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HAMBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 10: A Team of nine women and one man set a world record of the longest distance running in high heels on a treadmill in thirty minutes at Holmes Place on November 10, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Christian Augustin/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 30: Detail of high-heel shoes during the David Salomon show as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Mexico Spring/Summer 2015 at Campo Marte on September 30, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - AUGUST 15: Detail of high-heels during the Sarkany show at the Buenos Aires Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 in Predio Ferial La Rural on August 15, 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/LatinContent/Getty Images)
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - AUGUST 15: Detail of high-heels during the Sarkany show at the Buenos Aires Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 in Predio Ferial La Rural on August 15, 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/LatinContent/Getty Images)
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - AUGUST 15: Detail of high-heels during the Sarkany show at the Buenos Aires Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 in Predio Ferial La Rural on August 15, 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/LatinContent/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 13: High Heels of the Buffalo meets FLC by Marie Amiere Collection during a Collection Shooting on April 13, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Detail of high-heeled shoes on Day 2, Ladies Day, of the Aintree races at Aintree Racecourse on April 4, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: A woman in high heelswalks across the grass during Ladies day at Aintree Racecourse on April 4, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Detail of a racegoers high-heeled shoes during Day 1 of the Aintree races at Aintree Racecourse on April 3, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 13: A model poses with high heels of the collection for photographer Sylvio Kuehn (L) at the 'Football Loves Couture' by Marie Amiere Collection Shooting on April 13, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: A model wearing high-heeled shoes walks the runway during Liz Malraux Fashion Show at Hotel Atlantic on February 17, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Christian Augustin/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: A woman (shoe detail) walks in high heeled shoes on Ladies Day at Aintree racecourse on April 05, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
View of a high heel shoe displayed at France's online shoe-retailing leader Sarenza in Paris on March 18, 2013. AFP PHOTO JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture shows the high-heeled shoes of racegoers during Ladies Day, the second day of the Grand National Meeting horse racing event at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, north-west England on April 5, 2013. The annual three day meeting culminates in the Grand National which is run over a distance of four miles and four furlongs (7,242 metres), and is the biggest betting race in the United Kingdom. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 18: A model showcases high heels designed by Miguel Palacio on the runway at the Miguel Palacio show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid Fall/Winter 2013/14 at Ifema on February 18, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, CA - AUGUST 16: Inside-Edition television reporter Brianna Deutsch puts on a pair of counterfeit Louboutin pumps and high heels featuring the distinctive red sole of French designer Christian Louboutin are displayed at Price Transfer Warehouse on August 16, 2012 in Long Beach, California. Between July 27 and Aug. 14, import specialists and officers assigned to the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaport have seized a total of five shipments from China containing more than 20,000 pairs in violation of the French designer's trademark with a potential retail value of $18 million. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, CA - AUGUST 16: More than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit Louboutin pumps and high heels featuring the distinctive red sole of French designer Christian Louboutin are displayed at Price Transfer Warehouse on August 16, 2012 in Long Beach, California. Between July 27 and Aug. 14, import specialists and officers assigned to the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaport have seized a total of five shipments from China containing more than 20,000 pairs in violation of the French designer's trademark with a potential retail value of $18 million. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
A picture shows high-heeled shoes worn by ladies dressed for Ladies' Day during the second day of the Grand National horse racing meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, north-west England on April 13, 2012. The meeting culminates in the Grand National on Saturday which is run over a distance of four miles and four furlongs (7,242 metres), and is the biggest betting race in the United Kingdom. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture shows high-heeled shoes worn by ladies dressed for Ladies' Day during the second day of the Grand National horse racing meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, north-west England on April 13, 2012. The meeting culminates in the Grand National on Saturday which is run over a distance of four miles and four furlongs (7,242 metres), and is the biggest betting race in the United Kingdom. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
YANGON, MYANMAR- DECEMBER 8 : Fashion models wearing high heels get ready backstage for a fashion show featuring OPT jeans December 8, 2011 in Yangon, Myanmar. The pace of change in Myanmar brought U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the country where she discussed further paths to reform and crucial talks with both Aung San Suu Kyi and the highest levels of the Burmese government. For many years Myanmar has suffered from economic stagnation, political repression and international isolation. In March the army handed power to a civilian government after almost five decades of the military regime's strong arm rule. The handover took place after a controlled election under a new constitution that preserved much of the military clout. Internet has been loosened up as previously inaccessible foreign news and opposition websites have been unblocked. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)
A female visitor of the Oktoberfest beer festival wears high heels and traditional Bavarian stockings at the Theresienwiese ground in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2011. The 178th edition of the world's biggest beer festival which excepted to attract around six million visitors starts today and runs until October 3, 2011. AFP PHOTO / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Actress Evan Rachel Wood (High Heels Detail) attends 'The Ides Of March' premiere during the 68th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Cinema on August 31, 2011 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Frederic Nebinger/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Jury Member Alba Rohrwacher (High Heels Detail) attends the Jury photocall during the 68th Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on August 31, 2011 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Actress Marie Gillain (High Heel detail) attends 'The Ides Of March' premiere during the 68th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Cinema on August 31, 2011 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Frederique Bel (High Heels) attends 'The Artist' premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Gulnara Karimova (High Heels) attends the Diamonds Are Girls Best Friend event during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival held at Nikki Beach on May 16, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 13: A detail picture showing the high heel shoes worn by director Maiwenn Le Besco as she attends the 'Polisse' photocall at the Palais Des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg (High Heels, Detail) attends the 'Melancholia' premiere during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: A view of high heels as a model poses at the Katie Gallagher Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Milk Studios on February 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
BERLIN - MARCH 29: Shoes, high heels of actress Jennifer Aniston seen at the German photocall of 'Der Kautions-Cop' (The Bounty Hunter) at hotel de Rome on March 29, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Florian Seefried/Getty Images)
US singer Katy Perry's high heel shoes are seen next to a pair of sneakers worn by a fan during an onstage interview session at the 50th edition of 'IFA' in Berlin, September 5, 2010. The US singer was a guest at Deutsche Telekom's booth at the event. IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung), one of the worlds largest consumer electronics and home appliances fairs, opens to the public from September 3 to 8, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN - JUNE 18: (EDITORS NOTE: Entertainment Online Subscriptions GLR Included) Shoes, high heels of actress Kristen Stewart at the German Photocall of 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' (Die Twilight Saga: Eclipse - Biss zum Abendrot) at The Regent Berlin Hotel on June 18, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Florian Seefried/Getty Images)
BERLIN - MARCH 03: Shoes, high heels of singer Rihanna at an autograph signing to promote her new single 'Rude Boy' at Alexa on March 3, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Florian Seefried/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Detail of a high heels shoes in the backstage of Lino Villaventura fashion show during the fourth day of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week Summer 2011 at the Ibirapuera's Bienal pavillion on June 12, 2010 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Keiny Andrade/LatinContent/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Girls with red soled high heeled walk through the crowd on the second day of Royal Ascot 2009 at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2009 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BERLIN - JUNE 14: Nandini Mitra wears cream-coloured high-heeled shoes as she attends the German premiere of 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen' at the Sony Center CineStar on June 14, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: A close up of Eva Herzigova's High Heels on the red carpet of The Chopard Trophy held at the Martinez Hotel during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 18th, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: A close up of actress Imelda Staunton's high heels shoes attending the Taking Woodstock Photocall held at the Palais Des Festivals during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 13: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway at the BCBGMaxAzria Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Tent in Bryant Park on February 13, 2009 in New York City (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 30: A shoe detail of Amelle Berrabah of Sugababes as she attends a photocall at Boots, Westfield Shopping Center on October 30, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
PARIS - OCTOBER 04: (UK OUT) A close up of the High heels worn by a model walking the runway during the John Galliano show part of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on October 04,2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - OCTOBER 04: (UK OUT) A close up of the High heels worn by a model walking the runway during the John Galliano show part of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on October 04,2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - OCTOBER 05: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Louis Vuitton show part of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on October 05,2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - OCTOBER 04: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Kenzo show part of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on October 04,2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - SEPTEMBER 30: (UK OUT) A close up on the high heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Manish Arora show part of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 30,2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - OCTOBER 01: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Karl Lagerfeld show part of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on October 01,2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Nathalie Lagneau/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - SEPTEMBER 30: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Jean Paul Gaultier show part of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 30,2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - SEPTEMBER 29: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Christian Dior show part of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 29,2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 26: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Jean-Pierre Braganza show part of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 26,2008 in Milan,Italy. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 25: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Emilio Pucci show part of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 25,2008 in Milan,Italy. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 26: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Jean-Pierre Braganza show part of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 26,2008 in Milan,Italy. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - SEPTEMBER 29: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Gaspard Yurkievich show part of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 29,2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Nathalie Lagneau/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - SEPTEMBER 29: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Christian Dior show part of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 29,2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - SEPTEMBER 29: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Christian Dior show part of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 29,2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 25: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway, carrying a handbag during the John Richmond show part of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 25,2008 in Milan,Italy. (Photo by Nathalie Lagneau/Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 25: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Emilio Pucci show part of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 25,2008 in Milan,Italy. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Antonio Marras show part of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 24,2008 in Milan,Italy. (Photo by Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 23: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model while carrying a handbag walking the runway during the Moschino show part of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 23,2008 in Milan,Italy. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 21: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model and luggage walking the runway during the Blugirl show part of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 21,2008 in Milan,Italy. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 15: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the catwalk during the Temperley London show part of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 15, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 14: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the catwalk during the PPQ show part of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 14, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 15: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the catwalk during the Luella show part of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 15, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 09: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Rodarte spring summer 2009 fashion show part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on September 9, 2008. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 09: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Rodarte spring summer 2009 fashion show part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on September 9, 2008. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 09: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Rodarte spring summer 2009 fashion show part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on September 9, 2008. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 14: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the catwalk during the Charles Anastase show part of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 14, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Nathalie Lagneau/Catwalking/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 06: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Alexander Wang fashion show part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on September 6, 2008. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 06: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway during the Alexander Wang fashion show part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on September 6, 2008. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: A close up on actress Hatice Aslan high heel Chanel shoes at the UC Maymum photocall at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival on May 16 , 2008 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS - JUNE 30: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the Christian Dior Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2008 collection during the Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on June 30,2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - MARCH 01: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the John Galliano Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during Paris Fashion Week on the 1st of March 2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - FEBRUARY 28: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the Celine Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during Paris Fashion Week on the 28th of February 2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - FEBRUARY 27: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the Costume National Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during Paris Fashion Week on the 27th of February 2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - FEBRUARY 25: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing Christian Dior at the Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during Paris Fashion Week on the 25th of February 2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - FEBRUARY 25: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing Christian Dior at the Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during Paris Fashion Week on the 25th of February 2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 20: (UK OUT) A close up of the High heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the Gucci Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during Milan Fashion Week on the 20th of February 2008 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 17: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the Missoni Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during Milan Fashion Week on the 17th of February 2008 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 17: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the Missoni Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during Milan Fashion Week on the 17th of February 2008 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images)
PARIS - FEBRUARY 25: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing Christian Dior at the Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during Paris Fashion Week on the 25th of February 2008 in Paris,France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 17: (UK OUT) A close up of the High heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the Frankie Morello Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during Milan Fashion Week on the 17th of February 2008 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 17: (UK OUT) A close up of the High heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the Frankie Morello Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during Milan Fashion Week on the 17th of February 2008 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 14: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the Issa Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during London Fashion Week on the 14th of February 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 14: (UK OUT) A close up of the High Heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the Issa Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during London Fashion Week on the 14th of February 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 13: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the Giles Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during London Fashion Week on the 13th of February 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 13: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the Giles Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during London Fashion Week on the 13th of February 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 13: (UK OUT) A close up of the high heels worn by a model walking the runway wearing the Giles Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection during London Fashion Week on the 13th of February 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
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PARIS (AP) -- The well-heeled Marilyn Monroe once said, "Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world."

The allure of high-heeled shoes is no secret among women, who have used them to entice men from the streets of Ancient Rome to the New York City sidewalks of Carrie Bradshaw. Heels have also been a controversial symbol in the battleground of sexual politics.

Now a scientific study in France has measured their power.

Scientists from the Universite de Bretagne-Sud conducted experiments that showed that men behave very differently toward high-heeled women. The results, published online in the journal "Archives of Sexual Behaviour," may please the purveyors of Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo shoes - yet frustrate those who think stilettos encourage sexism.

The study found if a woman drops a glove on the street while wearing heels, she's almost 50 percent more likely to have a man fetch it for her than if she's wearing flats.

Another finding: A woman wearing heels is twice as likely to persuade men to stop and answer survey questions on the street. And a high-heeled woman in a bar waits half the time to get picked up by a man, compared to when her heel is nearer to the ground.

"Women's shoe heel size exerts a powerful effect on men's behavior," says the study's author, Nicolas Gueguen, a behavioral science researcher. "Simply put, they make women more beautiful."

Raised shoes have an unglamorous beginning: worn first by Egyptian butchers, who donned platforms to avoid treading in bloody offal.

But on women as "signifiers of femininity," raised shoes initially appeared in Ancient Greece and Rome, according to Elizabeth Semmelhack of The Bata Shoe Museum. In Rome, where the sex trade was legal, high heels helped clients identify prostitutes in crowds.

Although high heels were worn for centuries in the Ottoman Empire and in Persia for horseback riding, they only minced into the West in the 1500s, when they were associated with imperial power and popularized as erotic in the 19th and 20th centuries. Such was the allure that a person with status or wealth became referred to as "well-heeled."

This study shows this allure is very much alive.

"Though it's a relatively small cross-section, this study is very significant since the results are clear and consistent," said Paris-based sociologist Jean-Claude Kaufmann, who was not involved in the study. "In a relation of seduction, men are very attracted by a woman in heels as she looks taller, more sexually confident, sure of herself, with a lengthened silhouette and sensual jutting buttocks."

Gueguen's study had 19-year-old female volunteers wearing black shoes with heels that were 0.5cm (0.2 inches) or 5cm (2 inches) or 9cm (3 1/2 inches) high. Then they asked men between the ages of 25-50 for help in various circumstances.

One situation involved a woman asking passers-by: "Excuse me, sir. We are currently conducting a survey on gender equality. Would you agree to answer our questionnaire?" Flat heels got a 46.7% answer rate, medium heels a 63% rate and the highest heels a whopping 83% success rate from the men.

Nowadays, the most fashionable heels on the runways and in nightclubs are higher still - with spiked heels commonly measuring 10 cm (4 inches) and extreme heels, dangerously, above 13 cm (5 inches).

Medically, high heels can cause back pain and increase the risk of ankle injuries. Prolonged heel wearing can even permanently shorten calf tendons.

And in social terms, women's rights advocates have objected to high heels, saying they reinforce a misogynist stereotype: women as sex objects to be ogled by men.

"If a woman ... never takes off her high-heeled shoes, how will she ever know how far she could walk or how fast she could run?" famed feminist and flats-wearer Germaine Greer, author of "The Female Eunuch," once asked.

Those who disagree note that high heels have other uses.

"Heels don't subordinate women - they empower them in romance," said Kaufmann. "The important thing to remember in seduction is that it's all a game."

Men More Likely To Help Women In Heels

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