Zendaya Designs a Line of 'Dope Shoes -- and You Don't Have to Spend Three Years Trying to Buy Them'

08/06/2015 at 01:17 PM ET

Within the last couple of years, Zendaya has grown from sweet Disney starlet to quintessential red-carpet risk taker. (Who else could pull off a dazzling diamond-adorned shirtdress with matching sparkling stilettos quite like her?) And now, the actress is taking her love of fashion to the next level: with her very own shoe line!

Zendaya shoe lineCourtesy Daya

The collection, named Daya (which was the star’s childhood nickname), is a collaboration between the 18-year-old star and her stylist, Law Roach. Together, the duo created a line of sky-high heels, fringed flats, summery sandals and sporty wedge sneakers, which will range in prices from $125 to $175, inspired by the star’s personal red-carpet style and the women in her life.

“I was inspired by everyday women,” she tells PEOPLE. “And I was inspired a lot by my niece — she’s in college — and my sister, who’s a working woman with two kids and a husband. I constantly ask them how do they find stuff, how much would they pay for a good shoe and what they are looking for [in a shoe].”

Zendaya shoe lineCourtesy Daya

And while it’s clear that the line is very true to the star’s standout style, Zendaya says her top priority was to make her shoes easily accessible (and affordable!) for all women.

“The kind of women we’re targeting are real women [who] want a good shoe they can wear to their job interviews, but still be stylish and not break the bank,” she says. “But it’s not like that typical look for less. No, these are dope shoes and you don’t have to spend three years trying to buy them.”

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So what’s her favorite pair? “That’s impossible; I will not answer that question! But I will say that every shoe is definitely infused with [our aesthetic],” she tells PEOPLE. “I’m not a big fan of flats, I’ve never been a big fan of sandals, and so it was kind of like, ‘How do I make a version that I would wear on the red carpet, that I think is chic?’ ”

Zendaya shoe lineCourtesy Daya

Zendaya, who’s 5 ft. 10 in., says that she and Roach hope to inspire other women to embrace their height (no matter what it is) and wear styles they feel most comfortable in.

“That’s part of our platform,” Roach tells PEOPLE. “For girls who think, ‘I can’t wear heels, I’m tall,’ you can wear heels! It makes you look even more amazing. [Zendaya] will see a tall girl walking down the street and run over and give her a high five and be like, Yes, a tall girl wearing heels!”

Oh and I'm a shoe designer😏😂 @luxurylaw #Daya @soleofdaya

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But whether or not she convinces you to step into some sky-high stilettos, Zendaya says you’ll find something you love (in a color you might not have guessed) in her collection. “A lot of women are like me — it’s either sneakers or it’s heels, there’s no in between,” she says. “I’m a tomboy, so there are a lot of times where I want to have that tomboy edge and feminize it.”

She adds: “I want to give every kind of woman an option. You have your simple work shoe, you have your summer wedge. Not every girl wants to wear heels; sometimes wedges are more sturdy. You have everything. Everything for every lady out there.” (As long as that lady’s willing to wait until spring 2016, when the collection launches.)

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Love Zendaya’s style? Are you excited for Zendaya’s shoe line? Share below!

–Sarah Kinonen

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CC on

I like her! and she is cute and adorable but still sexy with out being overt. Also she is wholesome with out being stuffy or preachy. Very grown up but still a teenager. IDK she is just too cute for words. I hope she stays sweet!

k2 on

I like the collection; there’s something for every girl.
Her fans (aka my daughter) will love the high top.

Patty on

They are all beautiful! I too am 5’10” and wish I could wear these, it has nothing to do with my height but you have to have a gymnastist’s coordination to balance on all but the wedges. It’s a long way to fall when you’re 5’10” and I’m not willing to risk it anymore but God has blessed her in many ways, not the least of which is BALANCE:). Good luck in your new endeavor!

Carla on

“Dope” shoes, really? They probably smell like weed and patchouli. Yes, I said it and don’t care. Don’t like her!

Poppy on

All the women in her life are prostitutes?

schlaumeier56 on

One wonders if the product line is named for the customer or if it is named for the customer.

Maria on

It makes me laugh whenever actresses put out clothing lines and they state “I made these for the average working woman” with prices that range from $125 to $175. Who are these average working woman spending over $150 on shoes???? Definitely not me, nor any other money conscious females in my office. The editors/writers at People Magazine are out of their minds to think that average women have this kind of $$ to throw away on shoes???

dapple on

Dope shoes for a Dope!!

Shenandoa on

Oh….I get it now…..she was working on a line of “ho” shoes when she was so deeply offended. I’m sure someone with bad taste will buy them. Likely one of her “fans” with no money to their name, but a lot of credit card debt!

SHT on

One has to wonder how old some of the commenters are on this thread. Anyway, I think the shoes are pretty cute. I am glad to see her branching out and doing different things. She seems like a grounded young lady with a good head on her shoulders. I hope she stays that way.

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