A shoe lover filed a civil case at the District Court accusing a couple who bought her apartment of stealing 50 pairs of designer shoes worth HK$300,000 (US$38,271).

The plaintiff, 60-year-old Luk Po Ying told the court that she owned about 500 pairs of luxury shoes and treated them as “treasures” and “pets”, adding that she would sometimes “talk” to them, Sing Tao Daily reported, citing the opening written remarks of her lawyer.

Luk said she stored her shoes in her three apartments in Hong Kong, China and overseas.

The court heard that Luk sold an apartment at Bamboo Villa on Tai Po Road in Kowloon to the defendants Pau Ching Chow Sandick and Lee Yik Mung Monica. She vacated the apartment in October 2016, moving to a new one in Ho Man Tin.

Between October and December, Luk made two trips to Australia to handle some issues for her son and left her domestic worker to take care of the move from Bamboo Villa to her new apartment.

She admitted that she told the domestic worker there was no need to take the shoes cabinet, instructing her to “leave it”. However, when she gave that instruction she was not aware that the domestic worker had not yet removed her shoes from the cabinet.

When Luk returned to Hong Kong in December, she discovered that her domestic worker had left 50 pairs of luxury shoes, including items from Salvatore Ferragamo, Manolo Blahnik, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Bally, in the shoe cabinet at her old apartment.

According to court documents, the total value of the shoes left behind was around HK$300,000 (US$38,267).

Luk rang the couple and claimed that Lee denied taking the shoes. Luk  recalled that Lee told her over the phone just to think of the shoes being donated to the Salvation Army.

Luk is claiming HK$300,000 financial damages from the couple because she claims to have suffered from emotional, psychological, and psychiatric harm as a result of the loss.

She also asked the couple to return her beloved shoes.

The case continues on Thursday.