Sorel Tivoli Go High Top Review

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Looking for a sports sneaker, that is winter-appropriate and looks stylish without being too bulky? Then look no further than the Sorel Tivoli Go High Top. The Canadian brand specializes in having fun in the snow and cold weather and creates footwear that is both high-quality and attractive. Outfitted with a durable, grippy rubber outsole and a supportive EVA midsole with a high-top sneaker silhouette, this hybrid shoe combines the best of both worlds: a winter boot and a sports sneaker for your ultimate comfort and support.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Durable and grippy rubber outsole
  • Graded EVA foam midsole
  • Suede, nylon and mesh high-top upper
  • Removable EVA foam footbed with anatomical arch support
  • Very comfortable
  • Attractive color schemes and style
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Not waterproof
Outsole

Outsole

The Sorel brand was founded in 1962 in Ontario, Canada, and was manufacturing winter work gear and sports boots, until it went bankrupt in 2000. After that, the Sorel brand was picked up by Columbia Sportswear, who continued the legacy of this outstanding brand with the addition of nylon outerwear, as well as work garments of all sorts. Being that the brand originates from Canada, it is perfect for the winter season. The Sorel Tivoli Go High is a hybrid between a winter boot and a high-top sneaker, blending the two almost seamlessly. Since it is meant to be worn in the snow and ice, the Tivoli Go High comes equipped with a durable rubber outsole and a high abrasion and slip-resistant tread pattern, consisting of molded rubber pods. These pods grip the ground very efficiently and deliver a steady footing to the wearer, minimizing the risk of slipping induced injuries, which are very common during winter. You can enjoy all that winter has to offer in these high-top winter sneakers by Sorel, be it a casual walk in the snow or a light hiking trip, as the sticky and grippy rubber outsole, will keep you safe and secure in your every step.
Midsole

Midsole

The Sorel Tivoli Go High features a chunky midsole made of graded EVA foam with a contrast-colored rubber stripe for added style. This type of EVA foam packs a lot more support and superb shock absorption, which are both very important features when treading through the snow and ice covered roads during winter. The Sorel Tivoli Go High will cushion each footfall and absorb the shock of impact, stabilizing the wearer in their footing and eliminating the risk of injuries. It also gently supports the underfoot, for a comfortable stride. Additionally, Sorel included a removable PU-like EVA footbed, featuring anatomical arch support, for supportive cushioning inside the shoes. Since the footbed is removable, the Tivoli Go High also accommodates the insertion of custom orthotics, if you need the added support.
Upper

Upper

The Sorel Tivoli Go High features a high-top upper and is a stylish blend between a winter boot and a sports sneaker. The upper is made of a combination of nylon, mesh, and suede for a structured, warm, and breathable fit. The nylon and mesh are mostly concentrated on the toe box, midfoot and collar, with mesh covering the padded tongue as well. This provides a well-ventilated foot chamber, as air can get inside the sneaker on all sides. The Tivoli Go High features a few suede panels, that are stitched on for added durability and abrasion resistance. One panel wraps around the toe box and midfoot area, and acts as a sort of toe bumper, protecting the toes from injuries, while the other two suede panels cover the heel counter and the collar for added support. The standard lacing system helps achieve a customized snug fit, that keeps the feet locked in position at all times. The tongue and collar are equipped with plush padding for a comfortable, yet supportive fit around the ankles, while a soft textile lining covers the walls of the sneaker and the footbed for a comfortable, dry, and cozy in-shoe environment. Sorel also included a handy canvas pull-tab on the heel, which makes sliding into these well-padded sneakers a lot easier and fuss-free. However, since the upper is made of mostly textile, it is not waterproof, so you should avoid jumping into any puddles or going into deep snow in these.
Breathability

Breathability

Thanks to its mesh panels and soft textile lining, this winter sneaker is quite the breathable number. Air can freely enter the sneaker through the many mesh panels on the top part of the upper, creating a well-ventilated foot chamber, that at the same time keeps the feet warm and cozy, so you can enjoy all the winter outdoor activities that you want.
Comfort

Comfort

The Sorel Tivoli Go High is packed with comfort. Featuring a high-top sports sneaker silhouette with ample padding in the collar and tongue, as well as a firm but cushioning graded EVA foam midsole, this hybrid of a winter boot and a sports sneaker will keep your feet comfortable all day long. For additional support and cushioning, Sorel included a removable EVA foam footbed with anatomical arch support, which was anatomically engineered to follow the contours of the feet and deliver instant comfort. However, if you need additional support, you can insert your own custom orthotics into this sneaker. For a healthy in-shoe environment, as well as a comfortable and breathable fit, Sorel also added a soft textile lining, that covers the footbed as well, for a comfortable underfoot. The Sorel Tivoli Go High will keep your winter days cozy and comfortable.
Durability

Durability

If anybody knows how to make durable winter footwear, that is Sorel, a Canadian winter and sports gear manufacturer. The Tivoli Go High sports/ winter sneaker features a durable and very grippy rubber outsole, that delivers excellent traction and a firm footing to the wearer on both dry and wet surfaces, as well as snow and ice. The graded EVA midsole is quite sturdy as well and it will not lose its structural integrity easily. The high-top upper is reinforced from the toe box all the way to the heel counter with a suede wrap around, that also acts as a toe bumper, protecting the toes from injuries and providing a structured fit to the wearer. That said, the upper is not waterproof, as it features nylon and mesh panels as well, so it is not advised to expose these sneakers to a lot of water.
Fit

Fit

The Sorel Tivoli Go High is available in medium width in women’s sizes and fits true to size. This means, that you can order your regular shoe size in these and they should fit you pretty well. That said, the padding in these is pretty plush, which is something to consider if you are planning to wear thicker socks with these sneakers.
Style

Style

Sorel was founded back in 1962 in Ontario, Canada and became famous for their winter boots and sports gear. After Columbia Sportswear took over them, due to Sorel going bankrupt, they included a wider selection of work boots and outdoor sports gear. The Sorel Tivoli Go High is a hybrid between a winter boot and a high-top sports sneaker and features an attractive sporty design, that appeals to a lot of people. Sporting a high-top design, its chunky sole with the contrast-colored rubber strip and colorful upper instantly catch the eye. The upper consists of suede, nylon and mesh panels, adding interest and a cool factor to the overall design. Available in both neutral and bold colors, the Sorel Tivoli Go High has something to offer to everybody. Keeping to a relatively simple aesthetic, the Tivoli Go High does not have flashy logos all over the sneaker. Instead, a small polar bear logo on the collar and the brand name lettering on the tongue complete the look. This blend between a sports sneaker and a winter boot is perfect for those who like to be active outside during winter, but want to look stylish at the same time.
Support

Support

The Sorel Tivoli Go High has a ton of support built into its construction for a secure and stable stride through the snow and ice-covered streets. First off, the grippy rubber outsole with its molded rubber pods helps to get a stable footing even on slippery and wet surfaces, making these sneakers ideal for trodding through the snow-covered roads. The graded EVA foam midsole delivers a firm but cushioning support to the wearer, and has superb shock absorbing qualities for stable footfalls without the risk of slipping induced injuries. Additionally, Sorel included a removable EVA foam footbed with anatomical arch support to keep the wearer secure and comfortable. The high-top upper features suede stitched-on panels for a structured and supportive fit. With the addition of the standard lacing system, one can easily adjust the snugness of the sneaker to achieve a custom and supportive foot lockdown. Thanks to its high-top design with a padded tongue and collar, the Sorel Tivoli Go High sits comfortably around the ankles, supporting them and minimizing the risk of ankle sprains.
Traction

Traction

Thanks to its durable rubber outsole, which is grippy in itself, and the molded rubber pods covering it, the Sorel Tivoli Go High has excellent grip on both dry and wet surfaces, delivering a firm footing to the wearer through rain, snow, and ice equally. You can rest assured, that you will not slip and fall on icy pavement, and hiking through snow-covered trails will be a breeze from now on.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Famous for their winter boots and sports gear, Sorel is responsible for some of the most beautiful and functional winter footwear on the market. The Sorel Tivoli Go High Top sneaker is a perfect blend between a winter boot and a high-top sports sneaker, featuring all the great qualities of the two. The Tivoli Go High sports sneaker comes with a durable rubber outsole, that has excellent grip and traction on both dry and wet surfaces, as well as snow and ice, making this sneaker very versatile. The EVA midsole and EVA footbed with anatomical arch support provide all-day comfort and support for the underfoot, while the high-top upper keeps the feet in a secure, locked down position throughout wear. The Tivoli Go High Top sneaker is available in many attractive color combinations and will certainly spice up a plain winter outfit in no time. That said, the upper is not waterproof, so you should avoid puddles and deep snow. However, for the price tag, the Sorel Tivoli Go High is a pretty decent winter sneaker, that will keep you comfortable and cozy during those cold months.