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The average woman owns 19 pairs of shoes, but wears only seven

New study finds surprising statistics about women and their shoes.

By Kim Anne Feb 26, 2013 4:06PM

Photo: Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty ImagesIt comes as no surprise that a recent study has determined women spend a lot on shoes. But what may come as a surprise to many is that most women don’t wear the shoes that they own.

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According to the Daily Mail, a new study commissioned by Diamond insurance company found that the average woman owns 19 pairs of shoes, but only wears seven.

The study also found that one in 20 women own more than 50 (yes, 50!) pairs of high heels. 

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“According to our study, the average woman owns twice as many shoes as her partner,” said Natalie Grimshare, spokesperson for Diamond insurance company.

And apparently, excessive shoe spending causes some serious relationship rifts. “For some women their shoe spending habits have even caused arguments.” Grimshare said. “As many as one in eight of the women we questioned told us they've argued with their partner either about the amount they spend on shoes or the sheer number of pairs they own.”

Seeing as how the majority of participants polled said that high heel king Christian Louboutin, creator of that famed expensive red sole, was the most coveted shoe designer, it makes sense that buying them in bulk could cause a few arguments. 

Tell us: How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Photo: Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images

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Mar 6, 2013 7:59PM
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253 and counting.  There are some unworn, but for the part they all get some lovin'.  If you can afford it, have room for it and it makes you happy, GO FOR IT!!!  Last time I checked it is not illegal!  :)
Mar 6, 2013 7:54PM
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Lets see.  I have a pair of black, brown, and blue heels.  I have black and brown dress boots, and snow boots. I have red flats and black flats.  Slip on tennies and lace up tennies. Older oxford types - brown and black. Hiking boots. 2 pairs of flip flops. One pair of each style and color.   Getting close.  Many of my shoes are 10 years old or more.  And only one pair in the last 2 - to replace a pair of worn out ones. 
Mar 6, 2013 3:55PM
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OMG. I am every mans dream, I have one pair of heels and one pair for everyday around the farm in the winter...one pair for everyday in the summer around the farm and like a few extra pair of flops for when my old cheapies wear out! Oh, and one pair of -0 boots for extreme winter conditions that are 10 years old and still have never worn. Total about 4. You can only wear one pair at a time .......
Mar 6, 2013 12:59PM
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About 40-45, 7 pair are new, a year old and never worn. However, my shoe selection varies from sneakers to sandals, to slides, to clogs, to flats, to flip flops and last but not least high heels. 
Mar 6, 2013 12:04PM
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About 50.  I wear most of them and have a lot more variety in summer styles.  If they're flat and well worn they eventually make "mowing shoe" rotation and from there into the trash.  And like LemonWitch said, some are specialty items and worn less:  snow boots when it snows, hiking / work boots for muddy outdoor projects, open-toed stillettos for date night.
Mar 6, 2013 11:44AM
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100+ for me...closed toed in one closed, sandals in another, boots in another and sneakers in another!

 

Mar 6, 2013 10:55AM
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This is a skewed result. Of course we wear on average about seven pairs-- most shoes in low rotation are for dress events. Sure I love my strappy platforms, but I wear my Converse to work in. I don't wear my knee high stomper boots to go grocery shopping (most of the time, anyway), and I don't wear my sneakers to a wedding. Perspective: now you have it.

Plus, only nineteen pairs? In your dreams, buddy. I might own that many just in boots.
Feb 27, 2013 12:49AM
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You go for it girls, I've worked aroud the world and it's a universal thing that girls love shoes. Guy's have there toy's like hunting, fishing, golf or other things. If it is not affecting paying your bills or financially harming you or family, go for it.
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