Do you think high heels should be banned in the workplace? If the TUC (that’s the Trade Union Congress) get their way, that’s what could happen: they’ve proposed a motion saying that as high heels are bad for the feet, “hazardous” and “demeaning to women”, a height limit should be imposed, with women being required to wear “sensible shoes” in the interests of health and safety.
The motion states:
“Congress believes high heels may look glamorous on the Hollywood catwalks but are completely inappropriate for the day-today working environment.
“Feet bear the brunt of daily life, and for many workers prolonged standing, badly fitted footwear, and in particular high heels can be a hazard. Around two million days a year are lost through sickness as a result of lower limb disorders.
“Wearing high heels can cause long-term foot problems, such as blisters, corns and calluses, and also serious foot, knee and back pain and damaged joints.
“Many employers in the retail sector force women workers to wear high heels as part of their dress code.
“More must be done to raise awareness of this problem so that women workers and their feet are protected.”
Clearly, as a high-heel wearer, I’m not particularly impressed by this, and tend to think that what’s REALLY demeaning to women is a predominantly male group trying to dictate what we should and should not be “allowed” to wear: I also find it very patronising that women workers are apparently not deemed able to make informed decisions about our footwear for ourselves. I’m fairly sure that most adult women are well aware of the problems high heels can cause, and capable of deciding for themselves whether or not they still want to wear them, without being forced into flats (some of which can also be bad for the feet and legs).
What does everyone else think about this proposal? Should we be allowed to decide the height of our heels for ourselves, or should our employers be allowed to decide for us?[source]