Really?! It’s Legal to Make Women Wear High Heels to Work!

Nicola Thorpe holding (at left) the shoes she wore that day and (at right) the ones they wanted her to put onCan someone please remind me what century we’re in? A 27-year-old British woman named Nicola Thorpe was recently sent home, without pay, from her temp job at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London because she refused to wear shoes with a heel between 2 and 4 inches in height (Podiatrists say that any heel height over 3 inches is seriously bad news for your feet, just in case you were wondering)!!

Although PWC says the dress code was enforced by the woman’s temp agency, not their own company, Thorpe was still out of luck and out of a paycheck on that crazy day.

In response, she’s launched a petition to the UK Parliament asking to make it illegal for a company to require women to wear high heels at work.  As of the time of this posting, she had received 137K signatures, meaning parliament would have to consider the issue for debate.

As Thorpe explains, “I felt it was my right as a woman to not have to wear high heels when my male counterparts are in flat shoes."

Right on, Nicola! Wearing high heels for an extended period of time, like an entire day spent at the office, is bound to leave you experiencing foot pain. It will also, over time, put you at higher risk of developing conditions like hammertoes and bunions. If you make the choice to take that risk on your own, that’s one thing, but to be forced to do so at the pain of losing your job?? That’s outrageous! Here’s hoping that high-heel mandates become illegal in the UK and the rest of the world!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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