Women spend nearly $25,000 on shoes

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A quick glance into your closet and you'll find high heels, flats, sandals, shoes for the beach, shoes for special occasions, shoes you've outgrown, shoes you've never worn, and shoes you've worn so much they should be thrown away but you can't bear to part with them. We once reported that more women remember their first pair than their first kiss, but we had no idea how much money ladies actually spent on footwear over a lifetime. A new survey of 3,000 women conducted by British insurance company GoCompare.com found that the average woman spends nearly $25,000 on shoes. Nonsense, you say? Here's the breakdown via Daily Express who reported the results.

The average woman has about 19 pairs of shoes in her closet. Girls buy their first pair without their mothers at 14 years old, then seven pairs a year for the rest of their lives, which comes out to be 469 pairs. Ladies spend an average of $53 per pair (around $370 annually) and about $ 24,741 over a 67 year period.

The 19 current pairs break down to three pairs of heels, six pairs of flip-flops, sandals, ballet shoes, or wedges, three pairs of boots, two pairs of work shoes, four pairs of "foxy-style" shoes for nights out, and one or two "random" pairs.

Other interesting shoe facts:

  • Four out of 10 women surveyed judge other females based on the shoes on their feet

  • More than half buy new shoes without buyers remorse

  • One in four keep their purchases secret from their significant others, saying "he wouldn't understand."

Are these numbers accurate for you?

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