In advance of National Shoe Lover Day on Oct. 25, DSW just sent out a survey with some facts about how we shop for shoes and what we do with them after they’re home and in the closet. Some of the snippets felt predictable: 42 percent of people have worn a favorite pair to a job interview and nearly a quarter have saved a set for sentimental reasons (like the shoes you wore to your wedding or your baby’s first pair). But the ones that really surprised me had to do with dudes.
While women are traditionally portrayed as the more shoe-crazy of the genders, DSW reports that 2 percent of men surveyed said they’d spent more than $1,000 on a pair of shoes. Us ladies? Only one percent has crossed that (mind-boggling) line. Through my work in the fashion world, I know that it’s scarily easy to find shoes in that stratospheric pricing, but I would’ve thought men’s shoes manage to hover below it. I mean, compared with all the complex designs that can go into a pair of heels, guy’s shoes seem relatively simple. Guess not.
Additionally, it might just be that guys like to be really big spenders. In general, 57 percent of Americans say they’ve never gone over $100 for shoes, but when you look at it by sex, half of men say they’ve never spent that much while 63 percent of women have.