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Will killer heels get you a man?


iol life march 17 killer heels

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It's advice that will have women across the country rejoicing - high heels can be good for you.

Any research combining the words “shoes” and “women” is guaranteed to make headlines.

So I wasn’t surprised to read that “women who hope a pair of killer heels will help them attract a man are wasting their time”, a revelation which was illustrated in at least one newspaper by a photograph of Victoria Beckham in a pair of platform boots with spike heels.

Now, I'm far from certain that Beckham was trying to attract a man - she works in the fashion industry, so she's hardly likely to step out in trainers - but I can say with confidence that nothing to do with shoes is ever that simple.

This research comes from evolutionary psychologists, who are the people who’ve told us in the past that girls like pink because our female ancestors used to spend much of their time foraging for berries (not blackberries, obviously).

Evolutionary psychologists relate everything modern humans do to the long-ago past, supposedly demonstrating the primary role of unconscious reproductive urges; they’re very keen on gender difference, even when what they’re studying is as likely to have a cultural explanation as a biological one.

This lot have studied male reactions to the way women walk and concluded that men can’t tell whether women are wearing heels or flats.

Apparently it’s part of a wider study of attraction, but it’s certainly not going to send me rushing to my shoe cupboard to clear out everything with a heel. Shoes have become so high over the past couple of seasons that eventually there’s bound to be a reaction in the opposite direction, but it hasn’t happened yet – and it’ll be dictated by fashion, not something as feeble as biological urges. The one thing that’s certain about heels, hemlines, etc, is that they’re subject to abrupt change.

In any case, I’ve never thought that women wear high heels primarily to attract men; there’s something about stepping into them that gives you a lift, psychologically as well as physically.

Don’t forget that any woman can wear fantastic shoes, no matter what her size, which means they’re the one part of a catwalk model’s outfit just about everyone can aspire to.

At the same time, I don’t think women take shoes quite as seriously as researchers and newspapers think we do – or that men are as uninterested in fashion as they claim to be.

Experience leads me to believe that men think they don’t notice what we’re wearing, but they’re pretty quick to react if we turn up in something they don’t like.

And we’re all conscious of gender stereotypes these days: women love talking about shoes and men love to laugh about women talking about shoes. Look, if heterosexual men suddenly started taking an interest in heels, it would totally spoil the joke. – The Independent on Sunday


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Anonymous, wrote

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01:04pm on 17 March 2011
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I love wearing high heels. And I am a male.

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DD, wrote

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01:01pm on 17 March 2011
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Yes indeed it gets attention! But wear it appropriately e.g. do not go to a rugby game wearing heels - then you just look like an idiot. The down to earthsporty look is just as sexy, so it is more than just an item in oarticular - it is about overall style, comfort and confidence.

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Mandisa, wrote

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12:49pm on 17 March 2011
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@Shaun: I agree with you. Whenever I wear my shiny 11cm high-heel pumps and go to a supermarket, if there's a man behind me, then I find that he is so sweet and friendly to me. Men of all races find me as sexy and begin conversation trying to get my cell nr.

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Ava, wrote

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12:36pm on 17 March 2011
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I doubt heels make a woman more attractive...I've seen butt ugly wearing killer shoes getting a man...it comes down to waist size.

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Mccanyie, wrote

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12:30pm on 17 March 2011
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Killer shoes will always get you attention, trust me. Nothing will lift up womans spirit than wearing 6inch Prada shoes

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Shane, wrote

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12:19pm on 17 March 2011
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As a man I can guarantee you that ALL or atleast 90% of men will be attracted to a woman in Black Shiny High-Heel pumps of about 10cm and over. Go try it ladies. You'll see how men will begin conversation with you in a supermarket que. Oh yes, if a woman has knock-out sexy toes and she wears peep-toe high-heels, then men find her all the more appetizing.

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