Italian School Uniform Garments: Footwear


Figure 1.-- This photograph was taken in Villanovaforru, Sardinia) during the 1950s. The boys wear school smocks and came to school barefoot.

There was never a national Italian dress code for state schools. Many school adopted smocks, but color and other elements were stated by local school authorities. Rules about footwear were nonexistent or flexible. Boys wore both shoes and sandals. About footwear there were many differences. An Italian reader tells us, "My father told me that in his primary school in Milan during the 1930s pupils couldn't attend barefoot. This was not the case throughout Italy. Many children did come to school barefoot. Many schools in Sardinia and Calabria (southern Italy) commonly came to school barefoot until the 1950s and in some cases into the 1960s. Sandals were also very common.

Chronology


Rules

Rules about footwear were nonexistent or flexible. Boys wore both shoes and sandals. About footwear there were many differences.

Types


Barefeet

An Italian reader tells us, "My father told me that in his primary school in Milan during the 1930s pupils couldn't attend barefoot." This was not the case throughout Italy. Many children did come to school barefoot. Many schools in Sardinia and Calabria (southern Italy) commonly came to school barefoot until the 1950s and in some cases into the 1960s.

Shoes


Sandals

We notice many Italian children wearing sandals to school. In fact we see a wide range of footwear, including diffent kinds of shoes. Many children came to school barefoot as well. Sandals were commonly worn by Italian boys and as there were no uniforms, the sandals at school were largely a relection of the footwear woirn at home. We notice different kinds of sandals. There was no one style as in England that were particulsarly common. We notice both closed and open toe types. There were several different styles of both. In public primary schools there were no uniforms, unless smocks were considered a uniform. But there were no rules about no rules about footwear. So it was up to the family. Family convetions also generally determined wether or not socks were worn with sandals. Private schools might have rules, but they were often not strict. We note the children wearing sandals both with and without socks. Both boys and girls wore sandals. Many styles were worn by both boys and girls.








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