Do men notice women in high heels?

Published: September 27, 2010
Do men notice women in high heels?

Do men notice women in high heels?

LONDON / KARACHI: Women who wear high heels to look more appealing to the opposite sex could be just wasting their time because, researchers say, men don’t even notice.

Research shows that men cannot even tell if a woman is wearing high heels when they walk, said experts at Northumbria University, who studied the reactions of men to women who walk in high heels and to others who didn’t wear heels.

This is part of a wider research project into attraction and the signal sent out by movements like walking and dancing, reports the Telegraph.

The study, led by evolutionary psychologist Nick De Neave at Northumbria, and researcher Kristofor McCarty, looked at women between 18 and 35 years and what signals are sent out when they walk with and without heels.

But male observers in the experiment could not tell which figures were wearing heels. De Neave said, “Women are spending money on high heels, which can be dangerous, presumably to make themselves look good and add to what nature has given them.”

As Steve (played by Jack Davenport) in “Coupling” said in an episode of the show: “Shoes! Shoes everywhere! Why do they have so many shoes? Do they have extra feet we don’t know about? Do they sprout rows of additional feet while we’re asleep and gallop around the streets at night shouting ‘Where are you going? Where are you going? Where are you going?’”

The study is probing if the change in body posture brought about by wearing heels, such as the illusion of longer legs, tilting torso and more prominent rear, sends a signal which has an impact on men.

High heels are a staple in every woman’s shoe closet. Shoe designer Samia Shahzada says women should own heels in at least four basic colours — gold, silver, black and tan. High heels are a favourite for occasions such as Eid and weddings, while low heels are bought by women to wear to work.

Doctors and podiatrists caution against wearing high heels too often, stating problems such as bunions and corns. Rajesh Malhotra, professor of orthopaedics told IANS about the pressure high heels put on one’s feet. “The height of the heel also changes the amount of weight on the forefoot. A one-inch heel will increase the pressure by 22 per cent, a two-inch heel by 57 per cent and a three-inch heel by 76 per cent.”

However, according to the research, starting relationships definitely went beyond footwear. De Neave said, “Everybody is attracted to somebody else and making relationships is very important to humans. Making key relationships and having children are some of the most important decisions people will make.” ians

Speaking out

Pakistani men differed on whether they notice women who wear high heels.

“I don’t really look at shoes at first glance and it really doesn’t add to the attractiveness of a girl if she’s wearing high heels or flats.”

Ali, HR representative

“I notice when a girl is wearing high heels because her walk changes but wearing heels doesn’t make her more attractive. If she’s not exceptionally short then there’s no need because it’s more about her face and attitude.”

Bilal, business executive

“I think boys might notice it when a girl is wearing heels because the girl herself feels different. However, I’ve never found a girl attractive because of her shoes – high or not.”

Salman, banker

“I do notice when a girl is wearing high heels, and yes at time it can make her more attractive.”

Akber, business analyst

“I notice when a girl wears heels because it’s usually when she has made more of an effort with her outfit. It’s a whole package!”

Kamran, advertising executive

With additional information by the News Desk

Published in The Express Tribune, September 28th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Sep 28, 2010 - 12:14AM

    High heels or no high heels, men notice women anyway.Recommend

  • Hina
    Sep 28, 2010 - 11:18AM

    For sure!Recommend

  • Faiza Javed
    Sep 28, 2010 - 11:28AM

    so true tanzeelRecommend

  • Fayyaz Haider
    Sep 28, 2010 - 12:07PM

    Women are most beautiful creation of The Almighty Allah. They are created to be noticed.Recommend

  • Hussnain
    Sep 28, 2010 - 12:15PM

    The one worth noticing will be noticed no matter what she is wearing.. Some men will notice even shadows lol..Recommend

  • Taimoor Mughal
    Sep 28, 2010 - 12:20PM

    i never notice girls wearing high heels or low heels and i also think this research is trueRecommend

  • jai
    Sep 28, 2010 - 12:56PM

    heels were designed so women can’t run away from men.Recommend

  • mehdishahi
    Sep 28, 2010 - 2:02PM

    Male notices every thing in females. you call it sex harassment or eve teasing. this is a manufacturing fault that exist in us.(males).the best example of this, is MR bill clinton who forgot of himself that he was the president of America, a captive, fall for MONICA abruptly in white house. Recommend

  • Sep 28, 2010 - 3:16PM

    definitely, i feel for women in high heels and pray she doesn’t fall sooner or later ;-)Recommend

  • Sep 28, 2010 - 3:43PM

    well if you are short, the last thing you want is a girl wearing high heels lolzRecommend

  • Think therefore
    Sep 28, 2010 - 4:28PM

    Heels do make for added adornment and attraction. A womans gotta be really top notch to be attractive in flats… ofcourse I am only referring to being visually attractive… otherwise attitude is so much more important than the way she looks…. looks are surgically mendable… in modern times they are not important…Recommend

  • hasan adeel
    Sep 28, 2010 - 4:54PM

    Everyone has it’s own opinion,i think that age factor,religion,and culture contribute and has a large effect especially in our society.It has been observed where it is not commonly used and wear as well.But in modern era,no one has enough time to look others what they wear and used.
    As the publisher already added that if u wanna do involve in any sort of relation with someone then it is possibly being noticed.Recommend

  • MAD
    Sep 28, 2010 - 5:08PM

    Women should avoid wearing those flat chappals. they are too casual and feet really dont look that great in them. Other than that I dont mind if women wear flats or heels but they should stick to sandals or shoes rather than chappals.Recommend

  • Hamad
    Sep 28, 2010 - 7:10PM

    I think that height of the heel doesnt add to the beaty itself but the illusions described in paragraph 6 of the article are all true. :P
    but its all about overall effect not just heels.
    occasion, place clothes, face, height…..etc.
    So, heels can add an illusion in looking at a women but it add not a tiny bit to the beauty itself.Recommend

  • Samreen
    Sep 28, 2010 - 10:03PM


  • Sep 28, 2010 - 11:30PM

    Heels are no at all comfortable and cant be worn casually. Wearing heels just to appeal opposite sex is like giving yourself some torture. Recommend

  • Farhad
    Sep 29, 2010 - 10:18AM

    Men notice women in heels. This study has to be bogus!Recommend

  • Sep 29, 2010 - 10:43AM

    Yes most certainly and why not ? High heels give stature, elegance and appeal.


    With salams and best wishes.Recommend

  • One in 140 million
    Sep 29, 2010 - 1:28PM

    umm… only when those high heels are complemented with a lower neckline ….Recommend

  • S.A
    Sep 29, 2010 - 6:53PM

    High heels correct posture and balance – both of which I am sure men DO notice in women whether they are standing or walking!Recommend

  • Hina..
    Sep 30, 2010 - 3:07AM

    hahaha..oo man!!..if men cant wear high heels..wat does it mean..!! u ll start research on high heels with such huge interest:D:D:P..wel dun worry han.. i ll bring revolution n launch high heels brand for men..=D =p =pRecommend

  • Sep 30, 2010 - 3:48PM

    girls do not feel comfortable while wearing high heels.. lol i have noticed it many times.. while their walking in an odd way…Recommend

  • Rizwan T Khan
    Oct 20, 2010 - 12:40PM

    High heel is sexy!! but it doesnt suit all gals. The whole package should look nice ;)Recommend

  • lady hippoo
    Nov 16, 2010 - 7:57AM

    Just blind’s men don’t know how’s beautifull women wear high heel and good looking when the walking,it’s perfect!!!Recommend

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