A male regional daily journalist donned high heels at work for the day to research a feature for the newspaper.
Mark White sported the peep-toe heels around the offices of the Lancashire Evening Post, in Preston, to debate the relative merits and demerits of the shoes as a workplace garment.
Mark, 23, took up the challenge after reading the story of Nicola Thorp, the London receptionist sent home for refusing to wear heels at work.
Ms Thorp, 27, originally from Blackpool, claimed she was laughed at when she said it was discriminatory for her employer to make such a demand.
Mark, who writes for both the LEP and Blackpool daily The Gazette, said: “I can definitely sympathise with Nicola. After just eight hours of wearing four inch heels my toes ached although I’m sure the office enjoyed watching me totter around the office like a baby giraffe.
“Stairs became a huge challenge and day to day tasks were made more difficult, all down to my footwear. The only advantage was it made me much taller.
“I thought it was ludicrous that any company would force women to wear heels at work before this ‘experiment’ but after walking a mile in Nicola’s shoes it’s no wonder the story caused such outrage.
“It was my first and hopefully my last time in heels and I’ll definitely be sticking to my flats from now on.”