Winter boots are a must-have for college kids who attend school in cold and snowy climates. We recently asked our Grown and Flown Parents FB group members to tell us which brands their teens love to wear.
No great surprises 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
The L.L. Bean Duck Boot is a classic, equally popular with guys and girls for winter boots. They are sold in all different heights and some are lined, giving them additional warmth. These boots last a lifetime.
Boots for Girls
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.
Frye, which began in Massachusetts in 1863, makes the iconic boots that my college daughter loves to wear with dresses and skirts. They are sturdy, fashionable and, with their rugged style, getting them scuffed at a football game or party only adds to the patina. Frye has booties and high boots, western and uber-urban styles for both girls and guys. Students can get a 10% discount on purchases so consider a gift card for the holidays.
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 loads 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Marten’s Women’s 1460 8-Eye Patent Leather Boots
Dr. Marten’s are unlike any other boot – timeless style and iconic.
Steve Madden Women’s BANDDIT
These are higher boots and the straps give them a fashion-forward look – not that easy to pull off for a snow boot.
Target has lots of winter boots out this year in all the popular styles your daughter loves and at some fantastic pricing, too. Here are four of our favorite boots for teens from one of our favorite stores.
Top Shop Western Style Boots
Western boots are all the rage and the ones sold by British store Top Shop are very trendy.
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:
Chelsea boots-very in
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.
SOREL Men’s Madson Moc Toe Waterproof Boots
We think the Sorel brand is a good one to consider for a leather boot.
Sperry Top-Sider Men’s Avenue Duck Boot
Sperry makes a popular duck boot with rubber bottoms and leather uppers.
Wolverine Men’s Boot
Another brand to consider if your son likes more of a work-boot look.
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.
Danner Men’s Mountain 600 4.5″ Hiking Boot
This is a good boot is your son is planning to do any hiking.
Chaco Men’s Teton Hiking Boot, Olive Night
These boots look super-comfortable.
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