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Size is “Irrelephant”

Size is “Irrelephant”

Over the years you may have heard the question: Which is heavier, a tonne of bricks or a tonne of feathers?
Perhaps you haven’t heard this one before: who is more likely to damage your beautiful wood floors, an adult elephant or a woman in stilettos?
It might surprise you to learn that the woman – whilst a fiftieth of the weight – exerts twice as much pressure from that heel!

Why? It’s a simple matter of surface area. An elephant has wide feet to spread the weight, which means no single point of the floor is under that much pressure, even if the area is under a lot of weight. Whilst a stiletto focuses all of the woman’s weight into a very small point, which puts that tiny area under a huge amount of pressure!

If for any reason you did decide to invite an Elephant over for Sunday lunch (for legal reasons we’d recommend against this) then you wouldn’t find a single dent on your floor. If you are to strut around in your weekend heels, you could well find dents!
The moral of the story? No high heels on wooden floors!

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