We’ve all thought at one time or another that we wanted to find the inventor of the high heel and have words. The truth is, we go through a lot to make sure our appearance is both classy and sexy, and unfortunately, this often means slipping into a pair of heels. Studies have actually shown that a four-inch pair of heels can make a huge difference in male attention, but the interesting thing is, that’s not conditioned by society. It’s actually science.

Let’s talk about it.

Body Contouring

Forget liposuction, ladies. If you want to change the shape of your body and call attention to your assets, slide those precious feet into a pair of heels. That lift causes your pelvis to tilt forward which, in turn, leads to your chest and backside protruding just a little further, adding to those curves. In addition, they tone your calves and make them more prominent, while also lengthening your legs (even if only in appearance).

And the length of your legs matters more than you think.

Perception of Good Health

Fact: Men love a pair of long legs.

However, this is not something they’ve learned through society. It’s ingrained in them from the beginning of human evolution. Why?

Also Fact: Legs stop growing at puberty.

So, longer legs on women meant, in the past, that a woman was more likely to be healthy, having grown up with good nutritional habits. That also led to being healthier, which made them more fertile. And in times when fertility was more important than, say, plump lips, long legs were greatly preferred for the sake of humanity, not just for looks.

So, wearing a pair of heels – not platforms – can definitely kick up the interest a man shows, simply because it’s instinctive. In studies, men were more likely to stop and answer survey questions for women in higher heels, as well as faster to approach women in a bar wearing higher heels.

Confidence

Let’s be honest with ourselves, too. Heels change posture, and women stand straighter, making up for that tilt of the pelvis so that they stay balanced. They are also forced to have a particular gait, which often becomes a ‘strut’ in order to seem graceful in those heels. And the higher they are, the harder we have to work to do that.

But once those shoulders are back and you’ve got that strut like John Travolta in the early 80s, you have to admit that your confidence is boosted. And that is reinforced by the attention you garner from men. Even other women often compliment a great pair of shoes.

So, while it might seem like beauty hurts, it’s something we’ve grown accustomed to. Just remember that there’s a science behind it. A word of caution, though – don’t go too high. Depending on your shoe size and your height, there is a maximum heel height for you. measure from the bottom of your heel to the point where the ball of your foot bends. This is the perfect height for you and shouldn’t be exceeded. Otherwise, you could easily end up with a need to see a podiatrist for poor foot health!

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