AnimeshP wrote:School boards ready to kick leather, give canvas a shoo-inSeen as “environmentally hazardous”, “unhealthy” and an “uncomfortable” vestige of the colonial empire, black, shiny leather shoes may soon be off school campuses across India. Instead, white canvas shoes, so far reserved for Physical Education lessons, may take their place in school uniform sets.
My school in Chennai had black leather Bata shoes as the uniform when I was in 1st and 2nd grade I think. By the time I hit 3rd grade, we'd gone from only VI grades to Matriculation standard, so school year changed and so did the uniform. We went to canvas shoes probably by 3rd grade or shortly after. Brown canvas shoes on most days and white canvas shoes (along with all white uniform) on wednesdays, sports days and national days. Leather brown shoes were strictly a no-no. Only kid I remember who wore them was a new guy in 9th grade whose dad was someone high up in a major industry. He was pulled up for odd uniform and had to switch to SDRE brown shoes like the rest of us. The shoes allowed by uniform code were a choice of brown canvas or coffee-and-brown canvas "bullet" shoes. I, for one, was glad for the switch to canvas shoes. Those black leather Bata shoes were murder on hot days and much heavier as well.