A little sole-searching, then record holder buys even more shoes
Darlene Flynn (pictured) loves shoes. But unlike most women, she does not collect them to wear.
Instead, she boasts a Guinness world record for her self-professed shoe-related collection of more than 15,600 items - ranging from miniature ceramics to footwear-shaped bags.
The native Californian was in town last week to open an exhibition at Telford Plaza, Kowloon Bay, which displays more than 1,000 items from her collection.
'It all started in 2000 when I saw my cousin's shoe collection at a Halloween party and I absolutely fell in love with it,' Flynn said.
She has since looked everywhere for the novelties - from eBay to flea markets.
During her brief stay in Hong Kong, she bought six pairs of miniature shoes and visited the Big Buddha on Lantau Island.
But as she was running out of space at home, Flynn said she should refrain from making such purchases. 'They fill up my entire house, from floor to ceiling, in bathrooms and bedrooms. Even my dog, Shoesy-Q, has shoes of his own,' she said.
The exhibition at Telford Plaza runs until May 20.