I don’t know what to say:
Effect of Shoes’ Heel Height on the Energy Cost during Jogging
Y.D. Gu and Z.Y. Li
Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology July 15, 2013
The purpose of this study is to examine the changes of energy cost during a high-heeled continuous jogging. Thirteen healthy female volunteers jointed in this study with heel height of the shoes varied from 1, 4.5 and 7 cm, respectively. Each subjects jogged on the treadmill with K4b2 portable gas analysis system. The results of this study showed that ventilnation, relative oxygen consumption and energy expenditure increased with the increase of heel height and these values shows significantly larger when the heel height reached to 7 cm. Present study suggest that wearing high heel shoes jogging could directly increase energy consumption, causing neuromuscular fatigue.
As always: I go where the evidence takes me until convinced otherwise and this evidence tells me that if you run in shoes with a heel height of 4.5 or 7cm, you have to work a lot harder. So all you runners who run in high heel shoes, had better stop if you want to run faster ☺