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High-heeled shoes and evolution theory.

  1. Feb 13, 2013 #1
    I always speculated that the reason why women wear high-heeled shoes (such as pumps and the like) is they give them an advantage (albeit a deceptive one) in attracting the taller male.

    There is enormous selection pressure being imposed on the height of our species, with our species getting taller with each millenia; nay, with each generation. Women just want a mate that's as tall or taller than her father, hence the selection pressure. To this end, I hypothesize, women will wear the high-heeled shoe, because the added increase in her height will make her more attractive to the taller male. The deception no doubt works in both the workplace and the nightclub.

    But after further and somewhat tedious observation, I noticed it's the tall women--not the short women--who are likely wearing the high-heeled shoe. Why is this? Three out of every four women I see wearing high-heeled shoes are tall women! I can't figure this one out! Why would an already robust woman want to accentuate a physiological quality that's already somewhat abnormal in appearance?

    This thread is directed mostly at the ladies. Ladies, is there something about the high-heeled shoe that your taller friends just don't see? Or are they trying to go from Linebacker to Quarterback deliberately? And what of the shorter-statured womanfolk? Why do they not exploit the advantage of the high-heeled shoe to acquire the taller male?

    I am utterly confounded by high-heeled shoes! They must represent something, but what?
     
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  3. Feb 13, 2013 #2
    They make the calf look better.
     
  4. Feb 13, 2013 #3

    BobG

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    I don't think it has anything to do with height. I think they're supposed to imply increased intelligence.

    Or at least the ability to solve triple integrals for torque in their head while walking across a parking lot on a windy day. They must be solving these to at least 6 significant digits when you consider they're able to maintain their balance over such a small surface area, even while their center of gravity is constantly shifting as they sashay across the parking lot.
     
  5. Feb 13, 2013 #4
    I think it has to do with how the way the heels make their leg muscles look. I like short women, personally.
     
  6. Feb 13, 2013 #5
    :rofl::rofl::rofl: please someone put this in the classics! pleeeez this is the best!
     
  7. Feb 13, 2013 #6

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    I like it when a woman figuring bolometric magnitudes sashays across the parking lot. :!!)
     
  8. Feb 13, 2013 #7

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    :rofl: I read... Moooo.... a calf. You now owe me one Dell Enhanced Keyboard. This one's full of beer and spit.
     
  9. Feb 13, 2013 #8

    WannabeNewton

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    I wear high - heels and I'm a guy. I can tell you that it's not to attract tall men.
     
  10. Feb 13, 2013 #9

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    Most women wear ridiculous high heels because that's what the fashion magazines say they have to wear. Which explains why they wear them with pants and wear high heeled boots. I read that women wearing high heels seem more helpless due to the smaller, more careful steps they need to make and the appearance of being frail appeals to men. Men?
     
  11. Feb 13, 2013 #10

    lisab

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    Oh Don...:rofl:
     
  12. Feb 13, 2013 #11

    lisab

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    I agree, it's not a height thing. I think that "I'm helpless" mode extends to a lot of things.

    Why else do women tend to go into what they know are poor-paying jobs? I can't imagine having a job where I know I could *never* pay my own way in life, should the need arise.

    Yeah I'll probably make some people mad - not my intention. Just trying to get a 'big picture' view of gender-based behavior.
     
  13. Feb 13, 2013 #12

    Drakkith

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    Can't talk...staring at legs...
     
  14. Feb 13, 2013 #13

    ZapperZ

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    Yeah, but what evolutionary reason would it be for some women to wear high heels and socks??!!!

    Zz.
     
  15. Feb 13, 2013 #14

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    The common tube sock likely evolved in a symbiotic state with humans, first appearing over 50,000 years ago according to DNA sequencing. It is thought to have broken off from the hosiery family and now has over three dozen separate species spread all over the world thanks to it hijacking human migration to spread itself to every continent on the planet. Natural predators include gnomes, dryers, and the dreaded "left sock wormhole".
     
  16. Feb 13, 2013 #15
    It's conceivable they have this effect just below conscious level, but to me the message is more obviously, "I'm dressed up! I'm out to look attractive!" The intention to be attractive is, itself, attractive.
     
  17. Feb 13, 2013 #16

    lisab

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    Ah, true. But it also signals subservience: "I'm doing this to be attractive to you, because your judgement matters to me." Implicitly it signals, I am lower than you on the hierarchy.
     
  18. Feb 13, 2013 #17

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    I think it's a con promulgated on women by men. It emphasizes shapely calves and causes the hips to thrust forward more so looks sexy. I think women should use high heels only to whack men over the head with.

    EDIT: and I agree about the subservient thing as well. High heels are the Western world's version of bound feet.
     
  19. Feb 13, 2013 #18

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    Bolo-metric.....oooh babyyyy. :!!)
     
  20. Feb 13, 2013 #19

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  21. Feb 13, 2013 #20
    :rofl: and also doing triple integrals :rofl: I once fell on a piece of fertilizer while wearing heels and sashaying across the parking lot LOL
     
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