A BRISBANE mum shocked to learn her daughter could face detention because her new black leather school shoes are on the banned list.

Karen Bishop purchased her daughter a pair of new black leather Vans lace-ups only to then discover that her new shoes were on the non-compliant list, reports The Courier Mail.

“They have a thing saying they could be facing detention if they don’t comply with the rules so I’m a bit concerned. I spoke to my daughter and asked if she’d had any problems and she hasn’t, but I’m not going to buy another pair of shoes.”

The student planner says students “are required to wear black leather lace up school shoes, which have a heel, no greater than 20mm no lower than 5mm”.

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“The shoes must protect the upper side of the student’s foot and have a leather upper. Slip-on, Mary-Jane, slipper style, Vans or Dr Marten style boots/shoes are NOT accepted. Proper arch support is required,” it says.

Mrs Bishop said her daughter could also be made to collect a daily pass if her uniform was non-compliant.

“I know that you can’t send your child off to school in purple shoes. I know all about respect for rules and everything like that, but when a child has a brand new pair of black leather lace-up shoes, I don’t see the reason for making them collect a uniform pass,” she said.

“They’re stressed enough having to do Grades 11 and 12 and then it’s the time out of their day having to do that, and then they could face detention. I think it’s taking it a bit far.”

“When you step back and take a look at the bigger picture, as long as that child has brand new, leather black lace-up shoes, please do not make her go to the office every day. Just give her an education.”

A Department of Education spokesman said student dress codes reflect school community standards and balance the rights of individual students with the best interests of the whole school community.

Do you agree students need correct shoes to protect them throughout the day? OR does it seem a bit extreme?

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  • One consideration needs to be whether how high a child’s ankle is. Some could rub the bottom of your ankle, cause pain, in some cases even blisters. Everybody has one foot larger than the other too so I can hard to get shoes that fit correctly. Fitting differs between brands too.


  • We had a similar situation a few year ago when my daughter was in high school. The uniform guide stated black leather lace up shoes but did not state what size the heel should be. It wasn’t until about 3 weeks into the new school term there was an article in the news letter that stated certain styles did not conform to the uniform standards and if a child was caught out of uniform there would be detention or garbage duties. It didn’t come to anything and nobody bought it up during the entire year so do not know where it stated of finished. All I know is that none of her friends who had also bought the same shoes had any problems either. If a school wants a certain brand style etc they should state it very clearly in the uniform guide.


  • How ridiculous – one of those ‘Roc’ shoes in the above picture looks very similar to the ones I used to wear when I was in school and there were no issues then!


  • They generally fit the criteria. I think this is a bit much, especially having already spent the money on these. I do understand previously a slip on type of shoe was banned from my son’s school, regardless of colour. They were just simply not good for your feet and had not support. But, I think we’ve come a long way with shoes and this seems a little unfair.


  • They are being a bit silly about the whole thing.


  • Providing the shoes are black lace-ups and the heels aren’t outrageously high, surely fit, comfort and price should be the only factors that matter. Particularly the fit and comfort. I have friends who find it more comfortable to wear shoes with a low “kitten” or “block heel” when they are on their feet long term. Flatter shoes just aren’t comfortable for them.


  • Clearly the school hasn’t even noticed. I’d just write a note telling the school to deal with it. If they are black lace ups they’ll do until she grows out of them.


  • Every school has its own rules about school uniform. I would be really upset to find out the expensive shoes I bought didn’t comply with the school rules.


  • I think its a bit ridiculous, what makes the shoes non compliant anyway? Personally I think growing feet shouldn’t be in hot restrictive shoes anyway. I know personally I had ingrown toenails and calluses on outside of feet because leather shoes don’t allow for wide feet, whereas joggers do. Haven’t worn shoes like that for years, no ingrowns and the calluses are reducing.


  • we have the same rules, it isn’t hard to check up on them before buying the shoes, ours is sent out each year as a reminder


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