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  • 21 September 2010, 13:20

High heels 'wasted on men'

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Women who sacrifice comfort to wear high heels may be wasting their time because men don't even notice, according to a new study.

Experts at Northumbria University are studying the reactions of men to women walking with and without wearing high heels.

They say their research shows that men cannot even tell if a woman is wearing high heels when they walk, reports the Daily Telegraph.

It is part of a wider research project into attraction which examines the signals sent out by movement like walking and dancing.

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

The study is investigating 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.

Dr 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. But scientifically we know very little about this."

The study is also using 3D motion-capture technology to identify the movement areas of a male dancer's body that influence female perceptions of whether their dance skills are good or bad.

 

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