Eva Longoria treats her designer shoes like "babies".
The actress and director desperately tried to track down a pair of nude Christian Louboutin pointed-toe pumps when she first shot to fame on Desperate Housewives, and once she found the shoe of her dreams, she "never let go".
"I feel like Louboutins came of age when I was coming into my fame, or when I was coming into my popularity. I feel like we have a relationship of growing together. So it was like the shoe to have at the moment when I started Desperate Housewives," she said in an interview for People magazine's annual Beautiful Issue.
"I just remember just craving having a collection of many Louboutins. But really the main pair I wanted, which was very hard to get because I have a very small foot, it was always sold out, this patent leather nude.
"I treat them like babies in my closet. I'm like, 'Do not touch this.' And the crazy thing is, they stood the test of time. They are still in style. The craftsmanship and the pitch, and everything about this particular pump has never gone out of style."
Eva admitted her shoe collection is growing steadily and her husband Jose Baston often questions why she won't part with any of her designer pairs.
"With my shoes, I never say, 'Thank you and goodbye.' I'm like, thank you and I move it to the other closet," she added. "I can't part, and my husband goes, 'Why do you keep all these shoes?' I'm like, 'I'm a shoe collector.' As if I'm an art collector. It's a thing."
While Eva has no regrets about splashing out on expensive footwear, the 46-year-old star does feel embarrassed about some of the fashion risks she has taken with clothes in the past.
"Before I probably would probably be like, 'Oh sure, I'll wear those feathers.' And then I'm like, 'Ah, why did I wear those feathers?' When you're young, you're like, 'Yay, this designer wants to dress me. Sure, I'll wear the ostrich.' And then you look back and you're like, 'Why did I do that?'"