LACED FOR ACTION
Sorel kicks into fashion overdrive. Ava Baccari steps in for a closer look.
afew years ago, something unexpected happened: Sorel boots moved from après-ski essential to coveted everyday accessory. Celebs sparked the craze in 2012, when Zoe Saldana, Liv Tyler and Emma Roberts were snapped frolicking in their Sorels at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Sorel now claims other A-list fans: Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Olsen and Blake Lively, who recently sported a pair as she strolled the streets of Sudbury, Ont., with her husband, Ryan Reynolds. But can the brand famous as a winter staple retain its identity as it moves toward sleek silhouettes this fall? “We’re never going to walk away from function or protection,” says Erin Sander, global product director at Sorel, “but style should always come first.” Take this season’s Joan of Arctic wedge—leather embellished with distressed hardware—as proof that the brand is stepping in the right direction. n