Fashion Students Talk Shoes

School may be officially back in session, but the “Summer Live” program at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology brought students together from around the globe to hone their fashion skills and show off their individual styles. They all had one thing in common — a love of designer shoes. Footwear News hit the campus this summer to find out how informed today’s fashion hopefuls are on shoe brands, how much they’re willing to spend, and their all-time favorites.

Name: Madison
Age: 15
Grade: 10th

If you could splurge on a pair of designer shoes, what brand would you buy and why? “Tory Burch because she has a classic yet unique style that can work with anything.”
What’s the most you’ll spend on a pair of shoes? $200
Favorite shoe brands: Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo
Favorite places to shoe shop: Department stores
What celebrity most influences your style? “Blake Lively because she can wear any style at any time and she adds her own twist to an outfit.”

Name: Ebo-Nay
Age: 17
Grade: 12th

If you could splurge on a pair of designer shoes, what brand would you buy and why?
“Steve Madden because all his shoes have a very unique style to them, and they’re inexpensive.”
What’s the most you’ll spend on a pair of shoes? $100
Favorite shoe brands: Steve Madden, Bakers, Anne Michele
Favorite place to shoe shop: Bakers
What celebrity most influences your style? “Beyoncé because she has so many different styles and they’re all hot. She’s a trendsetter.”

Name: Sophie
Age: 19
Grade: First year of college

If you could splurge on a pair of designer shoes, what brand would you buy and why? “Christian Louboutin. The red sole is very classic, and the shoes are comfortable.”
What’s the most you’ll spend on a pair of shoes? “Depends on what occasion but no more than 250 euros.”
Favorite shoe brands: Christian Louboutin, Canvella, Zara
Favorite places to shoe shop: Selfridges, Kurt Geiger, Zara
What celebrity most influences your style? “Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham.”

Name: Amanda
Age: 16
Grade: 11th

If you could splurge on a pair of designer shoes, what brand would you buy and why? “Christian Louboutin, duh! That question doesn’t even need to be asked. Those shoes are incredible.”
What’s the most you’ll spend on a pair of shoes: “The most I’m allowed to spend is about $150. If my mom didn’t limit me, probably $300.”
Favorite shoe brands: Michael Kors, Christian Louboutin, Dolce Vita, Betsey Johnson, Dr. Martens
Favorite places to shoe shop: Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor and [stores located in] Park Slope, Brooklyn
What celebrity most influences your style? “Sienna Miller. Her style is always effortlessly cool.”

Name: Hannah
Age: 14
Grade: Ninth

If you could splurge on a pair of designer shoes, what brand would you buy and why? “Christian Louboution because they are really pretty.”
What’s the most you’ll spend on a pair of shoes? $150
Favorite shoe brands: Steve Madden, Juicy Couture, Dolce Vita, J. Crew, Ed Hardy
Favorite place to shoe shop: Nordstrom
What celebrity most influences your style? Leighton Meester

Name: Mary
Age: 18
Grade: 12th

If you could splurge on a pair of designer shoes, what brand would you buy and why? “I don’t know if they’re considered ‘designer shoes,’ but I would love to splurge on shoes from Anthropologie. They are so unique and fun.”
What’s the most you’ll spend on a pair of shoes? “About $30. I’m very frugal with my money.”
Favorite shoe brands: “I don’t really [prefer particular] brands. I go by how cute they are.”
Favorite places to shoe shop: Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal, Forever 21
What celebrity most influences your style? “No celebrity in particular, but I’m in love with style from the 1940s. Anyone who follows that is my idol.”

 

Name: Mandi
Age: 14
Grade: Ninth

If you could splurge on a pair of designer shoes, what brand would you buy and why? “Tory Burch [Reva] flats. I love the design on the front.”
What’s the most you’ll spend on a pair of shoes? $200 to $300
Favorite shoe brands: Juicy Couture, BCBG, Ed Hardy
Favorite places to shoe shop: Nordstrom, Nine West
What celebrity most influences your style? “Jessica Alba. She has great taste, and she makes sure whatever she’s wearing looks good.”

Name: Caitlyn
Age: 17
Grade: 12th

If you could splurge on a pair of designer shoes, what brand would you buy and why? “Steve Madden. I love every shoe and can always find something that will last.”
What’s the most you’ll spend on a pair of shoes? $150
Favorite shoe brands: Christain Louboutin, Aldo, Bakers
Favorite places to shoe shop: Macy’s, Aldo, Bloomingdale’s
What celebrity most influences your style? “Blake Lively. Her style is relaxed, but also glamorous.”

 

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