How Many Pairs of Shoes Do You Own?

A new survey peeks inside our national footwear closets

This recent piece of shoe news stopped me in my tracks. According to a nationwide poll by ShopSmart magazine, women own about 17 pairs of shoes and spend an average of $49 on each pair. Does that seem kind of low? Or am I just a raging footwear fanatic waiting to be called out on the next episode of Hoarders?

(After some unscientific calculations, I estimated to have over 30 pairs in my stash at a cost of roughly $80 to 100 per pair. Could be worse, right?)

Four years ago, the magazine found that ladies owned 19 pairs. The recession probably caused this year's dip. On the flip-flop side, online shoe shopping has increased during that same time frame, with almost a third of women (29 percent in 2011 vs. 14 percent in 2007) filling up their virtual carts.

But, according to the survey, we typically only buy three new pairs a year -- Carrie Bradshaws we are not. And even though most of us aren't on a complete shoe cleanse, we also only tend to wear three pairs in regular rotation. I'm totally guilty of this, which means it might be time to add some brand-new kicks to the lineup or simply clean out my closet...

To read more about the footwear poll, grab the April 2011 issue of ShopSmart.

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