Imagine a job with a high heel ban!!!!!!

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I read the other day that apparently some unions are voting to take a stand against high heels in the workplace!!!!

Apparently they believe women should be made to wear more sensible shoes! We would all look like Miss Trunchbull from Matilda haha!

How wrong is that? Surely it’s a personal choice about what you put on your feet when you go to work? As long as it does not affect your ability to do your job then what right do they have to stick their oar in?

Can you imagine your bosses walking around carrying a tape measure and various other tools to carry out a ‘shoe risk assessment’? I can imagine the following;

“This one is to pointy you may get angry and stab someone at work”

“This one is really high it could make you appear taller than you are”

Etc etc… Hehe! Imagine all of us women in flats 24/7! Don’t get me wrong I probably wear flats more than most (not of the Miss Trunchbull variety) but some outfits need a heel to be complete!

Not to mention confidence – sometime wearing a certain shoe can give you a little extra confidence to do your job effectively! I know its only a shoe – but they make all the difference! I mean Imagine wearing your pajamas to work!!!!!!

Posted: 2009-09-23 11:33:11
krunchie frog
Well I think it depends on your workplace, and their dress code. In a lot of places you're not allowed trainers, but what could be more comfy?!

In part it's your choice but also it depends on what you actually do. I'd hate it the other way, of I was told I had to wear heels in the workplace because I'm a woman.

And for the record, I only wear flat shoes. And that makes me no less a female than someone who lives in heels, and no more dowdy.
Posted: 2009-09-23 11:59:26
I'm not allowed to wear trainers at work & have to dress 'smart' :)
I used to live in my trainers so it was a shock for my feet to have to wear shoes/boots :laugh:
I purchased 1 pair of flat boots & 1 pair of flat shoes like loafers.
Whilst in m&s i tried on a pair of heels & nearly fell on my ass :smug: :laugh:
I don't know how any woman wears heels esp those really high ones you see celebs in.
I don't feel less of a woman or like a bloke cos i wear flat shoes.
I feel good being about to walk down the road in comfort & not struggling to walk in heels like i see with some women :laugh:
Posted: 2009-09-23 12:20:43
All In London
What's the reason for it? Safety?

I wear flat shoes to the office, but then being a man I think that's for the best.
Posted: 2009-09-23 12:28:25
krunchie frog
I think it's kind of out of context. I think it's initially regarding jobs where women aren't given the choice to not wear heels because it's uniform...? Unless I've just made that up which is possible.

Otherwise I'd imagine it's the health and safety brigade.
Posted: 2009-09-23 13:04:19
I can fully understand it in cases where the heels are overly high or just plain stupid for work but just an inch or two? Hmmmmm!

They were just talking about unions taking a stand but did not refer to any particular industry!

Dont get me wrong I wear flats too - but I like to have the choice of what to put on you know? You'd never catch me in sky scraper heels btw - Id fall flat on my face lol!
Posted: 2009-09-25 13:15:46
krunchie frog
yeah, don't see the issue with a little heel. When they say high heels, I imagine stiletto-type footwear.
Posted: 2009-09-25 14:21:14
I read about the Trade Union Congress in Liverpool have been debating whether to force a ban on women wearing high heels to work.

The reasons behind are '' two million working days are lost every year through lower limb and foot-related problems. Women should have a choice of wearing healthier, more comfortable shoes."
Posted: 2009-10-10 19:50:07
krunchie frog
You'd have thought the choice was already there!
Posted: 2009-10-11 00:18:32
I think every adult woman know what does she want to wear without any bans.
If woman injures her leg, she will know that she can't wear high-heleed shoes :smug: because of that she will wear any slippers without heels.
Another reason: it is rather hard to use high-heeled shoes everytime, for example, in metro in peak-hours, in cars, when you go for a walk or shopping (I mean in trainers you can make a great shopping :laugh: ) but every woman wants to look pretty, why she can't be beautiful at her workplace?
I think such ban is useful for marathoners :laugh:, not for women)
Posted: 2009-10-11 08:43:45
krunchie frog
Course it's useful to women. I don't think it should be a ban but the option to wear non-high heels should be there, for those who don't wear heels, because heels can damage your feet, and because of health an safety.

Obviously you don't expect a lifeguard or sometone working at McDonalds to be wearing heels.

I think the ban is more for jobs that have heels as the uniform, the unions want there to be an option to not wear heels... that's the impression I'm getting. And in which case, I agree, just because you're a woman does not mean you HAVE to wear heels.
Posted: 2009-10-12 00:35:48
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