Author – pardes boy
when i was boy in school in london, shoe confiscation was used a punishment for almost everything, talking back, coming late to school, running in the corridor ….
I was one of the first boys it happened to, i was in sixth grade when a new principal came, and he introduced the punishment, and shortly after he came, he called a boy from a yunger class and me to the office and took away our shoes for a day.
The school unifrom was basically grey, and although socks were not officailly included, virtually everyone wore grey socks.
When he took our shoes i was in tears, i had t to go to the classroom in my grey socks, and for recess we had to go outdoors, and i was stuck in socks the whole day.
he gradually started doing it more and more, until there was often a third of the class walking round in socks, by which stage it was much less embarrasing, and i even remeber boys playing soccer without their shoes.
For PE you were expected to particiapate fully in your socked feet, climbng ropes etc … the same applied to boys who had forgotten their sneakers at home.
It happened to me a second time on a wednesday, which was pe day, but by then i was more used to it, and that week there were so many of us without shoes that the teacher didn’t bother with the wallbars and ropes.
Eventually the parents and governors made the principal stop this punishment, saying it was abusive. [he was eventually forced out by government inspectors.]
Later, in high school boys would often wrestle each other to the floor, and then pull off the shoes. by this stage i started to find it exciting, and i often started wrestling with other boys knowing that one of us would end up in our socks.