Only 19% of women and 8% of men consider their feet attractive, according to a study of 977 online buyers conducted by Shopzilla.com. Women account for nearly 90% of all operations performed to correct common foot disorders such as bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas, the study notes. Here are some other foot facts unearthed by the survey:
Percentage of respondents who are uncomfortable with people touching their feet:
Women — 32%
Men — 17%
Percentage of respondents who have had a pedicure:
Women — 57%*
Men — 15%
*Of the women who have had a pedicure, 23% go at least monthly and 61% are more likely to get a pedicure during the hottest months of the year.
Percentage of respondents who say they walk around their homes barefoot:
Percentage of respondents who walk outside barefoot sometimes or often:
Women — 52%
Men — 41%
Percentage of respondents who think that “the appearance of someone’s feet is not representative of their personality”:
See more beauty industry statistics and analyses at Nails’ Beauty Industry Research.
Originally published in NAILS Magazine, January 2007.