Running Economy and Shoe Heel Height

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 ☺

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9 Responses to Running Economy and Shoe Heel Height

  1. Simon Bartold July 2, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    No doubt about it Craig.. you a funny man!!

    • Craig Payne July 2, 2013 at 7:48 am #

      Did you read the rationale as to why they did the study? :

      People are often being in a hurry state to adapt to quickening of life pace. Therefore, jogging with high heeled shoes becomes an unavoidable situation. Energy coast information about jogging under high-heeled shoes condition would be important to the modern life women

  2. Scott Douglas July 2, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Research from the future, and you scoff? Check out the publication date from the PDF:

    Published: July 15, 2013

    • Craig Payne July 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

      At least it wasn’t 1st April

  3. blaise Dubois July 2, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    So 1cm (10mm) was the most economical shoes…
    ASICS shoes have 10mm of drop for most of their shoes
    ASICS shoes are very good
    🙂

    • Craig Payne July 3, 2013 at 12:17 am #

      If it was a toss up between a run in a 1cm drop Asics or the 7cm drop used in the study, I think I will go for the….

    • Mark Richard July 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

      Asics don’t sell running shoes

  4. Rick Osler July 3, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    I sense a new get rich quick shoe market right there….7cm drop shoes will shed kilo’s off in just 6 weeks, we could call them ‘toning’ shoes…..

  5. Mark Richard July 13, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Nearly there CP

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