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Does Walking in Heels Burn More Calories?

author image Eleanor McKenzie
Based in London, Eleanor McKenzie has been writing lifestyle-related books and articles since 1998. Her articles have appeared in the "Palm Beach Times" and she is the author of numerous books published by Hamlyn U.K., including "Healing Reiki" and "Pilates System." She holds a Master of Arts in informational studies from London University.
Does Walking in Heels Burn More Calories?
A woman takes off a pair of heels. Photo Credit: AmmentorpDK/iStock/Getty Images

There is no definitive answer from either medical or sports science experts as to whether walking in high heels burns more calories than walking in flat shoes. It's unlikely experts will advocate it because of the well-documented damage heels can do to feet and lower back. However, you can always determine for yourself how many calories you're burning.

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People who use walking as part of a weight-loss program generally wear flats for comfort and speed, but the number of calories burned should be roughly the same whatever type of shoes you wear. Wearing high heels may contribute more to shaping and toning the legs than burning extra calories, acting in a similar way to the range of fitness shoes developed to tone leg and buttock muscles.

Experiment and Innovation

You could test the concept by wearing an armband that measures calories burned. Experiment by walking the same distance at the same speed in sneakers or flats and then in high heels.

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