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Real vs. Dupe: Winter Edition


Mules, booties, boots, loafers… it’s costly, and downright difficult to keep up in the fashion world. Alas, here I am to help decision-making a little easier on you (and on your wallet).

I’ve always been a Sorel fan; they make great boots, they do…and I’ve been eyeing a pair of the Joan of Arctic Wedge Genuine Shearling boots, BUT the price tag of $270 made me a bit unsure. People I know have made such a big deal about them – and I really wanted to understand – so I bought them. A couple days later I was on Target’s website, and found a similar looking pair of boots – Marisol Lace Up Wedge Hiker Boots – the price point was obviously lower, so naturally, I added to cart.

Once I had both in my possession, I compared the two – the heel height, the comfort, the fabric & guess what? I like the Target pair better. I think the $37.99 price tag had a large part in my decision. BUT comfort wise? The Target boots won this battle. The Sorel’s were tight on my wide feet; and thick socks were just not an option. Another faux pas of the Sorel’s? The plush shearling lining. It’s only at the top, not throughout the boot. Which, for $270, I totally thought the lining would run throughout (making it okay not to wear thick socks), unfortunately this isn’t the case. A positive about the Sorel’s? The leather. It blew away the Target boots. I mean, the Sorel’s are SO. FREAKING. SOFT. However, soft leather isn’t enough to convince me to spend almost $300.

Final thoughts: the Marisol Lace Up Wedge Hiker Boots win this round of Real Vs Dupe – Winter Edition. I still love Sorel’s, but keeping budget in mind, coupled with my need for comfort and being on trend – I just had to go with the Target dupe.

Joan of Arctic Wedge Genuine Shearling boots vs Marisol Lace Up Wedge Hiker Boots

Want to know all of our favorite dupes of the season? Check them out below!


The rundown of the real: Sorel Joan of Arc Wedge Genuine Shearling Bootie $270, Sam Edelman Hazel Pointy Toe Pump $119.95, Faren Bootie $59.96 & Delroy Slide Mule $199.95

Total: $649.86

The rundown of the dupes: Marisol Lace Up Wedge Hiker Boots $37.99, JENN D’Orsay Pump $55.97, Lucile Laser Cut Booties $34.99 & Journee Collection Keely Almond Toe Slip On Mules $34.99

Total: $163.94

So now it’s your turn! What are your favorite shoe trends this season? Do you love dupes, like me? Or do you only wear the real deal? We would l o v e to know – share in the comments below!



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