High-heeled shoes not only tone the legs and strengthen the pelvic
muscles, but they "directly work the pleasure muscles which are linked
to an orgasm", it is claimed.
In the past stilettos have been blamed for stress fractures and joint pain but now it seems that the pain might be worth the gain.
Italian urologist Dr Maria Cerruto discovered that a pair of "moderately high-heeled shoes" had beneficial effects.
"I adore high-heeled shoes and I wanted to find something positive about them," said Dr Cerruto, of the University of Verona. "In the end I achieved my goal.
"The heels influence and work the pelvic muscles and reduce the need to exercise them.
Dr Cerruto added: "Women often have difficulty in carrying out the
right exercises for the pelvic zone and wearing heels could prove to be
"In the 1980s it was all about power, but today it’s shifted; it’s about elegance.
"If you are a woman, it’s a way to appeal to the male species, it’s a way to attract.
"And it works. I have men who tell me that heels have saved their marriage.
"I think there’s a limit, though. Anything over four-and-a-half inches is just too much. You can’t walk properly; it’s no longer elegant."