Padua College

Girls at Padua College wear t-bars with navy blue socks, with both summer dresses or winter skirts.

Padua College black t-bars

Girls who wear their shoes unbuckled have been warned that failure to follow school rules will result in t-bars being banned.

13 November 2010

There is a trend in many schools to ban the use of the t-bar sandal due to safety concerns. This year has seen an improvement from the girls in wearing these shoes correctly; however, some girls continue to wear these shoes unbuckled and this constitutes a serious safety issue. If the buckle is broken, parents are asked to replace the shoes immediately and girls are reminded to wear the shoe fastened at all times. If the girls do not co-operate with this request, the t-bar sandal will be removed from the uniform as an option.

Camberwell Girls Grammar School

Camberwell Girls Grammar School banned t-bar school shoes for older girls from Term 1, 2013 onwards. With brown shoes being required, various Harrison lace ups are the most popular, along with the various copycat brands. Girls wear white socks with their summer dress, and either fawn socks or tights with their winter skirt.

Camberwell Girls Grammar School brown t-bars

Camberwell Girls Grammar brown school shoes with fawn socks or tights for winter uniform

10 February 2012

Uniform Review
T-Bar shoes to be abolished.
All students entering the school in 2012 will wear brown lace-up shoes. All current students are to be in lace-ups from Term 1, 2013.

26 October 2012

School Shoes
Please be aware that as of Term 1 2013 ALL students from Year 5 – Year 12 are to be in brown lace up shoes. T- Bar shoes will no longer be acceptable. Girls in Prep to Grade 4 can wear brown Lady Jane style shoes with either a velcro or buckle fastening.

Younger girls are still allowed to wear buckle shoes.

A reminder that ‘T-Bar’ style school shoes are no longer an acceptable form of foot wear. Senior school students are to wear lace-up style shoes only. Students attending the Junior School can wear either lace-up shoes or ‘Lady Jane’ style shoes with buckle or Velcro.

Donvale Christian College

The girls at Donvale Christian College are not happy about their school enforcing lace-up shoes.

Say NO! To Lace-Ups in Donvale!

From their Facebook group.

Hey girls so as we all know DCC is enforcing lace-up shoes for girls in 2014 and being a Year 12 this year I do not want to waste up to $100 on new shoes for ONE year because that is simply ridiculous! So, the idea is that if we all work together we can give the school the message that the lace-up shoes idea is ridiculous and takes away from expressing our feminine side as chunky lace-up shoes scream ‘MASCULINITY!’ to me! I refuse to wear lace-up shoes so jon me by wearing your normal T-bars and not wasting money on pointless shoes! 🙂

The group leader asked the following of the year 12 girls.

Okay so, despite year twelves apparently being exempted from this rule due to the realisation that it’s quite ridiculous to get new shoes for a year.. I still think it’s worth it to support the other girls in our school who have to wear lace ups for no real reason.. they say OH&S but I say that’s just stupid. What is more risky? Not buckling your T-bars and not tripping over but simply looking messy… or not tying laces and falling face first to the ground… yeah look… I tend to think this is just a lame excuse to make the school “more posh”, and, honestly, I think this is just ridiculous! So, please do invite more people if you so desire.

The school had the following to say.

DCC Uniform 2014

There are a number of modifications and additions to the DCC uniform as a result of the review
conducted in 2013. These changes are straightforward and have been well received. There are just a
couple of compliance details that may require clarification.

In regard to lace up school shoes for all students – there will be a compliance period of 12 months. By
the commencement of the school year 2015 all students are required to wear black leather lace up
school shoes.

One more year to go girls.