London:A woman in California has amassed a staggering 16,400 pieces of shoes and shoe-shaped objects, beating her own world record for the largest such collection.

Darlene Flynn, dubbed as the Shoe Lady, numbers shoe-shaped furniture, clothes, teapots and phones among her haul. She even has a cowboy boot toilet brush holder and a replica of Cinderella's glass slipper.

Having originally set the record in 2006 with 7,765 items, Flynn, 57, has now doubled her collection in size and it is worth a whopping 316,000 pounds (about $500,000), The Sun reported.

Flynn said: "I don't know why it had to be shoes. I just love them and it kind of got out of control."

She began collecting shoes after getting divorced in 2001.


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