High heels indicate your status

IMG_1082Scientists claim that you can deduce someone’s social status by checking the size of their heels, especially after they moved to a new area.

A study of 15,000 online shoe purchases in America found that if women moved to a new area they adjusted the height of their heels to the local fashion – but only if they’d gone upmarket.

If the had moved down the socio-economic ladder they keep the same heel height as if to emphasise their superiority. Whether or not the women adjusted their heel height depended almost entirely on the relative wealth of their previous neighbourhood.

The study was carried out to investigate the contradiction in fashion – fitting in or standing out.Kurt Gray, from the University of Carolina and co-author of the study, said “From the beginning of time people … aligned themselves with the powerful and distanced themselves from the powerless. So it makes sense that they do the same with heel size.

And of course taller people are looked up to – and get paid more!

And as I’ve posted previously there are definitely advantages for women wearing high heels


2 thoughts on “High heels indicate your status

  1. meinheels says:

    Its interesting that in the UK super high heels are typically associated with Social Class 3 (Lower Occupations) and sometimes the unclassified underclass. Typically Classes 1 and 2 will wear heels but avoid excessive height (5-10cm) and only typically wear single sole or smaller platform shoes, but Classes 1 and 2 typically wear heels more often.

  2. mikethepsych says:

    Reblogged this on Mike the Psych's Blog.

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