Fashion Beauty Friend Friday: Shoes

This week Fashion Beauty Friend Friday is focusing on shoes. I must admit that I don't consider myself a shoe person (though I own enough to make my husband roll his eyes when I come home with a new pair.) Typically, I prefer to spend my money on a vintage sequined top or thrifted handbag.  However, most statistics on the shopping habits of women conclude that women ages 13-16 may own about 15 pair of shoes including sneakers; older woman aged 16-21 own 25-40 pairs; and woman ages 25-50 own  anywhere from 40-60 pair of shoes. wrote recently about this here: Original study was conducted by, who surveyed 3,000 women. Here are some interesting points from the study:
  • The average woman will buy 469 pairs of shoes in her lifetime.
  • She'll spend $25,000 overall.
  • This is $53 per pair.
  • The average woman has about 19 pairs of shoes at any given time
  • These 19 pairs include three pairs with heels, six pairs of either flip-flops, sandals, ballet pumps or wedges, three pairs of boots and four pairs of dressy shoes for nights out.
  • Women also have two pairs of work shoes and another two or so 'random' purchases.
  • Girls buy their first pair without mom at 14, then seven pairs a year for the rest of their lives
I sympathize with all women who laugh (then grimace) at the "19 pairs" average. I have at least double this number in pairs of shoes right now, and that's just running through a mental list. In heels alone, you have round toe, peep toe, pointy toe, leather, suede, patent, black, brown, silver, nude. These are all staples! And let's talk sandals - dressy, flat, t-strap, gladiator, espadrilles. What about boots? And you've got to have work shoes, party shoes, happy hour shoes, athletic shoes, summer shoes, winter shoes. Let's forgive ourselves for shoe overload.And boyfriends/husbands, we don't need your grief.

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A bit of my shoes collection
1.What is your go-to pair of shoes?

Answering this question is like asking me to chose which one of my three kids I love the most. It's impossible. And it depends on the season. In fall and winter I live in my tall boots. Two pairs are vintage and I fdound them while thrifting; I also have a pair of vintage cowboy boots I thrifted for $8 that I adore. They're well-constructed, soft and broken in. My brown Frye Heath boots are probably my favorite - I bought them on eBay for less than $100 and they're versatile, comfortable, and perfectly worn in. In spring I like peep-toe wedges, and in summer I love my high heeled strappy clogs. They're the only heels I can wear without writhing in pain.

2. What goes into your shoe buying decisions?

Comfort is my number one priority when buying a pair of shoes. If they're not comfortable I won't want to wear them, and my purchase will be a total waste of money. I also look for leather shoes - they hold up much better than canvas or faux leather - and a padded insole.

3. The majority of the shoes in your closet are what color?

Most of my shoes are in neutral colors - black or tan leather, gold and bronze. This spring I really would like to find some colorful sandals, especially in yellow. I see so many bloggers wearing rightly colored sandals and wedges and they always look great!

 4. When it comes to design shoes what are your favorite brands and why?

Another impossible question! I really love my Frye boots and shoes. They're exceptionally well-made and last forever. I have a pair of Frye cowboy boots that I purchased almost ten years ago, and they still look amazing. I also love my Miz Mooz wedges, my H&M clogs, my Lucky Brand platform sandals, my 6x6 platform booties, and my entire collection of vintage ballet flats (which I rarely wear, because I'm afraid of ruining them!)

5. If price wasn’t an issue, you’d own which shoe? 

Oh lord.  Honestly,  suspect most will answer this question with a description of some astronomically-priced Christian Louboutain or Manolo stiletto. But I just can't tolerate wearing high heels. I think they're gorgeous, but just not practical for me. However, I would love to own these Jeffrey Campbell red t-strap platform sandals. OR these Frye oxfords. OR these Valentino bow espadrilles.

What are your favorite shoe brands? Are you planning to buy anything new for spring and summer? I would love to know!


  1. I own far fewer shoes than most women I know, yet my husband annoyingly thinks I have too many to justify buying any new ones. He uses the logic that he only has four pairs of shoes, so why do I need lots? I'm all, "It's not MY fault you only own four pairs of shoes - go, go buy more!" But he doesn't WANT more. So annoying.

    FWIW, I buy most of my shoes at either Target or UO.

  2. First off, Happy Mother's Day to you!! I hope you feel honored and celebrated! Mothers are so special. :)

    I love the way you started this post with the statistics!! 25,000 is A LOT of money! Hahah!


  3. I'm no Imelda Marcos, but a quick mental calculation reveal more than 30 pairs of shoes in my closet including cheap flip flops, running shoes and hiking boots.
    I rarely get involved in the too much, too little discussion. I know what some people consider a huge amount of shoes is a negligible number for othhers. Right now I'm quite happy with my shoe collection, but another pair of flat vegan sandals for the summer would be juust sweet.
    Still after reading Magpie's response, I can't wrap my head aroung the 4 pair of shoes for hubby. My boyfriend has almost as many shoes as me and not all of them are track shoes!

  4. haha shoes are like our children and yeah I gaffed at the 19 pairs! I would say 30-40 is an average for women :)

  5. I have a LOT of shoes. When we had our shelving put in our master closet I instructed them that one wall was to be shoe racks and that I wanted a rack all the way around the top of the closet about a foot down (we have 9 ft ceilings)--for seasonal shoes to be swapped out...yes it's a lot but it keeps them nice--I had to admit I grimaced a bit at those shoes being stacked on top of each other--they do not like that ;)


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