I received a call from a TV producer last Friday, asking if an ITV reporter could come and talk to me about shoes. Parliament were due to debate the petition entitled “Make it illegal for a company to require women to wear high heels at work” on Monday 6th, and they knew I had strong opinions on footwear.

petition to government high heels at work

The petition was started by the rather brave Nicola Thorp, who was sent home from work at PwC for refusing to wear high heels. Thanks go to Nicola for raising awareness of this issue.

To find out what I had to say about work, women and high heels, have a look at the clip.

Susannah Davda on ITV TV News talking about high heels video

Were you as surprised by the statistic my survey revealed as I was?

I find the journey we’ve faced as women in the workplace fascinating. In the past, there were just a few job opportunities available to our gender, and only until we married. The magazines I read as a teenager led me to believe that everything was now equal, but in fact we’re still working towards having complete freedom of opportunity in the UK and around the world.

Just Seventeen magazine cover


Every little step made towards this goal should be seen as a success. Shortly after the news story hit the media, Nicola Thorp’s ex-employer Portico amended its dress code to allow flats. Parliament devoted one hour and eleven minutes to debating whether employers could dictate the wearing of high heels. Their unanimous decision? Absolutely not!

I say let your shoes help you to the top. Don’t be afraid to wear smart flats if that’s how you feel most comfortable and confident. Still love your heels? Don’t worry, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort. Sign up to my mailing list, or download my book The Shoe Shopping Kit to get top tips on finding comfortable, beautiful shoes.

Are you a flats fan, or do you refuse to wear anything but heels to work? Do you feel forced to wear high heels by a company policy or by the culture of your workplace?

woman's legs kicking off heels office chair

I’d love to hear about your experience. Please let me know what style of shoes you wear to work in the comments, or via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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