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Women's Caribou® Boot


https://www.sorel.com/womens-caribou-boot-NL1005.html NL1005
Style # 1003812


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The Details


Often imitated but never equaled, the original Sorel boot features waterproof construction, seam-sealing and a removable ThermoPlus™ felt inner boot for warmth, comfort and protection in cold and wet winter weather.

Best For: Heavy Snow

The Construction


  • UPPER: Waterproof nubuck leather upper. Seam sealed waterproof construction.
  • INSULATION: Removable 9mm washable recycled felt inner boot with Sherpa Pile snow cuff.
  • MIDSOLE: 2.5 mm bonded felt frost plug.
  • OUTSOLE: Handcrafted waterproof vulcanized rubber shell with Sorel aero-trac non loading outsole.

  • SOREL rated: -40° Fahrenheit / -40° Celsius
  • Shaft Height: 8 1/2 in.
  • Heel Height: 1 1/6 in.
  • Platform Height: 5/7 in.
  • Measurements based on size 7.
  • Imported.


Women's Size Chart

5 3 36 22
5.5 3.5 36.5 22.5
6 4 37 23
6.5 4.5 37.5 23.5
7 5 38 24
7.5 5.5 38.5 24.5
8 6 39 25
8.5 6.5 39.5 25.5
9 7 40 26
9.5 7.5 40.5 26.5
10 8 41 27
10.5 8.5 41.5 27.5
11 9 42 28
12 10 43 29

How to Measure Your Foot

  • Place your feet flat on a piece of paper and mark your longest toe and the back of your foot. It's best to do this standing and wearing socks
  • Measure the length (cm) straight from your longest toe to the back of your foot using a ruler or measuring tape.
  • Use the chart to find your size.


Women's Caribou® Boot is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 508.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Runs way too large Sorel lover, decided to purchase this boot for soon to be 13 yo; she's taller than me and wears a size 9 in all the usual suspects. After reading the reviews I purposely sized down and purchased am 8.5. they looked and felt like boats on her slender and narrow feet. Luckily, we live close enough that we traveled to the Sorel store in the city; I brought her in for the exchange---we ended up with a 7.5 with boot socks on! Buyer beware and make your best guestimate on the size you need.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Womens Caribou A serious cold weather boot. True to size, but go up a half size if you plan on wearing a heavy sock.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent snow boots! I bought these boots for a trip to Colorado and general commuting in snowy weather. They are perfect for both! They are so comfortable to walk in and I have not slipped on ice at all in them. Definitely great boots for rough weather. And better yet, they look amazing!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product This boot is the best quality, warmest I've ever owned. I live in Michigan, it gets below 0 sometimes and my feet have never been cold. I will own a pair from now on! Very worth the cost!!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Size down! These boots are great for cold weather and trekking through the snow. I would recommend sizing down. I am a standard 7 in almost all other shoes but I ordered this in a 6.5 per other reviewer suggestions. I still have some wiggle room but the boots are especially big if they are worn without thick socks.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Caribou Boot! I purchased these because I live in Minnesota and my kids are both Nordic skiers. The meets get cold, especially when you are standing as a spectator. These boots are very warm! Two weeks ago the meet had air temps of 1 degree F, with wind chills below zero. My feet were toasty warm the whole time. A lot of the reviews say the boots run large, but for me that was not true. I originally ordered a size 10 (as I typically wear a size 10), but my toes were to the end of the boot with no room. I sadly had to return them, and I ordered an 11. They are the perfect size for me. One other thing I read online was that there is some rubbing on the backs of the heels. This was true the first time I wore them, but after that it was fine. I think picking better socks helped so they didn't shift around as much. Go with taller Smart Wool and the heels should be fine. Overall, love these boots and so glad I can stand out in the snow watching the skiers and not have have my feet freeze.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps me warm I’ve always heard that these run a little too big so I ordered a half size smaller and they fit perfectly! I got them so I would be able to walk our Bernese, and they keep my feet warm and dry!
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Boots I have wide feet and I wasn’t sure these boots were gonna fit but they fit great. I would recommend these to anyone who wants them and isn’t sure.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sorel caribou These are great boots! I have no complaints. Size is slightly large but it works great with wool socks. I wear a 7.5 usually which is what I purchased and worked great.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Traditional Traditional style you can’t go wrong. Love them
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Snow Boot These are the best snow boots I’ve ever had! They keep my feet so warm even if I’m wearing a regular ankle sock. They do fit slightly bigger but I like this because I am able to wear thick socks without having my toes squished. If the price deters you, trust me they are worth every penny!
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for the mountain Brought these on my trip to the mountain and I was impressed. These were very comfortable to walk in on the mountain (in heavy snow) and also in town. I would recommend these to everyone!
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Warmest boots! I received a pair of the caribou boots as a gift. These are the warmest and most comfortable boots I've ever owned. As a bonus they are stylish too! I highly recommend these boots!
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best snow boot I’ve ever purchased For a long time I was buying a cheap, poorly constructed pair of snow boots every year. I finally bit the bullet and bought a pair of Sorel Caribou boots, and have not regretted it for a second. They did have a tiny bit of a break-in period, but nothing I wasn’t used to with new shoes/boots. They’re my exclusive footwear as soon as it starts getting cold and slushy, and they’ve kepy me warm and dry since the winter of 2014. The liner is warm and removable, the rubber is durable and hasn’t cracked (even in negative degree weather), and the stitching on the leather is all still 100% intact. My only issues with the boot are that 1.) they’re heavy. If you’re not used to wearing heavy boots, it’ll take a little getting used to. I wore down the heels (not bad) on both of them from accidentally dragging my feet. 2.) At first, the liner was *too* removable. They were coming out every time I took the boots off, and since they weren’t broken in yet, the material was stiff and kind of a pain to get back in. All in all, a great boot, and I would absolutely purchase them again if I needed to buy new ones.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Caribou Quality is amazing! Leaving in Michigan this boot is a perfect choice for our cold and snowy season! I finally found a boot that my feet stay warm and dry!!
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm Rugged Boots These boots are made for COLD weather. Are they bulky...yes but they are SO WARM. It was -30 today (-8 but -30 with wind chill) and my feet were the only things that stayed warm. I would not get these boots if you live in a "cool" climate but I am in Northern New England and they are perfect! I take a size 9-9.5 and I got a 9. They do run a little big, but there is lots of room for a heavy sock and you can get away with these being a little bigger since they are a snow boot.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for Wisconsin Winters! My youngest daughter was so happy to get these for Christmas— as a college student in Northern Wisconsin, she has to hike through snow and cold to get across campus. These boots fit the bill and of course, the Sorel brand gave her the quality and style she wanted. My older daughter has had a pair for three years up at the same college and they’ve held up great! I would definitely recommend these boots for stylish, warm and dry winter wear!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Daughters boots I bought this pair for my daughter. I have had a pair for 20 years. They have lasted through the years. Great quality. I hope my daughters pair will last as long.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Fit Our daughter LOVES her new boots!! The fit was perfect and the warmth is great. She loves the slate gray color as it goes with anything. Will absolutely purchase from this company again!
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I purchased these boots after much research online for a few days. They are suppose to be rated for -40 degrees. I went snowmobiling in 20 degrees in Ohio and my feet were the only thing on me frozen. I also just wore them around one day in and out of the car/house and my feet are cold! very disappointed.
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great boots I was concerned about sizing but they fit just right. I wear a size 10 in other shoes and ordered a 10. I’ll be able to wear a thick pair of socks and keep warm.
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from SADLY DISAPPOINTED I loved these boots the minute I seen them- I ordered the shale gray- I was very disappointed when they arrived- I was so excited tried on immediately and these boots are HUGE and HEAVY. I am normally a 9-10 depending on the style of the shoe and i ordered a 9 in these and they are just way to big and bulky. I literally feel like a man. Is there a way of returning somehow-I did order online and i love them i just need a smaller size :(
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE!! Feet stay completely dry, super comfy.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great boots *When I preview this review, it said incentivized review. I don't know of any incentive, got nothing for reviewing. Just my honest opinion.* I saw so many reviews saying these ran huge. I usually wear a 9-10, width is about a C, so wide-ish. I got them in US size 10 and they fit perfectly with a medium thickness wool sock. They are heavy and solid (some would say clunky), but it's not like they're made for high fashion wear. They are perfect for keeping feet warm and dry when it's cold and / or snowy outside. They might be too much for somewhere the temps don't go much below freezing and 2" of snow is a lot. But for me, in Wisconsin, they're perfect! These boots have me almost looking forward to more snow - almost!
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winter warm My Caribou's were a gift from my mom. Just moved to NYC and it's cold!! The boots are stylish and best of all my feet are dry and warm. Perfect.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Boots are huge Pretty disappointed here. I ordered 10.5 as I usually wear btwn a 10.5-11, boots were way too big even while wearing thick thermal socks. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue but I can not simply exchange them, instead I have to pay $6 to return them and then buy another pair while I sit and wait for a refund. Besides being too large the boots didn’t seem particularly warm, although I only had them on in the house. With the numerous reports of cracking rubber I will not be purchasing another pair of Sorel boots.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these! These boots are perfect. They fit well and they keep my feet so warm. I love them.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tremendous Walked 7 miles in the snow in NYC, not to mention I am pregnant, and my feet were completely dry and very warm. Not to mention they were so comfortable I could have walked another 7 miles with no issues. Highly recommend these boots.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Fit & Very Warm I work at a ski resort, and these boots are perfect for early mornings and trudging through the snow. I have very wide feet, and these are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. Lots of wiggle room in the toe box, and the wool liner is super cozy. The leather is beautiful and the fuzz on the top is a great touch. So happy to have got these!
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love them! As a college student, I spend a lot of time walking, so when the temperatures drop I just put on these boots and my feet stay warm. I would've imagined them to be heavy but they aren't! They come with a liner inside are extremely durable. I went down 1/2 a size because they run slightly large. I would highly recommend these and will be bringing them along on my ski trip !
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm boots, didn't require break in time I bought these boots just before leaving for a 10-day vacation (from a warm area) to Norway. I didn't bring any other shoes, so I was VERY excited that these boots didn't require any break in time and were comfy from the first day. They also fit as expected. I usually wear a size 8 but ordered a size 8.5 to allow for thicker socks and some room around the toes. The rest of the boot fit well, and I got not blisters. These shoes were so warm that I was able to wear them for any activity during my trip, and my feet were warm the whole time. Now, I'm dreaming of other cold weather destinations so I can wear these classic-looking, comfortable, warm boots!
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too large Typically between a 6 1/2- 7 in shoes. I read other reviews that said these boots ran big, so I wasn't sure what size to get. I ended up ordering a 6 1/2 and they were too large. I returned and reordered a size 6. I could've probably gone down to a 5 1/2, but I didn't want to take the chance. The size 6 felt much better than the 6 1/2. Aside from the fit issues everything else about these boots are amazing. I've already worn them in the snow and they keep my feet nice and toasty.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Boots! These boot are such a classic! Finally replaced a pair that was over 25 years old. This pair will be perfect for my next 1/4 century of winter adventures! They do fit slightly large. I ordered a half size down based on feedback and was a perfect fit
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warmest Boots EVER!!! They do fit slightly large, but I still wear my size, because I intended on always having on super thick socks when I’m wearing snow boots. I love them! They are my favorite boots to date!
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm, Comfy & Easy on the eyes Definitely a great buy! I needed some snow boots that weren’t too flashy or boring and these were perfect. I got the grey ones so they’re modest and look great with everything. I will warn you however that these boots look huge and are a little on the heavier side, but what else would you expect from snow boots?
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keep you warm This boots are great for winter weather. The only thing is that the run large. I’m a size 7 and that’s what I first got but it was too big, so I got a 6.5 and it’s still a Little big on me.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the most reliable winter boot out there. I have a pair of these boots, and every year, I buy a pair for my oldest child. The other kids then wear it. This is the best boot. It looks good, holds up extremely well and keeps your feet warm and comfy.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Caribou womens boot Excellent winter boot for my daughter who is attending college in the snowbelt of Michigan! Waterproof on the outside and warm and fuzzy inside for warmth. Durable construction sure to last a few rough winters!
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for brutal winters! This boot is warm, stylish, and doesn't smash my toes together!!! They are on the heavy side but that doesn't bother me. They are very comfy and my feet are toasty in serious negative temps. Love them! Got shale stone color. I went down a full size from the Tivoli II. I prefer the width of the caribou.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm, Reliable Boot We love the Sorel boots because they are warm, reliable in the cold weather, and cute. The boot did run a little big on me, so I sized down a half size (I normally wear a 7 and bought a 6.5). However my sister wears her regular size.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these boots! They’re easy to put on and remove and they keep my feet warm. Love ‘em
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything expected and more This was my first time buying Sorel’s and I must admit, I️ had high expectations because I’d heard such great things. I️ was looking forward to wearing them in the winter but they are SO PERFECT that I️ don’t even want to put them on! I️ don’t feel worthy of such great shoes!
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great snow boot! We live in a very snowy area and I never have to worry about my feet getting cold. These boots are AMAZING! The traction on the bottom is wonderful to have for those icy conditions and I love that the lining comes out so I can wash it. Definitly recommend buying this boot for your snow boot!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome boots Perfect for wet and cold rain or snow and cute to boot
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fit big I'm a size 7.5 and the boots I got were more of an 8. Other then that they are super cute and comfortable.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warmest boot I purchased a pair over 35 years ago, loved them. Snowmobiled up in Maine and Canada. My feet were nice and warm. I decided to buy another pair although the old ones were still in good shape, it was time to retire them. Sorel by far is the warmest.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent boot I love these boots! They are so warm I only need a thin sock. They have great traction and let no moisture in. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay boots, no long lasting I had bought the caribous, needing them because I was working outside in the mountains. They do run a little large and are a slightly bulky. I was okay with them being a little bulky, thinking that they would be especially warm. Unfortunately they were only okay. I had to be on the snow for a few days and even with proper socks, changing the socks regularly, and with toe warmers, my feet were still extremely uncomfortable. The temperature was consistently around 5-20 degrees. Perhaps they would have been worse with other types of boots. Also, they are not cheap, but the rubber on the boots ended up splitting just after a year. Which ended up being after the warranty. They were unable to help me at all with this problem. Therefore, just be prepared to have to by another pair fairly frequently if you use the boots for anything other any just wearing around.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Snow Boot I run 8.5 usually but those boots run large and are bulky so I had to size down. Now they fit perfect. I live in the mountains so I choose this boot to walk the pups and snow blow my drive way :) Keeps toes nice and toasty!
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Falls apart After using for one season the sole was detached from the shoe. They were not heavily used - mostly for running errands around town. Poor investment..
Date published: 2017-11-09
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