It hardly seems newsworthy that men are more likely to hit on and chase after women who are wearing high heels. But according to a new study published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, not only is the male gender more likely to engage in these behaviours with high-heeled women, but they're also more likely to offer help to ladies wearing the shoes.
Researchers at the University of Bretagne asked women to wear three different types of shoes, then approach strangers to ask for help. The ladies wore three different heel heights: totally flat, a moderate two-inch heel, and then a high 3.5-inch heel. About 83 per cent of men offered help to women wearing the heels, compared to only 47 per cent who helped when ladies were wearing flats. If a woman sat alone at a bar, it took males 7.49 minutes to approach a woman wearing heels—and twice as long to approach one wearing flats.
"The results showed that high heels were associated with greater sexiness, overall physical attractiveness, breast attractiveness, beauty, attractiveness to other men, and willingness for a date," the study's author Nicolas Guéguen concludes in the report.
Well, there you have it. Heels make men more likely to help you, more likely to hit on you, and more likely to find parts of your body attractive that seem to have absolutely nothing to do with your shoes (i.e. breasts.) Thanks, heels!
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