Playing the schoolgirl in Dr Martens boots

Rebel against t-bar strap shoes and Mary Janes by pulling on a pair of Dr Martens boots!

This is me badly channeling a sort of schoolgirl look because after just a year I have forgotten what it feels like to be kept in the iron clutches of school routine.

I certainly never wore Dr Martens to school but with black lace ups being technically on the shoe list I could have gotten away with them for at least my senior year and decorated them with stickers but it appears that idea is now two years too late. But it’s not too late for you!

Rebel against t-bar strap shoes and Mary Janes that everyone else has and don’t forget what our punk forefathers fought for!


Plastic t-bar shoes by Melissa

Melissa is a Brazilian brand known for their plastic sandals. Their ‘Aranha 79-16’ shoe looks has the classic t-bar look and butterfly punch cut-out detail, but made 100% out of plastic.

As well as classic black, they come in white.

Black glitter.

Gold glitter.


Translucent and glitter.

And even with a platform heel.

Do you think a girl could get away with wearing them to school?

Winning the ‘Golden T-Bar Shoe’ at Avila College

Girls at Avila College Mount Waverley are not permitted to wear t-bar shoes with their school uniform. But they look back longingly at the days there were allowed to, with the ‘Golden T-Bar Shoe’ being awarded annual to the winner of the Avila Day celebrations.

Term Four, 2011

Following the Avila Day Mass, students returned to their homerooms where they enthusiastically participated in a whole-school trivia competition. The brain-bending questions covered sport, music, movies, general knowledge, East Africa, ‘who am I’, and Avila. Year 11 Purple was triumphant and was awarded the ‘coveted’ golden T-Bar shoe.

Multi-coloured t-bar school shoes

Any colour you like as long as it is black – that is what the original Harrison t-bar school shoes are known for. But Wilde, a manufacture of very similar t-bar shoe, you can pick any colour you like.

Selection of multicoloured 'Jenny' t-bars by Wilde

In 2012 they released their ‘Jenny’ t-bar school in six new colours.

‘Cobalt’ blue.

Cobalt blue 'Jenny' t-bars by Wilde


Pink 'Jenny' t-bars by Wilde


Purple 'Jenny' t-bars by Wilde


White 'Jenny' t-bars by Wilde


Yellow 'Jenny' t-bars by Wilde

And red.

Red 'Jenny' t-bars by Wilde

Pity they don’t seem to be available any more. 😦

Established back in 1998, Wilde has created the perfect expression of affordable fashion footwear with market leading attention to quality, comfort and value all with a designer inspired point of view.

Pretty in Pink (t-bar shoes that is)

Black t-bar school shoes are a dime a dozen. Brown ones are a little rarer. But PINK t-bars?

Fashion Hayley shows off her pink t-bar shoes

Say hi to Miss Hayley. Her shoes are ‘Jenny’ by Wilde.


On the weekend I bought my second pair of these colourful school uniform shoes (in purple and for 50% off), this pink pair was my first and I realised I’ve never blogged them before. In Australia these t-bar style shoes are the shoe of choice for most school uniforms in both primary and secondary school, of course only in brown, black or navy not pink or purple. I fell in love with these colourful ones as soon as I saw them at iShoes on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy over a year ago, I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to blog them. I love reworking traditional styles of clothing in unexpected ways.

As to the rest of her look.

I never had a school uniform growing up, my primary school and both my high schools were inner city public schools without uniforms for whatever reason. Not having a uniform I used to look at the other kids on the tram in their matching school uniforms and feel sorry for them. There I was in my 90s ‘grunger’ outfit consisting of red flared pants with faux fur triangles, a tie-dye purple slip skirt over the top of the pants and a vintage diy cropped band t-shirt with my midriff exposed.

Essentially my outfit was the exact opposite of a boring ol’ uniform but part of me thought the uniforms were rather cute, especially the pinafore dresses of a local private school. So when I saw this cute pink love heart print pinafore dress on ASOS I immediately bought it and put together a look which is in part school uniform inspired – a kawaii school uniform if you will.

Nice combo, don’t you think?

Fashion Hayley shows off her pink t-bar shoes