Do you know the school which banned shoes with ‘visible branding’?
A mother has expressed her outrage at a ‘Kickers’ ban after she spent £68 on ‘comfy shoes that can withstand breaktime footie’ before realising her son’s new secondary school prohibits footwear with any ‘visible branding’.
The parent took to Mumsnet to question the uniform policy, asking whether it would be unreasonable to send him in wearing the shoes on his first day.
She wrote: ‘I spent £68 on shoes, which IMO [in my opinion] are common school shoes, that he may not now be able to wear.
‘He won’t be wearing out of school either obviously! I got them online direct from Kickers with a 14-day return policy which has run out now.’
The purchased shoes, named ‘Reasan Lace Adult’, are described as an ‘all-time favourite’ with a ‘flexible sport-inspired sole’ and listed for £68 in the ‘school’ section on Kicker’s website.
Some parents branded the rule ‘ridiculous’, while others suggested cutting off the tag or covering the branding with a permanent marker.
The parent took to Mumsnet to question the uniform policy, asking whether it would be unreasonable to send him in wearing Kickers (file photo, above) on his first day
The purchased shoes, named ‘Reasan Lace Adult’, are described as an ‘all-time favourite’ with a ‘flexible sport-inspired sole’ and listed for £68 in the ‘school’ section on Kicker’s website
Writing on the parenting forum, the mother identified only by the username ‘CarefulDriver’ explained she has always bought Kickers in the past because they are more likely to last the school year, especially while ‘playing footie at break’.
She said the rule, which ‘bans shoes with visible branding’, was on a ‘sub page’ of the school’s website for Year 7s and not implemented for the rest of the school.
Parents didn’t hold back when asked for their views on the issue.
Many agreed that she should send her son in wearing them anyway, and contended that schools should have bigger things to focus on than children’s footwear.
Rob Hadfield said: ‘I’d be sending them in the shoes. Kickers are some of the best school shoes and last for ages.
‘More important things for the school to be worrying about.’
Ruth Prendergast added: ‘Love Kickers, I still wear them to this day. They last forever, they are smart for school and work. I don’t understand why they ban them.’
Laura Kemp said: ‘As long as they have black footwear I don’t see why it should be an issue IMO. School should be grateful that parents have been able to even afford to buy a uniform after the past year.’
Many agreed that she should send her son in wearing them anyway, and contended that schools should have bigger things to focus on than children’s footwear
Tish Freeman commented: ‘It’s ridiculous, I buy these for my son. If his school tell me he’s not allowed to wear them he still would.’
Darren Fallon also said: ‘Since when has wearing wrong footwear ever interfered with anyone’s education?
‘Schools need to grow up and stop sending kids home for silly reasons.’
Tony Foley said: ‘Schools are just getting more and more ridiculous, why do they try to control absolutely every aspect of the kids’ lives?
‘They go there to learn, not to be constantly judged for their appearance.’
Vickey Hodge added: ‘It is ridiculous. Black shoes are black shoes.’
But not everyone agreed, saying the mother should stick with the rules.
Sam Wilkinson said: ‘If you knew the school banned them, why buy them?’
Tom Price sarcastically joked: ‘I intend to deliberately send my kids in the wrong uniform to provoke a fight with teachers and I will win.’
Writing on the parenting forum, the mother identified only by the username ‘CarefulDriver’ explained she has always bought Kickers (file photo, above) in the past because they are more likely to last the school year, especially while ‘playing footie at break’
And another parent suggested: ‘Can the branding be removed or blacked out? I doubt the teachers will be looking too closely at the kids shoes.’
It follows a mother from Hull saying she is outraged at the ‘sheer cost’ of school uniforms.
Jennifer Gilmour, an author and blogger, went shopping last week and forked out £242, saying the worst part is that she still has a lot more to buy.
The mother-of-three wants change to be implemented so parents sending their children back to the classroom don’t have to spend a fortune during the summer holidays on school gear.
Her children are 11, nine, and five years old – with one starting secondary school and the other two at primary school.
Jennifer said: ‘We recognise that there is a cost when sending kids back to school but it’s the sheer price of it all. It seems like it is a way of the schools making more money.
‘I find the issue to be especially problematic with secondary school. There’s no budget alternatives to the branded uniforms so you cannot find alternatives in the supermarkets etc.
‘I have spent £242 already and I’ve not finished buying. I paid £60 for three pairs of shoes. Our eldest is starting high school and on him alone I spent £120.
‘Why can’t we use our own blazers and print the school badge on top. Some schools have their own houses as well so you have to have a specific coloured tie. It’s also the fact this purchasing comes in the summer holidays too.’
MailOnline has reached out to Kickers for comment.