Mariah Carey’s closet. Source: Instyle
“I have about 1,000 pairs of shoes. But lots are in storage,” Mariah Carey told Instyle magazine in a 2006 interview.
How many pairs of shoes does the average woman own? How many of our pairs of shoes do we wear regularly? How much money do we spend on our shoes? Do most of us really prefer to wear heels regularly? And, since we talk a lot about shopping here, what do most women prefer to shop for?
Today’s post presents some of the results of a January 2011 ShopSmart survey that I know you will find as fascinating as I did.
1. How many pairs of shoes do women own? And, how many of these pairs are worn regularly?
On average, women own 17 pairs of shoes. And, we typically only wear 3 of these pairs regularly.
A snapshot of my shoe collection. I started storing shoes in their original boxes about 3 years ago.
The irony is I thought I owned 17 pairs of shoes, but after a quick count, I realized I actually own twice as many pairs (not including sneakers, flip flops, and house shoes).
2. How much money do women spend on average for a pair of shoes?
On average, women spend $49 for a pair of shoes. I guess we are not all buying Manolos!
3. Do women really prefer to wear heels regularly?
The majority of women surveyed—39%—prefer to wear flats regularly. Only 7% indicated that they prefer to wear high heels (i.e. 2 3/4 inches to 4 inches high) regularly.
4. What do most women prefer to shop for?
The majority of women polled preferred to shop. Clothing was the preferred item to shop for. I was quite fascinated by the 27% of women who said they hated shopping. A closer look at the data revealed that women over the age of 35 were twice as likely to report that they hate shopping than younger women.
Curious about the Methodology?
The Consumer Reports National Research Center conducted a telephone survey of a nationally representative probability sample of telephone households. 1,009 interviews were completed among women aged 18+. Interviewing took place over January 13 – 17, 2011. The margin of error is +/- 3.1% points at a 95% confidence level.