10 Pairs Of Shoes You Need For College

Heck yeah, college! Welcome to the (almost) real world. Get ready to head to class, walk to the cafeteria, hustle over to the gym, hit the best spots downtown and everything in-between. To do all this as your usual cool confident self, you are going to need some fantastic shoes. Even if you have a car on campus, you will be covering way more ground on your feet than before. Some mornings you will leave your room and not return until late at night. So make sure you stay blister-free and weather-appropriate by adding these shoes to your packing list! (and maybe a few other things…)

From the experts here at CollegeCandy, here are the ten pairs of shoes you need for college:


1. Everyday Sandals

Get a pair of cute sandals that will stay securely on your feet and keep you cool all day long. You can hustle up the stairs to find that hidden intro to psychology classroom without losing a shoe in these strappy wonders. These sandals should be slightly more upscale than your sandy rainbows (sorry!) and will look perfect with both a sundress and a pair of jean shorts.

Check out versatile tan, not-so-basic black, trendy white


2. “The Fashion Sneaker”

These are most likely to be your go-to shoe 99% of the time. Aim for colors that will match most of your outfits and will feel great even after you have been trekking back and forth across campus all day. Comfort is key when it comes to these shoes. These sneakers are perfect for everything from an all-sweats study-sesh to completing a trendy going-out outfit. Fashion sneakers can traverse between seasons, go day to night and should truly fit your style.

Tip: If you plan on wearing your fashion sneakers (or any shoes) out to parties, make sure they are inexpensive and able to be cleaned (party floors are notoriously sticky and gross). Better yet, designate a pair of shoes as going-out only–you do not want to be sitting in class smelling whatever Brad spilled on your feet while yelling “what your major?” in your ear.

We suggest Converse One Star, Adidas Superstar, Superga Classics, Steve Madden Gills, Vans Old Skool


3. Workout Shoes

Kind of a no-brainer but too important to leave off the list. Perfect for whatever workout is your favorite and suitable for all others, your workout shoes are crucial to maintaining your healthy lifestyle. Pick a pair you love to keep you pumped for your sweat-sessions. You should be excited to wear them around campus as you might have to head to the gym right after class.

Our favorites Nike Pegasus, Saucony Freedom, Under Armour Speedform

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4. Every-day Boots

Nicer than your fashion sneaker and perfect for both fall and winter. We would suggest keeping these in the flat to low heel range. Get a pair that is sure to keep your feet pinch-free and warm but not too warm. These will look amazing with your cool ripped black jeans or a casual skirt.

You may like Aldo NydiaSteve Madden CombatFrye Engineer


5. Weather Boots (rain and snow)

Get a pair that can handle whatever rain, snow, sludge, sleet and ice your campus’ climate will throw at you. These should be light enough that you can trek your way up to the cafeteria and back down to your afternoon lecture without feeling like you have weights on your feet. Make sure they are truly waterproof because wet toes make for a miserable student.

Tip: go bigger rather than smaller for sizing so you can wear thick, warm socks when need be.

We recommend Sorel Snow AngelL.L. Bean Boot, Hunter Rain Boots (turn into snow boots by adding warm lining)


6. Riding Boot

Before the weather turns totally glacial but there is still a chill in the air–you will want a pair of classic riding boots. An essential for any cute sweater/scarf/long-sleeve look, get a pair of high boots that will keep you warm and complement every one of your cozy classroom looks.

We love Nordstrom Jinnie Tall BootAldo MihaelaFrye Veronica Slouch

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7. Cute Flats

Not the most thrilling of shoes–but still essential. You never know when you will need to look professional for a career fair, presentation or interview. Have a basic pair of flats stashed in your closet or else you may regret it.

We dig Steve Madden BambaChinese Laundry Sonje D’Orsay Flat, J. Crew Evie Ballet Flat


8. Black Pumps

Again, you never know when you might need this professional basic. Make sure you can walk in these black beauties for when you class up your look. Invest in a high-quality pair and you could have these for the next decade.

Timeless classics you might like Nine West Rocha, Steve Madden Loretta, Aldo Acedda


9. Wedges

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A must-have for sorority recruitment season, warm-weather date parties and nicer day looks. Find a light-weight and versatile wedge and you could be your new dorm’s best-dressed.

We are loving Aldo MadysonSteve Madden Pam, Steve Madden Venus

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10. Statement Heels

On fancy nights out be sure to get noticed with your amazing statement heels. Find whatever color, style, height, straps or sparkle give you that extra boost of confidence you need for date nights and sophisticated parties. Just remember to make sure you are comfortable walking, standing and maybe even dancing in these heels for long periods of time!

Find your perfect pair: Nasty Gal Pretty RosePublic Desire AriesSam Edelman Yaro

Bonus: Don’t forget your shower shoes and slippers!


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