The results are in. According to a study done by scientists at the Universite de Bretagne-Sud, men respond much more willingly to women in high heels. Women who dropped their gloves on the street were 50% more likely to have a man deliver it back to her if she was wearing heels. A man is twice as likely to answer questions posed to him on the street if the asker is in heels. Women in heels are picked up at bars twice as quickly, their flat- wearing companions. Does this extend to the workplace? Are men more likely to respond to demands made by women in the workplace if the woman is in heels? Many women feel empowered by high heels and find them to be a very useful weapon in the male dominated workplace. Others consider them a source of discomfort or as reinforcement of stereotypes in which women are viewed as sex objects. Well, whether vehemently opposed or willing to use any means necessary, we can all agree that heels are not the most comfortable option for feet at work. So let’s explore some ways we can keep our feet more comfortable, in heels or not.
You have a right to comfort in your place of employment!
- The workplace should provide the worker with the option of sitting or standing while working. If the work cannot be done sitting, a seat should be made available for breaks.
- Foot rails should be provided to allow the employee to shift weight from one leg to the other.
- The workspace should provide ample room for the worker to change body positions and adjustable work surfaces should be provided to accommodate people of all heights.
Buying Comfy Footwear
When buying shoes, try and look for the following:
- The shoes’ inner side should form a straight line beginning at the heel and ending at the big toe.
- The shoe should not slip off your heel. (Use heel grips if this happens)
- Your toes should be able to move freely.
- The shoe should have a wide based, low heel.
- Buy shoes in the afternoon when feet are at their most swollen.
- Don’t expect shoes will stretch. (This is the lie of attractive footwear)
If you do find yourself unable to stay away from those lethal heels, here are some tips that might be help keep you elevated and comfy at the same time.
- Use medical tape to bind your third toe and fourth toe together. This will help to relieve pressure on the ball of your feet.
- Apply clear gel deodorant to prevent blisters. Put it on the parts of the shoes that are tightest to stop the friction.
- Have the heels shortened. Don’t try this at home, but a professional can take up to 1″ off the heels without altering the look noticeably.
- Put moleskin on tight straps.
- Widen the toes of your shoes. Fill a plastic baggy with water and insert them in the toes of your shoes. Place them in a freezer and voila!
Of course, you don’t need heels to perform well in the workplace, but if you find the added height brings the extra confidence you need, you don’t have to suffer with discomfort. With some savvy and some know how, you can solve all your orthopedic woes.