High Heels Make Us Feel Sexy as Hell & Now We Know Why

There are not a lot of things that can make me feel as instantly sexy as strapping on a pair of heels. It doesn’t matter what I’m wearing -- jeans, a cute skirt, a business suit -- the shoes always take the outfit up a notch and give me that extra bit of confidence in my appearance.

Wearing heels makes me feel like a girl, and I like that feminine feeling. There’s just an extra little swing in my stride when I take a stroll in stilettos. Every step is purposeful, because let’s face it: When you’re walking in heels, there’s always a tiny part in the back of your brain that repeats “don’t trip, don’t trip” continuously.


Now researchers at the University of Portsmouth have revealed that the sexiness of high heels may be evolutionary. Now I have a whole new reason to obsess over shoes … it’s science!

Lead psychologist on the team Paul Morris says, “High heels may exaggerate the sex-specific aspects of the female walk.” The researchers report that high-heeled women “walked in a fashion more characteristic of the female gait … in smaller, more frequent steps … [accompanied by] increased rotation and tilt of the hips.”

Basically, we feel like girls when we wear heels because they make us walk like girls. For the most part, men looking for a female partner will be more naturally drawn to the ones that appear more feminine.

I’d like to add my own hypothesis that men are also drawn to strong, confident women that can rock a killer set of peep-toe wedges. Or platform Mary Jane’s. Or black leather stiletto boots. Or whatever it is she chooses to put on her feet to add a little height and some swagger.

There are many ways a lady can make herself feel a little more attractive, but I’m sticking with my go-to heels. Who am I to argue with science?

Do you wear heels? What other things do you put on to feel pretty?  

Image via Jenny Erikson

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