Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Sometimes I wonder if my fashion compass is set to a different magnetic north to other people's. The success of a company like ASOS, originally built on your average person's desire to have clothes like their favourite star is a mystery to me. I have absolutely nothing against their clothes (in fact I don't own any so can't really comment) but it's the famous person bit I don't get. Once I find out that some item I like the look of is loved by celebrities I just go right off it.
So it is with Sorel boots. I first became aware of these beautiful yet amazingly practical things about a year ago when I saw a woman in the departure lounge at Gatwick Airport waiting to go to a snowy Berlin wearing a pair. They seemed like the perfect combination of rubber and leather and I was so enamoured I actually took a surreptitious photo of them on my phone so I could look them up later.
But that doesn't help me with my snow boot problem. So I decided to throw fashion to the wind and purchase a pair of Karrimor boots from Amazon (if that doesn't sound unsexy I'm not sure what does). They haven't yet arrived but I am hoping they'll be just the thing to help me traverse the icy pavements of London and Berlin over the coming months (and at less than £35 it won't be the end of the world if I don't love them). OK, I have to admit that a wave of desire swept over me when I saw a bloke in the office wearing a pair of Sorels the other day (for the boots not him you understand) but at least I can comfort myself that I am no slave to fashion or celebrity. Let's face it, I don't think we're about to see Angelina Jolie kitted out in Karrimor anytime soon. Well I certainly hope not - I'm not sure of the returns policy.
Images from top Sorel Carribou, Sorel 1964 Premium, Sorel Joan of Arctic, Karrimor Snow Boots