Women Aroused by, Lie About, Their Shoes
Shoebuy.com survey looks at love of famous accessory
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2014 4:30 PM CDT
A high-heeled woman stands across the street from the tents in Bryant Park on the last day of New York Fashion Week, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – Women see shoes as purely utilitarian accessories that help them get around town ... right? Uh, not exactly. The online retailer Shoebuy.com has confirmed in a nationwide survey that women really do love their shoes—in ways that are a little surprising, the Oklahoman reports. The findings are from 1,000 women ages 35-44, says Stylecaster:

  • 20% admit they're more aroused by new shoes than by their significant others.
  • Half admit to judging someone based on their shoes (among those, 50% were negative).
  • One in four won't take heels off, no matter the pain (even if it means popping a pill for relief).
  • Nearly a third of women buy four to seven pairs of shoes annually, meaning they'll buy 500 in all.
  • Half are willing to lie about what they really paid for their shoes.

So is this why women save far less for retirement than men—because they're buying shoes? Some readers said so after Jonnelle Marte wrote about women's lack of savings at the Washington Post, and research shows that women do outspend men $534 to $205 on personal care and services (shoes included). But men spend more on alcohol, so women likely save less because they earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, writes Marte. (For more, see why wedding Uggs may be "the worst idea ever," and why some women resort to surgery for designer heels.)

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Jan 22, 2016 9:16 AM CST
my ex-boss is a petite pretty lady, she wears heels all the time. She would never show up in flats or similar due to she strongly believe that heels made her sexy and confident. period. http://heeladdict.com
Jun 17, 2014 4:13 PM CDT
A man may not outspend a woman when it comes to clothes -- but a man can wear the same suit 5 days a week, change the shirt 2-3 times a week and NO ONE will say anything! But if a woman wears the same item twice in one week - she does not have enough clothes! I myself prefer flats and wear flats. I refuse to own more than 6 or 7 pair of shoes at one time.
Steven Diedesch
Jun 17, 2014 12:48 AM CDT
I like my shoes and do spend a huge dollar amount on them. However, most of this cost comes from things such as Drilex lining, SImpatex breathable waterproofing membrane, composite reinforced nailproof shanks, Kevlar safety toes, and speed-laces so my lazy AMerican ass doesn't have to be bothered with bunny-ears. You show me a lady who knows her combat boots, and I'll stop being so gay.