Sorel (company)

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Sorel is a line of winter boots. The boot has long been popular in Canada for its high quality and warmth. The Sorel line was introduced in 1962 [1] by Kitchener, Ontario-based Kaufman Rubber Co. (later known as Kaufman Footwear), and became the world's best-selling cold weather boot.[2] In the summer of 2000, Kaufman Footwear went bankrupt, and the Sorel trademark was bought by Columbia Sportswear.[3] Following Columbia's purchase, the Sorel brand was expanded to other products, such as nylon outerwear and other work-related garments.[4] Prior to Kaufman's bankruptcy, Sorel boots were made only in Canada, headquartered in Quebec; today they are produced outside of Canada, mainly in China (2012) or Vietnam.


  1. ^ "Sorel brand gets a re-boot". Portland Business Journal. 2010-08-22. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  2. ^ "Kaufman Footwear fonds". University of Waterloo Library. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Sorel's demise leaves boot shortage". CBC News. 2000-11-21. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  4. ^ Deruyter, Ron (2001-05-09). "Sorel boots to reappear on shelves next month" (Fee required). Kitchener, Ontario: The Record. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 

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