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There's no reason to buy elegant winter boots if they're not also going to keep your feet warm. The main point of a winter boot, after all, is to have something cozier than your standard city boot. So Sorel crafted the Women's Cate the Great Boot with a vulcanized rubber shell, waterproof suede, and thick insulating felt inside. The result? A luxurious-looking boot that will keep your feet warm in temps as frigid as -25 degrees Fahrenheit. You may not be able to decide what you appreciate more: the boot's fine aesthetic details like a faux fur cuff and lovely stitching, or its seam-sealed waterproof construction. But don't worry. You don't have to pick your favorite feature; you can just adore them all, all winter long.

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Cate the Great lives up to her name!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

PROVEN by a cold, snowy Canadian winter!

These boots are wonderful. Great quality. Warm, sturdy, waterproof, very comfortable, and roomy enough for slim jeans to be tucked in. They are light when considering the warmth factor too. Also worth noting, they move and have some flexibility. Sometimes very warm winter boots of this type are a little stiff and unyielding. Not true of Cate!

ICING on the cake: They're attractive!

SIZING: They fit true to size. If anything they're on the roomy side as far as width goes...including the calf, but the nice thing with the lacing is that it has room for both a very slim calf and a more well muscled /athletic one (like my own)! Don't hesitate.

Favorite winter boot

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've had these boots for two winters now, and I can tell you that they're still just as awesome as they were straight out of the box. They're perfectly warm without being sweaty and help grip the snow and ice (necessary in Wisconsin winters). I have thicker calves, and sometimes when wearing thin socks I get a bit of a rub mark on the back of my ankle, but even that's not a big deal.

Comfy and warm

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

These are my favorite pair of winter boots. They keep my legs and feet warm and dry for the cold winters here in CO. They seem a little on the larger side, but it allows me to wear thicker socks if needed.

I absolutely love the boots!

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

These boots fit true to size! I usually always buy 11's off the rack because that's all I can find, 12's are hard to come by and these fit perfect. I also like that the calf can accommodate my 18" ham hocks! They are very nice looking and serve the purpose well! I am happy they are waterproof expecially after our first wet snow fall and my old boots left my feet damp and cold. These are a true Sorel. They fit great, keep your feet warm and do what they're suppose to do!

Cute Boot-

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

This boot is really cute and so comfy. My shoe size is an 8 and that is what I ordered. It was a little big, but I just wear and thick sock and its ok. This boot fits like a typical Sorel boot. They are a bit roomier than most boots.

Love it! Order 1 size down!

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs large

After reading the reviews on this site, and, I was torn on what size to order. I wear a true size 10 shoe, so I initially ordered at 10 and my foot was SWIMMING in this boot! I returned them for a 9, which made me nervous, because I don't wear a 9 in anything. When the 9 arrived, it fit beautifully...even with thick socks on. Yes, they are not a slim fitting boot, but they are flattering, sturdy, and well constructed. I'm very pleased with the purchase and this boot. They will get broken in for my upcoming move to Brooklyn, NYC.

Form or Function?

    Why not both? I just about had a heart attack when I handed over my credit card...who spends $200 on boots?! Smart people, that's who. Dry, warm, cozy, built to last and worth every penny. However, one issue, they're a bit slick on tile. I tried to do the splits (not in a good way) in a Wal-mart entryway last winter. It may have been the boots, it may have been the floor, it may have been me or, maybe, something was trying to tell me to spend less time at Wal-mart?

    Beautiful and Warm!

      I own the Cate the Great in Black Pewter and I absolutley love them. I researched an unreasonably long amount of time before I bought them since they were pretty pricey. However after wearing them a couple times this winter I can honestly say these are the best boots I have ever owned and I have recieved many compliments on them. They are well made and very warm and water proof. The fur accent makes them really cute and stylish. That being said, do not be fooled by the pictures, these boots will not make your feet look petite, and they are not super supportive like a sneaker and long walks could leave you with tired feet. So if you need lots of support consider insoles, there is enough room in the boot for them. They are true to size though. Bottom Line: Buy these! You'll love them!

      Fluffy Glamour

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      Love these beauties, (or should I say "booties").

      They look amazing and keep my feet warm before and after skiing. I found that after 3 years these boots have packed out a bit, so I would definitely recommend ordering your normal shoe size, or going half a size down, since they do pack out so much. Other than that, they have handled the use and abuse of the past 3 winters like champions. I always receive compliments on these boots, and feel that they really enliven my winter wardrobe!

      The durability on these boots is exactly what you would come to expect from the fine folks at Sorel.


        These boots come to the upper calf & if you are in-between sizes I would suggest sizing down. I have these in the Pewter/ Elephant Skin and the color is exactly as pictured on the site. This is a great boot to rock while walking the dog, or shoveling the driveway or just slipping on after skiing. Don't be fooled by this boots looks, it is still a sorel & is a work boot. Love the look & that I don't have to unlace the whole thing to get my foot out.

        My favorite boots!

          These boots are amazing. I'm a true 7.5 and the 7 fits great - with room to spare for big comfy socks. The lacing makes them comfortable to wear with just leggings or you can even stuff a baggier pair of jeans in them. So warm and so comfy - I could just sleep in them!!

          Super cute but Joan of Arctic prevails

            I got this boot because it's super cute and Sorels are a functional brand. I already have a pair of Joan of Arctics, which I love. But...Cate...I mean really- she is hot. However, after trying them on side by side the ankle support from the JOA was superior thus Cate is being returned.

            Let it snow!

              I got these as a gift a month ago, and I can't wait to use them in the snow. Not only are these rated to -25 F and water resistant so I know my feet will be cosy and dry, but they're cute too! They are a bit stiff in the back heal area but I'm hoping they soften up after a few more outings.

              aptly named

                Wow, GREAT BOOTS!!!!! The legs fit larger calfs, which is nice for us non toothpick gals. The foot seems to run a 1/2 size larger, but heavy socks will snug them up. No break in time needed, cool looking and comfortable. Toasty warm, nice for Michigan winters. Great sale price, free shipping. I haven't seen anybody else wearing these, Buy em girlfriends, you'll love em.

                Cate the Great living up to it's name

                  I needed a waterproof boot for the long Wisconsin winters and these are excellent. Not as cozy as Uggs but just as warm and stylish. I've received several compliments when worn with legging and skirts. The laces take a little time to get into and out of, but that is a minor challenge. I ordered a size 9 and they are roomier than expected, but still an awesome buy.

                  do u have the tobacco suede in a size...

                  do u have the tobacco suede in a size 5.5?

                  Unfortunately we only carry sizes 6 & up in this boot & this model only runs in whole sizes. I wear a 5.5 and sized down in this boot. You might want to order direct from Sorel to get the right size so your feet will be happy!

                  Also the tobacco brown color in the detail pictures was from last season in 2010.

                  Can anyone tell me how the sole/support...

                  Can anyone tell me how the sole/support of Cate compares to the Joan of Arctic? The sole of these does not seem to provide any more support than my Uggs (though I know that they are warmer and more waterproof.) I usually wear Danskos so this is a big change. I'd like to find a cute snowboot that won't kill my feet.

                  Can the fur top be removed? Can you cut...

                  Can the fur top be removed? Can you cut it out of the boot, if necessary?

                  Hi, I have a question; I would like to...

                  Hi, I have a question; I would like to purchase the Sorel women caribou boot. I'm a size 39 in Europe and normally a size 8 and a half in US size. Can you tell me which size I sould take for this boot? Thanks in advance for your help. Best regards, Starlitzia

                  hi starlitzia, i am from switzerland and this shoe is selld out in europe, so i buy it in america at i took the shoe in size 8 i wear 40. the shoe will be deliverd at tuesday, i can tell you then, if it match or not. i hope so!...;-)

                  Are they light or clunky (heavy)? Walking...

                  Are they light or clunky (heavy)? Walking in them - Are they...?? Light as the moon or heavy as Earth with force needed for lift off!

                  I wear an 8.5 shoe. What size should I...

                  I wear an 8.5 shoe. What size should I get?

                  I was trying on sorels all over town today and couldn't find the cate the great boots so now I'm looking online but i am also an 8.5 and i found the 8's to be a perfect fit, but i have fairly narrow feet? Hope this helps i'd get the 8 and i intend to:)

                  Hi - does anyone know how waterproof these...

                  Hi - does anyone know how waterproof these shoes are? will they be suitable for wondering around in snow and rain for hours on end?

                  Hey Emily,

                  These boots are pretty waterproof. I would say the can hold up to your snowy adventures no problem. However, being in the rain for hours on end could cause some issues with wetting out. The upper portion of this boot is made of a waterproof leather but with a consistent rain, they would eventually soak.