Street Talk: The Power of Celebrity

As celebs continue to put their names on fashion lines — from Jessica Simpson to Nicole Richie — more consumers can get their favorite stars’ looks. But sometimes, access comes at a higher price. Footwear News took to the streets of New York to ask teens how much they look to the stars for trends and whether they’re willing to pay for celebrity-branded shoes.

1. Abby Hooley
Age:
16
Hometown: Atlanta
Favorite brands: Cathy Jean, Jessica Simpson, Rainbow, Steve Madden
Do celebrities influence your footwear choices? “They influence me a lot because you wear what’s in style, and [often] it starts with a celebrity.”
Would you spend more money for a celebrity line? “Probably not. It’s stupid to spend more money [on shoes] just because the person who designed them is famous.”

2. Anna Melendez
Age:
16
Hometown: Barcelona, Spain
Favorite brands: “I don’t like specific brands. I just like sandals, boots and oxfords.”
Do celebrities influence your footwear choices? “They definitely influence me. I like wearing what the celebrities are wearing.”
Would you spend more money for a celebrity line? “No, I don’t have the money for that.”

3. Briana Moore
Age:
18
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
Favorite brands: Ed Hardy, Hollister flip-flops, Vans
Do celebrities influence your footwear choices? “A fair amount, depending on who the celebrity is and if I like her.”
Would you spend more money for a celebrity line? “Maybe. It really depends on which celebrity it is. I like Kate Hudson, so if she did a line, I might spend more for her shoes.”

4. Briana Torres
Age:
12
Hometown: Hamilton, N.J.
Favorite brand: Nike
Do celebrities influence your footwear choices? “They don’t. I just like what I like and wear what I want to wear.”
Would you spend more money for a celebrity line? “No, I always buy sneakers, and they’re usually Nike.”

5. Emily Del Valle
Age:
15
Hometown: Miami
Favorite brands: Converse, New Balance, Old Navy flip-flops
Do celebrities influence your footwear choices? “A lot, because I’ll look at what they’re wearing and say, ‘I like that’ or ‘I don’t like that.’”
Would you spend more money for a celebrity line? “Not necessarily. If I like it and it fits, I’ll buy it. If I don’t like it or it doesn’t fit, I won’t buy it, even if it’s [from] a celebrity.”

6. Gina Puglia
Age:
13
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Favorite brands: Nike, Skechers, Victoria’s Secret flip-flops
Do celebrities influence your footwear choices? “A little bit. If I like what a celebrity is wearing, I’ll probably want that style of shoe.”
Would you spend more money for a celebrity line? “If I like the celebrity and I like the shoe, then probably.”

7. Jayne Vecchin
Age:
16
Hometown: Hillsborough, N.J.
Favorite brands: Guess, Steve Madden
Do celebrities influence your footwear choices? “Not really. I like their shoes and I wish I could have them, but I’m not going to buy the same shoes as a celebrity just because [she’s famous].”
Would you spend more money for a celebrity line? “No, it’s not worth it. I can probably find the same shoes, maybe cuter, for a cheaper price.”

8. Zimri Vicario
Age:
16
Hometown: Seneca, S.C.
Favorite brands: Converse, Nike
Do celebrities influence your footwear choices? “They don’t really. A lot of times I let my mom pick my shoes.”
Would you spend more money for a celebrity line? “Probably not. The only celebrity I really like is Jay-Z.”

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