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Men Don't Notice High Heels

Another Reason Not to Wear Heels

From the researchers who brought us dancing avatars to illustrate what does and doesn't make men attractive dancers, there's now advice for women hoping to up their allure by wearing high heels: don't bother.

Part of a wider study trying to pinpoint how movement and attraction are related, researchers at Northumbria University studied the reactions of men to women walking in heels and flats. Men were asked to watch women, between 18 and 35, walk without seeing their shoes; however, they weren't able to distinguish between a woman walking in sensible flats and height-altering heels.

The Daily Mail doesn't say what questions the men were asked, so I'm suspicious. There's a big difference between "Is she wearing flats or heels?" and "Which women's walk is sexier?" I wouldn't be surprised if a man couldn't determine what shoes a woman wore, but don't you think he'd find something more attractive about a woman in heels? Don't answer that! I'd rather be comfortable and just believe this.

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snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
incidentally, i'm the hottest person on the planet. when i wear heels, peoples' heads explode.
stephley stephley 6 years
I think they hurt and I hate what they do to calf muscles.
Woop Woop 6 years
Someone better tell Tom Cruise he's wasting his time with lifts.
amybdk amybdk 6 years
oh for heaven's sake....
poorcountrycollegegirl poorcountrycollegegirl 6 years
like previous poster i think heels can really give a confidence boost you can't get with flats. i know that i feel much more attractive when i'm wearing some leg-elongating pumps on a date as opposed to flats, no matter how cute they are.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Ugh I walk like a sailor in either. I must have missed the class on ladylike movements when I was a little girl :(
marcied23 marcied23 6 years
i could care less whether or not men like me in heels...i like me in heels! not only are they stylish, but i feel like my feet look better in heels =).
stephley stephley 6 years
High heels do change a woman's posture - legs look long, chest & bum are re-aligned, calf muscles tend to be accentuated. A lot of men like the way women look in high heels - women in heels and little else is a fairly popular image (think the swimsuit competition in any pageant, lingerie catalogs).
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I'm petite, and I wear flats. I suffer no deficit in male attention. ;) Incidentally, I have excellent posture, thanks to dance training and swimming. Apparently, my good posture gives me the illusion of height. I had girlfriend who thought I was as tall as she was. She was 5'7." She was a whole head taller than me. I had to tell her to look at me more closely. I was petite, not regular-size like she was (I think we were talking about clothing sizes). She was really amazed, and said it must be my posture that made her think I was about her height. :)
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
Obviously a flawed, silly study. I've always found most men to be annoyed by women wearing heels because women are always asking their boyfriends to slow down. I always kind of think women dress up more to flaunt themselves in front of other girls, not necessarily to appeal to men. For example, a man is usually not going to notice the color of nail polish you're wearing, your designer handbag, or the hot shoes you are rockin'. But how many girls compliment you or comment on them? I always see it as a weird modern way to weed out competition with other women. Or just to get complimented for looking nice :) I also get hit on way more when I wear heels, though. I always feel like I walk much "girlier" (hips swing a little more) when I'm in heels. And there's always the fact that it elongates the body and makes clothes look better, like zeze said. But when I get hit on, the guy is not saying, "Your high heels are fabulous! Let me buy you a drink and we can discuss them!"
chequettex chequettex 6 years
the study is kind of vague, but i think guys notice the walk, not necessarily the shoes. when i wear higher heels there's a certain swagger that i have to adopt in order to move, and i get street harrassed much more often when i wear heels than when i wear flats, regardless of whatever else i'm wearing.
zeze zeze 6 years
wow this is a silly study! Aside from the heels themselves being the attractive part, heels also make some clothes look better. Trousers look horrible and unpolished without a nice, even sensible, heel to go with them. The added height also slims - so if the study showed women in silhouette in heels and in flats, guess what the heels would look better. And finally, it is not all about appealing sexy to men. Some of us wear heels to look good period, for ourselves and the people around us, men or women - and good doesn't equal sexy - polished, professional, luxurious all can be achieved with the right heel. .....on another note, I have to go soak my feet, spent 3hrs in a mall in 3.5 in heels because I went straight from work. Ugh.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
I'm married - I don't wear shoes to attract men... and really, many men I know don't check out a women's shoes. I wear heels because I like the way they look, I like being a bit taller (I'm 5'1), and I like the confidence boost (like lilkimobo said). I hate the "oh, men don't care, so don't bother!" aspect of this.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
(Also, heels give me confidence, so I know they make a difference regarding how I carry myself.)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I agree, snarky! I will continue to wear my heels. Also, I don't wear them exclusively to appear sexier to men. A big part o why I wear heels is that I am, well, short. Wearing heels puts me closer to the same height as my colleagues at work. Being the same height as someone helps to subconsciously send the message that you are on the same level as said person. That's a big benefit, to me.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
holy crap is this study stupid (and flawed). it's the SHOES that are sexy. not the walk!
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