Heels make a lady’s feet look smaller and her gait becomes much more refined, making her calves and shins tensed and elongated. They also keep a woman’s posture bolt upright. Walking in heels makes the movement of a woman’s lower limbs more sensual. In fact, high-heeled shoes adjust women’s body proportions to come closer to perceived ideals, as well. Researchers at the University of Wroclaw in Poland asked more than 200 men and women to rate the attractiveness of diagrams of seven men and seven women with varying leg lengths. Both the sexes said that a leg length that is 5 per cent longer than the norm for a person’s height is ideal. Thus, if the average leg length of a 5ft 5in woman is 30in, as measured from the sole of the foot to the crease where the thigh meets the pelvis, a woman this height could make her legs look 5 per cent longer by wearing 1.5in heels.