to think these shoes are within uniform regulations?

(78 Posts)
freddiefrog Mon 09-Sep-13 09:53:18

Eldest daughter started secondary school last Wednesday.

This morning, helpfully hmm, she informs me that she was spoken to about her shoes on the way out of school on Friday afternoon as they weren't uniform regulation.

These are the shoes www.clarks.co.uk/p/20355020

The shoe guidelines from their uniform regulations:
Black shoes; no trainers, platform shoes, ‘Uggs’, open toe, canvas shoes or sling backs. Heels should be no higher than 2"

She was in a bit of a panic going in this morning as they've had dire warnings about being sent home or taught in isolation if they don't have correct uniform, but there wasn't a lot I could do about it at 8:15am. She should have told me Friday, but even then, as far as I can see, there's nothing actually wrong with them.

Black - check
Not trainers, platform, open toe, canvas, Uggs or slingbacks - check
Heel lower than 2" - check

I'm really not prepared to buy more shoes. If school want to be really particular about shoes, they should be clearer when they send out the uniform regulations.

NoComet Tue 10-Sep-13 11:33:07

Exactly our problem Dalmation. We have two allowed styles of skirt. The waist banded one cannot be got to fit at regulation length on anyone.

Skinny and still shortish DD2 can buy a waistband less one and hang it precariously off her hips.

On taller DD1 it's impossible.

AdmiralData Tue 10-Sep-13 11:50:25

My old school is cracking down its rules on uniform and behaviour massively so I understand how difficult it will be for parents. The school should have stated before the summer holidays/during summer holidays via a letter that shoes must be PLAIN black, no bows or patterns or anything tbh. I think the shoes are fine, the school is at fault here.

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Tue 10-Sep-13 12:02:36

Oh FFS. Do schools have nothing better to do? Honestly. This gives me the rage. I used to go to school in: canvas platform shoes, clumpy slingbacks, 3 inch wedges, 4 inch high-heeled loafers etc etc, depending on what was fashionable at the time. No one gave a tiny shit. The school introduced a uniform policy when I was in 5th year (in Scotland, so age 16 or so). This was shortly after Britney Spears and Hit Me Baby One More Time. My school was filled with lots of little Britneys wearing elbow-sleeved shirts from Miss Selfridge/Topshop that had a collar button and a just-at-bra-height button - nothing in between. They didn't make them with a modest option! Ties were worn pulled down sexily, and a fair few girls wore black bras under white shirts (not me). Micro minis with slits were also in style. So long as you were wearing a shirt and tie, no one said a word about the provocativeness of the outfit. And these days schools are saying brogues are unsuitable? <faints>

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