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High heels - one out all out
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Third Half
Posted - 21 April 2017 14:33
Employers can require females to wear high heels says the Supreme Court (and don't get complacent fellas, in this gender-fluid world.)

'Providing it is considered a job requirement and men are made to dress to an "equivalent level of smartness".'

High heels have their place but in order to do a paid job of work; really?

I once missed a connection at Rome Airport due to a delay with Alitalia (only the one?) and had to traipse around the service desks in order to get re-booked. Without exception all the females (all young, with pencil skirts (is that what they are called?; and all staff were female but for a couple of male supervisors), and every single one (not the blokes, at least not at work) were wearing what must have been 4 inch heels. I felt for them, honestly.

But there female bank workers wear jeans. (but really tight jeans, of course.)

My Better Half occasionally wears ridiculous heels but she can hardly walk in them the 400m to the nearest tube station. We call them 'car-shoes' -from the frontdoor to the car and a bit of posing at a party and then delivered home to the frontdoor.
funkymonkeyesq
Posted - 21 April 2017 14:37
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High heels have their place but in order to do a paid job of work; really?

Presumably the same goes for ties, and suits, and perhaps even "formal" shirts — they are all about appearance over function, and so are not "necessary".

They have the benefit of not being painful / damaging, but they are still purely aesthetic...
Third Half
Posted - 21 April 2017 14:58
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Funky,

I may be the last living bloke in my place who walks into work each day in a tie.

I suspect I annoy people who organise the 'charity' dress down Friday by turning up as usual. I will put in a fiver for the pot or whatever, depending how pissed off I am (although Friday is usually not a good day)

But no, I actually feel sorry for women obliged to wear heels in the workplace, exactly because it seems immediately uncomfortable over a working day (I suppose; I have never tried; do they come in size 10s?) and long term worse. Heck even US footballers retire after less than 10 years (and they only each play part of about 20 games a year).
funkymonkeyesq
Posted - 21 April 2017 15:00
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I may be the last living bloke in my place who walks into work each day in a tie.

Great — if that's what you want to wear, I'm not complaining or saying that you shouldn't.

I actually feel sorry for women obliged to wear heels in the workplace

Snap.
A hero of our time
Posted - 21 April 2017 15:01
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Employers allowed to prescribe work attire.

Next up, employers will be permitted to ban hideous mediaeval dress involving women covering themselves up.
Wellington
Posted - 21 April 2017 15:02
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Anna is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 21 April 2017 15:05
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If only we could force the Supreme Court judges to wear heels to work.
Nexis is turning yellow
Posted - 21 April 2017 15:09
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I love wearing heels - when I choose to do so.

But they definitely damage feet and are bloody uncomfortable after a while. I disagree with the Supremes on this one.
sad banta
Posted - 21 April 2017 15:09
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I don't see what high heels have to do with "smartness", or with any other relevant requirement for an office job. Same with lipstick, eye shadow, anything else to do with enhancing physical attractiveness.

Sad Banta LLP has no such requirements. Poor eyesight and low self esteem may be useful though.
sad banta
Posted - 21 April 2017 15:10
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Anna - I have a vision of Sumption et al in some nightmarish "So Money Supermarket" ad....
Ash89
Posted - 21 April 2017 15:11
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I wore heels for my first week at the new job ( ), and it really aggravated my lower back. This made leg day boring because my back was so tight.

Flats from here on out, mates.