Street Talk: High School Boys

Boys will be boys. When Footwear News caught up with freshmen at Marlboro High School in suburban Marlboro, N.J., sneakers were a major topic of conversation. While Nike ruled with this crowd when it came to athletics, non-sneaker favorites included flip-flops and Timberland boots. Here, eight teens reveal their athletic preferences, what influences their buying decisions and their favorite shopping haunts.

1. Alex Aruotamian, 14
Favorite athletic style: Jordans or Nikes
Sneaker alternative: None
Shoe influencers: “My personal preference.”
Footwear shopping spot: Foot Locker
Shopping companion: “My mom.”
Most expensive footwear purchase: $170 Jordans

2. Adam Ashenfarb, 14
Favorite athletic style: “Nike high-tops for basketball, Nike low-tops for hanging out with friends.”
Sneaker alternative: Express flip-flops
Shoe influencers: Styles seen on other people
Footwear shopping spot: Champs, Nike Town and Modell’s
Shopping companion: “My mom.”
Most expensive footwear purchase: $70 Adidas sneakers

3. Chris Bocchino, 14
Favorite athletic style: Jordan basketball shoes
Sneaker alternative: None
Shoe influencers: Store windows
Footwear shopping spot: Finish Line
Shopping companions: “My friends.”
Most expensive footwear purchase: $130 Jordans

4. Jon Cabrejos, 14
Favorite athletic style: Nike Dunks
Sneaker alternative: Timberland boots
Shoe influencers: Sneaker magazines
Footwear shopping spot: Foot Locker
Shopping companion: “My dad.”
Most expensive footwear purchase: $160 Jordan AJF20s

5. Nicolas DeCollibus, 15
Favorite athletic style: Nike basketball shoes
Sneaker alternative: Flip-flops
Shoe influencers: “I usually look at store windows in New York.”
Footwear shopping spot: New York City and the local mall
Shopping companion: “My mom, so that she can buy them for me.”
Most expensive footwear purchase: $140 limited-edition Walter Payton 34s by Kangaroos

6. Daveon Douglin, 14
Favorite athletic style: Nike low-tops
Sneaker alternative: Timberland boots
Shoe influencers: “Magazine ads, friends and shoes I see in stores.”
Footwear shopping spot: “The mall and stores in New York City.”
Shopping companions: “Friends, my dad and my brother.”
Most expensive footwear purchase: $180 customized green, yellow and black high-top Nike Air Forces

7. Jon Goldstein, 14
Favorite athletic style: Nike and Adidas
Sneaker alternative: None
Shoe influencers: “Commercials, store windows, magazine ads and friends.”
Footwear shopping spot: Famous Footwear
Shopping companion: “My 11-year-old brother.”
Most expensive footwear purchase: $122 Nikes

8. Jordan Mankes, 14
Favorite athletic style: DC sneakers
Sneaker alternative: Hurley flip-flops
Shoe influencers: “My mom and friends.”
Footwear shopping spot: PacSun
Shopping companion: “My mom, usually.”
Most expensive footwear purchase: $50 Vans

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