Part of the success of the boot is its versatility, in barnyards or in cities, in snow or rain. At Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, Zina Huxley-Reicher of New York wears her dark brown, shearling-lined boots nearly every day, with a skirt or jeans. She has only one pair, but some classmates have several. "They are very practical, but they've also become a fashion trend," she said. "They're simple and kind of have that rugged look that has been adopted as a fashionable thing."