Are women shoe obsessed? The answer is “kind of.” If our discussion finds women with lots of shoes on overload, guess this isn’t the column for me to write. I love shoes! I don’t remember my mother having many pairs of shoes and growing up I had three pairs, one for play, one for school, the other for church. Let’s face it, today we need more shoes. You do have to take into account the profession, salary, and location of the woman and the shoes she needs. Here’s the facts. The average woman has 19 pairs of shoes at any given time. Although, fifteen percent have over thirty pairs. I am somewhere in there. Then again, that could be because I’m counting shoes I no longer wear, and keep too long. (Excuses!)
I really don’t like saying women have an obsession with shoes. So what is the attraction of shoes to them? Someone said, “A new pair of shoes makes a woman feel great, they last longer than a box of chocolates. Forget indulging in a chocolate sundae and go buy shoes for a quick uplift. That’s better than the downs you get when you step on the scale.” I’m not sure of the appropriateness of this quote being used here, but here goes: “Don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” It’s saying, see a situation from their perspective. It could be that women are wise in changing shoes, since wearing the same shoes are not good for the feet. But then, what do we do with the statistic that women wear a quarter of their shoes only once?
So many styles, may be the culprit here. Round toes, peep toes, pointy toes, leather, suede, patent, black, brown, silver, nude. Sandals, dressy, flat, t-strap, gladiators, espadrilles. We can’t forget, boots, work shoes, party shoes, athletic shoes, summer
shoes, winter shoes and those two words come up again, “shoe overload?” Some women admit that they sneak pairs in the house, mostly because he’ll say “another pair of shoes?” Lately, I’ve been seeing women wearing shoes the identical color of their shorts. I wonder if a pair must be bought for each color of shorts they own or are there sandals with interchangeable straps, like the watches we wear to match outfits? Some figures you may not be aware of are that 39 percent of woman prefer flats, 33 percent spend more than $100 on a pair of shoes, 29 percent feel comfortable buying shoes on line and only 25 percent have worn shoes with heels four inches or higher. Actually the average woman spends $49 a pair, only one-third have spent over $100.
Enough with the figures and lists. The foot contains more bones than any other single part of the body so of course we should take care of them, and protect them properly. But do
we? The first leather shoes were made from a single piece of cowhide laced with a leather cord and I suppose they were good for the feet. Women today admit they will squeeze into new slingbacks or stilettos, some even moderately injuring their feet and hiding this from their significant other. Let’s face it, I don’t think we are coming to any conclusions here concerning obsession or overload of shoes.
I want to tell you about the last pair of shoes I bought. As I do this, I wonder how many women today are buying Victorian style shoes? Because I dress for this era when traveling to band organ rallies I try to wear authentic shoes for the period. But, then, black, laced up shoes can get boring, so take a look at the pair I found recently. It’s pictured here. I thought they might be too glitzy until I found pictures of shoes worn back then. They make mine look conservative.
This column has been fun to write, but really not giving us any solid reasoning about the purchase of shoes. Where do we turn for this information? What does our manual for
life, the Bible, have to say on the subject? When Jesus sent his twelve apostles out to spread the gospel, they had clothing, and shoes. But he told them not to spend time procuring more, gold, silver…..nor sandals or staff. He was not prohibiting them from owning these items, rather this was the requirements for a particular mission, one that was reliant on God’s provision alone. What we can learn from this, is not to become consumed with shoes, then our closets would be less jammed with them and we’d have fewer to haul out of the house. We are blessed with so much, much more than shoes!