Women are seen as more attractive, feminine and of a higher status when they wear high heels

While many women only take their heels out for a wedding or special event, a new study may encourage you to brush up on stilettos more often.

Bucknell University researchers of Pennsylvania they claim that women in high heels are seen as more sexually attractive, physically attractive, feminine and of higher status.

“Although women’s fashion is constantly evolving, this research aligns well with previous research that men perceive women in high heels as more attractive than women in flat shoes,” the team wrote in their study, published in Personality and individual differences.

Researchers at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania say women in high heels are viewed as more sexually attractive, physically attractive, feminine, and of higher status.

Why do heels make women feel good?

While the reason for the findings remains unclear, the team suggests that the increased perceived attractiveness could be due to a shift in the wearer’s lumbar curve, the curvature of the spine.

“The silhouettes from our study show that the woman in high heels has a more defined breast and buttock area and a more general shape in the back structure,” said the researchers.

“Future work could use dynamic images of these shapes, or further, shapes varying in their curvature, to more accurately determine the role of this variable.”

In their study, the team, led by Professor T. Joel Wade, set out to determine how high heels affect women’s attractiveness ratings, as well as fitness-related traits and relationship preferences.

A group of 448 participants were shown the silhouette of a woman with or without high heels, before evaluating the woman on a series of questions.

This included physical attractiveness, sexual attractiveness, dominance, strength, warmth, enthusiasm, trustworthiness, education, masculinity, femininity, social competence, affection, friendliness, general good mate potential, short term mate potential, long term mate potential, parenting skills, health, intelligence, success and status.

The results revealed that the silhouette of the woman wearing heels was rated as significantly more physically attractive, feminine, of higher status, and less masculine by both male and female participants.

However, he was not rated as more dominant, strong, warm, enthusiastic, trustworthy, nurturing, socially competent, healthy, intelligent, affectionate, friendly, or successful.

“These results indicate that high heels do not signal any personality traits, or signs of health or intelligence,” the researchers wrote.

A group of 448 participants were shown the silhouette of a woman with or without high heels, before evaluating the woman on a series of questions.

A group of 448 participants were shown the silhouette of a woman with or without high heels, before evaluating the woman on a series of questions.

Unlike sexy dresses, high heels don’t seem to objectify women, according to the team.

“Sexual women are perceived as less mentally capable, less competent and less deserving of moral status,” they wrote.

“These decreases were not found in the present study, leading us to conclude that high heels are not sexualized when compared to other forms of sexy or revealing clothing.”

While the reason for the findings remains unclear, the team suggests that the increased perceived attractiveness could be due to a shift in the wearer’s lumbar curve, the curvature of the spine.

“The silhouettes from our study show that the woman in high heels has a more defined breast and buttock area and a more general shape in the back structure,” said the researchers.

“Future work could use dynamic images of these shapes, or further, shapes varying in their curvature, to more accurately determine the role of this variable.”

The team now hopes to conduct a follow-up study with images of real women to validate the findings.

Tall, dark and … AWARE? People who have “knowing faces” are more likely to be seen as attractive, competent and rational, study finds

It’s often seen as a health fad, but if you practice mindfulness, there’s a new reason to feel complacent.

Cardiff University researchers revealed that people with “conscious” faces are more likely to be considered attractive, competent and rational.

Conversely, people with “unconscious” faces are more likely to be viewed as stressed, neurotic and immoral, according to the team.

“The findings suggest that how people interpret awareness has important consequences and can be used to guide how awareness is implemented in response to global challenges,” wrote the researchers in their study, published in the Royal Society. Open Science.

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