I was wondering if I am going to be studying abroad in England and then probally traveling the continent/backpacking through europe in the winter and spring, will I need boots or can I get by on running shoes? I live in california but I hear that its going to be cold and raining there so I wasent sure. What kind of footwear would you reccomend?
It will be pretty cold and rainy in England (it is now infact brrr ) In winter I wear trainers (running shoes) a lot or snuggly boots to keep me warm, but they are more fahion type not walking boots (I'm not sure what sort of boots you were thinking of). I'm geussing you're a guy so you will probably be fine with trainers while you are studying over here, that's what most guys that I know would wear I suppose. As for backpacking, I couldn't say as I have never backpacked round Europe. I've holidayed there a lot but that was in summer! I geuss it depends what you are doing and where in Europe you are going!
By the way, where are you going to be studying in England?
It depends what you have planned of course, but my successful (so far!) recipe for travel footwear is one pair of tevas (solid, strappy, waterproof sandals) and one pair of hiking boots (there are some nice looking hiking shoes/boots on the market these days). That, and the shower jandals, seem to do me proud most places!
I studied in England last year and most guys just wore trainers, like the previous posters said. As far as backpacking goes, it depends entirely if you're going to Scotland, Wales, etc or if you're going to Greece, Italy, etc. I would say you would be fine with trainers all around but if you're doing some backpacking through Scotland during the winter or spring I would advise for some sturdier, warmer shoes. Scotland can be a big suprise.
Personally, I didn't think it was that cold in England (I was there in the winter) and it didn't snow, so for me regular shoes were fine. Of course, coming from CA you may have a different opinion of cold.
For studying in England I'd say trainers (running shoes) would be best. Unless you're going to be doing any hiking/hill-walking etc when you're not studying then you won't really need boots. I'd say this follows for the travelling in Europe as well. I've always worn trainers on visits to parts of Europe during winter/spring time. Hope this helps!