A Woman’s Right to (Comfortable) Shoes
Should you be required to wear high heeled shoes to keep a job? Reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw, women are now taking to social media to assert “a woman’s right to shoes.” Two women recently garnered press coverage when they detailed how their choice of footwear affected their job performance and employment status. Buzzfeed shared photos of a waitress in Canada whose feet were bloodied and sore after a training shift at a local restaurant chain. The woman states that she was criticized and berated by a manager for changing into flats at a Joey location, where women are required to wear heels unless medically restricted. The restaurant chain later responded by blaming their outdated training manuals (which have since been updated and now allow women to wear flats).
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[/caption] According to theBBC, on her first day at a new job, a London receptionist was told to either go out to purchase heels or go home. When she refused to change out of her flats and asked if a male employee would be asked to do the same job in heels, she was laughed at and sent home without pay. A company spokesperson later responded by saying that the receptionist had signed their “appearance guidelines” but that they would now be opening those guidelines up for review. A UK writer was inspired by the BBC story, so he wore high heels to work to understand what it is like for women to wear heels for an eight-hour workday. Everything you need to know about his experience is in the title: “Pain, fear and walking like a giraffe.” Some women knowingly sacrifice comfort for style, but it is an archaic standard for them to be forced to wear uncomfortable shoes in the workplace. After decades of discussions with patients about the long term effects of wearing high heels, Dr. Joan Oloff knows that many women are unwilling to give up their heels and that many designers do not take medical recommendations into account either. At Joan Oloff Shoes, we provide heels, flats, and booties that are designed with both health and style in mind.
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[/caption] Whether you're a waitress, receptionist, or executive, be empowered to feel comfortable and confident in your professional life.“When a woman puts on a pair of shoes in the morning, she’s making a commitment that’s going to last all day,” Kenneth Cole recently toldElleMagazine.