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Trouble with new shoes

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boobyooby Tue 14-Mar-17 19:38:34

I bought eldest daughter new school shoes last week but her form tutor upon noticing them Friday marched her off to Head of Year and between them they have decided they are not shoes but trainers. She argued back that they were from the school shoe section of shop but form tutor replied of course that's what they will tell you in the shop to get your sale!

They were from the school shoe section confused
and I've since called up the company making the shoe customer services to ask what they call them. Have code on box and name and they confirmed they are a new range of leather school shoes which I now have from them in writing.

School are adamant they are not shoes but are now calling them pumps not trainers and she was sent out of form again for wearing them and I have spoken to the next person higher than head of year. She insists they break school uniform guidelines as she thinks they are pumps so I've asked her to provide her evidence to claim this and what part of "plain black shoes, must be flat, no glitter or studs" they don't conform too.

Was promised the situation would be resolved by this morning but of course have not heard anything - how do I get a response or how long should I leave it before I take it further to find out why they feel they aren't shoes although I have it in writing they are leather shoes and complain about the teachers attitudes

Wishiwasmoiradingle2017 Tue 14-Mar-17 19:40:57

Remind them how much they cost you and that you a cannot afford another pair anytime soon. But stand firm on the matter.

ladylunchalot1 Tue 14-Mar-17 19:42:13

This fills me with rage I've had it and stood my ground 😡

TrojanWhore Tue 14-Mar-17 19:43:45

Black leather trainers are still trainers.

It doesn't matter what the company calls them (after all, what are trainers other than a subset of shoes?)

boobyooby Tue 14-Mar-17 19:46:00

It's now more the principle although they weren't cheap (are they ever!). They've called my daughter sneaky and a liar in front of the whole class when she said they were from a shoe section, sent her out of form to head of year each morning.

Form Tutor doesn't think they are shoes but I've got it in writing they are a new range of shoes for back to school 2017 campaign!! And they really are the most plain ugly flat laced up shoes you could possibly buy although very durable and sensible I could hardly believe my luck when she picked them out!!

boobyooby Tue 14-Mar-17 19:47:21

Even JD Sports advertises them as shoes grin

LIZS Tue 14-Mar-17 19:48:33

You bought them from a sports shop and wonder why they are thought of as trainers!

hollinhurst84 Tue 14-Mar-17 19:49:20

LIZS - TBF sports direct sells loads of stuff that isn't sportswear. My work shoes are from there

boobyooby Tue 14-Mar-17 19:51:51

I bought them in Schuh as she wears adult sizes

ViolentDelights Tue 14-Mar-17 19:53:12

Which shoes are they?

Janek Tue 14-Mar-17 19:53:18

Link? Put it to the mn jury!

Sirzy Tue 14-Mar-17 19:54:42

Without seeing the shoes, and the schools policy, it's hard to judge

BackforGood Tue 14-Mar-17 19:55:52

What Trojan said.
Just because a shop that wants your money calls them 'suitable for school shoes' doesn't mean they comply with the uniform regulations at your dd's school.
If you feel the school uniform policy is wrong, then take that up with the senior management or get your dd to via the school council or whatever, but most schools are fairly clear what school shoes 'are' and a shop calling trainers, 'shoes' doesn't make them school shoes.

loopylulu80 Tue 14-Mar-17 20:01:08

Can you post a picture or a link

boobyooby Tue 14-Mar-17 20:05:02

Sorry, can't work out how to reply or attach pictures without going back to desktop site:

I'm only on phone but they are these with a thinner sole :

School policy literally is one line " must be flat, no heels plain black shoes, no glitter or studs"

boobyooby Tue 14-Mar-17 20:06:25

I do fear for any small creatures when she walks home in the evenings (it's about 2 miles)

LIZS Tue 14-Mar-17 20:06:30


MadeForThis Tue 14-Mar-17 20:13:42

They look like trainers. Sorry

Heratnumber7 Tue 14-Mar-17 20:15:16

Trainers aren't made of patent leather! They look like shoes to me.

Hoppinggreen Tue 14-Mar-17 20:16:24

I'm sorry but it doesn't matter whether You, MN a shoe shop or anyone else approves of those shoes. It's up to the school and they have said that are not appropriate for school

LIZS Tue 14-Mar-17 20:16:56

If they were white leather you'd be saying it was a trainer. It has no heel and the sole is one piece.

BlackHillsofDakota Tue 14-Mar-17 20:17:02

They are pumps, they wouldn't be allowed at DD's school regardless of what the shop called them

MrsSeverusSnape Tue 14-Mar-17 20:18:50

I'm I looking at the same thing as the other posters? They are shoes.

boobyooby Tue 14-Mar-17 20:21:10

It's the company that makes them that has told me they are shoes not the shop.


Heratnumber7 Tue 14-Mar-17 20:21:45

I'm with you* Severus*.

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