|A study has shown that men prefer women with smaller-than-average feet — though they might not be aware of it. (Shutterstock)
Size matters, says a group of U.S. psychologists. Shoe size.
A study by evolutionary psychologists at the University at Albany shows that men prefer women with smaller-than-average feet — though they might not be aware of it.
The researchers measured the foot length of 60 white, female college
students, then took the eight women with the longest and shortest tootsies.
Then they morphed the faces of the small-footed girls, and did the same for the big-footed ones, and asked 77 heterosexual male students to rate the attractiveness of each morph.
As far as the men knew, they were just rating the attractiveness of two
women. They were three-and-a-half times more likely to pick the short-footed morph.
The researchers did the same process, but with different measurements. The men were also 11 times as likely to pick the narrow-hipped morph as more attractive, and eight times as likely to choose the long-thighed morph.
The researchers believe the men like those features subconsciously because they are markers of a healthy childhood.