WOMEN
02/28/2013 11:27 am ET

High Heels Signify Status, Separate The Classy From The Trashy

I don't know about you, but whenever I go shopping for shoes, I'm always stunned by the incredible disproportion of high heels. I'm just gonna guestimate here, but I'll bet 85% of the shoes at the average store are high heels so impractical that most women only wear them on special occasions that involve a lot of sitting down. These shoes, moreover, seem to be pushed to the front of the display. Women's shoe stores beckon shoppers by putting their most outrageous shoes out front. You have to go digging for a practical pump.

A quick Google image search for "women's shoes" reveals the same bias in favor of the four-inch or higher, spindly heeled shoe:

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