June 16, 2010 / 10:16 AM / 7 years ago

Revealed: the therapeutic value of killer heels

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<p>A model's shoes are seen as she walks during the Mackage Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 11, 2010.Shannon Stapleton</p>

LONDON (Reuters) - Most women's favorite way of getting over a romantic break-up is a little retail therapy, according to a survey on Wednesday, with high heels and the little black dress top of the shopping list.

Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of respondents admitted they were more likely to go on a shopping splurge, or indulge in a costly pampering session, during the weeks following a break-up than at any other time.

Neither did they hold back during their heartbreak-fueled shopping rampages, with 47 percent spending over 250 pounds ($370).

Other favored methods of getting over the pain were: being pampered, listening to music, watching a film or exercising.

In the survey, by the Clothes Show London, 60 percent of women said it takes them longer than three months to get over a past relationship.

"Not only does shopping give women pleasure as an activity in itself, but by creating a whole new look from their purchases, women are able to give themselves a transformation right when they may feel like they need a change most," said Maryam Hamizadeh, marketing manager at Clothes Show London.

The survey revealed that after the heels and the dress, the most popular items purchased after a break-up were: sexy underwear, designer bags and high-end make-up.

The Clothes Show takes place at Earl's Court, London from June 25 to 27.

Reporting by Jonathan Parr; Editing by Steve Addison

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