Brown Threads: Boots, Boots, and More Boots


Ever wonder what college students wear to survive the temperamental New England weather in style? Not sure what to pack for college? Curious about the trends fashionable Brown students are trying out each season? Look no further! Brown Threads with Caitlin Meuser will feature weekly posts about the fashion seen on Brown University’s campus.

I just checked the weather forecast for Providence this week, and, much to my dismay, I discovered that snow was predicted for Tuesday. Snow. In November. While this is not an altogether rare occurrence, I still have yet to transition into the mindset that winter is fast approaching. The rest of campus, however, seems to be right on board. Everywhere you look you see students wearing their boots and chunky sweaters. Walking to class is like watching a parade of boots pass you by. So what are these boots that students are wearing? Well, I am here to enlighten you.

The Riding Boot: This type of boot is definitely the most popular on canvas. With its fitted, sleek look, it hugs your denim-clad calves without looking chunky or heavy. Its typical neutral brown color also matches most items in your closet, making it the go-to choice for boots.

The Motorcycle Boot: Another popular style, this boot adds some edge to even the simplest outfit of a white t-shirt and blue jeans. This boot is a little clunkier than the riding boot, so shorter styles are more popular. A lot of students also pair these boots with a skirt or dress in order to create an edge meets girly outfit.

The Ankle Boot: Perfect with skinny jeans and a little jacket, these boots are all about sophistication. Again, they can also be paired with a dress or skirt and can even serve to dress down a fancy outfit to make it class appropriate. Ankle boots come in many styles with different types of heels, and no ankle boot is really better or more popular than another. The type of boot you get should be based purely on personal preference.

The L.L. Bean Boot: The ever-popular L. L. Bean duck boot is almost a New England staple. It’s great in the rain, sleet, or even the snow. L. L. Bean also sells variations of the boot with extra lining in order to keep you feet warm in the winter. These boots go great with casual outfits such as dark wash jeans, a loose shirt, and an oversized flannel shirt or sweater on top. These boots also have great traction, so you don’t have to worry about slipping around on the frozen sidewalks.

The Lace-Up Boot: While not as edgy as the motorcycle boot, this boot still manages to add some combat-style spice to your outfit. This type of boot also comes in a variety of styles and colors, with some version having a pattered liner that can be displayed when you fold down the top half of the boot.

The Suede Bootie: Popular for both guys and girls, this shoe is probably the most comfortable style of boot I have listed. Most students have a light grey or light tan shoe, but it depends on what color matches best with the rest of your wardrobe. Students also like to cuff their jeans slightly above the top of the shoe so that whatever cool socks they are wearing can be displayed.

So there you have it, an overview of the different kinds of boots you can see as you walk around campus. Each one truly serves its own purpose and is able to completely transform the tone of your outfit.

If you have any questions about the fashion at Brown or what to pack for life as a college student, please email me at




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