Reappropriating t-bar school shoes

What is a secret hipster to do with her almost new pair of t-bar school shoes following graduation. Start wearing them again!

Secret Hipster - DIY Crown, DIY gingham top, Dangerfield dress worn as skirt, Harrison t-bar strap shoes, silver cross from my best friend, pink prison rosary from eBay, vintage Polly Pocket bracelet

DIY Crown, DIY gingham top, Dangerfield dress worn as skirt, Harrison t-bar strap shoes, silver cross from my best friend, pink prison rosary from eBay, vintage Polly Pocket bracelet

These are the shoes I had to wear as part of my school uniform and my mother insisted on getting a new pair for my final year. At the time it made no sense to me since my old pair would fall apart in the middle of the year when no one cared anymore but no.

I had to live my life obeying the rules. I’m tempted to begin wearing them again since there’s a lot of life left in the leather but I still need to figure out how to avoid looking like a high school student through style.

I’m thinking of drawing some smiley faces on them with fabric paint or painting them in coat after coat of glitter which is a little difficult given the perforated holes. I’ll think of something though- don’t you worry about me.

Secret Hipster - DIY crown, Romance Was Born dress, vintage pink collar from etsy (SinkVintage), cardigan from my mother, childhood socks and my old school shoes (Harrison Idaho T-Bar)

DIY crown, Romance Was Born dress, vintage pink collar from etsy (SinkVintage), cardigan from my mother, childhood socks and my old school shoes (Harrison Idaho T-Bar)

I realise I’m a bit late to jump on the bandwagon of Easter-themed outfits but I have only myself to blame because I’ve been planning this one for ages and only lacked the motivation to execute my idea in full.

Secret Hipster - ASOS faux fur coat, second hand t-shirt, Meadham Kirchhoff X Topshop skirt, POMS earrings and Harrison T-bars

ASOS faux fur coat, second hand t-shirt, Meadham Kirchhoff X Topshop skirt, POMS earrings and Harrison T-bars

This outfit is really my way of channeling me inner space queen meets Hollywood actress vibes. For once I was able to create a unique outfit the day before I wore it. Usually I’m torn between what skirt or shoes to wear but for once it all kind of made sense in my head.

Secret Hipster - Dangerfield soupy dress and socks, American Apparel shirt, thrifted crochet jacket, POMS earrings and necklace, dog brooch from ginettepomette (etsy), buttons from Melbourne Art Fair and Harrison T-bars

Dangerfield soupy dress and socks, American Apparel shirt, thrifted crochet jacket, POMS earrings and necklace, dog brooch from ginettepomette (etsy), buttons from Melbourne Art Fair and Harrison T-bars

T-bars aren’t just for school

T-bars school shoes aren’t just for the classroom – fashionable ladies know how to pull them off with any look.

peach iced tea and mia: autumn style musings

I have put together an edit of my favourite styles and pieces for the colder weather.

pinafore dress//Topshop floral print top//Topshop felt Fedora hat//Urban Outfitters T-Bar brogues//Clarks grey sweater dress//Monki floral pattern skirt//Topshop grey coat//Monki yellow beanie hat//Monki black Chelsea boots//Asos

The T-Bars are actually my school shoes, but I love them enough to wear them out of school as well, generally with frilly/cartoon socks and dresses or skirts!

Why do so many girls leave the buckles undone?

Found on Yahoo Answers.

Q: Hey – I’m Australia so this’ll probably make more sense to Aussie girls. Just wondered why so many girls who wear those T-bar type sandals, always leave the buckles undone??

A: haha i do….i dunno i guess its more comfortable and easier to walk in =] but most of the time i do them up cause of the teachers….(there pretty strict =/)

White socks and unbuckled t-bars and

T-bar shoes are on trend

You don’t have to be a schoolgirl forced to wear a uniform to buy a brand new pair of t-bar school shoes.

Georgia Louise in Schuh 'Making Meadows' tbars

For my shoes I wanted to go with something a little different. I recently picked up these school inspired buckled shoe in a patent leather, and if I’m honest I think I’m in love with a pair of shoes! This style of T-bar shoes are really on trend right now and I’m glad of it. I paired them with some white frilly socks. I think it adds a really cute school girl theme to the outfit, and adds an innocent look.

Georgia Louise in Schuh 'Making Meadows' tbars

These t-bars are by Schuh.

‘Making Meadows’ is our very own on-trend chunky flat design for the new season. A black patent leather upper features buckle detailing with a T-bar adding a dainty touch. The silhouette sits on a sturdy sole unit.

You can take the girl out of school

You can take the girl out of school, but you can’t take away her memories of t-bar school shoes.

the satchel's fweind - schoolgirl's t-bars

I bought these brown leather schoolgirl’s T-bars* (they are real standard-issue footwear for some schools here) last month to wear with thick woollen socks, cuffed at the ankles or knee-high, when the weather gets cold in the next few months.

Quite similar to what I used to wear to the all-girl school that I attended more than 20 years ago.

It was a set of uniform that wasn’t designed to be worn in hot and humid Singapore (before classrooms were air-conditioned) – a loose navy blue pinafore with three huge box pleats running down the front and the back, belted at the waist, over a white short-sleeved blouse. With white socks, folded, and white canvas shoes.

We used to run around without the mandatory belt – we had to let air in under those layers somehow, and getting those box pleats to sit all neat and tidy under the belt was hell! Very often, we were sent to the headmistress’ office by prefects for breaking the “uniform” rule.

When I finished high school, I didn’t think I’d want to wear another pinafore-like thing for a long time but I did. And always without a restricting belt.

Hamish and Andy talk school uniform fads

Hamish and Andy ask about school uniform fads. Their listeners deliver.

Stepping on the backs of her t-bars

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153056205651232&id=16400236231&p=10&refid=52

Q: Some primary school uniform fads are so unexplainable. The double hat is a cracker. What was yours?

A: Ours was wearing those long singlets from supre or jay jays that had the lace on the bottom. The lace hung down over your school skirt. We also had bucket hats but everyone wore them with the front flipped up. And a random one in high school was everyone wore those t bar buckle up school shoes but they left them unbuckled and even stood on the back of the heels so they looked like slippers.

Minda shoes in South Australia

Spotted over on Reddit.

Summer uniform with brown t-bars at St Aloysius College, Adelaide

Q: What were (in retrospect) the weirdest trends at your school?

A: Leaving your t-bar school shoes unbuckled

A: I’m Aussie and everyone at the schools I went to called them Mindas hahaha

Q: I’ve never heard that in Melbourne – where are you from?

A: Rural south aus

If you are confused.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=minda

minda

Originating in South Australia, this term refers to Minda Incorporated, an organisation established in Adelaide in 1898, to support individuals (particularly children) with intellectual disabilities. It became popularised in primary school playgrounds, employed as an insult.

The term is often directed at the intellectually disabled, but can also be used to belittle family, friends, or complete strangers (though the latter depends on one’s fluency in bogan).

Reddit and unbuckled t-bars

Found over on Reddit.

Trashed Harrison Idaho t-bar school shoes with blue socks

Q: What were (in retrospect) the weirdest trends at your school?

A: Leaving your t-bar school shoes unbuckled.

Enter someone not familiar with t-bars.

Q: Que?

A: Shoes like this. Schools in Australia have uniforms, including black, enclosed shoes. For a while among the girls at my school it was popular to get shoes in this style but never actually buckle them up. Just…leave them undone.

hit/shit volume 7 – noisy schoolgirl shoeplay

This guy doesn’t like it when schoolgirls play with their shoes under the desk in class.

Girls at their desk in class wearing t-bar school shoes

November 2009

PAULY » Wed Nov 18 2009, 10:25

in one of my exams last week this stupid fucking bitch had those t bar shoes (basically school shoes that have a strap on them, which has a metal clip) and she had her clips undone, and was banging her feet together, i was seriously about to throw my calculator at her but i would’ve got kicked out.

 

What would you think?