A pair of stilettos could slash your tab by up to 40 percent.
In all the years I’ve known her, I’ve only seen my wife in high heels a handful of times, and to be honest, I’m totally OK with that. I’m not the tallest guy myself, so I’m not in the habit of throwing away any gallant height advantage I can secure, and also a typical date for us involves hopping off the train at a random station, then exploring the neighborhood on foot for the next few hours looking for scenic views and/or tasty taiyaki.
But while there are comfort and traction advantages to wearing flats, one hotel in Japan is offering women an economic incentive to slip into a pair of high heels. Among the dining and drinking options at the Hilton Osaka is the cafe/bar My Place, which just opened at the end of March. Hoping to shore up its credentials as a stylish, sophisticated establishment, starting June 15 My Place will be giving discounts on food and beverage orders from women wearing heels, and the higher their heels, the more they’ll save.
To qualify as “high,” the heels must be at least five centimeters (two inches), which gets you 10 percent off any non-course meal menu options, including My Place’s selection of craft beers, organic wines, and cocktails. Each additional two centimeters of heel height ups the discount, with heels seven to nine centimeters shaving 15 percent off the tab, nine to 11 centimeters 20 percent, 11 to 13 centimeters 25 percent, and 13 to 15 centimeters 30 percent. Go beyond 15 centimeters (5.9 inches), and there’s an extra bonus as the discount tops out at 40 percent off.
▼ My Place interior
Officially called the High Heels Ladies’ Night Discount, the service is offered on Thursday nights between 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. My Place is located on the Hilton Osaka’s first floor, and while the restaurant is open to anyone, guests staying at the hotel do have the advantage of a short walk back to their rooms in their high heels.
My Place (Hilton Osaka)/ マイプレイス（ヒルトン大阪）
Address: Osaka-fu, Osaka-shi, Kita-ku, Umeda 1-8-8 1st floor
Open 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday), 8 a.m.-12:30 a.m. (Friday), 9 a.m.-12:30 a.m. (Saturday), 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m.(Sunday)