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specific differences, such as the particular pressures of mass media on a woman’s body image, and the gap grows. “A woman’s shoes are a neutral zone,” says Dr. Samra. “They are not charged with the same pressures and body-image anxiety of other types of clothing or accessories. They actually deflect that pressure.” She Surely Shops for Shoes What about this loaded question: do women really need to buy more shoes? “Shopping itself is a source of pleasure,” says counsellor and psychotherapist Kimberly Moffit. Studies have demonstrated that the act of shopping actually produces neurotransmitters that profoundly affect our mood – the same neurotransmitters that make us feel good. “It’s well-known that women respond more strongly than men to emotional connections. So imagine what happens when a woman combines the pleasurable experience of shopping itself with the positive feelings women can get from their shoes!”

Despite these very powerful and real reactions to shoes, a full-grown woman might still think it immature or vain, indulgent or silly to admit that she loves shoes in the first place, especially to the strange man who accosts her on a downtown street – or phones from across the country – to seriously ask her opinion about something that seems trivial. Every interview for this story began much the same way, with an explanation of credentials to allay the “suspicious creep” factor and establish an aura of professionalism and seriousness, often destroyed moments later with his first serious question: do you love your shoes? The Language of Love What is often most interesting is not whether women say they do or don’t love shoes, but the manner in which they respond. It usually goes like this: the question is asked; the woman pauses, laughs or smiles; then she answers impulsively

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