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School shoes - memories

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Dr Diversity, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. Dr Diversity

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    I was looking at my son's school shoes today and was a bit envious. His are effectivley black leather trainers. With a bit of polish they are smart shoes and in the playground they take the abuse of football and other games. Smart design!

    I had to put up with plain black slip-ons after I had migrated from those dreadful red T-bar sandals :(. Still have the emotional scarring! The foot people still insist that they are best for growing feet but they did look a bit girly in an Enid Blyton kind of a way.
     
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    Black loafers with blakeys :thumbsup:
     
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    I seem to remember shoes with the texture of cellulite, styled to look like a Cornish pasty. Very trendy indeed.

    Still, it's funny to watch mugs forking out over the odds for trendy 'retro' trainers, that we used to call 'pumps'.
     
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    what abot TUF shoes....they used to have a little compass hidden inside the heel of the shoe!
     
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    My eldest kids shoes light up like a XMAS tree! Every time he takes a step a gazillion little LED lights go off.

    Much better than the crap I used to have as a kid.
     
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    I can also remember having a pair of daps one of which had a green toe cap with go written on it and the other red with stop written on it.:rolleyes:
     
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    I used to wear Doc Martin shoes - though if you had the yellow stitching arround the edges you had to put black shoe polish on it to hide them.

    Our school was very strict on dress code and you had to have black formal shoes - could never have got away with black trainers. The only odd bit was that you could wear brown formal shoes once you were in 6th form.
     
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    Its been that long i cant remember. :(
     
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    Snap.
    Once my feet stopped growing, Doc Martens were really the only choice for me as they were so tough, you were looking at an easy two to three years out of them.
    Prior to that, I do remember footwear, uncomfortably similar to Rhoamish's pasty analogy.
     
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    In the later years I remember wearing 'stacks'. The toe end shaped like a ducks bill and a little heel on the back. Would look a little camp these days :blush:
     
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    Junior school - black slip on daps, with a gum sole.

    Comp school - either slip on shoes or side lace ups.....

    Went through a phase of wearing espadrilles to school too as thought I was one of the guys from Miami Vice. Used to wear flex trousers, bright shirts and cardigans with no socks.

    Pete.
     
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    I have never seen a cardigan with socks :rotfl:
     
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    Black pumps for PE!

    Which were later superceded by those white Dunlop 'tennis shoes'.
     
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    I remember my Don Johnson phase with embarassment now!! :blush:
     
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    You had shoes !!!!!
     
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    yep.....bare feet for me too!
     
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    I remember when we where about 14/15 it was all the rage to wear leather soled shoes with as many seggs in as you could manage, so you'd end up walking on metal basically ! The number of times I slipped over on the tiled floor of the school corridors makes me wonder why we did it. Mind you, you could hear us approaching from miles away :D We then moved on to Doc Martin boots with the trousers worn slightly short so that everyone could see how hard you were ;)
     
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    Some of us never need short trousers for that, John :thumbsup:

    Phil
     
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    God I dispised those .... parents should have been publically flogged for makeing boys wear them.
     
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    we went through the phases of Doc Martin boots, deck shoes, black slip ons ... but most of the time it was a case of putting on the trainers till being spotted, putting shoes back on for 10 mins ... then whipping on the trainers again.

    virtually everyone had them crap slipon 'pumps' in Junior / infant school - by the time we got to secondary school, its was only the 'poor' kids with em.
    You know the ones with dinner tickets that everyone laughs at, they all sniffed glue and smelt.

    ...... weren't we cruel as kids....
     
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    With school uniform, your standard black Plimsolls:

    And for Sports the one and only Dunlop Green Flash:
     

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    Bare feet? Luxury!

    When I were lad it was segs hammered straight in t'soles of feet.
     
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    :D Home made wooden clogs fer' us lad! ;) That, wit' our 'airshirts made for an uncomfortable day I can tell thee..............

    DM's for us as well. Either that or black, lace-up shoes. No trainers or plimsolls allowed. Loafers were in by the 4th year, but I couldn't stand them. All the 'disco ponces' wore them.

    You also had to have 10 holes docs. 8 hole were deemed 'girlie', as was wearing tan ones. ;) I still have my last pair of docs festering away in the shed somewhere........
     
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    Yeah, we had the dunlop tennis shoes for gym too - though during the last couple of years they relaxed that a little.

    Some people did try and get away with Doc boots instead of shoes - unfortuantly if you were caught the first time you got a bollocking and a written warning from the Second or Senior Master (like Deputy Head Masters) and if you were caught again you had your boots confiscated and given a spare pair of shoes from the matrons office - needless to say they werent exactly great. One person I knew refused to wear the matron issue so she took a pair of industrial strength scissors to the boots and made them into shoes herself. Thankfully not the same scissors she would use to do your hair if it touched your collar and you didnt get it cut my the monday following receiving a warning from the Second Master
     
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    So was Flashman still at Rugby when you were there?
     
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    I had the tan coloured DM's and dyed them black, it started to flake off almost straight away but I ended up with cool tan/black camouflage pattern boots! They went really well with my red leather biker jacket!!! (what was I thinking)?
     
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    Is anyone else here from Bristol? do you remember a shop in the subway called Boney Maroanies(sp) i used to buy buckle shoes from there and thought they were the Dogs Nads. There was also a shop opposite called Paradise Garage which was pretty good.This was in the mid 80's.
     
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    I remember like it was yesterday my Dad sending me to school in football boots with the studs unscrewd. Clip clop across the wooden floor of St Patricks.
     
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    As a student in the early eighties, it was Czeckoslovakian Monkey Boots. Much cheaper than Docs.

    And no, I didn't know they had monkeys in Czeckoslovakia.
     
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    I can remember being housed in my older brother's old desert boots. I used to hide other shoes in my bag then swap them in the telephone box 100 meters up the road. Sort of a scaled down superman!
     

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