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School shoes (boys)

My parents have just bought me some new shoes for school, and like usual, they are smart and suitable for use with school uniform, but not very comfortable to wear or stylish. Does (or did)anyone else go through this each year?
Obvious first question - are you still at school and have to wear a school uniform?
Yes, still at school and have to wear a uniform
Yes, still at school but don't have to wear a uniform
No, left school now, but did have to wear a uniform
No, left school now, and didn't wear a uniform (not much point you taking this poll)
If you wear/wore a uniform, does/did the uniform require smart leather shoes?
Yes, and the rules are/were enforced
Yes, but the rules are/were really slack
No, but there is/was some other rule regarding footwear (please say what)
No, there is/was no rule regarding footwear, or we don't wear a uniform
If you have/had to wear smart leather shoes, are/were there any specific rules?
Yes, shoes must be plain black leather
Yes, no trainers allowed
Yes, no boots allowed
Yes, some other rules (please specify)
If you have to/did wear smart leather shoes, do/did you get to pick them yourself, or do/did your parents just buy them for you?
I get to choose them myself
My parents (did) pick them for me, and I have/had no choice
They are/were provided by the school - everyone gets the same
It varies/varied
If you have/had to wear smart leather shoes for school, what are/were they like?
OK, not so bad. Fairly comfortable and moderately stylish
Awful! They are/were very uncomfortable, stiff, heavy and old-fashioned
Great! I really liked them, no problems whatsoever
It varies/varied - some years good, others bad
If you have/had to wear smart leather shoes in school, do/did you ever "break the rules" and wear something else instead, such as trainers/boots
Yes, I always try/tried to get away with wearing trainers (or boots/something else) instead
Yes, I occasionally try/tried to get away with wearing trainers (or boots/something else) instead
No, I always stick/stuck to the rules
If you try/tried to wear something else (e.g. trainers) in place of school shoes, then why?
Fashion - many of the other boys wear/wore trainers in place of proper leather shoes
Comfort - my proper school shoes are/were just too uncomfortable to wear
Some other reason (please say)
If you ever do/did wear non-uniform footwear with your school uniform, do/did you get punished?
No, not at all - the staff don't/didn't seem to care
No, not really - just told by teachers to put my proper shoes back on
Yes, you can get/got in serious trouble
This poll was created on 2008-08-27 19:49:00 by ukjohnp5