9 Fun Facts about Shoe Shopping You Need to Know

Before you embark on your next sole-searching spree, get to know all these cool facts related to shoe shopping!

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If you picked up a copy of FEMALE’s June 2016 issue, you would have chanced upon a story we ran on bargain hunting + luxury outlet shopping in Europe – specifically at La Vallée Village in France and Bicester Village in England, both part of Chic Outlet Shopping that FEMALE Editor, Yang Mei Ling, got the privilege to visit just a few months ago.

Now, Chic Outlet Shopping has released some interesting survey results on the shoe shopping habits of women in Malaysia – and we reckon they are fun facts you need to know before jetting off to the outlets in Europe or hitting the shops to look for your next sole-mate!

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Did you know that 81% of Malaysian women spend an average of two weeks a year searching for their perfect pair of shoes? That’s over 330 hours!

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One of the top two reasons women feel the need to make a new shoe purchase? 40% claim it’s when their paycheck arrives – which comes down to once every 4-5 weeks!

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The other top reason? Over 1/3 of women tend to celebrate some kind of success with a new pair of shoes (psst… are you one of them?).

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1 in 4 women admit to wearing a pair of designer shoes on the plane to save on luggage allowance! Yes, not everyone hops on board wearing sneakers or cute bedroom slippers.

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We don’t know if we’d place you here… but 77% of respondents admitted to topping up a secret designer shoe fund every month, saving up to RM1200 (gasp!).

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1 in 4 women reveal that they buy several pairs of the same shoe or one in every colour once they’ve found their perfect pair – okay, this one we’ll have to admit we do.

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87% of women admit to owning shoes they’ve worn less than five times, with 1 in 5 of them owning shoes they’ve never worn at all! Are you guilty of this?

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25% of respondents base their first impression of someone on the shoes they’re wearing! Do we see some nods for this one?

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Over a lifetime, the survey indicates that women in Malaysia spend up to a whopping RM130,000 on shoes – with RM85,000 of that reserved for designer shoes! Well… ‘nuff said.

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If you’re up for some tax-free shopping and getting major savings on designer shoes and more all year round, plan a trip with your girlfriends to La Vallée Village in France and Bicester Village in England. Sign up for one of the Villages’ Shopping Packages to get extra 10% savings and other benefits. For a full list of all the brands available at each outlet as well as the nine other outlets across Europe and China, head to chicoutletshopping.com. Remember – when you’re planning to shop for long hours, it’s best to leave your heels at home!

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