Well Heeled: Women and their Shoes
Louboutin, Manolo, Choo - just hearing those names makes many women's credit cards get itchy - they are the gold standard in the world of shoes.
Women's obsession with footwear leaves many men scratching their heads - which might explain why a recent survey showed that 14 percent of women admit to "hiding at least one purchase" of shoes from their significant other. The survey also showed that more than fifty percent of women own more than 10 pairs and 13 percent have more than 30 pairs - that's a lot of closet space.
What is the attraction of shoes? Is it their power to transform an outfit? Or is it how wearing a pair of high heels makes you stand up a little straighter?
Whatever the reason, one in five women admitted shoe shopping just to cheer themselves up, it's clear that fancy footwear has a powerful effect on us.
Certain shoes can be status symbols - pull on a pair of the latest Christian Louboutins and watch all your girlfriends drool with envy. Your feet may not be as understanding after wearing them all night - but that's what foot massages and ice baths are for, right?
One thing is for certain, after carefully putting an outfit together for a special event, there is no finer compliment than hearing, "I love those shoes..."
Photo courtesy of decorpad.com.