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High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes Debate

High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes Debate

Briefing for MPs: High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes Debate
Westminster Hall: Monday 6th March 2017

About the College of Podiatry

The College of Podiatry is a registered charity that promotes the benefits of podiatry to the public. Podiatrists are experts in all aspects of the foot and lower limb– and synonymous with – foot health.

We are determined to raise awareness among the general public and government that good foot health is an essential component of quality of life. It is a key element of preventative medicine and a critical service to those with disabling foot pain and life threatening conditions such as diabetes and peripheral arterial disease.

Executive summary

The College of Podiatry welcomes the Women and Equalities Committee’s work on this issue, and the decision of the Petitions Committee to grant a Westminster Hall debate following the e-petition.

  • The College of Podiatry recommends that women should not be forced to wear high heeled shoes in the work place as part of a uniform.
  • There is a strong body of clinical evidence that indicates the medical and disabling effects of wearing a high heel shoe over a prolonged period of time.
  • Problems stemming from high heels include: foot pain, bunions (hallux valgus), painful skin lesions, lower limb pathology, falls and subsequent injury associated with wearing high heels.
  • It is still legal for a company to stipulate that their female employees wear high heels to work as part of a dress code related to their job.
  • The use of this type of shoe appears to belong to a conceived image of elegance and sexuality, rather than any practical function.
  • The law needs to be clarified and enforced to prevent future instances of the compulsory wearing of high heeled shoes.

Download: Briefing for MPs: High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes Debate

Link to live debate: www.parliamentlive.tv

Link to Hansard Online: www.hansard.parliament.uk


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