Turns out those boots aren’t just for walking.
A study out of France has determined high-heeled shoes actually have power over men. The findings came after scientists from the Universite de Bretagne-Sud conducted a series of experiments that found male behaviour actually changes accordingly with the height of a woman’s heel.
For example: One situation involved 19-year-old female volunteers wearing different-sized heels (0.5cm, 5cm or 9cm high) while asking passers-by to stop and fill out a questionnaire. Flat heels received a somber 46.7 per cent answer rate, mediums scored 63 per cent while high heels knocked it out of the park with 83 per cent of people stopping.
The study also found that, in an environment like a bar, a higher high-heeled woman will be hit on by a man in half the time as someone who is wearing heels closer to the ground. And if a woman drops something, wearing heels will make the men around her 50 per cent more likely to fetch the item off the ground for her.
So what’s the deal?
“In a relation of seduction, men are very attracted by a woman in heels as she looks taller, more sexually confident, sure of herself, with a lengthened silhouette and sensual jutting buttocks,” Paris-based sociologist Jean-Claude Kaufmann told the Associated Press. “The important thing to remember in seduction is that it’s all a game.”
In other words, there’s just something about those “jutting buttocks” that drives men wild. And they have for a long time, as women have been using the allure of high-heeled shoes to attract men since the times of Ancient Greece and Rome. Though unfortunately today, they’ve also been associated with a litany of health problems including shortened calf tendons and back pain.
It’s like the old saying goes: With great power, comes great responsibility.