Why I Joined Gen Steve with Steven Madden

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I’ll never forget my freshmen year of high school… I tried so hard to “blend” in with everyone else. I wore typical blue skinny jeans with a black shirt and matching shoes. I didn’t dare try to be different in efforts to save myself from looking foolish to others or drawing attention to myself. I walked through those doors and held my breath.

However, the summer before I started college, I really started to find myself and I stopped worrying about what other people thought of me. As I headed off to college, my car was full of all the things that I chose to take with me – my favorite sweatshirt, all my dorky socks, and my weird looking comforter.  For once in my life, I was excited to head back to school and I wasn’t stressed out about trying to “fit” in with the crowd.

I’m so excited to partner with Steven Madden on the #GenSteve campaign this year. The campaign is focusing on emphasizing the individuality in all of us – no matter if you’re part of Generation X, Y or Z - Gen Steve knows no boundaries.


Heading back to school should be all about looking and feeling confident! I stopped at my local Dillard’s to pick up my favorite pair of Steven Madden - Gen Steve collection sneakers! I love to represent Gen Steve because I truly believe we should all be ourselves – our authentic selves and not worry what others think of us! It’s not only the key to personal happiness but it makes college so much easier!

This new collection really hit home for me. Not only does the collection mean something to me mentally but I love the physical shoes too! They are a symbol that no matter which generation we belong to – we are all individually unique and we should be proud of being different.  

Let’s face it – life can be pretty rough sometimes especially in college. It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or it’s your last year – we all face challenges. As each new semester begins, we all try our best to make the most of it. Sometimes we change our schedules, our priorities, and even our friend groups… but most importantly we all try to stay true to ourselves.  Make sure you head to your local Dillard’s to grab a pair of Steven Madden’s, join the campaign, and highlight YOURSELF.