adidas basketball shoes I’ve got 125 pairs of shoes and I haven’t worn half of them
I’ve got 125 pairs of shoes and I haven’t worn half of them!Mum of two comes out of the closet about her footwear addiction and the lengths she’ll go to get the perfect pair00:00, 28 AUG 2013Obsessed: Alison with a small part of her extensive collection (Image: Nicholas Bowman) Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDo you have any idea how many pairs of shoes you have?” my husband James from deep inside our wardrobe.”Ummm. a few,” I winced. “I’ve 75 pairs,” came the reply. “Who needs 75 pairs of shoes? That’s ridiculous.”Only partially rumbled, I breathed a sign of relief. He hadn’t noticed the 50 other pairs stashed in boxes.This scenario played out three years ago as James searched for an ankle strap that had gone missing from one of my then favourite pairs of shoes.Of course, I’ve got rid of a few since then. But I’ve also bought some more.Shoes, lovely shoes. I love heels, ballerina pumps, flats, flip flops, knee boots, ankle boots. I adore a round toe, a peeptoe, a square toe, a slingback. And I salivate over straps,
bows and sparkles.My waist size may go up and down, making clothes shopping thoroughly depressing at times. But my feet? They’re a constant. Size seven always fits.What do they do to cheer themselves up when they’ve gained a pound or two?!The rest of the findings are spot on. Despite having many, the average woman wears just five (in my case, black patent ankle boots, tan wedge sandals, nude heels, sparkly ballerina pumps and my silver Havaianas flip flops).Nine in 10 admit to having at least one pair they’ve never taken out of the (pink satin with a bow and silver heels they’re so fancy, I don’t know what to wear them to).More than half have bought footwear that doesn’t match with their outfits (for me, it’s the super expensive Karen Millen peeptoes with a bow that matches the bow on my super expensive Karen Millen dress but nothing else).And apparently, the average woman spends on her shoe collection. I’m not even going to try to count. Aged 39 I’m too young to have a heart attack.I’ve always loved shoes. I can still some of my mum’s when I was a child. I loved her tan T bars with the wooden heels (this was the 70s) and oh how I coveted her royal blue courts circa 1982 so much so I now own a pair.I remember going into Freeman, Hardy and Willis with my grandad when I was seven and falling in love with some patent Mary Janes and a navy blue ankle strap pair with a hint of a heel. I knew my Start rite fanatic mum would approve of neither. But they were in a sale and my softie grandad bought me both.I loved clip clopping about in the blue ones and then occasionally removing the ankle strap so they slip ons. And I cried buckets when I scuffed the back of the burgundy ones so bad on a helter skelter that they had to be binned.When I got my first part time job, Bata and Dolcis were the main of my wages. Now my cash finds its way into the tills of Dune, Office or New Look. In abundance, it would seem.Of course, you can’t wear 125 pairs of shoes (because I’m that’s what I have). But I actually wouldn’t want to wear some of them any more.Take, for instance, the red suede I bought 10 years ago. They’re almost winkle pickers they’re so pointed. Deeply unfashionable now. The same goes for the black satin heels with the glittery ankle strap that ties at the back.