In Sex & the City, Carrie Bradshaw spent every last dime she owned on a pair of Manolo Blahniks. In real life, this curly hair freelance writer (that would be me!) hasn’t bought a new pair of shoes since last summer’s strappy heels. And if I’m going to live like my inspiration – and sure, she’s a “fictional” character, but whatever – then I need to step up the shoe buying.
In fact, if I want to live like most women in the United States, I better start purchasing more shoes. According to a new survey by ShopSmart magazine, women own, on average, 17 pairs of shoes, although they only wear three pairs on a regular basis. The survey found that more than half of all women own more than 10 pairs, while 13 percent of women own more than 30 pairs.
Average shoe purchasing doesn’t even come close to Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe obsession – women usually purchase three pairs of shoes a year and spend $49 each, with 31 percent spending more than $100 on a single pair. Um, Manolos are $600 and up for one pair. I’m starting to see now that Sex & the City really was a fictional show…
But, there is something to this shoe thing. Carrie Bradshaw or not, it is a bit of an obsession. Shoes aren’t impacted by winter weight gain, a bad hair day or a sleepless night. And they can instantly make you feel sexy. I don’t know about you, but I’m lovin those odds.
ShopSmart also gives us other yummy shoe trend stats:
- Women are turning to online retailers in a big way for their shoe needs – 29 percent of women purchase shoes online, which is a huge leap from earlier years.
- For type and style of shoe to wear – 39 percent of women prefer flats, although a quarter of women have worn heels 4-in. or higher. Ouch.
- 48 percent have had a shoe-related injury, 35 percent of women had an evening ruined by an uncomfortable pair of shoes, and 24 percent have fallen because of their shoes. And that, ladies and gentleman, is why we carry a second pair of comfy shoes in our purse.
Armed with this info and ShopSmart’s handy tips on finding great shoes, I’m off to shop. I mean, I do have to find a way to match my idol Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe obsession…
So, is it true? Do you own 17 pairs of shoes or more? Tell us about your shoe needs here!