22 August 2019
Well, it really depends on who is wearing high heels, but in a French study, men found women in stilettos real killers. Photo: NBC News
Well, it really depends on who is wearing high heels, but in a French study, men found women in stilettos real killers. Photo: NBC News

What makes men go head over heels

Those stilettos are real killers.

And ladies, hear this: if you’re wearing them, you’re sexier than if you aren’t, according to a French study.

You’d also make Cinderella, with her medium-height glass slippers, look average.

The French, by the way, should know a little about sexy — or what makes one.

That’s why Nicholas Gueguen of the department of social behavior at the University of Bretagne, used French women in his study.

Guegen dressed them in identical black suits with straight skirts and white shirts but with different shoes.

He dangled the women as science bait in front of unsuspecting men, according Time magazine.

First, the women — wearing either black flats with no heel, black shoes with a two-inch heel or black pumps with a 3.5-inch heel — approached several people and asked them for assistance. The woman switched shoes after soliciting every 10 people.

When a 19-year-old woman approached men between 25 and 50, asking for their help with a survey on gender equality, she garnered the most responses when she wore the highest heels — 83 percent of the men she approached agreed to spend three to four minutes answering her questions, compared with nearly half as many when she wore flat shoes.

But would women react the same way to other women in high heels?

To find out, four women asked both men and women to participate in a food survey about what they ate.

Again, men were more likely to respond when the women wore higher heels — 82 percent agreed to do the survey when the women wore 3.5-inch heels, compared to 42 percent who did when they wore flats.

But ladies didn’t fall for it. Only about 33 percent of women on average said yes to the survey request, regardless of the heel height.

Why were men more receptive to the women in high heels?

To test the obvious attraction hypothesis, Gueguen told the women to find “marks” and walk ahead of them, then drop a glove.

A whopping 93 percent of men chased after the women when they wore high heels to return the glove, compared with 62 percnet of those who did when she wore flat shoes.

For the grand finale, researchers wanted to see if high heels could actually make men more likely to pursue the wearers as mates.

They strategically placed women wearing different heel heights in three bars, seating them at tables near the bar where their shoes were visible to those standing at the counter and perusing the field.

On average, it took men only 7.49 minutes to approach women wearing the high heels. For those wearing flat shoes, it took nearly twice as long.

All of this confirms that men tend to use physical attributes as a way to gauge women’s attractiveness and to find potential mates.

By the way, in a previous study, Gueguen found that female hitchhikers with bigger breasts get picked up more often by male drivers.

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