An Examination of Consumer’s Brand Loyalty and Purchase Intention Toward Collaborations in the Sport Brand Footwear Industry

Yoon Heo
Zack P. Pedersen
Antonio S. Williams
and Kevin K. Byon

Collaborations between sport footwear/apparel manufacturers and fashion icons (e.g., designers, musicians, celebrities) have become an integral marketing practice over the last decade. Although the number of footwear collaborations has continually grown across the industry, scholars have yet to evaluate the effects of such marketing practices. The focal aim of this study was to assess the impact of product collaborations on sport consumers who were familiar with sport shoe collaboration. A total of 345 respondents participated in an experimental study to test the effects of self-image congruence, brand loyalty, perceived brand fit, and purchase intention. Data were analyzed using SEM and ANOVA, and all hypotheses were supported, with results indicating the overarching influence of self-image congruity as well as the partial mediation of perceived brand fit between said congruity and brand loyalty.