El Al Airlines previously required female flight attendants to wear heels when in the airport, but they were able to switch to flats once they were on an aircraft.
“The company revises its service protocols regularly and it was decided in that framework to require female flight attendants to wear formal shoes while receiving the passengers to the flight,” El Al’s Vice President Customer Services Yehudit Grisaru said in a statement. “Immediately after the seating phase and throughout the flight itself, they wear work shoes.”
Now, as a former member of Heels First, I’m a huge fan of heels. I’m almost constantly in my heels.
But when I was a bartender–or even when I’m at my standing desk–I wear flats. It’d be crazy to stand around that long in heels.
Me at my desk:
My shoes for at not-desk:
And I’m on my feet at work voluntarily. For someone who has to stand all day, I can’t imagine requiring heels for women. Especially when they don’t, ahem, require them for men.
It brings me back to the issue with the Cannes Film Festival.
First of all, ignore the Daily Mail style hype, but this article that came out after that event describes just how damaging long-term use of heels can be.
And for those unfamiliar with the situation, women were turned away from screenings at the Cannes Film Festival for not wearing heels –including those with medical issues.
And it wasn’t as if those who were turned away had sneakers on. People had fancy shoes. Just flat fancy shoes.