The view from here down

This startling revelation appeared in the Telegraph:

The formula for a perfect woman’s foot is a size five, wearing three inch heels and red toe nail varnish, according to the study.

A study discovered men find size five feet, such as those belonging to Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian and Sophia Loren, are the most alluring.

Sophia Loren in flatsThat makes sense on this side of the pond only if you apply the conversion factor: size 5 in the UK is a 7 in the States. I question the need for the heel; I mean, really, are you going to turn away Sophia Loren in flats? (At right: Sophia Loren in flats.) And an ill-fitting shoe — lot of those going around these days — never helps matters.

Acidman, of course, would have heartily endorsed the red polish.

More years ago than I’d like to think about, I dated a woman who wore size 4. (To the Brits, that’s a 2.) She could literally stand in my hand, though I definitely preferred that she not wear heels when so doing. And she complained that finding shoes was a difficult proposition, with so many manufacturers sticking to the 5-through-10 scale.

Research by foot plaster company Compeed revealed nearly half of men will look at a woman’s feet on a first date and a third will make a character judgement based on the state of them.

That way, I suggest, lies madness. What sort of character judgment, other than “fastidious” or “not so fastidious,” can be made on that basis?

The poll of 2,000 adults found four out of ten women go to extreme lengths to cover their unkempt feet in the summer by hiding them in boots or shoes… Six out of ten women admit to trying to hide their feet from other people because they are self-conscious.

This must be something in the British temperament, because it doesn’t seem to come close to the reality of an Oklahoma summer.

(Via Fark.)


  1. Luther »

    2 July 2011 · 11:01 pm

    Good of you to remember Acidman. He’ll not be replaced.

    As to feet, a woman’s foot, specifically. That is usually my last point of focus. Which isn’t to say that it is not important.

    Just last week, in the checkout line at Safeway, there was this glorious beautiful woman. Not a single thing exceptional about her, understand. Just that the total package was… comfortable seeming.

    Then, last, I looked at her sandaled feet. Not bad, red shined toenails an all. But, her little toe was half way back on her foot, literally. A genetic oops, which only added to her appeal, really.

  2. Luther »

    2 July 2011 · 11:08 pm

    Meant to add but forgot.

    I don’t care for that particular picture of Sophia. It seems awkward, her legs somewhat akimbo, her shorts looking broad compared to her waist. Or something, something just off.

  3. CGHill »

    2 July 2011 · 11:31 pm

    What seems most off to me is that it looks like she was holding something which was later airbrushed out. And I have to figure that if they went to that much trouble, something else is probably askew.

  4. Tatyana »

    3 July 2011 · 12:23 am

    *note to self: buy a jar of foot scrub*

  5. fillyjonk »

    3 July 2011 · 3:39 pm

    So, how soon before we see foot-shortening cosmetic surgery aimed at ladies with larger feet?

    (American size 7 1/2 here, and a little too sedate to wear pure-red nail polish.)

  6. CGHill »

    3 July 2011 · 4:01 pm

    Don’t think the subject hasn’t come up.

  7. Andrea Harris »

    3 July 2011 · 9:58 pm

    I’ll bet you she was holding a cigarette. Apparently it’s become the fashion to remove evidence of the nasty cancer sticks from old photos.

  8. CGHill »

    3 July 2011 · 10:15 pm

    From the position of her hand, I’d suspect she was holding both a smoke and a drink, and both were ruthlessly excised — perhaps they couldn’t get one without the other.

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