Mariah Carey insists she only has a vast shoe collection to compensate for only owning one pair of old, ragged shoes while she was trying to get her big break. The WE BELONG TOGETHER singer now has a massive room that has been specially fitted out to house the collection - and she believes she has earned it. She explains, "When I was struggling before I got my record deal, I used to walk to work and I had one pair of shoes. "They had holes in the bottom and it was like this year when it was really snowy in New York. "I was like, 'I vow I will always have more than one pair of shoes!' So I think it stems from that a little bit!"