In Briefs: Do Men Notice Women Wearing Heels?

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I refuse to believe that men don’t notice when women are wearing high heels.

ZOE RICE: men are dumb. they’re not *that* dumb. They realize, even if subconsciously…or at least I bet they realize when the woman *isn’t* wearing heels and therefore looks slightly dumpier…

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: You walk differently in heels! And you’re taller! And you generally feel either sexier, or in pain, or some combination of both. And all of those things are noticeable. Fie on this study.


ZOE RICE: I do remember a fun exercise with my ex-boyfriend–an artist, no stranger to visual cues–that I called “Wearing mascara, not wearing mascara” when I’d show him before and after applying, and he’d say, “Oh yeah, I see that now.” They notice something’s different and better–they’re just not equipped to put their fingers on what it is.

How did you guys ever make it out of the cave?

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I think the dudes they did that survey on straight-up lied.

JESSICA BADER: Why does not noticing a change in physical appearance have to be a guy thing? I’ve gotten on my mother’s bad side more than once by failing to notice that she had dyed her hair or gotten it cut.

STEPHON JOHNSON: What Matt said. What do they mean we don’t notice? I always notice….I usually look for it.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I would argue that high heels’ main purpose is to be noticed by both men and women. If they didn’t work, they would have fallen by the wayside long ago.

ZOE RICE: I always notice those things–hair changes, new makeup, etc.

Study neglected to mention it sampled only blind men? Harder to tell heels or flats then if you don’t get to grope them.

STEPHON JOHNSON: And you’d be right, Molly. The sound of a woman in high heels is one of the best sounds on earth.

MATTHEW DAVID BROZIK: But only one of them.

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