“As for formal meetings, while men have abandoned the tie, many women feel obliged to wear high heels. These give some women a sense of empowerment and femininity (not to mention extra height). But in health terms, heels can seem like the Western equivalent of the ancient Chinese practice of foot-binding: bad for women’s feet, ankles and backs and designed to limit their mobility. Britain’s Parliament held a debate after a woman was sent home from her job as a receptionist for refusing to wear high heels (it was inconclusive).”
Struggling with style. Modern dress codes are easier for men than for women, Bartleby, The Economist, May 2, 2019
Down with high heels. And, like the necktie, who would invent them if they didn’t already exist?