Men Tried on High Heels to Make a Point About a Gender Double Standard

Men Tried on High Heels to Make a Point About a Gender Double Standard
Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook

Earlier this month, the world was reminded that it is still A-OK for workplaces to mandate gendered dress codes after a London receptionist at finance firm PricewaterhouseCoopers was sent home for not wearing high heels. 

In response, U.K. fashion magazine Stylist asked its male employees to teeter around in some pumps for the day. And the resulting video earned every one of those 13 million views. 

The verdict is simple: Heels suck.

Here's what it's like to walk down stairs in heels:

Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook

And here's what it's like to run:

Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook

And don't get us started on what happens when heels meet cobblestones:

Source: Facebook

Or grass:

Source: Facebook

The video does more than just provide a laugh at the expense of these hapless guys: It addresses a sexist double standard that plagues working women like Nicola Thorp, the PwC receptionist, and another who was forced to wear heels for her waitressing shift — a woman whose bloody feet went viral on Facebook.

Read more: This Woman Was Sent Home From Work for Not Wearing High Heels at the Office

One of the men in the video perfectly summarizes the double standard saying, "I genuinely feel sorry for women who are forced to do this."

Watch the full video below: 

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Hayley Wilbur

Hayley is a staff writer at Mic, covering style. Say hi: hayley@mic.com.

MORE FROM

‘New York Times’ interview sparks latest wave of GOP frustration with Trump

The President’s “disturbing” comments on Jeff Sessions and Special Counsel Robert Mueller drew sharp rebukes from his own party.

Jordan Edwards’ mother speaks out after Monday’s indictment of the officer who killed her son

“We will not allow Jordan’s death to be another statistic.”

Trump keeps saying he wants to “let Obamacare fail.” How would that happen?

There are several ways the administration could sabotage the law, experts said.

AIDS deaths are almost half of what they were in 2005 — but experts worry Trump could reverse that

Trump's proposed budget cuts could be detrimental for those living with HIV.

OJ Simpson granted parole after nine years in prison

After serving nine years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery, OJ Simpson was granted parole in a unanimous vote on Thursday.

Black Lives Matter activists respond to the police shooting of Justine Damond

“Some white people don’t feel the tragedy until one of them is murdered.”

‘New York Times’ interview sparks latest wave of GOP frustration with Trump

The President’s “disturbing” comments on Jeff Sessions and Special Counsel Robert Mueller drew sharp rebukes from his own party.

Jordan Edwards’ mother speaks out after Monday’s indictment of the officer who killed her son

“We will not allow Jordan’s death to be another statistic.”

Trump keeps saying he wants to “let Obamacare fail.” How would that happen?

There are several ways the administration could sabotage the law, experts said.

AIDS deaths are almost half of what they were in 2005 — but experts worry Trump could reverse that

Trump's proposed budget cuts could be detrimental for those living with HIV.

OJ Simpson granted parole after nine years in prison

After serving nine years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery, OJ Simpson was granted parole in a unanimous vote on Thursday.

Black Lives Matter activists respond to the police shooting of Justine Damond

“Some white people don’t feel the tragedy until one of them is murdered.”