Yeah, I know they sometimes fought it little, but not *heels*, and nothing that was designed to enhance their physique attractiveness-wise. That's the difference. I definitely concede the point that they fought in little clothing sometimes, but the reasoning/purpose was not for "eye candy". It sounds like you agree with that, anyway.
As I said, it's entirely possible that there's a reason (other than fan-service) that these women are fighting wearing so little. It clearly is some kind of entertainment spectacle, but then why would a princess be baring her body for the commoners? It doesn't seem to fit. It sort of pulled me out of the realism and drama of the scene which, artistically, felt like a bit of a shame.