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Shoe Collection

I stand guilty as charged. Yes I am a shoe addict and I own close to a 100 pairs. Ever since I was old enough to shop on my own, I would first head to the shoe store. I would fight with my sisters for closet space to fit my ever ballooning collection. I have tried everything from storing them in drawer beds to building window sill shoe closets, given the limited space in Bombay homes. It was only after I married that I found my dream shoe closet. Like I joke to my friends, taking a walk through the closet is what sealed the marriage deal for me. It is still not my dream closet but it’s the closest I’ve gotten to it yet.

The most famous, extravagant and excessive of all shoe collections was the one owned by Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines. In the 1980s, she and her dictator husband were driven into exile — but little could dampen her shoe appetite. As Marcos once said, “Win or lose, we go shopping after the election. But now the collection of around 2,700 shoes is largely ruined by termites and water damage thanks to neglect by the museum that kept the collection. Did you know that she didn’t just have shoes with designer labels, sometimes her name was the label!

The ones above are the most envy inducing celeb shoe collections that I came across. Ashley Tisdale has an entire room devoted to her collection of more than 250 pairs of brightly colored boots, peep-toes, and flats (from Louboutins to Dolce Vitas). “Everything on my shoe wall is grouped by designer-Louboutin, McQueen, YSL-all in their own little family,” says Christina Aguilera. “And there’s room for boots up top.” Eva Longoria loves her impressive shoe collection and she calls her Christian Louboutin espadrille wedges “a beautiful pain” (she sprained her ankle wearing them in Paris). Paula Abdul’s endless shoe collection is made up mostly of high-heels-“I always wear heels unless I’m working out,” says Abdul, who is just over five feet. Mariah Carey the five-time Grammy award winning artist has an enormous, climate controlled closet in her 12,000 square foot Manhattan triplex. But, the vast space still can’t contain all of her shoes. “I have about 1,000 pairs of shoes. But lots are in storage,” says Carey.

Eesh! I just drooled over my laptop!

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