I told mom to go to a store called "Journeys" and that there was almost always a young clerk working there at least from my experience this has been the case. I also told her to look for some snazzy converse with wild patterns or even better..."Harajuku Lovers". I love this fun line from Gwen Stefani. I had no clue if 17 yr olds would dig this style but I know I liked it. Apparently, I made a great call becuz my cousin loved her shoes. I don't know what style mom got for her, but the shoes above are the shoes mom got for me.
Score! My mom's the best. :)