High heels have been clocking up the headlines of late.
But the latest high heel headline is about a hotel bar in Japan which is offering women a drink discount based solely (geddit?) on the height of their heels.
According to Sora News 24, The Hilton Osaka’s My Place Bar plans on offering women wearing heels measuring five centimetres (approximately two inches) a 10% discount off their bar tab.
From there the drinks reduction increases by 5% for every 2cm heel height, up to a maximum of 15cm (wowzers!), which gets you almost a third off your drinks bill.
And for any heels over 15cm (think of the bunions?!) ladies can nab themselves 40% off their porn star martinis.
We can’t help but wondering if you have to slip off your heels as soon as you step foot in the bar and hand them to some kind of official
foot fetishist heel measurer.
But that slightly troubling thought aside, the heel discount throws up all sorts of questions about sexism and er, flat shoe-ism.
Last year, a woman was sent home from work for wearing flat shoes, which prompted a petition in parliament about heel discrimination and entire rethink of workplace dress codes.
Granted a bar offering discounts based on heel height isn’t quite on the same level as losing your job, but it is still discrimination.
It also begs the question about why this particular bar is so keen to attract a high heel wearing clientele?
Surely flat wearing ladies deserve to reap the same drink slashing benefits? Particularly as flats have totally been having a moment of late. According to a recent survey women are ditching their heels for comfy-yet-trendy trainers.
Even Hollywood has cottoned on to the whole flat fashion thing with celebrity women giving kudos to donning flats on the red carpet.
Then there’s the health impact of wearing heels to consider too. Is it worth risking your foot health for the sake of a 15% discount off your pinot?
If you’re one of life’s natural high-heel toters and you fancy taking advantage of some cut price beverages by all means totter along to the High Heels Ladies’ Night Discount at the Hilton Osaka’s My Place bar every Thursday between 6pm and 11.30pm.
But if not there are plenty of other bars that are not only probably closer (Japan is an awfully long way to go for a G&T), and don’t discriminate their pricing based on the type of shoes you’re wearing.
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