Why women love high heels, despite health warnings Tuesday, August 7, 2012 11:02:53 PDT AM Image: 1 of 9 Previous Next Shoe lover and director of PR for The Shoe Company Crissi Giamos at a Toronto store on Feb. 3, 2012. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI AGENCY) Tweet Change text size for the story Print Report an error Sky-high heels can be killer. You can’t deny the leg appeal — longer, leaner and sexier. And there’s a tower of power phenomenon too: Confidence comes from the sole, reveals a British study by Compeed. Heels raise self-esteem and assertiveness.