A woman wearing heels on a cold morning can feel flat, says a new study.
The study of 2,200 women found women who wear heels for a few hours a day have a 10 percent lower body temperature than those who don’t.
“People often think that heels are going to make you feel cold, but in fact, they actually have the opposite effect,” says Dr. Elizabeth Wiederholtz, lead author of the study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
“They warm you up,” Wieders says.
“They cool you down.”
The study looked at all aspects of foot health.
Wiedernes found that when women wear heels at night, they have a higher body temperature, which means they’re warmer than women who don the heels when they’re awake.
She also found that women who sleep on their backs or heels have a lower body temp than those that sleep on the floor.
“You’re not going to be able to wear shoes on your feet in cold weather,” she says.
Wiederns says that the study also found a link between sleep patterns and heart rate, which makes her think that the heels may help women get the most out of their sleep.
“This is a really important finding that we have yet to find out whether or not they actually make you cold,” she adds.
“I’m always a fan of heels,” says Kate M. Zalewski, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
“I’m sure that it’s the best footwear for any of the things that you need to do in your daily life, and it’s not the only thing you need.”
Wieders thinks that if you don’t want to wear the heels, you can also avoid the cold.
“It’s really hard to get your feet wet,” she explains.
“If you don, you may not feel well or feel as good as you should be, and you’ll probably feel a little bit less comfortable.”
In other words, wear heels when you’re comfortable with the idea that you’ll be cold.
But if you do wear heels, keep the temperature low enough so you can breathe comfortably and stay cool.