A YOUNG woman has claimed she was turned away from a Birmingham nightclub – because her “heels weren’t high enough.’
Patrycja, 25, from Yardley, had dressed in a short, white, skirt and cropped top with open toe, small heel mules for a night out in the city centre.
Patrycja, 25, was turned away from a nightclub in Birmingham because of her footwear[/caption]
Bouncers at the 101 club said her heels ‘weren’t high enough’[/caption]
But she claims doormen refused her entry when she tried to get in at 101 Club in the Arcadian – because of her choice of footwear.
Travel agency worker Patrycja alleges her friend was also refused entry because she was wearing black tights.
She said: “I twisted my ankle a couple of weeks ago so I couldn’t wear high heels.
“I was wearing small heels and a skirt. I did try to explain this to the security guard but he still wouldn’t let us in.
“He said my heels weren’t high enough, that I had to wear high heels.”
After she later complained, the club posted an online reply saying it “prides itself on being diverse in all ways” and saying that flat shoes and designer trainers WERE allowed.
Patrycja wanted to highlight the issue as she claimed some Birmingham’s nightclubs were becoming increasingly unwelcoming by enforcing strict dress codes.
She asked BirminghamLive not to include her surname or face as she feared she would be turned away from every club in the city if identified.
“It makes me feel really uncomfortable to be told I have to wear certain clothes or look a certain way,” said the foreign exchange cashier.
“It can make you feel vulnerable to have to wear a short skirt and high heels. You often end up getting attention from men that you just don’t want.
“People look at you in a certain way when you dress like that.”
The 25-year-old, who wants to hide her identity, said her friend was also turned away for wearing black tights[/caption]
The club has since contacted Patrycja on social media apologising while insisting they do not discriminate against flat shoes[/caption]
BirminghamLive talked through the claims with a 101 Club employee but has yet to receive a statement.
But, when Patrycja complained over Instagram, she received the following response: “We are sorry to hear you felt discriminated towards. 101 prides itself on being diverse in all ways.
“We do and have allowed female clients to enter the club in smart flat shoes and smart designer trainers suited to their outfit.
“We do have a dresscode which our door staff must adhere to however it does not state females must be dressed provocatively in any way.
“Our shoe policy is smart and everyone has their own personal perspective of this.”
Yet Patrycja questioned those claims.
She said: “They say that but it seems they haven’t passed this onto their bouncers.
“My one friend was wearing high heels and he said she could go in but the other was wearing high heels with black tights and he said she couldn’t.
“We explained that it was cold so why shouldn’t she wear tights to go out? He said he didn’t want to have to explain why.
“It made us feel embarrassed because they did it in front of other people in the queue. They let in a group of five women go in front of us but we couldn’t go in because we didn’t have that certain look.
“Some men started laughing at us.”
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Patrycja believes she and her friends are not alone in the way they have been treated by bouncers.
“When I looked at online reviews of 101, I could see that other girls were complaining about similar issues,” she said.
“It doesn’t make the city feel very welcoming to tourists coming here for a night out. I think it’s really bad.
“I just wanted to go out and have a couple of drinks with the girls, you don’t always want to have to get really dressed up to do that.”
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