Teen Talk With Leila Roker: Summer Trends & Must-Follow Snapchats

Leila Roker
Leila Roker
Leila Roker.

The hottest time of the year — both literally and figuratively — has arrived. If you haven’t yet gotten or scheduled your pedicure, let this serve as your reminder: It’s open-toe season.

June 20 marked the official start of the season of longer, warmer days and shorter nights. And since teens continue to be one of the most trendsetting demographics out here, Footwear News just had to get the buzz on how this group is staying stylish all summer ’16 (see: Drake).

So, we enlisted the help of a few trendy teens to find out their must-have summer looks. And, since it’s arguably the most-influential app on the social media scene right now, we’ve also asked our teen squad to dish on their must-follow Snapchat accounts.

Read on for the spiel.

Leila, 17

Favorite summer shoes:

“I have a pair of great Free People sandals. They have a chunky heel — so even though they’re heeled, they’re definitely walkable. They have tons of straps, which is cute because it’s sort of a purposeful messy look. I wear them with girly outfits to add some spunk, or casual jeans to dress it up.”

If you could only follow one person on Snapchat, who would it be?

Kylie Jenner. Even though I know some of the clothes are advertisements, I feel like she reflects what’s in and is kind of at the epicenter of the gossip. Plus, a lot of times, I’m loving her Puma or Adidas outfits and shoes.”

Kylie Jenner Puma Kylie Jenner in the Puma Fierce ad campaign. Instagram/Kylie Jenner.

One person you wished followed you on Snapchat:

“I would love it if Drake followed me. I feel like he would comment on all my stories and always give me a motivational phrase and just be like really chill. Also wouldn’t mind some OVO sneak peaks.”

One summer accessory or beauty product that you absolutely can’t live without:

“I’ve been constantly grabbing for MCM sunglasses. They’re aviators that are color-reflected. I’ve totally been seeing that all over, and I think it brings a cool, laid-back look and just pulls an outfit together.”

Arkeem, 18

Favorite summer shoes:

“Stan Smiths by Adidas. You see them everywhere — they’re definitely a teen wardrobe staple. They’re very lightweight and comfortable for whatever summer activity you might be doing whether it’s going to the beach or just hanging out with friends.”

Adidas Originals Mens Leather Sock Pack Adidas Originals Stan Smith Leather Sock sneakers. Courtesy of brand.

If you could only follow one person on Snapchat, who would it be?

Rihanna — even though her videos get a little crazy, I think she’s super real, natural and fun.”

One person you wished followed you on Snapchat:

“DJ Khaled. He is a very frequent snapper who would definitely reply back to his fans and show constant love.”

One summer accessory or beauty product that you absolutely can’t live without:

“Even though it’s a bit overpriced, an Apple watch is one accessory I just can’t live without at the moment. Whether it’s shooting a quick text or just checking the time, it’s more than just an easy-access notification center. It helps with the little things for everyday life.”

Dara, 17

Favorite summer shoes:

“I have these black platform sandals that just have one strap with a thick, ribbed quality to it. They’re from Urban Outfitters. They’re my favorite because they’re really simple and just easy to wear and put on. I mostly go with casual wear, and I think they’re super easy running-out-the-door look, while still looking like there’s some effort.”

If you could only follow one person on Snapchat, who would it be?

“I actually don’t have Snapchat. But, if I did, I would follow Zendaya because she’s a young black girl [like me] and seems like an interesting person who’s pretty versatile, yet laid-back, when it comes to fashion. I would be interested in seeing her go from events from day to day. I’m also a fan of her ability to [pull of] jumpsuits.”

zendaya louis vuitton cruise collection rio Zendaya wears Louis Vuitton Unchained sandal heels. Splash.

One person you wished followed you on Snapchat:

“Jennifer Lawrence. Because she’s really funny and I wouldn’t mind being friends with her. I feel like she wouldn’t judge me at all. She also seems like the type to only dress up when she has to, which is totally me.”

One summer accessory or beauty product that you absolutely can’t live without:

“I can’t live without my Puma Sneakers. They’re not necessarily a summer accessory but they go well with everything and give you an effortless cool. They’re super in right now with the Rihanna Creepers. They’re great for running around the city or even the Hamptons.”

Reggie, 17

Top shoe style for summer:

“The Rihanna Creepers. She’s had a few releases, and I’ve wanted them for so long. I think it’s a unisex shoe that could really meld into anyone’s wardrobe. She has some feminine colors [as well as] some solids that any guy could pull off.”

If you could only follow one person on Snapchat, who would it be?

“Kanye West. I think he really sets the tone for my generation and most of what he says or does ends up going viral or is in the news. So he’s a must-have on Snapchat.”

Kanye West Met Gala 2016 Red Carpet Shoes Kanye West in a Balmain jacket and Saint Laurent boots at the Met Gala. REX Shutterstock.

One person you wished followed you on Snapchat:

“Kylie Jenner. I just think she’s really hot. She also features a lot of her fashion and brand collaborations or advertisers, so it definitely keeps me in the know.”