High heels have been a mega topic of conversation lately. We’ve had babies wearing teeny tiny high heels, women being forced to wear heels at work, and advice from the Duchess of Cambridge about how she manages to stay in heels ALL day.
But the latest high heel headline is about a hotel bar in Japan that is offering women a drink discount based solely 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 centimeters (approximately two inches) a 10% discount off their bar tab.
From there the drink reduction increases by 5% for every 2cm (a little less than an inch) heel height, up to a maximum of 15cm (nearly 6 inches), which gets you almost a third off your drinks bill. Wowzer.
For any heels over 6 inches ladies can nab themselves 40% off their drinks.
We can’t help but wonder, do women have to slip off their heels as soon as they step into the bar and hand them to some kind of official heel measurer? Maybe there’s a heel measuring stick like what you see to measure children’s heights at amusement park rides.
But that slightly troubling thought aside, the heel discount throws up all sorts of questions about sexism and er, flat shoe-ism.
This is far from the first time this issue has come up. Last year a woman was sent home from work for wearing flat shoes, which prompted a petition in parliament about heel discrimination and an entire rethink of workplace dress codes.
The point is, why are we praising women for the shoes they wear? And why are we penalizing women if they don’t wear what society deems either lady-like or sexy? Furthermore, why are we demanding women to wear shoes that have been proven to actually have a negative health impact?
Flats, it should be noted, are also having a moment. According to a recent survey women are ditching their heels for comfy-yet-trendy trainers. Even Hollywood has caught on to the whole flat fashion thing with celebrity women even donning flats on the red carpet. We’re going to go out on a limb and say this has as much to do with comfort as it does with fashion.
So if you’re one of life’s natural high-heel wearers and you fancy taking advantage of some cut price beverages, then 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), but also don’t discriminate their pricing based on the type of shoes you’re wearing.
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