Street Talk: Shoe Shopping

Despite the rocky economy in 2011, consumers kept snapping up shoes, and the end of the year was no exception. Retailers reported solid sales over the holidays, with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the week post-Christmas serving up a steady flow of shoppers. But will the momentum carry over into 2012? Footwear News polled shoppers in midtown Manhattan on whether they plan to buy more shoes in the new year.


Ilka Peters

Orange County, N.Y.

“I will buy less [footwear], because I already have too many shoes as it is. If I do buy shoes, I’ll buy walking sneakers. I need a new pair.”


Dominic Krempels

Northampton, England

“I just bought a new pair of [sneakers], but I will probably buy fewer [shoes] in 2012 because I bought quite a lot of shoes last year, which is unusual for me. I might buy a pair of smart boots.”


Nisah Nance

“I’m planning to buy more [footwear], because the more you buy, the more you figure out what you don’t have. You buy a pair of red shoes, then you realize you still need a pair of dark red.”


Sarah Wetter
Scranton, Pa.

“I will probably buy more shoes because I have more reasons to buy them. I’m a sophomore in college, and I have nicer places to go, like banquets. I also play sports, so I’ll need more sneakers.”


Carena Landl
Linz, Austria
“I must buy more. [My boyfriend] loves high heels, and I buy a lot of them. I buy cheap shoes because I live in the city. I walk a lot, and the shoes get [worn out].”


Ralph Zagler

Linz, Austria

“[I will] not [buy more footwear this year]. I just buy one or two pairs a year. I love expensive [brands] like Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.”

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