When it comes to sheer numbers, the top secret most American women keep from the man in their life is not about sex. Or past boyfriends. Or money. It's the number of shoes they own, according to a poll of 1,057 women conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center for the shopping magazine ShopSmart.
Reuters reports that the average American woman owns 19 pairs of shoes--and some of these were purchases hidden from her partner--even though she only wears four pairs regularly. Fifteen percent of women own more than 30 pairs of shoes.
When it comes to shoes, looking good is way more important than comfort. A stunning 43 percent admitted they had been at least moderately injured by shoes, especially by wearing slingbacks and stilettos, while 8 percent reported serious injuries, such as sprains or breaks.
"Women love their shoes and are willing to go to great lengths for them, including risking injury and hiding their purchases from a significant other," Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart, told Reuters. "Women are passionate shoe shoppers, and this survey shows that shoe shopping is almost a sport for women. I know I hide shoes from my husband. My secret trick is to bring them home without the box."
Fun facts to know and tell:
Why do women love shoes so much? "A new pair of shoes makes a woman feel great, and they last longer than a box of chocolates," Meghan Cleary, who hosts the show "Shoe Therapy" on the TV shopping channel HSN, told Reuters. "Forget indulging in a chocolate sundae and go buy shoes for a quick little uplift."
- Women buy, on average, four pairs of shoes a year.
- 13 percent of women admit to hiding a purchase from their partner.
- 60 percent of women regret at least one shoe purchase.
- On average, women have worn a quarter of their shoes only one time.
--From the Editors at Netscape