Almost half of the Dutch (48 percent) have more than ten pairs of shoes in their closet. However, the size of the shoe collection is highly dependent on gender.
For example, 58 percent of women say they have more than ten pairs of shoes, compared to “only” 28 percent of men. A smaller shoe collection is more common in men than in women. 38 percent of men have fewer than five pairs of shoes in their closets, compared to 15 percent of women. This is all evident from research by online style guide Dresscode.nl, which surveyed more than 5,400 Dutch people about their buying behavior in the field of shoes. Your whole world will not immediately change with such research, but hey, under the guise of “entertaining facts” …
More than fifteen pairs of shoes
41 percent of Dutch women have more than fifteen pairs of shoes in their closet. Among men, the percentage with a large shoe collection is much smaller. 16 percent of them own more than fifteen pairs of shoes. However, a large part of all purchased shoes remain in the closet.
Women have a lot more shoes dusted
Not all shoes are actually worn on a regular basis. 42 percent of women report having at least five pairs of shoes unused in the closet. This percentage is significantly lower among men, at 23 percent. Most men leave a maximum of two pairs of shoes unused (56 percent).
When the research results are passed on to the entire population, this means that the Netherlands has at least four million unused shoes.
Comfort is the deciding factor
The lack of comfort appears to be the main reason for dusting shoes. In total, 61 percent of women and 44 percent of men say that the unused shoes are simply not comfortable; for example because the wrong size was bought.
Also, these “rejected shoes” are in many cases difficult to combine with an outfit. This is the case in 26 percent of men and 22 percent of women.
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