Women's Heels Fall Out Of Step With Economic Outlook

11/22/2011 11:01 am ET

Shoe trends are poised to buck some well-heeled conventional wisdom.

Historically, women's heel sizes reach new heights when the economy is down. But come winter and spring, we'll be seeing more women in kitten heels and flats, according to new data from IBM (IBM).

The findings are based on a very modern arbiter of trends: influential fashion bloggers.

"A couple of years ago, the recession was greeted by higher heels -- an escape into fantasy. But most nations are still in the doldrums economically," Dr. Trevor Davis, a consumer products expert with IBM, tells DailyFinance.

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