When my friend took up a retail job at a respected clothing line I was quite jealous. At the time, I wasn’t earning anything and had interviewed for a couple of retail jobs to tide me over while I was studying, but nobody wanted me. Thankfully I got to live through her, and as well as sharing the perks of her job, she would also tell me about the drawbacks. One of those was being forced to stand up all day in a pair of heels.
At the time, I was pretty shocked that a company could do that. Call me naive but I thought that wearing comfortable shoes in a job where you’re mostly on your feet was a no-brainer, and yet, my friend was regularly in trouble for swapping to her more comfortable heeled boots.
The past few weeks this debate has blown up. Thanks to Nicola Thorp, 27, from Hackney in east London. She came in for her first day at a new job wearing flats, and was sent home and told to wear shoes with a “2in to 4in heel”. After that, she posted online, and a petition to make being forced to wear heels at work illegal has garnered over 10,000 signatures.
On Twitter, women all around the world are posting photos of their flat shoes with comments like ‘Oh goodness I am wearing flat shoes – well that OBVIOUSLY affects my ability to do my job’ (Source). It’s true, our choice of footwear does not affect our ability to work – so why do so many companies force women to wear heels as part of a company dress code?
What do you think about wearing heels to work? As a choice, heels can make you feel comfortable and powerful, but when you’re forced to wear them – there could be a problem. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below girls!