Women giving up comfort for high heels to look more appealing to the opposite sex could be just wasting their time - apparently 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, which studied the reactions of men to women who walk in high heels and others without heels.
It is part of a wider research project into attraction and the signals sent out by movement like walking and dancing, reports the
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 the 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."
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.
But 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."