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The average woman wears only a quarter of the shoes she owns

Most women don’t even come close to wearing the stilettos in their closet.

By Kim Anne Aug 20, 2013 2:34PM

Photo: Daly and Newton/Getty ImagesMany women may feel a need for a new pair of stilettos, but most of us are wasting the money we spend on heels.

According to new research from money-saving website www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, most women wear only a quarter of the shoes they purchase, despite the fact that we spend a large portion of our paychecks on new ones. 

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The study polled 2,352 women, ages 18 and over, from across the United Kingdom on women’s spending habits when it came to footwear. The results reveal that the average woman owns 20.1 pairs of shoes, spends $38 per pair and has a shoe collection worth an estimated $760. Considering the price of a Jimmy Choo can cost well over $1,000, this sounds quite reasonable. But of all the shoes they own, they wear less than a quarter on a regular basis.

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Why don’t we wear them — well duh, because they’re not comfortable (as if we didn’t realize that in the store before we brought them home). 

The main reason women aren’t wearing all their shoes is that they just don’t feel good — 64 percent of women claimed this as the No. 1 reason for not wearing all of their heels. 

The top reasons why women don’t wear their shoes are as follows:

1.       Too uncomfortable (too tight on feet/too high heels) (64 percent)
2.       Hard to match with an outfit (55 percent)
3.       Scared to damage/were very expensive (41 percent)
4.       Were given as a gift and don't like them (37 percent)
5.       Didn't like them as much when I got them home (21 percent)

Tell us: How many pairs of shoes do you think you wear regularly?

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122Comments
Aug 26, 2013 11:20PM
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I have at LEAST 100 pairs of shoes and wear only 6 pairs of flip flops most of the time. Some of my shoes are so gorgeous and expensive that I don't want to sully them with the germs on the ground. Sad, I know...
Aug 26, 2013 3:57PM
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I have close to 60 pairs and do try to wear most of them through the year.  Though I must admit there are some shoes that I love more than others and thus those get "extra attention"  Of course, what's considered my favorite one year may not be my favorite during the next. 
Aug 23, 2013 8:47PM
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I have plenty of shoes in my closet that were purchased with a specific event or outfit in mind. They totally rock when paired with what they were intended, but if that event is only going to happen once in a while, they can sit for years between wears.
Aug 23, 2013 12:00PM
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The reasons for not wearing them are ridiculous (in my opinion anyway)

1. Too uncomfortable (too tight on feet/too high heels)  - Why did you buy them then? Return them or donate to charity. Give then to a friend, maybe.

2. Hard to match with an outfit (55 percent) - Again, why did you buy them? Again return or donate to charity

3. Scared to damage/were very expensive  - Return them to the store

4. Were given as a gift and don't like them  - Donate to charity

5. Didn't like them as much when I got them home  - Return them to the store. You bought them but didn't like them when you got home? I don't see why anyone would keep these.

I don't see why anyone would keep shoes if these are the reasons they don't wear them.

Aug 23, 2013 11:53AM
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I've never understood the whole "shoe" thing. I have two pairs of shoes. One pair I wear to work and the other I use for everyday when I'm not at work. I don't like wasting money or having clutter. There's no way I'd every buy something I don't plan on using everyday or just once in a while. I don't understand it.
Aug 23, 2013 3:50AM
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Most girls have more than 10 pair of shoes
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Who cares about the shoes. She sure looks good in that towel.
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My wife has at least 2 pallets of shoes so I think 25% is too high.
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