While Hermoine Granger is no clothes horse, sometimes it seems like Emma Watson borrows some of her Harry Potter character’s intellect when it comes to her idiosyncratic approach to fashion. Unlike many of her young Hollywood peers, Watson manages to stand out, and reveal a thoughtful sophistication with nearly every ensemble. So when the 23-year-old star claimed that she only owns eight pairs of shoes in an interview with Radio Times, we didn’t immediately roll our eyes.
“It’s almost like consumerism as a form of kleptomania,” said Watson. “I’ve got about eight pairs of shoes and that’s it. But it’s easy for me to sound like a total hypocrite because, of course, I’m dressed in designer clothes right now.”
But seriously, having followed her The Bling Ring press tour over the past two months, we can personally attest to the fact that she has worn at least four different pairs of designer heels (remember those shiny striped Christian Louboutin pumps?). But maybe they were all loaners which she actually returned (she’s no Kim K, after all). She’s also not exactly a notorious outfit repeater like Kate Middleton, and we never really imagined her with an over-the-top California closet à la Paris Hilton. Still, Watson has amassed a fortune of about $40 million, and considering that we have at least 25 pairs of shoes in our closet, we’re a little bit perplexed by how little of that cash she claims to spend on footwear.
Now that we know that Watson is a pragmatic editor, the real question is what shoes has she crowned worthy of a coveted spot in her closet. The Telegraph did an “eagle-eyed trawl” of her off-duty looks and found that her footwear is just about as staple as it gets: four pairs of ballet shoes, two pairs of black boots, nude sandals, brown sandals, and cream derby shoes. We’re not exactly math sorcerers, but basic arithmetic informs us that that tally is above eight. But don’t worry Ems, we still love you and despite your utter lack of selection, would still raid your closet Bling Ring-style any day.
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