Southern Cross Grammar

Girls at Southern Cross Grammar are permitted to wear t-bar school shoes. They wear them with white socks in summer, and black tights or over the knee socks in winter.

https://www.scg.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Uniform_Policy.pdf

Term 1 and 4

Year 3 – Year 12 Girls
• Summer dress
• White socks
• Blazer
• Bucket hat (Y3-Y9)
• Peak cap (Y10-Y12)
• Polished black lace up, buckle or velcro shoes

Term 2 and 3

Year 3 – Year 12 Girls
• Winter skirt
• Long sleeve shirt
• Tights or Over the Knee Socks
• Tie
• Blazer
• Polished black lace up, buckle or velcro shoes

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Classic uniforms at MLC Kew

Methodist Ladies’ College in Kew celebrated its 135th birthday in 2017 with student ambassadors wearing various MLC uniforms from years gone by, including one from 1912.

This provided an interesting insight into the uniform changes from its turn-of-the-century dress code to its current, modern uniform.

Gender neutral school shoes?

Latest idea from the United Kingdom – gender neutral school shoes. Are they really anything new?

12 September 2017

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/clarks-gender-neutral-shoes-plans-john-lewis-male-female-a7942081.html

Clarks reveals plans for gender neutral school shoes
The Independent

Clarks has announced plans for unisex school shoes.

The announcement comes after the shoe brand was criticised for “sexist” shoes for children earlier this summer.

In a statement on the company website last month, Clarks says it is promoting a “gender neutral ethos” following “customer feedback.”

Its Spring/Summer 2018 line is set to be “entirely unisex.”

The statement reads: “Clarks has a gender neutral ethos that anyone can choose any style they would like.

“Over the past few seasons, following customer feedback and market research, we have focused on creating more unisex shoes and we are looking at a number of elements of our business to promote this gender neutral ethos, both on our website and within our stores.

“As a large global company, it is not always possible to implement all the changes we want to make as quickly as we would like. However, we are looking to move as fast as we can to ensure this ethos is reflected throughout our brand.

“Today we have more unisex styles in our range than ever before. This means we now have a wider range of closed-in styles, school boots and GORE-TEX® styles and these changes will continue in our Spring Summer 2018 range, which has been designed with an entirely unisex approach.”

A spokesperson for Clarks told The Independent that there is little detail about what the new unisex line will entail, but at the moment it’s planned for children’s rather than adults’ shoes.

In August this year, the shoe shop received a barrage of complaints online after one mother publicly criticised the brand for their “sexist” shoes for girls.

Jemma Moonie-Dalton wrote on Facebook that she was “dismayed” by the choice of school shoes for her daughter in the store.

“I understand, of course, that anyone can choose any style – but children are not stupid, and my seven year old daughter does not want to choose shoes from a section aggressively marketed at boys and clearly not intended for her.

“In the boys’ section the shoes are sturdy, comfortable and weatherproof with soles clearly designed with running and climbing in mind. In contrast, the girls’ shoes have inferior soles, are not fully covered and are not well padded at the ankle. They are not comfortable and are not suited to outdoor activities in British weather.”

The mother suggested that the difference in shoe style sends a message to girls that they should be “satisfied with looking stylish whilst the boys are free to play and achieve in comfort.”

Her post has been shared nearly 18,000 times and has 44,000 reactions.

Clarks has also come under fire for selling shoes for girls with names such as “Dolly Babe,” in contrast to “Leader” for boys.

The brand has apologised for any offence caused though and explained that the Dolly Babe shoe has been discontinued.

If You Did These Things At School You’re Definitely Australian

Nothing more Aussie than stuck in the mud and pizza rounders – by Jemima Skelley from BuzzFeed Australia.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jemimaskelley/oz-primary-school-checklist

Hit up Clark’s at the beginning of every school year

Left your shoes undone because it was “cool”

Victorian monopoly on Harrison shoes

Shoes and Sox is a chain of shoe shops with stores all around Australia. But for their back to school sale, only the one state will have Harrison shoes in stock.

They offer plenty of options Clarks lace-up school shoes. But the Harrison Indy II is available in Victoria only.

And the same story on the Mary Jane page. The Harrison Indiana II is another Victoria-only shoe.