Favorite Boots for Teens and College Students

Winter boots are a must-have for college students who attend school in cold and snowy climates. We recently asked our Grown and Flown Parents community to tell us which brands their teens love to wear.

No great surprise that the girls’ lists were much, much longer than the guys, many of whom prefer to stick with their sneakers year round, regardless of how many snow piles they have to jump across to get back to their dorms.

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Favorite boots for teens and college students

Favorite winter boot for all students

 L.L. Bean Duck Boot 

This boot is a classic and equally popular with guys and girls. They are sold in different heights and some are lined, giving them additional warmth. These boots last a lifetime. Popular styles sell out every year.

Boots for Girls

UGG Boots

If you’ve not taken a look at UGGs lately, you might be very surprised to see how much the brand has expanded. From it’s California beginnings in 1978 to the global brand it is today, UGG boots are now available in dozens of styles well beyond the caramel colored fleece-lined boot where it all began. For students going to school in snowy climates, UGG has an all-weather line, too.

ugg boots

Frye Boots

Frye, which began in Massachusetts in 1863, makes the iconic boots that my  daughter loves to wear with dresses and skirts. Frye has booties and high boots, western and uber-urban styles for both girls and guys. Students can get a 15% discount on purchases so consider a gift card for the holidays.

Frye booties

Hunter Matte Rain Boot

Hunter boots are exceptionally sturdy and will keep your daughter’s feet dry when it’s rainy or snowy. These popular boots come in a wide array of colors and heights.

Why not go for these short yellow ones just for fun or the tall navy ones that are classic and surprisingly stylish for rubber boots. Wear them with a heavy Hunter boot sock for extra warmth.

Hunter short boots
Hunter tall boots

Sorel Women’s Emelie Chelsea Black Boot

This leather boot is just the right amount of rugged with a low bootie cut. The leather is waterproof which is super-important for rainy/snowy conditions.
Sorel boots

Sperry Top-Sider Rain Boot

From the makers of the iconic top-sider shoe, comes the top-sider boot. This navy and tan pair are a classic look.
Sperry boots

Timberland Women’s Courmayeur Valley Chelsea Boot

We like this slip-on suede bootie in the neutral taupe color, a versatile alternative to black. Timberland make great durable boots and this one is surprisingly fashionable.
Timberland boots

Columbia Women’s Minx MID II Omni-Heat Snow Boot

This boot will keep your daughter’s feet warm and dry all winter long.  We love the faux-fur lining and the quilted, waterproof exterior.
Columbia boots

Dr. Marten’s Women’s 1460 8-Eye Patent Leather Boots

Dr. Marten’s are unlike any other boot – timeless style and iconic.
Doc Martens

Where to shop for winter boots


Target has all the popular styles your daughter loves at fantastic pricing, too. Here are two of our favorite boots for teens from one of our favorite stores.

Fleece Boots
Ugg style boots



Nordstrom has always had an amazing shoe and boot selection with lots of sizes for harder-to-fit feet. They carry many of the brands in this post and their website is a great place to look at dozens of different styles – booties, boots, fashion and winter boots, too. Here are four that caught our eye:

Over-the-knee boots 

high boot

Chelsea boots

This boot can take you anywhere, day or night.


Kitten heel slip on

These are gorgeous – not practical AT ALL in the rain or snow but so elegant when weather is not a factor.

Boots for Guys

Timberland Men’s 6 inch Premium Waterproof Boot

This Timberland camel-colored suede boot is one of the most popular boots for young men – it never goes out of style and it’s truly one of our favorite boots for teens.
Timberland boot

SOREL Men’s Madson Moc Toe Waterproof Boots

We think the Sorel brand is a good one to consider for a leather boot. 
sorel boot
Sperry Top-Sider Men’s Avenue Duck Boot

Sperry makes a popular duck boot with rubber bottoms and leather uppers.
sperry boot

Wolverine Men’s Boot

Another brand to consider if your son likes more of a work-boot look.
Wolverine boot

Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

If your son wants a hiking style boot, Merrell makes some very durable boots that work well for longer-distance walking.
Merrell boot

Danner Men’s Mountain 600 4.5″ Hiking Boot

This is a good boot is your son is planning to do any hiking.
Danner boot

Chaco Men’s Teton Hiking Boot, Olive Night

These boots look super-comfortable.
Chaco boot

Blundstone Boots

Blundstone is a hot new brand for men and women.

Blundstone Boots

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Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa (Endlich) Heffernan are the co-founders of Grown and Flown the #1 site for parents of teens, college students and young adults, reaching millions of parents every month. They are writers (Lisa is a New York Times bestselling author), moms, wives and friends. They started the Grown and Flown Parents Facebook Group and are co-authors of Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults (Flatiron Books) now in paperback.

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