Study Confirms That Women in High Heels Get More Attention
kpride, Dec. 30, 2014, 10:12 a.m.
Many women feel that a formal outfit is not complete without high heels, and a recent study may confirm their suspicions. Men are more likely to notice women in high heels and offer assistance, according to a study led by Nicolas Guéguen of the Université de Bretagne-Sud in France that was recently published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. Women are also twice as likely to be approached in a bar if they wear high-heeled shoes.
But the look comes with a price. Tall shoes shift as much as 90 percent of body weight to the front, straining muscles and causing pain. Friction causes calluses and corns and may cause joint problems.
Women are advised to wear heels no more than three or four times a week for a maximum of six hours each time. It may be helpful to have comfortable slippers available at home or in the office. Stretching and massages are also good for foot and leg health. Having a massage can reduce swelling and stiffness if done for 10-20 minutes with feet resting higher than the heart.