nike, Adidas, Red Wing, Timberland)
Sorel boots fit similarly to most sneaker brands, including Nike and Adidas. Technically, these brands “run small,” because the sizing is smaller than a true Brannock device measurement.
But so few brands actually go by the true Brannock measurement that it’s fair to say that Sorel runs true to sneaker size.
However, most boot brands are sized off of the Brannock device, so they’re larger than what most people are used to. If you’re a size 10 in your sneakers and dress shoes and you order a size 10 in Red Wing or Timberland boots, you’ll end up with boots that are too big.
For Sorel boots, a size 10 is perfect. And even if it has a little extra room, you can wear a thicker pair of socks and get a comfortable, firm fit.
Sorel Boots Sizing Tips
1. If you’re unsure of your size, always err on the side of buying a larger pair of boots. Sorel boots run small, so you don’t want to end up with a pair that’s too tight and uncomfortable.
2. When trying on your boots, wear the kind of socks you’ll be wearing them with most often. This will help you get a better sense of how the boots will fit and feel when you’re wearing them.
3. Once you’ve got your boots on, walk around the store (or your house on carpet) to see how they feel. Pay attention to whether your feet are slipping around inside the boots or if they’re feeling snug and secure.
4. If you’re buying Sorel boots online, read the sizing information carefully. And always err on buying a larger size if you’re unsure.
5. Finally, remember that Sorel boots are meant to be worn in cold weather, so they usually feel looser than other boots to account for thicker socks. But as long as you’re comfortable, that’s all that matters.
It’s Sorel Time
So do Sorel boots run small? Compared to other boot brands, yes, but compared to most sneaker brands, no.
I recommend you just figure out what the most common shoe size you have in your closet is and get the same size for your Sorel boots.
If you own a lot of Red Wing or Wolverine boots, you’re going to want to get a half size larger than those sizes.
Now that you know everything you need to know for getting the right Sorel boot size, you should get the perfect fit the first time.
So what are you waiting for?
Does Sorel fit true to size?
Yes, Sorel boots fit true to your sneaker size, so if you’re a size 10 in Nike or Adidas sneakers, you’ll be a size 10 in Sorel boots.
How tight should Sorel boots be?
Sorel boots shouldn’t feel tight. Instead, it’s better to have a little room throughout your boots so you can wear a thicker pair of socks in the winter. If you ever feel any tingling in your feet or toes while wearing your Sorel boots: they’re too small. I recommend wearing your new boots inside the house for an hour or two to make sure that they’re not too tight.
Do Sorel boots stretch out?
Most Sorel boots have a rubber upper, and those won’t stretch out at all as you wear them. However, any Sorel boot that has leather through the upper and vamp will stretch a bit as you wear them.