If the shoe fits...

Your office dress code may be risking your health, according to a new TUC advice guide. Working feet and footwear shows how a number of big city institutions and upmarket shops insist that women in public-facing jobs wear slip-on shoes or high heels. Wearing uncomfortable shoes for such long periods of time can lead to long-term foot problems. The TUC's Brendan Barber said: "We were surprised how many times we found that employers’ dress codes did not permit the wearing of comfortable sensible footwear by women. These dress codes – apart from being blatantly sexist – can lead to long-term foot and back problems. Feet bear the brunt of the daily working life and instead of worrying about what their staff look like, employers should focus on the effect that the wrong shoes and prolonged standing can have. Employers should look at encouraging their staff to come to work in comfortable shoes and, where possible, provide the option of sitting." So if you're a city Cinderella, or worried you need special shoes to stay safe in your own working environment, check out all your problems in the TUC guide. ...and don't get us started on neckties.