Trendy footwear for teens is available from several hot designers today. These include beach Club, BSBG, Candies, Chinese Laundry, Doc Martens, Harley-Davidson, Hype, Luggs, Mudd, New York, Nine West, Skechers, Steve Madden, Vans, and others. Strappy sandals with clunky heels, pointy stiletto pumps, ultra-hot boots, and even patterned sneakers are showing up with teen fashions.
Would you believe . . . Dr. Scholl’s Exercise Sandals are back?
Flip-flops come in every fabric and material imaginable. Most teen girls own at least a half-dozen pairs of these cheap shoes. Heels, wedges, platforms or flats, these are everywhere. Many teens are purchasing the basic rubber ones and adding their own beads, fringes, baubles, bows, or other embellishments with hot-melt glue guns. (Hint: This is a super slumber party project!)
Athletic shoes also come from several popular sources: Adidas, Etnies, Keds, K-Swiss, Nikes, Puma, Reeboks, and Vans. The perennial favorites, Converse hi-tops are still hot in ever color. Chuck Taylor All-Stars are the rage.
Sneakers are high fashion for guys, who may drop $100 or more for a pair of sports shoes. Adidas, Eccos, Nikes, Pumas, Reeboks, Vans.
Shoe stores boast aisle after aisle of men’s athletic shoes for every sport imaginable. Most guys will select footwear appropriate to their selected sports (soccer, basketball, baseball, etc.)
Shoe fashion savvy will guide guys to the brands they favor. Some name-brands and specific shoe styles carry gang-related overtones during a particular season. A clued-in teen will know this. For example, a certain sneaker (named for a professional athlete) might be the footwear of choice for a particular group in a given year. It might be helpful for a young man to know this. For this reason, parents will want to take their street-smart kids with them to shop for shoes.
Popular dress and everyday shoe designers for adolescent boys include Bass, Bronx, Clark, Doc Martens, Ecco, Keen, and Vans. Teen will often select sports shoes from their favorite designers in suedes and dark colors for dressier wear.
WHERE TO FIND THE BEST DEALS
Certainly, the latest, hottest styles tend to appear first in the pricier boutiques and upscale department stores.
However, DSW, Famous Footwear, Kohl’s, Marshalls, Rogans, Shoe Carnival, Value City, and other affordable retailers offer amazing sales on current merchandise. Often, a second pair is half off, or even free.
Online sources have super bargains as well. Check our Sierra Trading Post, Shoe Mall, ShoeBuy.com, and Zappos for excellent variety.
Most brick-and-mortar stores also have websites. If you know your size, why not go online and order? Why bother sorting through piles of boxes of sizes and styles in a store, when you can click and order immediately?
WHAT ABOUT PAYLESS, WALMART, KMART, ETC.?
Discount stores usually offer imitations of many current styles. If you don’t mind synthetic materials, you can usually save a lot of money by shopping there. Teens who wish to change shoe fashions frequently may not mind if their shoes are not real leather.