18 Favorite Boots for Teens and College Students

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

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Favorite boots for teens and college students

 1. L.L. Bean Duck Boot  (L.L. Bean)

LL Bean’s classic pair are popular with everyone! Sold in different heights and styles, some even with lining, these boots last a lifetime and sell out yearly. They are made in the USA (Maine, to be exact).

2. UGG Mini Boots (UGG)

There are so many styles of UGG boots to choose from (and love!) that it was hard to pick just one favorite. The mini boot is trendy this season.

3. Frye Boots (Frye)

Frye booties

Frye began in Massachusetts in 1863 and makes the iconic boots girls love wearing with dresses and skirts. They have booties, shooties, combat, knee-high, western, and uber-urban styles made of beautifully handcrafted leather for girls and guys.

4. Hunter Matte Rain Boot (Nordstrom)

Hunter short boots
Hunter tall boots

Hunter boots are exceptionally sturdy and keep feet dry when 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?

5. Sorel Women’s Boots (Sorel)

Sorel boots are some of our favorites and would be an excellent choice if your daughter attends school in a snowy, cold climate. This elevated Chelsea bootie is very on trend, PLUS it is waterproof.

6. Sperry Top-Sider Rain Boot (Sperry)

Sperry boots

From the makers of the iconic top-sider shoe comes the top-sider boot. This navy and tan pair are classic, with the non-marking rubber outsoles for traction.

7. Timberland Women’s Courmayeur Valley Chelsea Boot (Amazon)

Timberland boots

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

8. Columbia Women’s Minx MID II Omni-Heat Snow Boot (Columbia)

Columbia boots

This boot will keep her feet warm and dry all winter long. Plus, we love the faux-fur lining and the quilted, waterproof exterior.

9. Dr. Marten’s Women’s 1460 8-Eye Patent Leather Boots (Amazon)

Doc Martens

The original combat boots, Dr. Marten’s, are unlike any other — so iconic that they’ll never go out of style with teenage girls.

10. High Ankle Glove Boot (Everlane)

The most flattering boot — ever — with a just-right height, walkable heel. Perfect for all-day comfort and nights out. Plus, they are made from renewed plastic bottles (9 per pair, to be exact), so you and the planet can look your best. We love these from one of our favorite brands, Everlane. Available in bone, black and brown.

11. Nike Woodside II (Nike) 

Water-repellent overlay helps keep feet dry and soft lining keeps them cushioned. 

Where to shop for winter boots


Zappos is a one-stop shop for boots with an unbelievably wide range of brands.

12. Blundstone Boots (Zappos)

Blundstone Boots

Blundstone is also a famous brand that is practical for everyday wear.


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

13. Platform Boots (Target)

These cute boots are so trendy and relatively inexpensive. They have a heel height of 1.5 inches, lacing at the front, with a side zip.

14. Fleece Boots (Target)


These will keep feet warm with the faux-fur lining. They come in black or brown.

15. Booties (Target)

These lace-up booties from Target are very stylish and are currently on sale for $63.49 (reg $84.69, save $21.20, 25% off).


Nordstrom has a fantastic shoe and boot selection with many sizes for harder-to-fit feet. They carry many brands in this post, and their website is a great place to look at dozens of different styles — booties, boots, fashion, and winter boots. Whether you are taking them to the register or putting them in your cart, here are four that caught our eye:

16. Over-the-knee boots (Nordstrom)

high boot

Over-the-knee boots are so stylish and add to any outfit.

17. Chelsea Boots (Nordstrom)

This boot can take you anywhere, day or night.


18. Waterproof Snow Boots (Amazon)

These waterproof snow boots include faux fur for cozy insulation and are great for hiking and outdoors. Available in black, light grey, dark grey, and tan.

The North Face

19. Women’s ThermoBall™ Lace Up Luxe Waterproof Boots (North Face)

These lightweight, waterproof boots are secure-fitting, durable and warm. They have cozy faux-fur collar lining and have 100% recycled polyester insulation to help keep feet warm even when wet.

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