How Many Shoes Do You Own? 6 Signs You May Have Too Many Pairs of Shoes

Do you have too many pairs of shoes? A new study shows you probably do. A survey recent conducted by ShopSmart Magazine discovered the average woman owns 17 pairs of shoes. How many pairs do you own?

Of course, there are some women who distort the average. Celine Dion owns more than 3,000 pairs, poker player Beth Shak has more than 1,200 pairs, Kim Kardashian can’t even count the stilettos in her closet, and Paris Hilton also owns a sizable collection. Perhaps they don’t know that it’s possible to donate footwear?

Compared to celebrities’ massive shoe wardrobes, having 17 pairs sounds reasonable — even miniscule! However, another study shows that the average woman has 11 pairs of pristine or hardly worn shoes that’ll never see the light of day!

Paris Hilton unveiling her Paris Hilton Spring 2011 shoe collection at 'Magic' Convention held at the  Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 18, 2010.Paris Hilton unveiling her Paris Hilton Spring 2011 shoe collection at “Magic” Convention held at the  Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 18, 2010.

If that is true for you, and you only wear less than a handful of pairs from your entire shoe closet, then it could mean you have way more footwear than you need. Below are six signs you may be someone who owns too many.

1. You shop for shoes to cheer yourself up.

It doesn’t need to be explained that buying shoes makes us happy. That’s why it’s called “retail therapy,” right? However, shoes could quickly pile up in your closet if you buy a pair each time you crave a dopamine kick. According to the study, one in five women have gone shoe shopping in an attempt to get out of a bad mood.

Kim Kardashian shopping at a boutique in Paris, France, on July 21, 2015.Kim Kardashian shopping at a boutique in Paris, France, on July 21, 2015.

2. You’ve hidden a shoe purchase from your significant other.

You just might have too many shoes if you’re starting to hide your purchases from your SO. 14 percent of those surveyed admit to hiding at least one shoe purchase to avoid their partner’s disapproving look.

Kylie Jenner hiding her face while shopping at CVS PharmacyKylie Jenner hiding her face while shopping at CVS Pharmacy on November 11, 2014.

3. Online shoe shopping has become an obsession for you.

While the internet has made it easier than ever to access beautiful shoes, it has also made it harder than ever to resist the temptation of buying a pair — or two or three. Almost a third (29 percent) of the women surveyed buy shoes online, with that number increasing every year.

Lucy Watson and Stephanie Pratt looking at a laptop on an episode of the television series "Made in Chelsea: LA."Lucy Watson and Stephanie Pratt looking at a laptop on an episode of the television series “Made in Chelsea: LA.”

4. You think shoes are the most important part of your outfit.

There’s nothing wrong with thinking that your shoes are the most important part of your outfit. 28 percent of those surveyed think the same thing. However, this could mean that you have shoes on the brain (and in your closet) all the time, especially if you’re one of the 51 percent to notice the shoes of other people.

Gigi Hadi holding up her foot to show off the mules she designed in collaboration with Stuart WeitzmanGigi Hadi holding up her foot to show off the mules she designed in collaboration with Stuart Weitzman on a guest appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” in New York City on November 15, 2017.

5. You buy pretty shoes even if they hurt your feet.

With 46 percent saying that they have bought ugly footwear for comfort and 39 percent preferring flats, you might be fooled into thinking that women are sensible when it comes to their shoes. However, a whopping 60 percent canceled those sensible figures out by admitting they are willing to tolerate pain for the sake of fashion.

If you buy killer heels, wear them once, and then keep them in the back of your closet, you are not alone.

Pregnant Kim Kardashian with her visibly swollen feet stuffed in Givenchy heelsPregnant Kim Kardashian with her visibly swollen feet stuffed in Givenchy heels while visiting Naimie’s Beauty Center in North Hollywood, California, on May 16, 2013.

6. You carry around a change of shoes.

It’s practical to keep a change of shoes with you. 61 percent of women do. But always having to have an emergency pair means more shoes in your closet, in your car, in your purse, or wherever your keep them. Ah, if only heels were as comfortable as they are beautiful.

Kristen Stewart changing from glittery Christian Louboutin 'Iriza' pumps to her trusty Vans sneakersKristen Stewart changing from glittery Christian Louboutin “Iriza” pumps to her trusty Vans sneakers at the “Clouds of Sils Maria” screening held during the 52nd New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York on October 8, 2014.

Also make sure to check out these 60 signs that you are obsessed with shoes!

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