Fashion or comfort? There seems to be two types of women: those who love to wear fashionable high heels and those who prefer their comfortable flats. But how do men respond to women in high heels?
Researchers looked to answer this question in a study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.
”Women’s heel size exerts a powerful effect on men’s behavior,” said the study’s author, Nicolas Gueguen, a behavioral science researcher, in the report.
The findings show that men’s helpfulness increased along with the height of the heels a woman was wearing. Women were different, though; heel height had no influence on other women’s willingness to help.
Whether shoes are sexy or not, Dr. Dave Charnota, a podiatrist at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill., warns that safety and comfort should come first when choosing shoes for the day. High heels can also be dangerous, he adds.
“The change in gait and unnatural position of the foot in the shoes can provide instability in the ankle and mid-foot regions, leading to injuries such as sprains, strains and fractures,” says Dr. Charnota.
He recommends that women choose their shoes for the day based on how much walking they will do.