A higher state of shoe consciousness?

Most RetailWire panelists came to the same conclusion on the question of why women buy more shoes than men do:

It’s hard to avoid this discussion without generalizing and stepping into stereotypes, but here goes: Women will tend to buy more shoes than men since they view them as fashion accessories, not just as functional footwear. So the need for shoes appropriate to “the occasion” (the office, evening wear, casual wear) is much greater. Add the issue of color — women are more attuned to coordinating shoe color with the rest of their outfits, men are satisfied with black and brown.

At the same time, I’m speculating that men have a broader assortment of shoes in their own closets than in the past…but they still have some catching up to do. Does this constitute an “obsession” on the part of women? No…they are simply operating at a higher level of accessorizing “consciousness.”

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