These Cute Winter Boots for College Are Guaranteed to Keep You Warm (and Win You Fashion Points)

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Cute snow boots guide: Three-quarter view from behind of woman's legs in dark-wash blue skinny jeans and gray and black Sorel Joan of Arctic™ boots
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It might be hard to believe, but Winter is fast approaching! (Seriously though, didn’t Fall just start, like, a week ago?) And, with the dropping temperatures and potential for snowfall (cue awkward wailing), it means it’s time to start thinking about transitioning your wardrobe to suit the changing seasons.

Of course, that also means changing your footwear, and swapping out your lightweight sneakers and ankle boots for something a little more substantial–not to mention practical.

Today, we’re sharing our cute snow boots guide, with our favorite cute winter boots for college.

{RELATED POST: Our Favorite Cheap Winter Boots for Women}

And yes, I know that winter boots — especially the more functional snow boots — have a reputation for being clunky and ugly. However, that doesn’t have to be the case!

Below, I’ve rounded up six pairs of cute winter boots for college that are not only stylish, but will also help you stay warm and dry.

Ready to see them? Just keep scrolling!

Cute Winter Boots for College: For Mild Winters

1. Chooka Eastlake Faux-Fur Waterproof Boot in Olive

If you live in a place that only receives mild snowfall during the winter, you’ll be just fine in these stylish faux-furlined Chelsea-style rain boots.

In addition to olive green, these boots are available in black and charcoal gray. However, I’m partial to the olive shade, as they stand out a little more while still working well with almost any other color.

Personally, I’d suggest wearing them with a sweater-dress, leggings, a parka jacket, and a pom-pom beanie for a cute, laid-back look.

2. Light Beige Pile Boots

These thick-soled pile boots are perfect for anyone who wants to stay nice and warm this winter, while remaining on-trend. I’d recommend these to someone who lives in a place where the winter weather doesn’t get too terrible. This is because lots of snow/water contact will likely ruin the pile material.

For a fun and trendy look, style these boots with a a turtleneck, a pair of cropped mom jeans that hit just above the boots’ opening, and an oversized coat and scarf.

For Moderate Winters

3. Sperry Syren Gulf Duck Boot in Red/Black Plaid

Calling all prepsters: These red-and-black plaid duck boots are perfect for you! This is especially true if you live in a place that receives moderate snowfall and gets quite cold in the winter.

This pair of cute snow boots features a cozy lining made of microfleece. It also has soles with traction to help ensure that you don’t slip on any ice patches you may encounter.

Pair these boots with a cardigan, a skater skirt, opaque tights, a knit scarf and mittens, and a faux-shearling jacket for an outfit that’s classy and chic.

4. Warm-lined Suede High Top Boots in Black

If you enjoy experimenting with new trends, you’ll love these adorable and Moon Boot-esque boots!

This faux-fur-lined pair is perfect for moderately snowy and cold winters. Moreover, it’s sure to keep you warm and dry on blustery days.

I’d recommend wearing these boots in a cool and sleek way by styling them with an oversized sweatshirt, faux-leather leggings, a futuristic hip-length metallic puffer jacket, nylon ski gloves, and a brightly colored beanie.

Cute Snow Boots: For Severe Winters

5. Sorel Joan of Arctic™ Boot in Quarry/Black

As a lifelong Canadian, I like to think that I have a pretty good grasp on dressing for severe winters. However, I’ve come to terms with the fact that if you want to keep your feet warm during the winter, it’s unfortunately likely that you’ll have to spend a little extra on high-quality boots.

The Joan of Arctic Boot, made by popular Canadian brand Sorel, is great for heavy snow, thanks to its waterproof construction and recycled felt inner boot insulation.

I also really love the gray faux-suede on these. It not only goes with everything, but also won’t show salt stains as badly as a darker color (e.g. black) would.

Try wearing these boots with a chunky cable-knit sweater, dark-wash skinny jeans, a beret, knit mittens, and a warm faux-fur jacket for an ensemble that is both comfortable and fashion-forward.

Also, be sure to see our post on what to wear in freezing temperatures for full outfit ideas to go with these cute snow boots.

6. UGG Adirondack Tall Boot III in Chestnut

If you’re really looking to splurge on a pair of winter boots, I’d highly recommend looking into the Adirondack Tall Boot III by UGG.

This pair of boots features the same ridiculously soft and warm lining as the Classic UGGs we’re used to seeing (and that are trending in 2021). However, they’re a little more streamlined, for those seeking a sleeker look.

Not to mention, unlike the Classic styles, these are actually meant for snow, slush, and ice. This means that you won’t find yourself walking around with soaked-through and salt-stained boots all season long. (Which, let’s face it, is not a fun time for anyone!)

For a look that’s both timeless and cozy, wear these boots with an oversized cardigan worn over a turtleneck top and leggings (don’t be afraid to go for a pair made especially for cold weather, like these), wooly socks, a knee-length puffer jacket, and whichever hat/scarf/gloves will keep you the warmest.

What do you think of these cute snow boots?

For more cute winter footwear options, be sure to see our guide to comfortable winter shoes.

What are the winters like where you live? Which of these boot styles most closely resembles the ones that you typically wear during the winter? Do you have any other recommendations for cute winter boots for college?

Let me know in the comments!

19 thoughts on “These Cute Winter Boots for College Are Guaranteed to Keep You Warm (and Win You Fashion Points)”

  1. I just moved to New England, and looking for boots was a nightmare without knowing which one was better. Luckily, a lot of people gave me recommendations about brands and boot styles. I have Sorel Caribou, and they have been great. I wish I had seen this post. The information is really useful, especially when you have not experienced winter before.

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  2. I totally have to recommend Keen’s Elsa boot. It comes in a ton of colors, is super warm and comfy, and can be found for under $100 in some cases. I bought mine from Nordstrom Rack, and last I checked Amazon had several colors and sizes for pretty cheap. Regularly they cost $130-ish, so getting them less is a steal. Plus Keen knows what they’re doing with waterproofing and quality products!
    (I’m super excited about my boots if you couldn’t tell.)

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  3. Thank God for this article! I live in a place up in the North and there’s always SO much ice here and I’m still wearing my old boots from last year, and I’m trying to find some cuter yet still functional options! The best boots for ice are so cute and I’m totally gonna buy them!(:

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  4. I just bought the Sorel “Joan of Arctic” boots yesterday (in light brown) and I love them! They’re incredibly cozy and warm, although the reviewers are right – they’re a little big and clunky. Still, I love them!

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  5. I love those North Face boots, so cute! Getting through the snow and slush up in Minnesota can be such a pain, I’m so glad that duck boots and classic Sorel’s have changed so much since I was a kid. I just got a pair of Sporto boots for Christmas that are cute, waterproof and warm.

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  6. I bough a pair of tretorn rainboots with the faux fur lining. Very warm and perfect for the slushy days since they are completely water proof. Though I do want a more fashion style of boot for the less extreme days.

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  7. Have you seen the Cate the Greats? They are just as nice as these are! They are on Piperlime too. I’m totally torn between them and the Joan of Arctics!!! 😀

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  8. I went to Park City, Utah last winter on a ski trip and had no winter boots, so I was trying to skate across down town in flats and black tights. Not good. So I scoured some boutiques and found a pair that were a lot like the Pajar boots. They were a half size too small, but after a handful of painful wears, they’re now stretched out enough so I can wear thin socks comfortably. They were half-off, so the extra $100 savings was worth it. I’m so glad I found a cute, quality, (cheap) pair of winter boots that are not Uggs.

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  9. I got the thick knit inserts to put into my Hunter rain boots. They keep my feet really warm and dry, not to mention they look cute. If your boots are already snug without the sock in them, though, I suggest going up a size.

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  10. Looove the Sorel ‘Joan of Arctic’ boots, but I gotta say that L.L.Bean’s shearling-lined winter boot is the best. I go to school near Canada and I wear mine almost every day over the winter. Plus you can’t beat L.L.Bean’s quality guarantee! I have heard that they’re backordered til June or something crazy like that, but I highly recommend them 🙂

    x.S

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  11. Love this list! In a cold Canadian winter I always need a practical pair of winter boots. Another really good choice is the Ugg Adirondack boot because they have the same inner lining as traditional uggs but they have amazing traction and are totally waterproof. I love mine and even though they’re a little pricey, mine have held up for 2 years now and look like new.

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  12. I love this list. I personally think that Uggs are really ugly, so I’ve been looking for some cute and sturdy winter boots. This is a great list! I love the look of the Pajars.

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  13. Yessss to this. We’ve had a month of non-stop snow now and my boots are definitely getting a little old (not to mention they might not survive this winter…). This was exactly what I needed!

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