According to a poll of about 1,000 women ages 18 and older, women in the USA own an average of 17 pairs of shoes, but only wear 3 of those pairs regularly. The poll found that women buy about three pairs a year, at about $49 per pair, and about a third say that they have spent more than $100 on a single pair of shoes. 39% of those surveyed said they consider themselves a “shoe person.”
So why such a shoe obsession?
Lisa Lee Freeman, editor in chief at Consumer Reports, where the poll was conducted, says, “No matter how much weight you gain, you can always fit into your shoes. They’re friends through thick and thin.” Freeman comments that her own shoe collection is “taking over [her] bedroom.”
But are they all flashy pairs? Stilletto heels and glitter and sequins? Not so much, admits Freeman. “My poor husband has no room in the closet because of my shoes. I will say that most of them are black. They are all pretty practical. That also makes them hard to part with.”
The poll also showed that 19% of women go shoe shopping to cheer themselves up, and that 60% of women say they are willing to tolerate pain for fashion – buying shoes that hurt because they look great. On the flip side, 46% said they have bought an ugly pair of shoes because they are comfortable.