Teen Talk With Leila Roker: Best Valentine’s Day Ever

Ah, the aroma of love is potent throughout the air just a few days ahead of the holiday that everyone loves to hate: Valentine’s Day.

Whether it makes you ultra aware of your single status or you get warm and fuzzy inside anticipating its arrival, here at Footwear News, we contend that Valentine’s Day can be one of your favorite days every year.

To inspire you, we asked Leila Roker and a few of her pals (because who knows how to have fun better than teens?) to dish on their Valentine’s Day plans.

 Leila, 17

On a perfect Valentine’s Day what would you be doing?

A perfect Valentine’s Day would probably [involve] hanging out with some friends and then hang out with my significant other and do something chill like see a movie — I’m super excited for Deadpool to come out, it looks so funny — and get dinner.

What is your dream gift to receive this Valentine’s Day?

Ideally, I would love chocolates or tootsie pops (my favorite candy). But, I just want a cute, thoughtful gift — even if it is a meme keychain — just something cute that I like.

What outfit and shoes will you wear on Valentine’s Day?

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The Tamara Mellon Soho bootie in snow leopard and black.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

I will probably wear a halter-style, faded pink smock dress I like. It’s cute and doesn’t annoyingly scream Valentine’s Day. I may wear some funky boots with it depending how I’m feeling.

Are you buying a gift or gifts for someone special? If so, what are you buying?

I’m having a “Galentine’s Day” tradeoff with one of my friends. And I’m still deciding whether or not to get anything for someone “special.” We’ll see.

Is there anything you dislike most about Valentine’s day?

The only thing I dislike about Valentine’s Day is the pressure. It seems like you need to have someone. But as long as you’re proactive about it, you should have a good day.

Megan, 16

On a perfect Valentine’s Day what would you be doing?

I’m up for whatever. I’m pretty sure my boyfriend has something planned — I think [going for dinner] is what he might be planning on doing. It doesn’t really matter — it’ll just be fun being out together.

What is your dream gift to receive this Valentine’s Day?

A Victoria Secrets gift card — preferably $50 or more.

What outfit and shoes will you wear on Valentine’s Day?

Sam Edelman chelsea boot
Sam Edelman chelsea boot.
CREDIT: Zappos.

I have a blue BDG dress I got from Urban Outfitters on Black Friday that I’m planning on wearing with a pair of black Chelsea boots and comfy black socks.  I’m not really that into the whole dressing up thing.

Are you buying a gift or gifts for someone special? If so, what are you buying?

I’m buying a Kendrick Lamar hoodie and some chocolates for my boyfriend.

Is there anything you dislike most about Valentine’s day?

The pressure of doing something extravagant. I’m down for Netflix and ice cream — no pressure just enjoying each other.

Reginald, 16

What is your dream gift to receive this Valentine’s Day?

Raf Simons AW 2001-02 tan wool sweater. Anything from this collection, would be a perfect gift because I think it’s one of the greatest seasons he ever produced and also somewhat iconic.

What outfit and shoes will you wear on Valentine’s Day?

AMI boot
AMI men's boot.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Lyst.

AMI Chelsea boots, black dress pants, and white Calvin Klein button down. I’m trying to keep it classy yet casual and very clean for the date — that way I’m ready for any occasion.

Are you buying a gift or gifts for someone special? If so, what are you buying?

Black Comme des Garçons Playsmall heart tee just because it’s so appropriate for Valentine’s Day. It’s not too much, but also not too little.

Is there anything you dislike most about Valentine’s day?

I hate the reds and pinks mixed together it looks gross to me, but other than that it’s a good holiday.

Ardelia, 17

On a perfect Valentine’s Day what would you be doing?

I’d probably go out to a cool art exhibition with a friend and then go to Black Tap [restaurant] for ice cream. I just enjoy being surrounded by fun people.

What is your dream gift to receive this Valentine’s Day?

A pair of ruby red stud earrings.

Converse Valentine's Day Shoes
Converse Valentine's Day collection.
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What outfit and shoes will you wear on Valentine’s Day?

I will probably be wearing Converse sneakers with some chill pants and sweater. I’m more of a casual person.

Are you buying a gift or gifts for someone special? If so, what are you buying?

Maybe next year, but I don’t think I’m buying a gift for anyone this year. I might just get some candy for me and some friends.

Is there  anything you dislike most about Valentine’s day?

That some people believe you have to be in a relationship to enjoy the day. Good candy and good people is all you need.

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