Piers Morgan wears heels to work in protest against sexist dress codes

Piers Morgan wears heels to work in protest against sexist dress codes

British journalist, television personality and Mail Online’s US Editor-at-Large Piers Morgan has switched his position on female dress codes at work after wearing high heels on Loose Women.

After strutting into the studio, he proclaimed that his heels were “really comfortable” and that he didn’t know “what you’re all moaning about.”


Morgan revealed his view on heels and other dress codes that are seen as sexist, when interviewing Nicola Thorp, the temporary worker who sparked the debate was sent home without pay after refusing to don a pair of heels during work, on Good Morning Britain.

He said at the time: “If you’re in the presentation game, man or woman, it’s perfectly acceptable to say to staff ‘this is the dress code’.

“Ties with collars can be painful and you have to wear them. Many men are told to wear ties in Parliament. Men have a dress code, women don’t, men don’t make a fuss about it.”

His co-host Susanna Ried replied: “I’m not sure you can compare the discomfort of wearing a collar and tie with the pain people are expressing about wearing high heels.

“If a man did have an issue with extreme pain he could go to his employer and say: ‘Is there an alternative?’.”

This debate has been repeated rote in workplaces across the country. A parliamentary report released last week even detailed the sexist demands of employers.

However, speaking on Good Morning Britain today, he admitted: “I have to actually be honest, away from all the bravado, they’re [heels] one of the most painful things I’ve ever had to wear on my feet.

“And it was very uncomfortable and the idea of marching around in those all day… you’ve got a point ladies.”

Reid reinforced Morgan’s point to the audience: “Literally the quote was: ‘My campaign is over’.”

“Well my campaign was only to preserve an employers’ right to ask the question but having worn them,” Morgan replied. “I think maybe I was a little hasty.”

He went on to say later in the show: “I haven't told anyone they have to wear them. Just wonder if there are certain jobs where it's not unreasonable for an employer to ask? In a high-end shoe shop, for instance, is it unreasonable for the boss to request female staff wear the heels you sell?"

Last year female employees at Stylist Magazine turned the tables and asked their male members of staff to wear heels to work. They posted the video – which can be seen below - on their Facebook page with the caption: “It's still legal to make women wear heels to work in the UK. So, we asked the men in our office to do it too...”

What are your experiences of this debate? Let us know in the comments below… 

  • Sarah
    Wed, 1 Feb 2017 5:35pm GMT
    I found that quite entertaining and I thought the guys were very brave! Not easy is it?! Makes me realise that wearing high heels and getting home with achy feet is a bit daft day in day out. Broke my ankle last year and can't wear such high heels anymore and actually think what a relief it is!
  • Anon
    Wed, 1 Feb 2017 2:21pm GMT
    The point is that it should be an option - not all women want wear heels inside or outside of work. There are days when I know that I will be running from one meeting to another so it is not practical to be wearing heels. I understand that there may be a need to suggest appropriate business shoes are worn so that people do not turn up in trainers or flip flops, but there are plenty of options for women that aren't heels.
  • Sir
    Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:56pm GMT
    The dress codes for women that I have seen only encompass things which women actually wear at some point or other. Women do wear high heels, revealing outfits and so on. Not ALL women of course. Some have more sense.
    If high heels are unsafe/painful/damaging to feet - then surely they are those things all the time, not just when you are at work.
    If the field of women's clothing did not encompass such things then there would be no call for women to wear this stuff at work - as it wouldn't exist.
    Men's clothing is generally more conservative - which may explain why male dress codes are equally less outrageous. A simple 'shirt, tie and trousers' is no big deal. Impractical maybe (fails to keep you warm/dry when out and about), but hardly a big deal.
    'Fashion Women', you only have yourselves to blame. (I like to court controversy from time to time)

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