Killester College, Springvale

Killester College in Springvale banned t-bar school shoes from Term 1, 2011 onwards. With brown shoes being required, various Harrison lace ups are the most popular, along with the various copycat brands.

Killester College schoolgirls in brown t-bar school shoes

Killester College schoolgirls in brown lace up school shoes

June 25, 2009

We are reconsidering whether T-Bar shoes should continue to be an alternative to lace up shoes as part of the school uniform. Many of these shoes are often in disrepair, with broken buckles and soles which either separate from the rest of the shoe or become slippery underfoot. At minimum the shoes appear to raise safety concerns when they are not worn correctly or are in disrepair. If purchasing new shoes please purchase lace-ups. We hope to make a decision regarding school shoes during next term.

February 26, 2010

Last year I signalled that we were going to replace ‘T’bar shoes with lace up school shoes only. Please be advised that this will come into effect in 2011. In the meanwhile we ask that as new shoes are purchased parents choose lace ups. The safety issues concerning ‘T’ bars, including broken buckles, continues to prove a safety risk for students. This can easily be avoided by wearing lace ups.

September 3, 2010

If you have to buy new school shoes for your daughter, please buy lace ups, as T-bars and other varieties are not to be worn next year.

Presentation College Windsor

Presentation College Windsor banned t-bar school shoes from Term 2, 2010 onwards. With black footware being required, various flavours of Harrison lace ups are now the shoe of choice, except for some girls who have started the unique fashion of wearing black brogues.

Presentation College Windsor: girls in t-bars and laceups

November 2009

From Term 2, 2010, all students will be required to wear black, lace- up, leather shoes. Black laces only. These shoes offer far more support for feet and are easier to maintain. The lace-up shoes are more expensive than T-Bars so it is essential that the correct shoes are purchased. Shoes should not have heels or platforms.

April 2011

Ever since the first student in Ancient Greece wore an officially approved school tunic, with the hem shortened above her ankles, students have looked for ways to distinguish themselves from their uniformed peers.

Whether its the length of a dress, an untucked shirt or undone t-bars, what we are talking about are uniform trends. PCW is not immune from sweeping fashion trends when it comes to uniforms and the various ways they can be worn. Let’s look at some of the more popular ones:

Up until a few years ago a PCW student’s uniform would not be complete without a pair of black T-bars. This popular footwear came with its own trend of having the buckles undone. This was a fashion statement rather than a comfort trend. Teachers, however, soon put a stop to this. Undone Tbars were a disaster waiting to happen.