Fashion Farce

High Heel Debacle

Thousands Petition Government

It is a very long time since my first newspaper editor banned female reporters from wearing trousers.  It was freezing going out to interview people or cover court cases in mid-winter but skirts were obligatory wear and they were damned short back then.

Fast forward to an age where I thought women could choose their own work attire, only to discover this week that it’s still legal for companies to set separate dress codes for men and women and enforce them.

A young woman temping for a London City firm claims she was sent home for refusing to wear high heels. Nicola Thorp says she was expected to do a nine-hour shift on her feet in shoes with heels between two and four inches high

She reported for work at accountancy firm PwC in flat shoes and apparently, Portico who run PwC'’s reception in London’s Embankment, sent the naughty girl home for refusing to totter about all day on her toes.

Thorp has now set up a petition to the government, insisting women should "have the option to wear flat formal shoes at work". It has attracted more than 100,000 signatures from those who find the insistence on high heels decidedly sexist.

Just when we thought we could break through the glass ceiling, we discover that we can only do it on spike heels – time to stamp on it girls!

Here’s where you stamp…..

Patricia McLoughlin