What happens when a T-bar school shoe crosses paths with a Mary Jane? We have seen this before. But this time it is the ‘Johanna’ by Wilde. It is a standard buckle up t-bar school shoe, but without the ‘t’ strap.
Most American schools don’t have uniforms. But when their students head overseas on exchange programs, they have to dress in the uniforms of their host schools. Here are five American schoolgirls attending Hoppers Crossing Secondary College in Melbourne.
Left to right: Summer dresses and black tights. Australian style laceup shoes, white running shoes. Winter skirt, bare legs, t-bar style ballet flats. Harrison style t-bar school shoes, more white running shoes.
The girls at Monivae College in Hamilton, Australia are required to wear black leather school shoes. They have been warned that ‘fashion’ style shoes are not permitted.
Unfortunately some students are wearing inappropriate foot wear to school and those doing so need to correct their footwear to the appropriate ones. Students are not permitted to wear flat soled black leather fashion shoes with brand names that include are but not limited to Vans, Globe or Converse shoes. Boys are also not permitted to wear slip on dress shoes. Student foot wear must be traditional black leather lace-up or buckled up shoes.
This is the ‘Jade’ by Wilde: another t-bar styled Mary Jane shoe. This time the ‘T’ strap is replaced by a a single strap, secured with velcro.
The shoe has the same contrast heel and stitching are the classic t-bar school shoe. But it lacks the toe cutouts, instead having a closed toe like a t-bar styled laceup shoe.
What happens when a T-bar school shoe crosses paths with a Mary Jane? You get the Gro-Shu ‘Bond’.
The cutouts in the toe of the shoe are the same as the iconic Harrison t-bar. The contrast heel and stitching is the same. The back of the heel is the same. The only difference is that the ‘T’ of the t-bar strap is missing. So it is a Mary Jane shoe.