Be it boots, wedges or platforms, there is no question high heels can add sex appeal to an outfit and a woman.
"You feel sexier. You're more confident. It makes your legs look better. It makes you look skinnier" Lauren Armstrong said.
But are the inches addictive? Researchers from the UK and Austria teamed up to follow in the footsteps of women 20-50 years old who regularly wore heels two-inches for two-years or more. Using ultrasound they found their calf muscles measured 13% shorter than women who prefer flat shoes.
Researchers also found the Achilles tendon was compensating for that. In high heel wearers, it was much thicker and stiffer. So, it turn, when they walked on flat feet it hurt.
Richardson orthopedic surgeon Dr. Terry Madsen said that makes sense. He says consistently forcing the toe down and forward puts the load on the front of the foot, which can lead to bunions, hammer toes, arthritis and pain from the foot on up.
"But if you like wearing high heels and you look good in high heels, which most girls do, all you have to do is simple stretching exercises on a regular basis" Dr. Madsen said.
Lauren Armstrong has felt that pain of going without heels, but is she following doctor's orders?
"No, I just try not to walk as much."
That is also the case for Jewels Haymond of Assembly in Dallas. The store sells its fair share of high heels, which Haymond wears enough to say the study adds up.
"It really does make your leg look different. Your calves look different and your calves kind of stay in the same place when you're wearing high heels so that totally makes sense to me, for sure."
But her high-high avoiding sister might be getting the last laugh tonight.
"It's like I totally don't have to wear them. I'm cool now" Ariel Haymond said.
You and me both, Ariel. At least I hope so.