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High heel police want to ban stilettos in the workplace

High heel police want to ban stilettos in the workplace

Disturbing news has reached The Fashion Police (via Shoeperwoman) that another enforcement agency is at work, trying to decide who gets to wear what and when.

This time it's the Trade Union Congress, who have filed a motion proposing that women be required to wear "sensible shoes" at work, with heels more than one inch high being banned. Say what?

The TUC 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.”

Patronising, much? Or are there women out there who genuinely believe that they are incapable of making informed footwear decisions for themselves, and who agree that the TUC should be able to make those decisions for them?

Personally, we'd much rather decide for ourselves what kind of shoes are appropriate for work: after all, The Fashion Police is actually real (gasp!), but the TUC is, and it would be a shame if they were allowed to force us into certain forms of dress. As Janine commented at Shoeperwoman, no one should ever be forced to wear high heels, but no one should be forced NOT to wear them either – unless, of course, it would pose a real hazard to do so. (Manual workers, nurses, soldiers, etc.)

What do you think?

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