Should heels be banned in the boardroom?
I firmly believe the state of women's footwear is becoming quite a big issue, and the issue spreads wider than just ridiculous heels. I used to walk in ballet pumps, but those had a very thin sole and fell apart in the rain. Nothings beats the comfort and practicality of a decent pair of ladies’ work shoes for standing all day.
Why should women have to feel they need to wear uncomfortable shoes, when there is no real benefit? We all know the types of shoes expected bear the sole purpose of making the wearer’s rear end appear more attractive and legs longer. And this is in a supposedly equal environment, the workplace? It’s outrageous to put it simply.
In recent times, Nicola Thorp’s experience in the workplace has been a prime example of this phenomenon. Nicola Thorp refused to conform to her employer’s demands of wearing high heels, and in the end she was fired for wearing flats to work. As expected, this has sparked a big debate in regards to the issue.
For myself, in the walk to and from transport for work, that time alone is enough to cause pain and uncomforted during my daily routine so I wear flats just for that purpose alone. Sometimes I’ll even wear them but change when I get to work, particularly if I have an important meeting because it gives me a bit of confidence when I'm short and work with a lot of tall people. Overall, however, I think the it is the pressure of society that makes me feel the need to wear heels.
High heels can even cause long term damage. There is a real health concern that is much more important than the benefit of pristine appearances.
I understand that it’s common to wear heels to events and parties for personal benefit, and do that myself -- but that is a mating ritual, if you like, where you’re putting yourself out there to appear as sexually attractive as possible, with the end goal being to either meet someone to love, or loving the person you have met.
In the boardroom, I would hope the end goal is quite different. Or at least it should be.
Another part of the equation is the fact that heels seem to have become considered 'smart,' and wearing flats can now look like you haven't made an effort in some professions. Now I’m not saying that's true, but I think in some workplaces/industries it seems to be expected that women will wear heels and that is the impression if you don’t.
I’d like to start taking a stand against this societal belief, so we can all start living for ourselves in comfort with more suitable flat office work shoes. What do you think? Should heels be banned in the boardroom?
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