Men prefer women who wear high heels
Flats may be totally on-trend, but a new study from France shows that when it comes to seducing the opposite sex, high heels have the advantage.
The findings may not come as a huge surprise (in fact, many bh ladies can vouch for the power of the stiletto), but this is the first scientific study to actually test the effect of sky-high heels.
How, you ask? Well, psychologist Dr. Nicolas Guéguen asked four females to alternate between wearing flats, two-inch and four-inch heels and record their interactions with unfamiliar men.
In one experiment, the women stood on the street and asked passing blokes to complete a survey. When the women wore flats, just 25 out of 60 men (42 per cent) agreed to stop and take it – but when they upgraded to two-inch heels, the number increased to 36 of 60 men (60 per cent).
Just a coincidence, right? Wrong, because that number rose to 49 out of 60 men (82 per cent) when the women wore the four-inchers.
It turns out Victoria Beckham was onto something (she even wears hers on the treadmill)!
Still not convinced? Well, consider Guéguen’s next Gatsby-esque experiment, where the four women were instructed to drop a glove on the street and note how many men retrieved it..
The same pattern emerged, with men picking up the glove about 62 per cent of the time when the participants wore flats, but an overwhelming 93 per cent of time when they wore high heels.”¨”¨As to why high heels have this power over men, Guéguen gave a pretty predictable explanation: stilettos simply make us more attractive to the opposite sex.
"High heels were associated with greater sexiness, overall physical attractiveness, breast attractiveness, beauty, attractiveness to other men, and willingness for a date," he told The Huffington Post.
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Do you think high heels influence the way men perceive women?