Unsplash - CC0 License Studies show that the average woman owns around 19 pairs of shoes at any given time. That number fluctuates from year to year, but it has actually been surprisingly consistent over the last thirty years. The question for many women , though, is how many shoes you actually need. There’s often a big difference between what’s enough, and what we really want. Interestingly, many shoes go unused. We wear some of them, but after we buy others, they just sit on the shelf or in boxes, collecting dust. The trick here is to choose quality over quantity. While having a lot of shoes keeps things interesting and, for some of us, is a badge of honor, it also creates clutter and we wind up spending more than we should on replacements. In many cases, you’re actually better off selling shoes and just keeping the ones that serve you. The Essential Five Pairs Of Shoes If someone told you that you only needed five pairs of shoes to meet all your needs, would you believe them?