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16. At first I found that number a little hard to believe (plus how to get your shoes to the needy)
So I took their number of 14 (the age at which they claim a girl buys her first pair without mom), and then figured a woman will continue to buy shoes until age 85, giving 71 years of shoe-buying. Dividing the $25,000 number by 71 gives an average of $352 a year. That's still probably a pretty high number, given that some Western women will buy their shoes at Pay-Less and some at Saks. Averages are deceiving.

I might spend almost that per year right now, since I have had to move to more expensive "comfort" shoes because of serious foot problems. I probably buy two pairs of shoes on average per year. And every five years or so a new pair of boots.

But I thought back to what an "expensive" pair of shoes cost when I was younger, and I came up with the price of $40. That same pair today would be $150. So the amount you spend over a lifetime differs dramatically depending on what age you are. Women who bought their first pair of shoes in 1964 (when I was 14) will have spent less over a lifetime than women who bought their first pair of shoes in 1994.

In other words, this article is pretty stupid. The main thing is (and I do this): donate your shoes to people who don't have them. Try, for example, "Soles for Souls" -- which sends shoes to people in poverty around the world, and has locations in 28 states: /

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  -Average western woman spends $25,000 on shoes number people who cannot afford one pair 3 billion SunnySong  Jun-29-10 04:41 PM   #0 
  - Average? That means one woman spends a million, the rest two hundred.  aquart   Jun-29-10 04:43 PM   #1 
  - $200 on shoes over the course of a lifetime  alcibiades_mystery   Jun-29-10 05:14 PM   #20 
  - A lifetime? I thought this was the annual rate.  aquart   Jun-30-10 07:12 AM   #91 
  - Read the article  alcibiades_mystery   Jun-30-10 08:05 AM   #92 
     - So you are saying the average woman spends $357.14 every year  snooper2   Jun-30-10 11:29 AM   #107 
        - Average?  alcibiades_mystery   Jun-30-10 12:17 PM   #115 
  - The study originator must have looked closely at two average...  hayu_lol   Jun-30-10 11:55 AM   #112 
  - Exactly. Thanks for the sanity. nt  blondeatlast   Jun-29-10 05:34 PM   #35 
  - $200? that's not too many pairs of decent shoes  we can do it   Jun-29-10 05:49 PM   #39 
  - Correction...  canetoad   Jun-29-10 04:46 PM   #2 
  - One trip to Brazil or Guatemala would make anyone doubt this figure is true  Swamp Rat   Jun-29-10 04:47 PM   #3 
  - The average women has 19 shoes that each cost over $1,000?  Taitertots   Jun-29-10 04:47 PM   #4 
  - fixed... thanks. nt  SunnySong   Jun-29-10 04:53 PM   #6 
  - I doubt that that survey used a representative sample of American women.  pnwmom   Jun-29-10 04:51 PM   #5 
  - Good thing the average Western woman buys all those shoes  NoPasaran   Jun-29-10 04:53 PM   #7 
  - The sad thing is the numbers of those shoes made by woman in poverty  SunnySong   Jun-29-10 04:54 PM   #8 
  - I don't buy into that  Mimosa   Jun-29-10 04:56 PM   #9 
  - To say average, is stretching it. Do women with very good incomes  OHdem10   Jun-29-10 04:57 PM   #10 
  - Is this per year? Because I doubt if I have spent that  Cleita   Jun-29-10 05:00 PM   #11 
  - Over the course of a lifetime  alcibiades_mystery   Jun-29-10 05:21 PM   #24 
     - That's what I'm saying  XemaSab   Jun-29-10 05:23 PM   #26 
     - I don't pay the asking price on shoes. I wait until  Cleita   Jun-29-10 05:29 PM   #31 
  - Damn. I'm always below "average" on everything...  pipi_k   Jun-29-10 05:00 PM   #12 
  - Not me!!  Generic Other   Jun-29-10 05:03 PM   #13 
  - Not any average woman I ever knew  stray cat   Jun-29-10 05:07 PM   #14 
  - 5 to 10 shoes a year at $50 each?  Regret My New Name   Jun-29-10 06:43 PM   #54 
     - 5 shoes? what do you do with the extra shoe?  SoCalDem   Jun-30-10 04:50 AM   #89 
        - Hey not me....  Regret My New Name   Jun-30-10 06:55 AM   #90 
  - Ugh.  shockra   Jun-29-10 05:08 PM   #15 
  - At first I found that number a little hard to believe (plus how to get your shoes to the needy)  frazzled   Jun-29-10 05:09 PM   #16 
  - I saw this post after I wrote my response above  alcibiades_mystery   Jun-29-10 05:18 PM   #21 
  - Is Imelda Marcos still around?  Fla_Democrat   Jun-29-10 05:09 PM   #17 
  - Capitalism is a great success!  alcibiades_mystery   Jun-29-10 05:12 PM   #18 
  - Absofuckinglutely!  MajorChode   Jun-29-10 05:26 PM   #28 
     - What's funny is that you think thoseplaces  alcibiades_mystery   Jun-29-10 06:01 PM   #42 
        - Here's the really funny part  MajorChode   Jun-30-10 12:21 AM   #74 
           - Do you really not know the difference between Socialism and Communism?  EOTE   Jun-30-10 11:49 AM   #111 
              - Yes, but you seem to have absolutely no idea from your post  MajorChode   Jun-30-10 02:16 PM   #117 
  - I live in the flip flop state  HockeyMom   Jun-29-10 05:13 PM   #19 
  - Mother of pearl!  Maru Kitteh   Jun-29-10 05:18 PM   #22 
  - Am I the only one who doesn't think this sounds totally crazy?  XemaSab   Jun-29-10 05:20 PM   #23 
  - I said the same in at least three posts here  alcibiades_mystery   Jun-29-10 05:22 PM   #25 
  - I responded before I read your response  XemaSab   Jun-29-10 05:24 PM   #27 
  - I'm also wondering how much men typically spend  XemaSab   Jun-29-10 05:27 PM   #29 
  - I've got six right now... two were $200 or so (One dress shoes on pair of boots  SunnySong   Jun-29-10 05:31 PM   #32 
  - But some of us really don't spend that much on shoes...  pipi_k   Jun-29-10 05:36 PM   #37 
     - Me too.  wickerwoman   Jun-29-10 06:21 PM   #45 
  - Your shoes cost $90 to $200?  Kalyke   Jun-30-10 12:02 AM   #71 
  - Same here, if not more. And it's not because I wear dressy  smirkymonkey   Jun-30-10 04:29 PM   #119 
  - I agree  SemperEadem   Jun-30-10 08:42 AM   #94 
  - The point of this article is the number of people who cannot afford  CBR   Jun-29-10 05:28 PM   #30 
  - True dat  XemaSab   Jun-29-10 05:34 PM   #34 
  - thank you!  SemperEadem   Jun-30-10 08:44 AM   #95 
     - I just think it is awareness that the fact that if you have 1 pair of shoes  CBR   Jun-30-10 08:46 AM   #96 
  - Thank you. It is amazing the privileges/hardships given to a person based on something as simple  Number23   Jun-30-10 02:08 AM   #85 
  - I've been a shoe whore most of my life  MerryBlooms   Jun-29-10 05:34 PM   #33 
  - Few Women Spend over $300 a year on shoes, even in their 20's.  Demeter   Jun-29-10 05:35 PM   #36 
  - I can think of quite a few woman who have spent that on a pair of boots... nt  SunnySong   Jun-29-10 05:53 PM   #40 
  - I know women who spend many thousands a year. Christian Louboutin pumps are about $800 each  Catherina   Jun-29-10 06:00 PM   #41 
  - nah.  Hannah Bell   Jun-29-10 06:40 PM   #52 
  - Sad isn't it?  Catherina   Jun-29-10 08:50 PM   #66 
     - where do you live? i've never known anyone who would spend $700 on a pair of shoes.  Hannah Bell   Jun-30-10 12:57 AM   #77 
     - Northern CA  Catherina   Jun-30-10 10:38 AM   #100 
     - Yes, but which is more comfortable?  CreekDog   Jun-30-10 03:44 AM   #87 
        - It can be a toss-up.  Catherina   Jun-30-10 10:44 AM   #101 
  - Who?  Kalyke   Jun-30-10 12:05 AM   #72 
  - More like $600 on average  SemperEadem   Jun-30-10 09:06 AM   #97 
  - who are these stupid rich bitches that pay that kind of money for shoes?  Scout   Jun-30-10 10:53 PM   #125 
  - Cite your source.  Toucano   Jun-29-10 06:39 PM   #50 
     - $60? A month? JUST on shoes?  iris27   Jun-29-10 07:06 PM   #57 
     - Submitted for your consideration:  Toucano   Jun-29-10 07:25 PM   #59 
     - Nope. Bank tellers, retail sales, HR, teachers,  iris27   Jun-29-10 10:12 PM   #68 
     - Second response: samples.  Toucano   Jun-29-10 07:38 PM   #60 
     - the kind of women who are interested in discussing their shoe purchases are a biased sample.  Hannah Bell   Jun-30-10 01:04 AM   #80 
        - That's absolutely true.  Toucano   Jun-30-10 02:01 AM   #83 
     - sure as hell not my circle.  unapatriciated   Jun-30-10 08:25 AM   #93 
     - i've bought one pair of shoes this year, a pair of white keds knock-offs, for under $15  Hannah Bell   Jun-30-10 01:01 AM   #79 
  - "The survey of 3,000 women, by ''"  eShirl   Jun-29-10 05:45 PM   #38 
  - I must be far far from average. I pay between five and fifteen dollars per  1monster   Jun-29-10 06:01 PM   #43 
  - Where do you shop? The Salvation Army?  Toucano   Jun-29-10 06:43 PM   #53 
     - Too late to edit, but addendum required.  Toucano   Jun-29-10 07:55 PM   #63 
     - Close out sales mostly. There are fifteen dollar shoes to be had... Although, I'm finding it  1monster   Jun-29-10 11:53 PM   #69 
        - I know what you mean.  Toucano   Jun-30-10 01:52 AM   #81 
  - Oh bullshit!  lunatica   Jun-29-10 06:06 PM   #44 
  - Well  ismnotwasm   Jun-29-10 06:25 PM   #46 
  - The most expensive shoes I ever bought in my life were $90, and  Lydia Leftcoast   Jun-29-10 06:27 PM   #47 
  - Shoes? Try handbags...  HipChick   Jun-29-10 06:33 PM   #48 
  - K&R n/t  Toucano   Jun-29-10 06:35 PM   #49 
  - that's $357/year over 70 years. i doubt it.  Hannah Bell   Jun-29-10 06:39 PM   #51 
  - $2,500 I could see. But there must be one hell of a lot of Sex-and-the-City Manolo-wearers  iris27   Jun-29-10 06:56 PM   #55 
  - Guess I'm not the average woman.  distantearlywarning   Jun-29-10 06:57 PM   #56 
  - No they don't.  Throd   Jun-29-10 07:17 PM   #58 
  - What makes this believable  customerserviceguy   Jun-29-10 07:46 PM   #61 
  - +1 n/t  Catherina   Jun-30-10 10:45 AM   #102 
  - Soon enough none of us will be able to afford any shoes at all.  MrSlayer   Jun-29-10 07:51 PM   #62 
  - I think it's easy to judge people who don't choose to spend their money "correctly"  renate   Jun-29-10 07:58 PM   #64 
  - uh guys, it was based on a survey of women using a price comparison website (as posted above)  eShirl   Jun-29-10 08:37 PM   #65 
  - Actually a very good point. The people involved would tend to be richer, more savvy  SunnySong   Jun-30-10 11:41 AM   #110 
  - betcha i dont spend as much as you. but then i never said i was average either, lol. nt  seabeyond   Jun-29-10 09:23 PM   #67 
  - Why the hell would any woman (and I am one) spend that  Kalyke   Jun-29-10 11:56 PM   #70 
  - I think it's because we have more variety in what we can, or are supposed to, wear  renate   Jun-30-10 12:32 AM   #75 
     - But VERY cheap shoes aren't comfortable or don't last long.  Kalyke   Jun-30-10 12:46 AM   #76 
  - 70 posts and +1 rec?  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-30-10 12:09 AM   #73 
  - You are seriously complaining because this OP isn't getting rec'd?  Hello_Kitty   Jun-30-10 11:06 AM   #104 
     - I just think its funny  lumberjack_jeff   Jun-30-10 03:13 PM   #118 
        - Gosh, you must have missed all the coverage of Imelda Marcos.  Hello_Kitty   Jul-01-10 11:40 PM   #126 
  - I blame "Sex And The City" --  smalll   Jun-30-10 12:59 AM   #78 
  - I've never seen it, and I don't care to see it.  Toucano   Jun-30-10 01:55 AM   #82 
  - Completely flawed sample.  Codeine   Jun-30-10 02:05 AM   #84 
  - Oh now, don't go and interrupt a good moral panic with your "facts". eom  Hello_Kitty   Jun-30-10 11:22 AM   #106 
  - My personal hell will be a show store. I buy about two or three pairs of $15 shoes every two years o  FedUpWithIt All   Jun-30-10 02:15 AM   #86 
  - How much do men spend on sports paraphernalia & garage-fuls of tools they never use?  SoCalDem   Jun-30-10 04:49 AM   #88 
  - Please - If I spend $50 a year I am doing good! This is really weird! n/t  1776Forever   Jun-30-10 09:08 AM   #98 
  - Exactly... I keep shoes until they wear out and maybe supplement  hlthe2b   Jun-30-10 10:45 PM   #124 
  - Wonder where all those shoes get made?  CBGLuthier   Jun-30-10 09:18 AM   #99 
  - What does the average western man spend on gadgets?  Hello_Kitty   Jun-30-10 10:49 AM   #103 
  - Glad I'm not average.  joe black   Jun-30-10 11:35 AM   #108 
  - $2,500 a year if you include home entertaiment....  SunnySong   Jun-30-10 10:34 PM   #122 
  - I have 8 pair of shoes in my closet. Been the same ones for the last 5 years, save for the  madmom   Jun-30-10 11:20 AM   #105 
  - sure she does -- eyesroll  pitohui   Jun-30-10 11:39 AM   #109 
  - I spend maybe 50 a year on shoes  Tailormyst   Jun-30-10 11:55 AM   #113 
  - This is so depressing.  Beacool   Jun-30-10 12:16 PM   #114 
  - I love shoes!  tallahasseedem   Jun-30-10 12:32 PM   #116 
  - the most expensive shoes i own...  a la izquierda   Jun-30-10 04:40 PM   #120 
  - A serious athlete spends a LOT more than that  jmowreader   Jun-30-10 05:01 PM   #121 
  - not this woman, I can damned well guarantee it..  hlthe2b   Jun-30-10 10:41 PM   #123 

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