The results of a new Chinese study on the effects of running in high heels aren’t exactly uplifting – or surprising: Running in high heels directly increases energy consumption and causes neuromuscular fatigue.
Thirteen women took part in this study, running on a treadmill in shoes with a heel height of 1, 4.5 or 7 cm. The analysis revealed that oxygen consumption and energy expenditure increased with the rise in heel height. When the heel height topped out at 7 cm, the values rose significantly.
“People are often being in a hurry [sic] state to adapt to quickening of life pace,” the study’s intro reads. “Therefore, jogging with high-heeled shoes becomes an unavoidable situation … Information about jogging under high-heeled shoes condition would be important to the modern life women.”
Makes you wonder how much extra energy consumption was going on at Toronto’s StyleSense Stiletto Sprint, where four-inch heels were the minimum requirement.