I got my boots before the start of my freshman year, and I’ve worn them a ton of times since then. They’re on the pricier side, but the quality is worth it.
Mine are matte red, and despite the bolder color, they go with a lot more than you think. They’re perfect for rainy days (as they should be) and they’ve kept my feet drier than any other pair of shoes I’ve had. Plus I get to splash in puddles without worrying about my pants getting wet.
The boots are easy to clean. Just wipe them with a damp cloth and you’re good to go. They’re durable and unlikely to tear, and the company says they have a lifetime guarantee.
My only complaint is that they are not the best at keeping your feet warm. I wore my boots in the snow all the time, which is fine if you’re just walking across campus, but not good if you’re going to take pictures in the woods, like I did once while wearing them. I know there’s special socks for the boots that are supposed to act as some sort of lining but I have yet to buy a pair, and I’m not sure if I will. Your feet will definitely stay dry, but not very warm in the winter.
I like to wear them during the winter regardless, because the boots have good traction which is nice when the sidewalks get wet or icy. And if you have horrible balance, like I do.
When you’re trudging across campus through the rain, you will be immensely grateful to have a pair of rain boots, and if you’re looking for a quality pair of rain boots, I would recommend the Hunter brand. The boots are worth the money.
No matter what type of rain boots you purchase,I would say they’re necessary for college students, especially those going to school in the midwest, like yours truly.