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Street Talk: Top Shoppers

Young consumers check out Topshop and neighboring Soho retailers in search of trendy merchandise.

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Lau, 21

Photo By Talaya Centeno

Laura, 20

Photo By Talaya Centeno

The frenzy may have waned somewhat since popular British retailer Topshop opened its first U.S. store in New York in April. But swarms of shoppers continue to descend on the Soho-area shop to check out the exclusive shoe and apparel merchandise. Footwear News recently wrangled a few of them to talk shoes and the Soho shopping scene.

1. Lau, 21
Residence: Uruguay, attending college in New York
Wearing: Converse
Favorite brands: “For sneakers, I like Converse and Puma. For dress shoes, I like Jimmy Choo, but I can’t afford them.”
Did you come to Soho just to visit Topshop? “I did come down here just for Topshop. I haven’t been inside before today and wanted to check it out.”
Other stores you plan to shop in the area: Uniqlo, H&M, American Apparel
Has the recession curtailed your shoe shopping? “No. Uruguay hasn’t been hit by the recession, so my family is doing OK. The recession is almost better [for me] because everything is on sale [here].”

2. Laura, 20
Residence: New York
Wearing: A thrift shop purchase
Favorite brands: “Converse, Minnetonka, Frye boots and shoes I can find in thrift shops.”
Did you come to Soho just to visit Topshop? “Yes.”
Other stores you plan to shop in the area: American Apparel, H&M
Has the recession curtailed your shoe shopping? “Not really. I’m finding a lot of good sales.”

3. Kyle, 20
Residence: Ashburn, Va.
Wearing: Nike
Favorite brands: “I like sneakers. I usually wear Adidas and Nike.”
Did you come to Soho just to visit Topshop? “Yes, I just wanted to look around.”
Other stores you plan to shop in the area: Adidas, H&M
Has the recession curtailed your shoe shopping? “Not really.”

4. Jenna, 25
Residence: Los Angeles
Wearing: Mossimo from Target
Favorite brands: “I wear a size 4, so it’s really hard for me to buy shoes. The Boutique Nordstrom brand has great shoes for my size, and every now and then, I can find a pair of Michael Kors that fit.”
Did you come to Soho just to visit Topshop? “Yes.”
Other stores you plan to shop in the area: “None here in Soho, but I went to H&M on Fifth Avenue earlier.”
Has the recession curtailed your shoe shopping? “No.”

5. Nathan, 20
Residence: Chicago
Wearing: Vans
Favorite brands: Vans, Converse, Nike
Did you come to Soho just to visit Topshop? “Yes.”
Other stores you plan to shop in the area: H&M
Has the recession curtailed your shoe shopping? “Yes, a little bit.”

6. Heather, 24
Residence: Los Angeles
Wearing: Jessica Simpson
Favorite brands: Christian Louboutin, Michael Kors and Jessica Simpson. “Jessica Simpson has very cute work-friendly shoes, and they’re also affordable.”
Did you come to Soho just to visit Topshop? “Yes.”
Other stores you plan to shop in the area: None
Has the recession curtailed your shoe shopping? “No, not even a little bit. I’m not going to lie — I buy so many pairs of shoes.”

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