Chase Me, Catch Me 

Copyright 2005 by Paul Niquette.  All rights reserved.


The hemlines go up, the hemlines go down. 
The necklines go up, the necklines go down.
The prices go up.

-- George Burns


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                      Drive\niquette\images\flam-a.gifnd then there are those confounded high-heel shoes.

Whereas the hemline and the neckline have negligible impacts on the health and comfort of the wearer, the adverse effects of high-heel shoes include blisters and bunions, hammer toes and shortening of the Achilles tendon. 

Pumps and stillettos continue in fashion, though, for they compliment the look of leg and calf, they cause an alluring tilt to the pelvis, and they add a more feminine swerve to the hips.

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That wearing high heels decreases the range of leg motion and limits mobility will surprise nobody.  In technical terms, the kinematics suck.  Ornamentation trumps locomotion.  The Chase Me, Catch Me puzzle, however, inquires only about the most pronounced biomechanical effect...


The wearer of high-heel shoes experiences the shortening of each stride by...

(a) 1/4th

(b) 71/2 inches

(c) 17/8 times the heel-height

(d) 11/2 times the foot-print 

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